The Fresh Fiction Podcast

Conversations about what you’re reading, what you’re watching, and what you’re listening to

Episode 0111: Interview with Karen Witemeyer, author MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL BOOKS and BETHANY HOUSE, publishers of the new book MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE by Karen Witemeyer. Karen joined me today to talk about researching MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE, being a historical romance nerd, and how a former California girl found her way to Texas.

 

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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE by Karen Witemeyer

 

More Than Meets the Eye

Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes--one bright blue, the other dark brown--Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world's judgments, and Eva has two--Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers.

 

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father's death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. When Zach's sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?

 

Romance Historical | Inspirational Romance [Bethany House, On Sale: June 5, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780764212833 / eISBN: 9781441269447]

 

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Episode 0110: Interview with Patricia Bradley, author of JUSTICE BETRAYED

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL BOOKS and BETHANY HOUSE, publishers of the new books JUSTICE BETRAYED by Patricia Bradley.

Today I’m joined by PATRICIA to talk about JUSTICE BETRAYED, cold case mysteries, and why Elvis Week in Memphis was the perfect place to set a murder.

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JUSTICE BETRAYED by Patricia Bradley

Memphis Cold Case #3

Justice Betrayed

Two unsolved murders seventeen years apart become personal when Detective Rachel Sloan discovers a connection to her own mother’s death in a burglary-gone-wrong. Can she solve the cases before she becomes the next victim?

 

It’s Elvis Week in Memphis, and homicide Detective Rachel Sloan isn’t sure her day could get any stranger when aging Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas asks to see her. But when he produces a photo of her murdered mother with four Elvis impersonators—one of whom had also been murdered soon after the photo was taken—she’s forced to reevaluate. Is there some connection between the two unsolved cases? And could the recent break-in at Vic’s home be tied to his obsession with finding his friend’s killer?

 

When yet another person in the photo is murdered, Rachel suddenly has her hands full investigating three cases. Lieutenant Boone Callahan offers his help, but their checkered romantic past threatens to get in the way. Can they solve the cases before the murderer makes Rachel victim number four?

 

Thriller | Inspirational Romance [Revell, On Sale: June 5, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800727161 / eISBN: 9781493413942]

 

review.jpgCan a killer be caught or will personal relationships get in the way?

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Episode 0109: Interview with Kristin Billerbeck

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL BOOKS and BETHANY HOUSE, publishers of the new books THE THEORY OF HAPPILY EVERY AFTER by Kristin Billerbeck. On today’s episode I’m joined by Kristin, who is back with a new book after a four year hiatus. We talked about finding her voice in the chick-lit genre, her love of Bridget Jones, and how neither of us can wait for the new season of POLDARK (premiering September 30th on PBS).

 

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THE THEORY OF HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Kristin Billerbeck

 

The Theory of Happily Ever After

According to Dr. Maggie Maguire, happiness is serious science, as serious as Maggie takes herself. But science can't always account for life's anomalies--for instance, why her fiancé dumped her for a silk-scarf acrobat and how the breakup sent Maggie spiraling into an extended ice cream-fueled chick flick binge.

 

Concerned that she might never pull herself out of this nosedive, Maggie's friends book her as a speaker on a "New Year, New You" cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. Maggie wonders if she's qualified to teach others about happiness when she can't muster up any for herself. But when a handsome stranger on board insists that smart women can't ever be happy, Maggie sets out to prove him wrong. Along the way she may discover that happiness has far less to do with the head than with the heart.

 

Filled with memorable characters, snappy dialogue, and touching romance, Kristin Billerbeck's THE THEORY OF HAPPILY EVER AFTER shows that the search for happiness may be futile--because sometimes happiness is already out there searching for you.

 

Inspirational Romance [Revell, On Sale: May 1, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800729448 / eISBN: 9781493414031]

 

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Episode 0108: Interview with Jocelyn Green

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL BOOKS and BETHANY HOUSE, publishers of the new books A REFUGE ASSURED by Jocelyn Green. I’m your host Gwen Reyes and I recently chatted with Jocelyn about A REFUGE ASSURED, writing historical romances set in the colonial times, and how watching PARKS AND RECREATION with her husband after a long day is the perfect way to unwind.

 

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A REFUGE ASSURED by Jocelyn Green

A Refuge Assured

Lacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia but finds the same dangers lurking in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers threaten the life of a young boy left in her care, who some suspect to be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement, Azilum, offer permanent refuge?

 

Militiaman Liam Delaney proudly served in the American Revolution, but now that the new government has imposed an oppressive tax that impacts his family, he barely recognizes the democracy he fought for. He wants only to cultivate the land of his hard-won farm near Azilum, but soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they will be drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.

 

Inspirational Historical | Romance Historical [Bethany House, On Sale: February 6, 2018, Paperback, ISBN: 9780764219078 / eISBN: 9781493413690]

 

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Episode 0107: Interview with Susan May Warren

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL and BETHANY HOUSE, publishers of the new books TROUBLED WATERS and STORM FRONT by Susan May Warren. Susan joined me for a chat about growing up in the midwest, balancing suspense and romance, and why her readers have fallen in love with her Montana Rescue series. Also, she gives some recommendations for books you should slip into your tote bag this summer.

 

Read our review of TROUBLED WATERS now!

 

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TROUBLED WATERS by Susan May Warren

Montana Rescue #4

Troubled Waters

A three day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave washes the passengers overboard, leaving Ian and Sierra scrambling for survival. Sparks ignite as they wait for a rescue, but will a secret keep them apart?

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants--except a happy ending. Or at least that's what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra's relationship.

Romance Suspense | Inspirational Romance [Revell, On Sale: January 2, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800727468 / eISBN: 9781493412556]

review.jpgAs they scramble for survival, can they find love or will secrets push them apart?

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Episode 0106: Debra White Smith

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL and BETHANY HOUSE, publishers of the new book FIRST IMPRESSIONS by Debra White Smith. Debra joined me for a chat about recreating the Jane Austen world in a modern setting, how she stays motivated to write, and what she's reading, watching, and listening to.

 

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS by Debra White Smith

Jane Austen

First Impressions

A Contemporary Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

Lawyer Eddi Boswick tries out for a production of Pride and Prejudice in her small Texas town. When she's cast as the lead, Elizabeth Bennet, her romantic co-star is none other than the town's most eligible--and arrogant--bachelor.

Romance Contemporary | Inspirational Romance [Bethany House, On Sale: April 17, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780764230677 / eISBN: 9781493413881]

 

 

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Episode 0105: The Royal Wedding! HARRY & MEGHAN: A ROYAL ROMANCE, and an interview with Laura Frantz

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL and BETHANY HOUSE, who are celebrating the release of PELICAN POINT by Irene Hannon.

 

Hi guys! Welcome back to the Fresh Fiction Podcast, where we break down all the fun things we’ve watched, read, and listened to this week. I’m your new best friend, Gwen Reyes. Today is all about the royal wedding. Did you watch it on Saturday? I’m still obsessed and can’t wait to dig in.

 

Also on today’s episode, I chatted with Laura Frantz, author of THE LACEMAKER.We talked about the Revolutionary War, Colonal Williamsburg, and why historical fiction makes learning history fun.

 

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THE LACEMAKER by Laura Frantz

The Lacemaker

On the eve of her wedding, Lady Elisabeth Lawson's world is shattered, as surely as the fine glass windows of her colonial Williamsburg home. In a town seething with Patriots ready for rebellion, her protection comes from an unlikely source--now if she could only protect her heart.

When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson is abandoned by her fiancé and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?

Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story.

Inspirational Romance | Inspirational Historical | Romance Historical [Revell, On Sale: January 2, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800726638 / eISBN: 9781493412501]

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Episode 0104: ‘First Burn,’ BOOK CLUB, and an interview with Lynette Eason

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL and BETHANY HOUSE BOOKS, who are celebrating the release of THE ACCIDENTAL GUARDIAN by Mary Connealy.

 

Hi guys! Welcome back to the Fresh Fiction Podcast, where we break down all the fun things we’ve watched, read, and listened to this week. I’m your new best friend, Gwen Reyes. Today I’m digging into the latest Hamildrop from Lin-Manuel Miranda called FIRST BURN. I also fell in love with the new movie, BOOK CLUB (read my review).

 

Also on today’s episode, I chatted with Lynette Eason, author of OATH OF HONOR. We talked about how she creates high suspense with great romances, her love of WHEN CALLS THE HEART, and how reading in her genre makes her a better writer.

 

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OATH OF HONOR by Lynette Eason

Blue Justice #1

Oath of Honor

When police officer Isabelle St. John's partner is murdered, she must work with Detective Ryan Marshall to solve a case that may force her to choose between family and justice.

Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. With three brothers and two sisters, she's never without someone to hang out with--or fight with. And she knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy's investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?

With her signature fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat action, Lynette Eason invites readers into a captivating new series where justice is a family affair.

Romance Suspense | Inspirational Romance [Revell, On Sale: January 2, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800727215 / eISBN: 9781493412532]

review.jpgCan a murder be solved or will secrets be reveal that puts others in danger?

 
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E0103: LOVE, SIMON review and interview with Irene Hannon

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL and BETHANY HOUSE, who are celebrating the release of OATH OF HONOR by Lynette Eason. You can also read a review of OATH OF HONOR on FreshFiction.com.

 

Hi guys! Welcome back to the Fresh Fiction Podcast, where we break down all the fun things we’ve watched, read, and listened to this week. I’m your new best friend, Gwen Reyes, and today I’m joined by my best friend, Alicia Vinas, who stopped by to watch LOVE, SIMON with me.

 

Also on today’s episode, I chatted with author Irene Hannon about her newest book, PELICAN POINT. Make sure you stick around for that very fun interview.

 

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About PELICAN POINT

After inheriting a crumbling lighthouse, Dr. Ben Garrison is more than ready to get rid of it until he meets a determined Marci Weber who wants to save the landmark. Can she make him see her point of view?

 

A crumbling lighthouse is not part of the inheritance Army doctor Ben Garrison expects to claim when he journeys to Hope Harbor. Fresh out of the service, he wants only to unload the tower of bricks, decompress from years of treating battlefield trauma, and prepare to launch his civilian career.

 

Hope Harbor Herald editor Marci Weber has other ideas. She may not be a Hope Harbor native, but the small Oregon seaside town has become home--and she's determined to save the Pelican Point landmark.

 

Sparks fly as the two go head to head over the fate of the lighthouse. But when they start to cooperate, a different kind of fire ignites. And as they work together, might Hope Harbor heal the hearts of these two romance-wary souls?

 

Bestselling author Irene Hannon invites readers back to their favorite town for a story that will light a beacon of hope within their hearts.

 

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e0102: NAILED IT, LADIES FIRST, and an interview with Mark Greaney

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL and BETHANY HOUSE, who is celebrating the release of THE HEART’S APPEAL by Jennifer Delamere this March. This historical romance brings Victorian England to life as aspiring doctor Julia Bernay (yes, you heard that right, a woman doctor in the 1800s) tries to navigate her studies while falling for a disgraced Barrister named Michael Stephenson, whose only goal is to repair his family’s reputation. Sparks fly as Julia and Michael try to fight the attraction they feel for each while searching for common ground. You can buy THE HEART’S APPEAL by Jennifer Delamere in bookstores and online today.

 

Hi guys! Welcome back to the Fresh Fiction Podcast, where we break down all the fun things we’ve watched, read, and listened to this week. I’m your new best friend, Gwen Reyes, and today I’m reviewing the newish Netflix series NAILED IT. As well as sharing my thoughts on a recently launched podcast series about the American First Ladies called LADIES, FIRST. And after the rundown I’ll interview suspense writer MARK GREANEY about the newest book in his GRAY MAN series, AGENT IN PLACE.

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