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Hope and Adventure: The Inspiration Behind The Crown Conspiracy

Join author Connie Mann for a peek into the inspiration behind The Crown Conspiracy, her new romantic suspense and adventure story, the first of the Speranza Team novels.

I have always loved tales of adventure, especially those involving treasure hunts and secret societies. I’ve been reading them for years …

5 International Thrillers You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

Have your passports ready and hold on to your hat with these international thrillers written by skilled authors. These books will take you on a jaunt across the ocean and keep you at the edge of your seat with their suspense, political intrigue, military missions, and more. You won’t even …

8 Family Saga Novels to Read with Your Mom This Mother’s Day

As Mother’s Day approaches, we want to honor the profound and complex bond between mothers and daughters. The following novels explore complicated family dynamics between multiple generations of women, whether mother-daughter, grandmother-granddaughter, maternal figures and children in need of mothering, or sisters dealing with different stages of motherhood. Yet, amid …

The Unexpected and the Inevitable: Q and A with Thriller Author Steven James

Steven James’s latest novel, Fatal Domain, continues Travis Brock’s search for the truth of what happened the night of a brutal fire over a year ago. In this Q and A with Steven, he lets readers into the mind of a thriller author.…

Reveal, Restore, Recover: Author Robin W. Pearson on Her New Southern Family Drama

Robin W. Pearson’s latest Southern family drama, Dysfunction Junction, centers around three sisters who, after an unexpected phone call, need to reckon with a past all of them would rather forget. Publishers Weekly called the novel “a heartfelt tribute to the bonds of sisterhood.” In this Q and A …

4 Small Books That Make Perfect Stocking Stuffers

Cue the falling snow and plug in those sparkling lights. Christmas season is here! As your calendar fills up with gatherings and shopping, finding the perfect little something for people in your life rises to the top of the list.

These tiny books, packed with big and meaningful stories, make …

Meeting Cade: Where Fact Meets Fiction in Historical Novel The Wings of Poppy Pendleton

In author Melanie Dobson’s time-slip drama The Wings of Poppy Pendleton, a young girl mysteriously disappears from a New York estate during the Gilded Age; years later, a reporter enlists a woman living on the same island to investigate the disappearance. In this article, Melanie talks about her research …

5 Crime-Fighting Heroines You’ll Want to Root For

Women have long had a place in fighting and solving crimes in mystery and suspense novels. The women on this list not only show a wide range of abilities, they also highlight how vulnerability and learning more about themselves help them become better at doing their jobs. From sneaking around …

4 Small-Town Romances to Read Before Valentine’s Day

In this Valentine’s Day season where red hearts and flowers paint the world, don’t forget good stories. Slip away to small-town America with these inspiring romance novels to set your mood. These books, like Hallmark movies, offer clean romance with some good chuckles, lots of heart, and strong storytelling—all taking …

4 Thrilling Novels to Read This Fall

Cooler weather and long autumn nights are the perfect time to keep an action-packed thriller or suspenseful mystery at hand. If you’re looking for a pulse-pounding adventure to explore on a dark and stormy night, you’re sure to enjoy these four riveting and suspenseful novels, excellent to read this fall.…

Amish 101: fun facts about the Amish community from Cindy Woodsmall

In this article Amish fiction author Cindy Woodsmall talks about Amish fiction, facts about the Amish community, and more. If you’ve read her recently release Yesterday’s Gone which she co-authored with Erin Woodsmall, read this post to discover even more about the Amish traditions and customs she writes about

5 Books to Keep You Entertained on a Summer Road Trip

While road trips are taken year-round, summer is arguably the best time of year for a road trip. In this post, discover five different novels to keep you company while you’re on the road. Read on to see which one is right for you!

Quiz: Pick Your Favorite Summer Treats and We’ll Tell You What to Read Next!

Summer is filled with delicious treats that we associate with the warm weather. Whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer savory snacks, a great book goes hand in hand with great food. Take this fun quiz to discover what you should read this upcoming season based on your favorite …

Fact vs. Fiction: Code of Courage author Janice Cantore on where real life and fiction meet in her novels 

Your police background and knowledge bring great authenticity to your stories. Are there any scenes in Code of Courage or any of your other novels that you had to veer from true-to-life police procedures because it would be giving too much information away that needs to stay protected? Are there

Author Q&A: Robin W. Pearson on Her New Novel, Walking in Tall Weeds

In Robin W. Pearson’s latest women’s fiction novel Walking in Tall Weeds, the Baldwins find themselves wading through a new, rocky season of life in Hickory Grove, North Carolina. When Paulette’s and Fred’s only son, McKinley, returns home, his visit dredges up even more conflict between Fred and Paulette.

Crazy4Fiction Summer Book Bash!

Hello readers! Welcome to the Crazy4Fiction Summer Book Bash! Join us on a virtual tour with novelists Sandra Byrd, Michelle Shocklee, Patricia Raybon, and Jennifer L. Wright. During this year’s book bash from July 25-July 30, you’ll get to visit locations from each of these novels—and maybe even win some …

Author Q&A: Sandra Byrd on Her New Novel, Heirlooms

In Heirlooms, her new women’s fiction novel set in both modern-day and mid-century Whidbey Island, author Sandra Byrd tells the story of story of four women—grandmothers and granddaughters—across generations and explores the secrets we keep, the love we pass down, and the heirlooms we inherit from a well-lived life.

Quiz: What’s My Summer Beach Read?

Who doesn’t love summer with its sunny days and warm breezes? If you’ll be hitting the beach this summer, you’ll probably be looking for a great read to bring with you. Take this quiz for fun to discover your next summer read.

5 Romantic Beach Reads to Swoon for This Summer

Whether you’re heading to the beach this summer or are planning to adventure somewhere else, beach reads always make for fun summer reading. If you’re looking for great beach reads to take with you on your summer adventures or a staycation, don’t miss adding these to your TBR list!

Quiz: Which Hero from a Courtney Walsh Romance Novel is Your Book Boyfriend?

Have you ever read a swoon-worthy love story and felt like you could be the heroine from the novel because the two of you were so similar? For fun, take this quiz to see which book boyfriend from one of Courtney Walsh’s contemporary romance novels would be the one for …

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Quiz: Which Book Boyfriend Is the one for You?

Have you ever read a swoon-worthy love story and felt like you could be the heroine from it because the two of you were so similar? For fun, take this quiz to see which book boyfriend would be the one for you if you were a heroine from a romance …

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Q&A with Trace of Doubt author DiAnn Mills

In the new romantic suspense novel Trace of Doubt by DiAnn Mills, Shelby Pierce is an ex-con who FBI Denton McClure is sure committed the crime she was sent to prison for. But the truth could be something no one ever expected. In the Q&A below with DiAnn Mills, discover

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Meet Andrews & Wilson, the Dark Intercept Writing Team

The new thriller Dark Intercept was coauthored by Andrews & Wilson, the bestselling writing team of Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson. They write action-adventure and covert operations novels honoring the heroic men and women who serve in the military and intelligence communities. In the Q&A below, learn more about Brian

Jasper Lake through the Eyes of its Mayor

The new contemporary romance novel Provenance by Carla Laureano tells the story of Kendall Green and Gabriel Brant, a young mayor, who meet and fall in love in the tiny town of Jasper Lake, Colorado where Kendall arrives to sell the properties she’s inherited. Get to know Jasper Lake in

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Q&A with Janice Cantore, Author of Breach of Honor

In Janice Cantore’s new romantic suspense novel Breach of Honor , Table Rock police officer Leah Radcliffe’s wrongly convicted of murdering her husband Brad, a fellow officer. Soon, truths about Brad’s dark side come to light—and reveal a deep-rooted problem in the town. In the Q&A below, hear from Janice

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5 Novels to Gift for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day coming soon, you might be on the search for a great gift to give a father figure in your life. If the person you’re looking for a present for loves a great read, how about gifting them with a new novel this Father’s Day? Here are five

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Q&A with Under the Magnolias author T. I. Lowe

The new Southern fiction novel Under the Magnolias by T. I. Lowe tells the story of Austin Foster, a young woman trying to take care of her family and keep family secrets from seeing the light of day on her family’s South Carolina tobacco farm. In the following Q&A with

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5 Novels to Gift for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day coming soon, maybe you’re on the lookout for a story to entertain and inspire a mother figure in your life. In this post, we’ll highlight five novels that feature characters approaching motherhood in many different ways. Read on to discover which one might be perfect for you …

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Where Fact and Fiction Meet: A Real-Life Radio Story and A Piece of the Moon

In the new Southern fiction novel A Piece of the Moon by Chris Fabry, much of the story focuses upon characters who work at Country 16, a small town radio station in West Virginia. Chris Fabry shared one of his personal stories from his time in radio and how it

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Q&A with Melanie Dobson, author of The Curator’s Daughter

The new time-slip novel The Curator’s Daughter by award-winning author Melanie Dobson tells the story of a young girl, kidnapped on the eve of World War II, who changes the lives of a German archaeologist forced into the Nazi Party and—decades later—a researcher trying to overcome her own trauma. In

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A Letter from ‘Til I Want No More’s Maxine Owens

In ‘Til I Want No More by Robin W. Pearson, Maxine Owens is a columnist whose writes about her life, including wedding details as she plans to marry her fiancé Theodore Charles. In the letter below, courtesy of Robin W. Pearson, hear from Maxine about what she hopes you’ll take

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Bringing Louisa May Alcott to Life in The Orchard House

In The Orchard House by Heidi Chiavaroli, Johanna Suhre travels to the home of Little Women author Louisa May Alcott. There Johanna cares for Louisa’s aging parents. In this post, Heidi Chiavaroli shares what it was like bringing Louisa to life in the pages of The Orchard House.

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Crazy4Fiction Christmas Cheer: Heidi Chiavaroli’s 5 Favorite Family Fun Christmas Activities

Award winning novelist Heidi Chiavaroli writes women’s fiction, combining her love of history and literature to write time-slip stories. In The Orchard House, her upcoming new release, family is a central focus of the story. Christmas can be a great time to create new family memories. Heidi shared a

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A Favorite Christmas Memory: Francine Rivers shares one of hers

Francine Rivers, New York Times bestselling author of The Masterpiece, shared about a favorite Christmas memory. Get a glimpse into a moment from the author’s life by reading the story below that she shared. 

A friend asked me what my most memorable Christmas was. That’s easy.  Rick and I …

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5 Books to Gift the Romance Novel Fan

Know someone who loves love stories but you just aren’t quite sure which ones to gift them? Browse this pick of titles to see which novel (or more than one!) would be a great choice to gift the reader who always has their nose buried in a swoon-worthy romance novel.…

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5 Books to Gift the Woman in Your Life

Do you know a woman who loves to read? If you’d love to give them the gift of an inspiring, entertaining novel but just aren’t quite sure which one to choose for them, take a look at this article to find five great women’s fiction novels and see which one …

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5 Things You Should Do If You Want to Get Your Novel Published

Hoping to publish a novel you’ve written someday? There are some things you can do to help make the process easier. Karen Watson, Tyndale’s fiction publisher, shared some tips authors should consider if they want to publish a novel someday or are writing one during National Novel Writing Month this

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Fall Fiction Fun: DiAnn Mills Reads an Excerpt from Her Novel Airborne

Do breezy autumn evenings have you looking to bundle up under a cozy blanket, a cup of cocoa in one hand and a suspense-filled book in the other? If you love staying in and reading a novel that keeps you turning pages late into the night, the new romantic suspense …

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Fall Fiction Fun: Ana and Bryan Share Their Perfect Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte

In the novel The Solid Grounds Coffee Company, book three in the Supper Club series by RITA Award–winning author Carla Laureano, Bryan Shaw and Analyn Sanchez manage a coffee roasting company in Denver. If you’re a fellow coffee lover and are looking for a delicious seasonal drink to try

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Fall Fiction Fun: Granny B’s Fall Recipes

In A Long Time Comin’ by Robin W. Pearson, Beatrice Agnew, also known as Granny B, is a talented cook, serving up Southern comfort food that would make your mouth water and your stomach rumble for a bite. If you’re in need of some delicious, hearty comfort food on a

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Q&A with DiAnn Mills: the author of Airborne on a favorite scene in the novel, key characters, + more

In the new romantic suspense novel Airborne by DiAnn Mills, a killer virus is unleashed on a plane full of passengers. Aboard the flight is Houston FBI Agent Heather Lawrence. Heather works to track down the killer, and soon her husband Dr. Chad Lawrence, who studies viruses for a living,

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Quiz: Which Sand Queen from the Carolina Coast series are you?

In the Carolina Coast series by T.I. Lowe, Opal Gilbert, Josie Slater, and Sophia Prescott make up the group of friends known as the Sand Queens. Each woman is unique and has her own strengths. Which one of these characters might you be most like? Take this quiz to see. 

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2020 Summer Reading Guide

Summer is a great time to make a list of novels you’ve been wanting to read and then challenge yourself to work your way through your reading list. If you could use some novel recommendations this season, don’t miss browsing the summer reading guide here on Crazy4Fiction! Whether you like …

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We All Need Someone to Lean On: guest blog post by novelist Beth K. Vogt

In The Best We’ve Been, book three in the Thatcher Sisters series by Beth K. Vogt, Johanna Thatcher’s tough exterior hides deep wounds. She hasn’t tended toward relying on others, but new life changes may leave her little choice but to accept help. Read on to see what Beth

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Quiz: How well do you know Carla Laureano’s Supper Club series?

Test your knowledge of the Supper Club series by Carla Laureano by taking this quiz! See how well you know Rachel, Melody, and Ana in The Saturday Night Supper Club, Brunch at Bittersweet Café, and the new release The Solid Grounds Coffee Company

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Q&A with Robin W. Pearson, author of A Long Time Comin’

Author Robin W. Pearson’s writing sprouts from her Southern roots and her love of her husband and seven children. Both lend authenticity to her debut novel, A Long Time Comin’. In this new Q&A here, get to know Robin better and learn about what inspired her to write A

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Q&A with DiAnn Mills, author of Fatal Strike

Why did novelist DiAnn Mills choose snake venom as a villain’s weapon in the new novel Fatal Strike? And what is DiAnn’s favorite scene from the book? These questions and more answered in the exclusive Q&A with DiAnn Mills. Check it out below!

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Not Alone: Lessons in Grief and Trauma from London Tides

As a former war photographer, Irish photojournalist Grace Brennan from Carla Laureano’s novel London Tides has witnessed a great deal of devastation. And in the aftermath of a tragic personal loss, Grace is reeling. Like Grace, to deal with trauma or loss, we may turn to unhealthy modes of coping

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Rescued and Redeemed: Janice Cantore on hope in the midst of trauma

In the novel Cold Aim by former police officer Janice Cantore, a young woman named Charlotte (Chevy) is sheltered in Rogue’s Hollow. Chevy is a victim of human trafficking and is a witness in a high-profile human trafficking case. Though Cold Aim is fiction, it addresses a very real issue:

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Cultivating Contentment: Author Pam Hillman on Change and Contentment

In The Crossing at Cypress Creek by Pam Hillman, when Irishman Caleb O’Shea arrives in Natchez, Mississippi, he isn’t planning to stay there long. But things might just turn out very differently.

If you’ve ever had life turn out to be the opposite of what you had wanted or even

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