#MTBookChat: Mrs. Saint and the Defectives

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Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer

Tuesday, August 29th at 3 PM ET/ 12 PM PT
Hashtags: #MTBookChat #MrsSaint
Hosts: @momtrends @JulieLTimmer @amazonpub @JenniferVido

Join us for our monthly Momtrends Virtual Book Chat on Tuesday, August 29th at 3 pm ET / 12 pm PT. Get your questions ready for critically acclaimed author Julie Lawson Timmer as we discuss her new release, Mrs. Saint and the Defectives. 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! And, don’t forget to RSVP below in order to be eligible to win!

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Mrs. Saint and the Defectives: A Novel by Julie Lawson Timmer

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If you’re looking for an uplifting story, then you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy of Julie Lawson Timmers’ new release, Mrs. Saint and the Defectives. Markie, a forty-something mom with personal and professional woes, moves to a new town with her son Jesse to get away from her past. Mrs. Saint, her nosy neighbor with a knack for making things right, decides to take the hesitant newcomer under her wing. Before Markie realizes what’s happening, her life is turned completely upside down. Sound like something that might interest you? Then, mark your calendar for Tuesday and tweet along with us using the hashtags #MTBookChat and #MrsSaint.

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Author Spotlight: Class Mom: A Novel by Laurie Gelman

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What inspired you to write Class Mom: A Novel?

I knew I wanted to write a book but I wasn’t sure what to write about. They say write what you know, but I wanted to go beyond that and write what I was passionate about. At the time it was the ups and downs (mostly downs) of being a mom who volunteers in the class room.

How is Jen Dixon different than your typical class mom?

Jen has already been through the school process with her two older daughters. So when she comes back to be the class mom fifteen years later, she brings a more worldly attitude to it. She has decided her mission this coming school year is to get parents to participate without having to beg them. Jen does it by sending very sassy emails in the hopes that parents will actually read them. She doesn’t seem to worry about offending people – only making them laugh.

Let’s talk about the parents of the kindergarten class. How does Jen’s interaction with them influence her relationship with the teacher as well as the school?

Jen’s snarky emails are thoroughly enjoyed by most of the parent body but there are a few who don’t appreciate her umm…humor. That creates a friction that Jen has to deal with on a daily basis. The teacher seems oblivious but the principal steps in at one point and makes it worse for Jen.

As part of the storyline, Jen is reacquainted with an old high school flame. How does this innocent encounter affect Jen?

Jen is at a point in her life where she feels her best years just may be behind her. So her flirtation with her high school crush is just the thing she needs to cheer her up and make her feel young again. The flirty texting is harmless and fun…until it isn’t.

What advice are you able to share with first-time moms about facing the many challenges of motherhood?

Try to enjoy every part of it – even the sleepless nights and vomit in your hair. It’s all part of a journey that goes by way too fast.

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Sisters One, Two, Three: A Novel by Nancy Star

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What inspired you to write Sisters One, Two, Three, a novel centering on the complex relationship between three sisters?

I’m fascinated by what goes on in families, in general, but you hit it on the head: I think sister relationships are often complex. Maybe it’s because sisters know each other so well; they know the best and the worst parts of each other. You can reinvent yourself completely to the outside world, but not to someone who’s known you since you split your Oreos and dunked them in milk together. And in families under stress, like the Tangles, the relationship among siblings can become even more complicated. Sometimes sisters form an exceptionally tight bond (which is what happens when you have common enemy) and sometimes the relationship turns prickly.

How does writing the story in two time periods add depth to the characters and plot?

In a way you can think of this as a “Before and After” novel. The Before part starts in 1972 when Ginger is 13, right before her family experiences an awful tragedy. The After part is when Ginger and her siblings are adults. By spending time with the family in both time periods we can see what everyone was like before tragedy struck and then how they all turned out. Readers may wonder, as I did when I wrote the novel: Did the catastrophe alter the course of all their lives? Or would some of them have grown up to be the same person even if it hadn’t happened? Some think yes, some think no!

Why do you choose to set the novel in Martha’s Vineyard?

I fell in love with Martha’s Vineyard years ago. On the one hand, it’s a regular place like any other; people who live on the island year-round face the same struggles and triumphs as the rest of us. But maybe because it’s an island, albeit forty-five minutes by ferry from the mainland of Massachusetts, or maybe because it’s unusually beautiful, for visitors and summer people there is a feeling of it being “far away” and magical. This was a perfect place for Glory to go because she’s desperately looking to find a way out of the humdrum. She believes going to Martha’s Vineyard for a month could be her salvation. For one thing, she might bump into the playwright Lillian Hellman, or Arthur Miller and her acting career could become real. As she says to her husband, “It could change my life, Solly, if we went to Martha’s Vineyard.” Of course, her life does change, but not at all in the way she’d expected.

How does Glory’s decision to keep a secret affect her daughters’ parenting choices in the future?

Glory’s secret really puts a burden on her daughters. The atmosphere at home becomes more and more unsettled but the girls don’t understand why. They each deal with it differently, when they become mother’s themselves. Mimi, Ginger’s younger sister, keeps the unsettled feeling at bay by becoming phenomenally busy. She’s like a performer who spins plates in the air. So long as she’s busy she can avoid thinking about unpleasant things. Ginger reacts by becoming hyper-vigilant, super-alert to all the dangers in the world. Had Glory been honest with her daughters, they very well may have grown up feeling safe. Instead they grew up feeling at risk, and without knowing why. By the end of the novel, the sisters come to understand both the toxic power of secrets and the reason parents sometimes make surprising choices.

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What personal advice are you able to share with moms who are trying to juggle the many demands of modern motherhood?

First, don’t sweat the small stuff. Kids grow up so fast and sweating the small stuff just steals time. Of course, easier said than done! Small stuff can feel really big in the moment! One thing that always helped me was reminding myself that everything is a stage. Whether it’s a hard stage or an easy stage, it will soon be replaced by another stage! So whenever possible, take the long view. Stay flexible. Love them with all your heart and build some fun memories together! The only other advice I have is to try and keep in mind that while being a mom is forever, the job of raising kids is temporary. The point is for them to grow up and have independent lives. This is another theme I explored in Sisters One, Two Three: how to let go.

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#MTBookChat: The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

The Bachelor By Rachel Van Dyken

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Tuesday, January 17th

1PM ET/10AM PT
Hashtags: #MTBookChat #TheBachelorAuction
Hosts: @momtrends @RachVD @JenniferVido

Try something new in 2017 by joining us for our monthly Momtrends Virtual Book Chat. On Tuesday, January 17th at 1pm ET / 10am PT, we will be kicking it off with #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken. Get your questions ready as we discuss her latest release, The Bachelor Auction. Whether it’s on your smartphone, new tablet, or computer, check in with us on Twitter where we’ll be giving away four copies of this Cinderella tale plus one lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon gift card! And, don’t forget to RSVP below in order to be eligible to win!

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The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

In her latest release,The Bachelor Auction, Rachel Van Dyken writes about a modern-day Cinderella in search of her happily-ever-after. Jane runs a cleaning business and finds herself waiting on her demanding two sisters. As far as she is concerned, there’s no prince in her future. Enter Brock Wellington, a lonely guy who steps up to the plate for his family. When he agrees to be auctioned off, who knows, he might find the woman of his dreams. Sound like something that might interest you? Then, mark your calendar for Tuesday and tweet along with us using the hashtags #MTBookChat and #TheBachelorAuction.The Bachelor Auction

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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 Club with Cathy Kelly

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Tuesday, August 16th
1PM ET / 10AM PT
Hashtags: #MTBookChat #BetweenSisters
Hosts: @momtrends @cathykellybooks @JenniferVido

Between Sisters

Come join us for our next monthly Momtrends Virtual Book Chat on Tuesday, August 16th at 1pm ET/ 10 am PT with #1 International Bestselling Author Cathy Kelly. Get your questions ready as we discuss her latest novel, Between Sisters. 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 summer 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 one of Ireland’s most beloved storytellers, Cathy has millions of copies of her novels in print, such as It Started with Paris. In her newly released summer read Between Sisters, she explores the relationship between two siblings, Cassie and Coco, who both are at a crossroad in life. Raised by their grandmother, they still feel the pain of being left behind by their mother. Sound like something that might interest you or your book club? Then, mark your calendar for Tuesday and tweet along with us using the hashtags #MTBookChat and #BetweenSisters.

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#MTBookChat: Virtual Book Chat with Allison Winn Scotch

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Tuesday, July 19th
1PM ET / 10AM PT
Hashtags: #MTBookChat #InTwentyYears
Hosts: @momtrends @aswinn @JenniferVido

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Come join us for our next monthly Momtrends Virtual Book Chat on Tuesday, July 19th at 1pm ET/ 10 am PT with New York Bestselling Author Allison Winn Scotch. Get your questions ready as we discuss her latest novel, In Twenty Years. 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 six novels including The Theory of Opposites and The Song Remains the Same, Allison is best known for penning smart women’s fiction with memorable characters. In her newly released book In Twenty Years, she explores the relationship of six Penn students whose lives change with the sudden death of Bea, their beloved ringleader. Years later, they gather together to celebrate their friend’s life and finally confront the pain surrounding their splintered relationships from the past. Sounds like something that might interest you? Then, mark your calendar for Tuesday and tweet along with us using the hashtags #MTBookChat and #InTwentyYears.

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Next month, we will be chatting with Cathy Kelly about her upcoming release, Between Sisters. Pre-order your copy here 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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Interview with Brenda Janowitz: author of The Dinner Party

The Dinner PartyWhat inspired you to write The Dinner Party: A Novel?

I wanted to write a book about letting go, and how we can only move on with our future once we’ve let go of the past. Passover was the perfect metaphor for this, so the idea for the book was born!

How did you arrive at the title? And, why did you choose to center the story on Passover, specifically the Seder dinner?

The working title of the book was The Last Supper, which refers to the theory that the Last Supper was actually a Passover Seder. But my editor felt that the themes were so much more universal—family, acceptance, social status—and didn’t want to limit our audience for the book. So we thought about the crux of the book, and it’s truly about three families getting together for a family meal, so we came up a new title, a more fitting title: The Dinner Party.

Let’s talk about Sylvia Gold, the main character in the story. As with any family gathering, there is often drama and dysfunction. How does this doting Jewish mother cope with the strong personalities present at her holiday meal?

Sylvia likes to be in control. Especially at a holiday meal, and especially when there is company she is trying to impress. So, Sylvia undertakes a massive overhaul on her house and hires a personal chef for the occasion. That way, she can focus on what’s important. But little does she know the entire meal is about to spiral completely out of control…

As moms, what valuable life lessons can we learn from Sylvia’s experiences with her family, and especially her children?

That’s a great question! I think that one takeaway is that as far as children are concerned, control is an illusion. You can’t control other people, or how they act, so the best thing to do is let them be who they are.

Please take us on a tour of your website highlighting points of interest.

I recently re-designed my website www.brendajanowitz.com just for this novel! The fabulous Sarah Pinneo created it for me, and I couldn’t be prouder. One of the things I really wanted to do for the new site was to highlight The Dinner Party, and also my freelance work. So, on the home page, you’re immediately directed to take a peek at The Dinner Party.

Scrolling down, you can find links to my social media, and also the covers of all of my books. We wanted to create a site that was really easy to use, with everything at your fingertips.

The next tab shows you all five of my books—just click on the book you’re interested in learning about. After that, I’ve got a tab called “Essays” which has links to my freelance work. There are links for my bio and contact information, and we just put one in for “Events.”

I’m so incredibly proud of the site. I think it gives readers an easy way to get to know me, my books, and my other work. I hope you’ll all visit!

Are you currently at work on your next novel? If so, what may you share with our readers?

I am! I’m presently working on a book about marriage and parenthood.

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#MTBookChat: Virtual Book Chat with Alafair Burke

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Tuesday, February 16th
10 am PST / 1pm EST
Hashtags: #MTBookChat #TheEx #HarperBooks
Hosts: @momtrends @alafairburke @harperbooks @harpercollins @JenniferVido

Alafair Burke, cr Deborah Copaken KoganCome join us for our next monthly Momtrends Virtual Book Chat on Tuesday, February 16th from 10 am PST/ 1pm EST with New York Times bestselling author Alafair Burke.  Get your questions ready as we discuss her new book release, The Ex: A Novel.  This highly anticipated standalone has been garnering rave reviews as a must-read book pick! 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 riveting legal thriller plus one lucky person will win a $50 Amazon gift card!

The ExTwenty years ago, Olivia Randall walked away from the best thing she ever had. Now, she has a chance to make it right. When her ex-fiancé Jack Harris is arrested for a triple homicide, Olivia is called to defend her former lover. Soon Olivia begins to question whether Jack is truly innocent for all the evidence points back to him. With her career on the line, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go in order to keep Jack from spending the rest of his life behind bars. To learn more about Alafair and her books, visit her website at  http://alafairburke.com/.

NewsmakersDon’t forget to check back with us next month as we tweet along with another #MTBookChat author. On March 15 at 10 am PST / 1pm EST we will be chatting with New York Times bestselling author Lis Wiehl about her new release, The Newsmakers. Erica Sparks is following her childhood dream as a star reporter at the Global News Network.On her first assignment, she witnesses a terrible tragedy which catapults her career to the forefront. Erika will stop at nothing in order to make it to the top… just as long as her troubled past doesn’t catch up with her first. To learn more about Lis and her books, visit her website at www.liswiehlbooks.com.

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