The Guests on South Battery by Karen White

The Guests on South Battery by Karen White is now available wherever books are sold! Check out our exclusive interview with the New York Times bestselling author of The Tradd Street series.

What inspired you to write The Tradd Street Series which is set amid the sights and sounds of historic Charleston?

The main character, Melanie Middleton, whacked me upside the head one morning while I was trying to shower and wouldn’t let me go. Seriously! And, I needed a good excuse to visit Charleston often.

In the latest installment, The Guests on South Battery, Melanie Trenholm is returning to work after maternity leave. How has she evolved as a wife, mother, and real estate agent?

With the help of her growing circle of friends and family, she has begun to realize that she doesn’t really have it all together in all aspects of her life as she’d like to think and that she might, in fact, be a tad dysfunctional. She tries really hard to change, but as it is with all lifelong habits, she takes two steps forward and three steps back. But, she still tries.

What is the driving force behind Melanie’s affinity for the house on South Battery?

A huge commission!  Beyond that, the previous owner was a friend of her mother’s and loved the house.  And Melanie’s best friend, Sophie, who is a professor of Historic Preservation at the College of Charleston, would probably never forgive Melanie if she allowed her client to sell the house as is without giving Sophie a chance to restore it.

How does the appearance of spirits, both malevolent and benign, affect Melanie’s relationships, especially with Jack?

Jack is used to it, accepts it, and even admires this trait in his new wife. Those who love Melanie, like Nola and Sophie, handle Melanie’s abilities like a special talent. But Melanie is aware that others might not be as accepting, and might actually call her downright crazy, so she tries very hard to not publicize the fact that she can see dead people—especially people who might need a real estate agent.

Will there be a sixth book in the series?

There will actually be two more books in the series after this one—and both of those stories are set up in this one!

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#MTBookChat: Virtual Book Chat with Karen White

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TWITTER BOOK CHAT

Tuesday, June 21st
1PM ET / 10AM PT
Hashtags: #MTBookChat #flightpatterns
Hosts: @momtrends @KarenWhiteWrite @JenniferVido

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Come join us for our next monthly Momtrends Virtual Book Chat on Tuesday, June 21st at 1pm ET/ 10 am PT with New York Bestselling Author Karen White. Get your questions ready as we discuss her latest novel, Flight Patterns. Whether it’s on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, check in with us on Twitter where we’ll be giving away four copies of this must-read book pick plus one lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon gift card! Don’t forget to RSVP below in order to be eligible to win!

As a successful writer of Southern women’s fiction, Karen is best known for sharing her love of the lowcountry in such unforgettable novels as The Sound of Glass and Return to Tradd Street. In her newly released book Flight Patterns, she explores a new locale, Apalachicola, Florida, as she weaves an unforgettable tale about one woman’s journey to make peace with her troublesome past. Sounds like something that might interest you? Then, mark your calendar for Tuesday and tweet along with us using the hashtags #MTBookChat and #flightpatterns.

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Next month, we will be chatting with Allison Winn Scotch about her upcoming release, In Twenty Years. Pre-order your copy today on Amazon! And, don’t forget to invite some friends to join along in our virtual book chat community. Each month, we bring you the hottest authors in the publishing biz today! Let us know if your must-read author has an upcoming release. We’re always on the look-out for fan favorites as well as up and coming writers to feature! Soon you will discover…reading and tweeting have never been so much fun!

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New Audio Books

New Audio Books Audio books are a mom’s best friend, a constant companion for carpool and running errands. Listening to the latest book releases is an easy way for moms to stay connected with the literary world. My personal faves run the gamut for I like to read women’s fiction, romance, mysteries, and historical fiction. That doesn’t mean I don’t stray from time to time to non-fiction or even fantasy. There are various online options to download or purchase talking books, but I have found the public library to be the best source. So, go ahead and check with your local branch online or in person today and reserve a few of my recommended audio picks.

The Forgotten Room by New York Times bestselling authors Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig is a historical fiction gem. The story takes place in a certain room in a New York City mansion spanning three time periods. Olive is a housemaid in 1892 who is seeking revenge for her father. Olive’s daughter, Lucy, is an independent, young woman working as a secretary in 1920 looking for answers about her family. Lucy’s daughter, Kate, is a doctor tending to the wounded during World War II. All three of these women live in the Pratt mansion at different times, and each struggle with issues of the heart.

Remembrance: A Mediator Novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot is the long-awaited seventh book in the fan favorite Mediator series. The sixth release, Twilight, was published back in 2004. Suze Simon is all grown up now… a sassy, self-confident ghost buster.  As a mediator who can talk with ghosts, she’s on the verge of marrying her once-ghostly soulmate, Dr. Jesse de Silva. But when Suze accepts a  job as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, vengeful spirits along with her scheming ex-boyfriend show up hoping to spoil her wedded bliss.

audio booksMy Name is Lucy Barton by Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Elizabeth Strout is a truly unforgettable story about a mother and daughter’s relationship. Lucy Barton is slowly recovering from an operation when her estranged mother comes to see her. The two begin to connect while chatting about childhood friends and family which leads to a deeper conversation concerning painful aspects from Lucy’s past. Soon tensions unleash surrounding Lucy’s departure from her troubled family, her marriage, her love for her kids, and her dream of becoming a writer. This novel is a brilliant example of superb storytelling.

The Newsmakers by New York Times bestselling author Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart is a fast-paced suspense novel set in the heart New York City. Erica Sparks leaves her eight-year-old daughter in the care of her ex-husband in order to follow her dream as a reporter at the Global News Network.On her first assignment, she witnesses a terrible tragedy which catapults her career to the forefront. Soon after, she starts to develop feelings for her producer, Greg Underwood. Erika will stop at nothing to make it to the top… just as long as her troubled past doesn’t catch up with her. Mark your calendars for March 15th at 1pm/EST to chat with Lis in our monthly #MTBookChat.

audio booksThe Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel by New York Times bestselling author Melanie Benjamin depicts the scandalous relationship between literary giant Truman Capote and socialite Babe Paley. Celebrated and adored for her beauty and style, Babe along with her socialite swans- Slim Keith, C.Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Pamela Churchill- is the heart of Manhattan’s elite with her glamour and jewels. Through Babe, the larger-than-life Capote gains access to her powerful circle of friends. Ultimately, he causes unforeseen trouble through his elaborate storytelling that she never would imagined.

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Hot Book Picks for Summer

Hot Book Picks for SummerThe best part of the end of the school year is when the kids bring home their summer reading lists. Sure, some aren’t as excited as others at the prospect of delving into a good book. But this summer, try making it a family affair by heading to your local library or favorite bookstore together to stock up on some poolside reading. While you’re there, why not go ahead and pick a couple up for yourself? Need some suggestions? The following six picks will be making waves this summer. Check out our top selections available wherever books are sold.

Hot Summer ReadsChecked Out: A Dead-End Job Mystery #14 by Elaine Viets takes place in the library, your go-to destination this summertime. Helen Hawthorne and her hunk of a husband Phil Sagemont are busy solving separate cases in the latest installment in this bestselling series. Helen is perusing the library stacks in search of a missing million dollar painting. Meanwhile, Phil is baking in the hot Florida sun trying to figure out who stole a valuable ruby necklace. Viets, the queen of cozy mysteries, delivers yet another highly entertaining read.

Hot Summer BooksEight Hundred Grapes: A Novel by Laura Dave is a powerful story exploring family secrets and the complexity of relationships. When thirty-year-old Georgia Ford discovers her fiance has been keeping a shocking secret just a week before their wedding, she flees to the comfort of her family vineyard in Sonoma for refuge. However, she soon realizes  her long-married parents and loving brothers have also been keeping secrets of their own. Pour yourself a glass of red wine as you escape to an unforgettable place filled with breathtaking vistas and heartfelt emotions.

Hot Summer ReadsThose Secrets We Keep by Emily Liebert is a must-read pick about three women who reunite for a girls’ getaway only to become enmeshed in each others’ problems. After losing her sister Amy to cancer, Sloane’s life begins spiraling out of control. She calls upon her dear friend Hillary who has a good marriage and successful job for solace. When Sloane’s best friend from college Georgina shows up, she stirs up emotions and feelings the three women never realized they harbored. As part of the book’s release, IT Cosmetics will be offering an exclusive promo tied in with the storyline.

Hot Summer ReadsThe Wrong Man by Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, will get your heart pumping. In this compelling new thriller set in Manhattan, interior designer Kit Finn plays by the rules in her personal life. Frustrated by her ordinary relationships, she decides to take a risk by flirting with a  complete stranger while on vacation in the Florida Keys. Upon her return to New York, she agrees to meet up again with the handsome beau for dinner only to realize she has been taken in by a con man. Get set for a roller coaster of a ride in this tantalizing summer read.

Hot Summer PicksThe Sound of Glass by Karen White will sweep you away to Beaufort, South Carolina in this poignant tale of a family’s unspoken past. It’s been two years since Merritt Heyward’s husband Cal passed away. Out of the blue, she learns that she has inherited Cal’s childhood home in the lowcountry. Along with numerous priceless antiques, Merritt stumbles upon family secrets lain buried for generations. Life gets even more complicated with the arrival  of her younger step-mom and ten-year-old half-brother. Ultimately, Merritt must learn how to navigate her new life as she comes to terms with memories from her past.

Hot Book PicksDear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey is a debut novel you won’t want to miss. If you love Southern fiction, be prepared for an unforgettable emotional journey narrated by two loving mothers. Khaki Mason is a successful interior designer longing for baby number two. Jodi is her husband’s pregnant nineteen-year-old cousin who is fresh out of rehab. Both women face a very difficult decision only their hearts will be able to decide. From start to finish, this beautifully written novel epitomizes the perfect summer read.

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Summer Book Club Picks

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Some moms believe the best way to spend the summer months is relaxing by the pool, beach, or lake with a good book. We couldn’t agree more. Many current bestselling authors like Elaine Viets, Karen White, and Sarah Jio schedule their new releases especially for this time of year.

Like visiting with an old friend, these highly anticipated literary reunions are an essential part of the season. From cozy mysteries to romance and suspense, the possibilities are endless. To help you find something just right, here are some of our top book club picks for summer 2014.

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Sakett Street Writer’s Group founder, Julia Fierro recently launched her debut novel with Cutting TeethPerfect for smart, savvy parents, CUTTING TEETH takes place one late-summer weekend as a group of thirty-something couples gather at a shabby beach house on Long Island, their young children in tow. As the weekend runs its course, Fierro touches on the complex dilemmas of early midlife and of parenthood — friendship, love, sex, and what it means to be a “good” parent.  For a laugh (or a sympathetic grimace!) check out Julia’s Parenting Confessional blog. Inspired by the book, this a place for parents to share what they wouldn’t dare say to the rest of their playgroup.

Catnapped!Catnapped!: A Dead-End Job Mystery by Elaine Viets is the thirteen installment of this popular bestselling series. Trish and Mort Barrymore are in the midst of an ugly divorce battle over the ownership of their prized show kitty, Justine. When an unfortunate occurrence leaves Mort dead as a doorknob, private eyes Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont are enlisted to find his killer. A behind-the-scenes look into the cat show world makes this superb cozy mystery best in show.

Summer Book Club PicksA Long Time Gone by Karen White is an intricate novel by this perennial favorite New York Times bestselling author. Vivian Walker fled from her hometown in the Mississippi Delta vowing never to return home, only to be called back due to a broken marriage. Hoping to find solace in the arms of her beloved grandmother Bootsie, Vivian is devastated to learn she has passed away. Instead Vivian is taking on the task of caretaker to her estranged mother whose memory is slipping away.

Summer Book Club PicksGoodnight June by Sarah Jio is the latest release by this international, USA Today, and New York Times bestselling author. June Andersen is at the top of her game professionally, but her personal life is a mess. When her great-aunt Ruby passes away, it’s up to June to decide the fate of Bluebird Books, a children’s bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. While settling the estate, June comes across some letters between Ruby and the late Margaret Wise Brown…and so this unforgettable story unfolds.

Summer Book Club PicksThe Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand is hailed as the perfect beach read for 2014, and rightfully so. Dabney Kimball Beech has a knack for matchmaking with forty-two happy couples to her credit… and counting. She always has been right on the mark with romantic pursuits except when it comes to herself. Green-eyed Clendenin Hughes stole her childhood heart when he left Nantucket twenty-seven years ago, but now he has suddenly returned. This poignant novel explores losing and finding love, something we all have experienced a time or two.

Summer Book Club Picks Fast Track by Julie Garwood is a whirlwind novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author with over thirty-six million copies of books in print. Cordelia Kane was raised by her devoted dad having lost her mother in a car crash at the young age of two. When her father suffers a serious heart attack, a chain reaction of emotions is unleashed. An unexpected revelation about her mother sends Cordelia jet setting to Sydney, Australia searching for answers with the handsome hotel magnate Aiden Madison by her side. Yet, danger lurks along the way causing multiple attempts on Cordelia’s life.


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