Wednesday’s Word: Diane McGyver presents “the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes”

Diane McGyver

Introducing author Diane McGyver. Her first book, Shadows in the Stone, was released in 2012. Since then, she’s written seven books, including four more fantasy novels and two stand-alone books for her Romance Collection. In this interview, she shares a little about her most recent book, the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes.

1) What is the title of your most recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?

The title is the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes. It’s a stand-alone book, and I’ve no intentions of writing a sequel. It fits squarely in women’s fiction but overlaps into small town romance and inspiration. The content and story is geared towards those over 16 years old. If I had to narrow the age group down to the ones who’d enjoy it most, it would be women between 45 and 65.

2) In a few short sentences, tell us about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.

The book opens with Mary considering the last piece cake that celebrated her 50th birthday. She’s looking back on life and thinking about the future now that her kids have grown and are creating lives of their own. After almost 25 years of marriage, mostly dedicated to keeping house and raising kids, she wants to take advantage of life’s opportunities and rekindle the relationship with her husband.

When she starts to make subtle changes, she runs into opposition from her husband and friends. Once she sets change in motion though, her life transforms in areas she hadn’t expected or wanted, and it won’t stop even when she wishes it would.

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Wednesday’s Word: Sophia Minetos presents “Graves for Drifters and Thieves”

Introducing author Sophia Minetos. In this interview, she shares a little about her first book scheduled for release on December 15th, Graves for Drifters and Thieves.

1) What is the title of your most recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?

Graves for Drifters and Thieves is a YA fantasy-Western. It is suitable for ages 12 and up, and it is the first installment in a series.

2) In a few short sentences, tell us about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.

Jae Oldridge is a seventeen-year-old bounty hunter working in the Hespyrian West. When a twist of fate brings her to the enigmatic Harney brothers and their gang, she finds herself ensnared in a conflict involving their boss, warlocks, monsters, and a mystery surrounding the brothers themselves.

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Wednesday’s Word: Alice Walsh presents “Last Lullaby”

Introducing author Alice Walsh who writes fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. The first story I’d read by Alice was Uncle Farley’s False Teeth, a picture book I’d read to my kid many times when they were younger.

This was back when I didn’t take note of author names and who wrote what. I never thought I’d meet this author one day many years in the future, and that she’d be a member of our writers’ group. But here we are.

Alice has written many books for various publishers. Many of her stories take place in Newfoundland because that’s where’s she’s from. Her latest book, Last Lullaby, is no exception. Today, she shares a little about the book with us.

1) What is the title of your most recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?

My latest book, Last Lullaby, is a mystery for adults. It has been described as “Equal part police procedure and dinner gossip.”

2) In a few short sentences, tell us about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.

Claire and Bram’s only child, Ariel, dies from what they believe is a clear case of SIDS. However, after autopsy reports reveal the baby was murdered, Claire becomes the number one suspect. In addition to her anguish and despair, she finds herself on trial for murder. The deck is stacked against her: She was alone with Ariel in a locked house when she died. Claire’s only hope is that her friend, Lauren, will solve the case before it goes to trial.

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