Since I began the Author of the Month segment in 2018, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing thirty-six wonderful writers from traditional, small press, Indie, and self-publishing backgrounds. Their work reflects all the best in so many genres. Whatever you like to read, you can find it in their books. On this page, I am pleased to feature the latest news about their releases. Happy reading!


LESLIE BUDEWITZ: The Solace of Bay Leaves, the 5th book in the Spice Shop mysteries, appeared in October 2020 from Seventh St. Books/Tantor Audio. Pepper Reece never expected to find her life’s passion in running the Seattle Spice Shop. But when evidence links a friend’s shooting to an unsolved murder, her own regrets surface. Can she uncover the truth and protect those she loves, before the deadly danger boils over?

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KATE CARLISLE: Premeditated Mortar is the newest in Kate’s series about contractor Shannon Hammer and her penchant for solving murder mysteries.

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SARAH ANNE CARTER: Sarah’s latest book is Life After. When a power outage in her neighborhood lasts for days, not hours, Amber starts to wonder if the blackout will last forever. Months go by and her sixteenth birthday is completely different from anything she ever imagined it would be. Then, the government comes to take charge. However, what she hears from the authorities doesn’t match what she knows from the outside world. Can she find out the truth in time?

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VALERIE J. LEWIS COLEMAN: Her newest book is a children’s book: Oh, The Things I Can Be When I See Me. Samara and Lyric are cousins who love to visit their grandmother, MeMe. The girls talk about all the wonderful things they want to be. Their self-esteem and confidence grow as they learn about women who have done what they hope to do. Filled with historical pioneers and modern-day trailblazers, this picture book empowers girls of color by providing examples of successful women who look like them. ThingsICanBe.com

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JILL COUPE: Beginning With Cannonballs, by Jill McCroskey Coupe (She Writes Press, 2020) “tracks the ups and downs of an interracial friendship in the Jim Crow South…Written in clear, direct prose and told in brief chapters, the novel is episodic but cohesive…a hopeful account of a friendship across time.” Foreword Clarion Reviews (Four Stars). Visit http://jillmcoupe.com or www.facebook.com/jillmccroskeycoupe for more information.

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DAVE ESSINGER: After his first novel Running Out came out in 2017 (Main Street Rag), Dave taught himself audiobook recording and engineering and made that version of the novel available in Audible in 2018. Since then, he’s been working on a sweeping post-apocalyptic novel set outside Dayton Ohio…and featuring a pandemic…which he finished with superlative timing in March of 2020…but Dave is querying that novel nonetheless, presuming civilization will go on. And since quarantine canceled his kids’ activities, he’s been writing nonstop and is hoping to soon wrap up a new novel called Compassion Fatigue, featuring a burnt-out veterinarian.

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LEE MARTIN: Martin’s novel, Yours, Jean, came out in May, and now he’s looking forward to the publication of a new memoir, Gone the Hard Road, in May of 2021.  It builds upon his first memoir, From Our House, focusing on Martin’s mother’s endurance and sacrifice and the imaginative life she made possible for him in the midst of his father’s anger and violence.

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CAROL POULIOT: Carol’s  2nd book in The Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mysteries Threshold of Deceit is now available. On a sunny spring day in 1934, local lothario Frankie Russo is murdered in broad daylight. It seems no one saw anything, but things are not always what they seem in this small New York town. Tackling the investigation, Detective Steven Blackwell discovers Frankie’s little black book, a coded list of dozens of flings, affairs, and one-night stands−and a solid motive for the widow. Soon, what appeared to be a straight-forward case gets complicated. A witness goes missing, a second body turns up, the victim’s cousin disappears, and an old flame surfaces. Faced with conflicting pieces of evidence, lies, and false alibis, Steven creates a psychological portrait of the killer. He realizes he’s looking for someone wearing a mask. But the killer is not the only one in disguise. Every moment’s a masquerade in Threshold of Deceit, the exciting second installment in The Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mystery series.

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TIM SMITH: THE BIG FALL…Just when you think life can’t get much better, a crashing wave wipes out your sandcastle. Former spies Nick Seven and Felicia Hagens are taking a break from Key Largo to visit a casino owned by Nick’s friend, Rock Bianco. An unexpected, nasty encounter with one of Nick’s former lovers turns disastrous when she’s killed shortly afterward. The police and the girl’s wealthy father are convinced that Nick did it, despite the lack of hard evidence. The billionaire industrialist wages an online smear campaign to make Nick look guilty, including sordid details from his past career in the CIA. The stakes become more personal when the fallout impacts Felicia, testing their relationship. Nick fights back, but why is the man determined to hold him responsible for his daughter’s murder? Who really killed her, and why is their identity being shielded? Can Nick and Felicia resolve this crisis and reclaim their idyllic life in paradise? Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08JL9TBCP/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0
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