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Fri
Mar 28 2014 3:00pm

The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson

Holly Peterson
The Idea of Him
William Morrow / April 1, 2014 / $14.99 print, $10.99 digital

Allie Crawford has the life she always dreamed of—she's number two at a high-profile P.R. firm; she has two kids she adores; and her husband is a blend of handsome and heroic. Wade is everything she thought a man was supposed to be—he's running a successful newsmagazine and, best of all, he provides the stable yet exciting New York City life Allie believes she needs in order to feel secure and happy.

But when Allie finds Wade locked in their laundry room with a stunning blonde in snakeskin sandals, a scandal ensues that flips her life on its head. And when the woman wants to befriend Allie, an old flame calls, and a new guy gets a little too close for comfort, she starts to think her marriage is more of a facade than something real. Maybe she's fallen in love not with Wade—but with the idea of him.

Captivating and seductive, told in the whip-smart voice of a woman who is working hard to keep her parenting and career on track, The Idea of Him is a novel of conspiracy, intrigue, and intense passion—and discovering your greatest strength through your deepest fears.

It’s hard to describe exactly what category The Idea of Him falls into—it has elements of romance, mystery, suspense and women’s fiction. All I know is I could not put it down. Holly Peterson, also the author of The Manny, presents the story of Allie Crawford, a successful married Manhattan PR executive whose life gets turned upside down not (entirely) by another man, but another woman—no, not like that. Jackie Malone, the other woman who crosses her path, is sexy and mysterious, but looks like trouble. She’s someone Allie alternately hates, fears, and admires, a femme fatale who wreaks havoc on Allie’s life.

[Sounds...complicated!]

Mon
Mar 24 2014 2:43pm

Crazy, Sexy, Revenge by J.D. MasonToday we're pleased to reveal the cover for J.D. Mason's Crazy, Sexy, Revenge, which pits—or pairs?—a man who's on the brink of disaster and the woman who won't allow any more disaster to befall her.

Here's the official description:

Jordan Gatewood’s life is falling apart. Murder, sex, betrayal, suicide—the women in his world are paying him back for all the terrible things he’s done, and they’re bringing on the drama in spades. And now with Desi Green bringing Jordan to the attention of the detective investigating his lover’s murder, his tenuous grip on control threatens to unravel completely. 

Desi refuses to let anyone back her into a corner. For years, people have tried to set her back and destroy her, but now, she’s ready to take it to anyone who wants to put her down, including Jordan Gatewood. And when a message comes for her in the form of a brutal attack, Desi will have to fight with everything she has before she gets her revenge…

Crazy, Sexy, Revenge will be available on October 14, 2014.

Fri
Mar 21 2014 4:00pm

Four Friends by Robyn Carr

Robyn Carr
Four Friends
Harlequin MIRA / March 25, 2014 / $14.95 print, $10.99 digital

Gerri can't decide what's more devastating: learning her rock-solid marriage has big cracks, or the anger she feels as she tries to repair them. Always the anchor for friends and her three angst-ridden teenagers, it's time to look carefully at herself. The journey is more than revealing—it's transforming.

Andy doesn't have a great track record with men, and she's come to believe that a lasting love is out of reach. When she finds herself attracted to her down-to-earth contractor—a man without any of the qualities that usually appeal to her—she questions everything she thought she wanted in life.

Sonja's lifelong pursuit of balance is shattered when her husband declares he's through with her New Age nonsense and walks out. There's no herbal tonic or cleansing ritual that can restore her serenity—or her sanity.

Miraculously, it's BJ, the reserved newcomer to Mill Valley, who steps into their circle and changes everything. The woman with dark secrets opens up to her neighbors, and together they get each other back on track, stronger as individuals and unfaltering as friends.

In Four Friends, Robyn Carr explores the good, the bad and the ugly in challenging marriages, and the different way the women involved come to terms with those problematic issues. They are in for a bumpy ride, but with the support of each other, they see the light at the end of the tunnel.

[Turn headlights on!...]

Thu
Mar 13 2014 4:50pm

The Lost Husband by Katherine CenterClassifying a book by its genre can be both useful and detrimental. If you have a preference for a certain type of book, then this cataloguing easily helps you find it. But it also means that certain types of books are stereotyped. Most of us have read a wonderful romance book, and then recommended it to friends. It only takes them a moment to look at the label on the book stating “Romance” for them to dismiss it.

The same thing happens within a genre. Within the romance genre itself, there are numerous sub-classifications. When I was fairly new to romance, my guilty pleasures were Cinderella-type books with the theme of unjust oppression/typecasting to triumph rewards—very similar to the movie Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts. Typically, the heroine’s beauty attracted a hero, who then solved her problems. But the longer I have read romance, the more I am drawn to women who solve their own problems, leaving me with a defined preference for Women’s Fiction.

Now, before some of you think “oh, Women’s Fiction,” like your friends think “oh, Romance,” let me tell you why reading this genre can be so empowering.

Romance books validate the quote by Walker Percy —-“We love those who know the worst of us and don’t turn their faces away,” while women’s fiction books expand on Albert Camus’s quote: “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer.”

Women’s Fiction books are the Rocky Balboa books of romance. Typically within the first couple of chapters, the main character has a life changing event. Life knocks her down. And she is sinking fast. She has to learn life’s important lessons, or in the words of Dory, “Just keep swimming.”

[If at first you don't succeed...]

Fri
Feb 28 2014 3:15pm

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for February 2014 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Janet Webb:

Reaper’s Legacy was a dark, angst-filled, nail-biter of a read. Such an opening – Sophie giving up her virginity to her boyfriend Zach, in his step-brother Ruger’s apartment. Like that’s going to end well, and it doesn’t. Step-bro Ruger is a tattooed biker who turns out to be Sophie and her son Noah’s savior in more ways than one – but he’s scary, sexy and all too attractive to the ladies, as Sophie observes over eight years. Who ya gonna believe, as Ruger often asks her, me or your lying eyes? Because in every way that matters, Ruger is a stand-up guy who is there for Sophie and her son and he’d like to be there as more than a friend and uncle. Everyone from Reaper’s Property is part and parcel of this realistic and often dark amusing MC story—Joanna Wylde just keeps getting better.

[We agree!]

Thu
Feb 27 2014 6:30pm

Barbara O'Neal
All You Can Dream Buffet
Random House / March 4, 2014 / $15.00 print / $7.99 digital

Popular blogger and foodie queen Lavender Wills reigns over Lavender Honey Farms, a serene slice of organic heaven nestled in Oregon wine country. Lavender is determined to keep her legacy from falling into the profit-driven hands of uncaring relatives, and she wants an heir to sustain her life’s work after she’s gone. So she invites her three closest online friends—fellow food bloggers, women of varied ages and backgrounds—out to her farm. She hopes to choose one of them to inherit it—but who?

There’s Ginny, the freckle-faced Kansas cake baker whose online writing is about to lead her out of a broken marriage and into a world of sensual delights. And Ruby, young, pregnant, devoted to the organic movement, who’s looking for roots—and the perfect recipe to heal a shattered heart. Finally, Val, smart and sophisticated, a wine enthusiast who needs a fresh start for her teenage daughter after tragedy has rocked their lives. Coming together will change the Foodie Four in ways they could never have imagined, uniting them in love and a common purpose. As they realize that life doesn’t always offer a perfect recipe for happiness, they also discover that the moments worth savoring are flavored with some tears, a few surprises, and generous helping of joy.

Barbara O’Neal has a way with telling heartfelt stories, and she continues this successful trend in her newest release. Plus the women in this book are such unique individuals. But what kept me turning the pages was the need to know the rest of the story.

Lavender doesn’t feel in ill health, but she knows that there is season for everyone. But after she sees the vision of her deceased best friend she wonders if her time on earth is coming to a close:

[Don't go into the light!]

Wed
Feb 19 2014 11:30am

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in March. We’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got a very specific obsession and there are some great books to look forward to. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Heroes and Heartbreakers March 2014 Shopping List!
 
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SfR

[Check out the complete list!...]

Sat
Feb 8 2014 11:00am

The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating by Carole RadziwillCarole Radziwill
The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating
Henry Holt / February 11, 2014 / $25.00 print, $11.99 digital

Claire Byrne is a quirky and glamorous 34-year-old Manhattanite and the wife of a famous, slightly older man. Her husband, Charlie, is a renowned sexologist and writer. Equal parts Alfred Kinsey and Warren Beatty, Charlie is pompous yet charming, supportive yet unfaithful; he’s a firm believer that sex and love can’t coexist for long, and he does little to hide his affairs. Claire’s life with Charlie is an always interesting if not deeply devoted one, until Charlie is struck dead one day on the sidewalk by a falling sculpture ... a Giacometti, no less!

Once a promising young writer, Claire had buried her ambitions to make room for Charlie’s. After his death, she must reinvent herself. Over the course of a year, she sees a shrink (or two), visits an oracle, hires a “botanomanist,” enjoys an erotic interlude (or ten), eats too little, drinks too much, dates a hockey player, dates a billionaire, dates an actor (not any actor either, but the handsome movie star every woman in the world fantasizes about dating). As she grieves for Charlie and searches for herself, she comes to realize that she has an opportunity to find something bigger than she had before—maybe even, possibly, love.

For those who read Carole Radziwill’s searing, poignant memoir What Remains, about losing her husband Anthony, to cancer, just weeks after the deaths of her best friends Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and John F. Kennedy, Jr., there’s only one bit of overlap with her raucous new novel, and it’s a funny one. Radziwill borrowed a real-life incident in which she interviewed a doctor about the ideal woman (it has to do with her waist to hip ratio). Other than that, the Real Housewife has left melodrama behind in favor of drama of the zaniest kind in her debut novel. So while Claire Byrne, her protagonist, interviews a strikingly similar expert doctor, midway through she learns that her husband, the famed writer and sexologist Charles (Charlie) Byrne, has been killed. No, not murder, at least, not by a human, but by a falling piece of art—a counterfeit Giacometti sculpture, at that—after enjoying an extramarital assignation.

[Sounds like instant karma to us...]

Sat
Feb 1 2014 1:00pm
Excerpt
Zanna MacKenzie

If You Only Knew by Zanna MacKenzie

If You Only Knew is a contemporary romantic comedy of brilliant proportions!! Do you have the courage to feel the fear but fall in love anyway? Faith owns The Coffee Pot in the outdoor adventure sports mecca of Derbyshire's Peak District. She hasn't had a man in her life for a while, as she has been too busy serving cakes to weary rock climbers and mountain bikers to find time for the complications of a relationship with the male of the species. Then Zane and Matt arrive on the scene as the new owners of the Carrdale Adventure Sports Centre. Dating Zane, she soon discovers he's not the Mr Perfect she thought he was; and why is he so reluctant to talk about his past? As for Matt - well, to Faith he isn't Matt at all because he was a completely different person when he broke her heart all those years ago. With her new boyfriend and her first love running Carrdale as business partners - Matt out to cause trouble and Zane keeping secrets - Faith struggles to keep the peace between them whilst trying to figure out how she feels about the two men in her life...

Get a sneak peek of Zanna MacKenzie's If You Only Knew (available February 4, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“You OK?”

“Fine. I’d forgotten quite how steep this walk up to the top of the fell is, that’s all. I guess I’m out of practice. I used to be part of a local trek group and we went out every week, but now they only meet on Sundays, and we’re so busy at the café at weekends that I had to stop walking with them.”

Zane slowed and turned, walking up the hill backwards now, waiting for Faith to catch up. She’d done really well, pretty much keeping up with him throughout the steady climb. He’d known she was quite fit (after all, entering the hill race wasn’t for the faint-hearted), but maybe, he conceded, he’d been walking just a little too fast on this occasion. He was used to gauging the right pace for treks when he led groups on hill walks as part of his work. Today though, for some reason, he’d not been concentrating properly, and had ended up pushing the pace too much. No matter how fit Faith might be, it hadn’t been very gentlemanly of him to go racing off up the hillside. 

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt of If You Only Knew...]

Sun
Jan 19 2014 1:49pm

What Nora Knew by Linda YellinLinda Yellin
What Nora Knew
Simon and Schuster / January 21, 2014 / $16.00 print, $11.66 digital

Molly Hallberg is a thirty-nine-year-old divorced writer living in New York City who wants her own column, a Wikipedia entry, and to never end up in her family’s Long Island upholstery business. For the past four years Molly’s been on staff for an online magazine, covering all the wacky assignments. She’s snuck vibrators through security scanners, speed-dated undercover, danced with the Rockettes, and posed nude for a Soho art studio.

Fearless in everything except love, Molly is now dating a forty-four-year old chiropractor. He’s comfortable, but safe. When Molly is assigned to write a piece about New York City romance “in the style of Nora Ephron,” she flunks out big-time. She can’t recognize romance. And she can’t recognize the one man who can go one-on-one with her, the one man who gets her. But with wit, charm, whip-smart humor, and Nora Ephron’s romantic comedies, Molly learns to open her heart and suppress her cynicism in this bright, achingly funny novel.

In Linda Yellin's What Nora Knew, Molly Hallberg had doubts about her marriage ten minutes after saying “I do,” even though her then-husband was considered “quite the catch.” But you know how it goes:

And we were fabulous in the sack together. The dynamic duo. Scarlett and Rhett. Antony and Cleopatra. Tarzan and Jane. I’m sure I wasn’t the first woman to find herself wearing lace and tulle and standing with an armful of white lilies because of sex. Love may be blind, but great sex is the ultimate blindfold.

[Is that enough for a marriage?...]

Sun
Jan 12 2014 3:30pm

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison AllenSarah Addison Allen
Lost Lake
St. Martin's Press / January 21, 2014 / $25.99 print, $12.99 digital

The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future.

That was half a life ago. Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby’s past. Her husband George is long passed. Most of her demanding extended family are gone. All that’s left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and damp, and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own unspoken dreams and desires.

It’s a lot, but not enough to keep Eby from relinquishing Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand, and calling this her final summer at the lake. Until one last chance at family knocks on her door.

Lost Lake is where Kate Pheris spent her last best summer at the age of twelve, before she learned of loneliness, and heartbreak, and loss. Now she’s all too familiar with those things, but she knows about hope too, thanks to her resilient daughter Devin, and her own willingness to start moving forward. Perhaps at Lost Lake her little girl can cling to her own childhood for just a little longer… and maybe Kate herself can rediscover something that slipped through her fingers so long ago.

One after another, people find their way to Lost Lake, looking for something that they weren’t sure they needed in the first place: love, closure, a second chance, peace, a mystery solved, a heart mended. Can they find what they need before it’s too late?

When you open a story by Sarah Addison Allen, you just know that you are going to be charmed with her imaginative, lyrical, and magical storytelling. Part of the anticipation is wondering what wondrous notions she will have concocted— from her imperfect but delightful characters to her beguiling mystical touches.

[Let's dive into Lost Lake...]

Thu
Jan 9 2014 3:15pm

The Memory of Lost Senses by Judith KinghornThe Memory of Lost Senses is my first Judith Kinghorn book. It won't be my last.  This book tells the overlapping stories  of two women, Cecily and Cora. Cecily Chadwick's story begins in 1911, when Cora, a mysterious countess with (possibly) at least three former husbands, moves into the neighborhood with her handsome grandson.  

It takes a while for the two intertwining plots (Cecily's and Cora's) to get going, but the language in this book is so beautiful that the wait is no hardship.

We start with Cecily, at a cricket match on a summer afternoon and about to meet Jack (the handsome grandson).

In the middle of the green the yellowing grass turned to molten silver, the players blurring into the pool of liquefied metal: like a mirage, Cecily thought. Only a few wore white flannels, the majority were in their usual working clothes, with shirtsleeves rolled back and braces exposed. And beyond them, at the other side of the field, clear and solid, and dazzlingly white, stood Bramley's new pavilion.

The scene is set for Cecily and Jack's first meeting and you can almost feel summer and sense the mirage-like effect of the heat.

[Yes, yes, we could use some heat...]

Wed
Dec 25 2013 11:00am

SECRET Shared by L. Marie AdelineMay old friends be forgot? We don't think so! We're celebrating our favorite reads with four days of the Best of 2013. We asked our bloggers for their favorite books of 2013, with one stipulation, they had to be new to them and not necessarily new to 2013. We know we got a few recommendations to add to our to be read piles and it's a great way to feed those readers you hopefully get for Christmas!

Check back every other weekday between now and Christmas for all of the blogger recommendations! See the picks from Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

Rachel Kramer Bussel:

S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared by L. Marie Adeline
I loved this continuation of her trilogy about women fulfilling their sexual fantasies. It was a perfect sequel and contained one of the hottest sex scenes—on a plane!—I’ve read. After I wrote the First Look, I found out that many of the New Orleans settings, including the protagonist’s clothing store, are real.

When The Marquess Met His Match by Laura Lee Guhrke
I loved the entire premise about this smart and proud professional matchmaker who doesn’t want to lust after a bad boy, but does, and a man who’s in search of a rich wife but doesn’t know the perfect one is right under his nose. Their avoidance tactics, jealousy, stolen kisses, and verbal sparring add up to a perfect historical romance.

[Sounds like a perfect formula!...]

Wed
Dec 18 2013 1:00pm

Click here to enter for a chance to win an Advanced Reader's Copy of Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen!*

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future.

That was half a life ago. Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby’s past. Her husband George is long passed. Most of her demanding extended family are gone. All that’s left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and damp, and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own unspoken dreams and desires.

It’s a lot, but not enough to keep Eby from relinquishing  Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand, and calling this her final summer at the lake. Until one last chance at family knocks on her door.

Lost Lake is where Kate Pheris spent her last best summer at the age of twelve,  before she learned of loneliness, and heartbreak, and loss. Now she’s all too familiar with those things, but she knows about hope too, thanks to her resilient daughter Devin, and her own willingness to start moving forward. Perhaps at Lost Lake her little girl can cling to her own childhood for just a little longer… and maybe Kate herself can rediscover something that slipped through her fingers so long ago.

One after another, people find their way to Lost Lake, looking for something that they weren’t sure they needed in the first place:  love, closure, a second chance, peace, a mystery solved, a heart mended.  Can they find what they need before it’s too late? 

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Thu
Nov 21 2013 11:45am

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in December. We’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got a very specific obsession and there are some great books to look forward to—from masquerade balls and boxer heroes to lizard humanoids and small-town Christmases. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Heroes and Heartbreakers December 2013 Shopping List!
 
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SfR

[Check out the complete list!...]

Wed
Sep 18 2013 4:00pm

16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie MacomberBack in July, Megan Frampton wrote about The Ten Romance Novels You Should Read (An Opinionated Opinion). Since I read mainly contemporary books, I am weighing in with 10 Contemporary Novels You Should Read—and yes, it is an opinionated opinion.

10. 16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber

Why? Not only is Ms. Macomber's story to publication extremely inspiring, especially since she is dyslexic, but a new television series—Cedar Cove—is currently airing on Hallmark based on this book.  She also was a frontrunner in writing interconnected books and small-town romances.

9. Sarah’s Child by Linda Howard

Why? It is an perfect example of the '70s and 80s collective consciousness that love forgives most everything; or, in other words, love means you never have to say you are sorry. It is a great discussion book on when the hero's actions cross the line.

[Did your personal must-read make the list?...]

Wed
Sep 11 2013 4:30pm

Breaking the Rules by Ruth WindBarbara Samuel can do it all—contemporary romance, historical romance, single title, category, series, standalone and even women’s fiction. Whether she’s writing as Barbara Samuel, Ruth Wind, or Barbara O’Neal, every book brings a heroine who goes through the fire and comes out stronger for it, and the same goes for the heroes who love them. Not convinced that a women’s fiction hero can hold his own alongside his romance counterparts? Try a few of these gents on for size:

Hero: Zeke Shepherd
Book: Breaking the Rules by Ruth Wind, category romance

What woman can resist a motorcycle-riding bad boy who’s a natural with babies? Zeke’s been burned before, but the loss of his soulmate horse stings more than that of the woman who done him wrong. Is it any surprise that this man won’t back down from a challenge in life or in love? While he pursues heroine Mattie, aka Mary, with dogged determination, he also knows there are some things a woman has to do for herself. Bonus points for building his own sweat lodge for pursuing inner peace and sexytimes.

[Find the right hero for you...]

Tue
Sep 10 2013 3:30pm

Chasing the Shadows by Keri ArthurThis month I bring you a variety of ebook reissues in terms of genre and age (the earliest was first published in 2000).

First up is the next in Keri Arthur’s Nikki & Michael series, which I’ve been writing about here as each book is digitally reissued. Next is a much, much more recent reissue from Maya Banks—a boxed set of contemporary erotic romances published individually earlier this year. Finally, I’ll tell you about a quartet of Kristin Hannah novels that straddle the line between romance and women’s fiction.

Keri Arthur: Chasing the Shadows (first published in 2000, digital reissue September 24, 2013)

When Hearts in Darkness ended, Nikki and Michael were reunited as a couple. With her boss Jake out of commission, and Michael continuing to refuse to allow her to work with him on assignments from the Damask Circle, she’s lonely, bored, and seriously reconsidering her commitment to the vampire she loves. When a friend of Jake’s wife goes missing in San Francisco, she agrees to help. Other women have already been kidnapped, drained of blood, and horribly mutilated. And when I say “horribly mutilated,” think body parts cut off and you’ll have an accurate mental picture.

Michael, of course, is not far behind. The vampire responsible for these murders is seriously twisted, and the Damask Circle wants him stopped. Then too, Nikki’s psychic powers continue to grow, and as he soon discovers, his own powers are mutating, which freaks him out.

[What other reissues are coming up?...]

Wed
Aug 28 2013 5:30pm

Equilibrium by Lorrie ThomsonEquilibrium is a work of women’s fiction, a family drama, and a sweet romance all rolled into one beautifully written novel. I love books that meld genres together. Books that aren’t exactly this or that. It’s refreshing and makes for a really fast paced read. What really kept me turning the pages is that the points of view of both mother and daughter are explored. A widowed mother and a grieving teen.

Laura and Darcy’s voices are fresh and distinctly written. From angsty teen Darcy’s POV we get a taste of the Young Adult genre. Thrusting you back to the days where prom, partying, and when to finally do the deed occupied a teen’s entire existence. Add to that poor Darcy is grieving for her father. Then she meets the new kid who is a very bad boy. The temptation to escape her grief in the arms of her first love and great and the stakes get even greater when she contemplates losing her virginity. Thomson isn’t afraid to be blunt about teens and sex. All the fear, hormones, frustration, pressure, and all those really hot making out sessions.

[Ahh, the good old days…]

Mon
Aug 26 2013 12:00pm
Excerpt
Amy Grace Loyd

The Affairs of Others by Amy Grace Loyd

Five years after her young husband’s death, Celia Cassill has moved from one Brooklyn neighborhood to another, but she has not moved on. The owner of a small apartment building, she has chosen her tenants for their ability to respect one another’s privacy. Celia believes in boundaries, solitude, that she has a right to her ghosts. She is determined to live a life at a remove from the chaos and competition of modern life. Everything changes with the arrival of a new tenant, Hope, a dazzling woman of a certain age on the run from her husband’s recent betrayal. When Hope begins a torrid and noisy affair, and another tenant mysteriously disappears, the carefully constructed walls of Celia’s world are tested and the sanctity of her building is shattered—through violence and sex, in turns tender and dark. Ultimately, Celia and her tenants are forced to abandon their separate spaces for a far more intimate one, leading to a surprising conclusion and the promise of genuine joy.

Get a sneak peek of Amy Grace Loyd's The Affairs of Others (available August 27, 2013) with an excerpt of a selected scene.

HOPE

The body of a woman aging. It’s a landscape that, even as it vanishes, asks a lot of the eyes. Or it should. No two landscapes the same. They never were the same, no matter their age, but then how time brings details to the body.

[Continue on to read the rest of the excerpt from The Affairs of Others...]