We’re very excited to have well-known as well as up-and-coming authors contribute to the Great New Books site. Here, a list of those authors we have coming to recommend their own recent favorite books …

The GNB Guest Authors July – December 2013

Lauren Miller, author of Parallel

Great New Books recommendation:   July 10, 2013

Lauren MillerLauren Miller resolved to write a novel in the first 100 days of her child’s life and blogged about it, an experiment she called “embracing the detour”. The results of her writing turned into her debut novel PARALLEL. Find out more about Lauren at her website: http://laurenmillerwrites.com.

Douglas Kennedy, author of Five Days

Great New Books recommendation:   August 14, 2013

Douglas KennedyFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Pursuit of Happiness and The Moment comes a poignant and profound American love story, which asks the question: How long does it take to fall in love?

Douglas Kennedy is an internationally renowned and bestselling novelist. His 10 novels have been translated in 22 countries. Find out more about Douglas at his website: http://douglaskennedynovelist.com.


Beth Hoffman, author of Looking for Me

Great New Books recommendation:   September 4, 2013

Beth HoffmanTwelve days after Beth Hoffman’s first novel, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, was published in 2010, she became a New York Times bestselling author with foreign rights selling to prestigious publishers in Italy, Germany, France, Poland, Norway, Hungary, Indonesia, Korea, Israel, and the United Kingdom.

Following an extensive national tour, Beth returned home to Kentucky and the solace of her writing studio. Drawing from vivid memories of childhood on her grandparents’ farm and her love of animals, nature, and antiques, a surprising story quickly took form. When asked about her second novel, which is titled LOOKING FOR ME, Beth says: “This book encompasses my deepest passions—it’s the story that woke me in the night and demanded to be told.” Find out more about Beth at her website: http://bethhoffman.net.

Elizabeth Benedict, author of What My Mother Gave Me:

Great New Books recommendation:   September 18, 2013

Elizabeth BenedictWomen look at the relationships between mothers and daughters through a new lens: a daughter s story of a gift from her mother that has touched her to the bone and served as a model, a metaphor, or a touchstone in her own life. The contributors of these thirty-one original pieces all written specifically for this book include Pulitzer Prize winners, perennial bestselling novelists, and well-known NPR commentators. In these stirring words we find that every gift, no matter how modest, tells the story of a powerful bond.

Elizabeth Benedict is a bestselling novelist, journalist, teacher of creative writing, editor, and writing coach. She has published five acclaimed novels, including the bestseller Almost and the National Book Award finalist Slow Dancing, a classic book on writing fiction, and hundreds of reviews, essays, and articles. She is the editor of two acclaimed anthologies, the New York Times Bestseller What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most (Algonquin 2013) and Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives (Simon & Schuster; SUNY Press). Find out more about Elizabeth at her website: http://elizabethbenedict.com.

Tiffany Hawk, author of Love Me Anyway:

Great New Books recommendation:   October 9, 2013

Tiffany HawkAn assured debut from a former flight attendant, Love Me Anyway deftly captures the complexities of love, friendship, and family, the excitement and loneliness that come from living everywhere and nowhere, and the surprising detours life can take when you set out to discover the world. A darkly funny, compulsively readable debut novel about two young flight attendants coming of age at 35,000 feet.

Tiffany Hawk has written several hundred stories for publications that include The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Coast magazine, Sunset, GQ.com, globorati.com, and National Geographic Traveler. Her short fiction and personal essays have appeared in such places as The Potomac Review, StoryQuarterly, and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and her debut novel is Love Me Anyway. Find out more about Tiffany at her website: http://tiffanyhawk.com.

Dianne Dixon, author of The Book of Someday:

Great New Books recommendation:   October 23, 2013

Dianne DixonEver since she was a little girl in California, Livvi Gray has been tormented by a nightmare of an eerily beautiful stranger in a shimmering silver dress. Shortly before Livvi’s thirtieth birthday she will come face to face with this stranger, an encounter that will not only alter Livvi’s future, but also change much of what she thinks she knows about the past. Mysteriously connected and soon to be forever changed, three women begin a story that will haunt you long after they are gone.

As a television writer Dianne Dixon (winner of the Humanitas Prize for Excellence in Screenwriting and double Emmy nominee) regularly received glowing reviews: “Her characters dance off the page.” (Jane Hewland/Sky Television, UK) “An enormously gifted writer.” (LaVerne McKinnon/CBS Television)  “Her knowledge of storytelling is both clear and articulate.” (Nate Hopper/Sony Pictures). Now Dianne is receiving equally enthusiastic response to her work as a novelist: “Captivating, fascinating.” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). Find out more about Dianne at her website: http://diannedixon.com.

Anita Hughes, author of Lake Como:

Great New Books recommendation:   November 6, 2013

Anita HughesLove, sisterhood, and sumptuous descriptions of la dolce vita fill the pages of Lake Como, a heartwarming story of romance, self-discovery, and the quest for truth.

Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia and had a charmed childhood that included petting koala bears, riding the waves on Bondi Beach, and putting an occasional shrimp on the barbie. Her debut novel MONARCH BEACH was released in June 2012, followed by MARKET STREET in March 2013 and LAKE COMO in August 2013. She lives in Dana Point, CA with her family. Find out more about Anita at her website: http://anitahughesbooks.com.

Dawn Wink, author of Meadowlark:

Great New Books recommendation:   November 27, 2013

Dawn WinkDawn Wink’s Meadowlark is about homesteaders in the Dakota Territory and one woman’s quest for meaning in the shadow of an abusive marriage, piercing as a meadowlark’s song heard over miles of empty prairie.

Dawn Wink is an educator and writer whose work explores the tensions and beauty of language, culture, and place. Dawn is an Associate Professor at Santa Fe Community College, her essays and articles have appeared in  journals and magazines. She lives with her family in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Find out more about Dawn at her website: http://dawnwink.com.

Lucinda Riley, author of The Lavender Garden:

Great New Books recommendation:   December 18, 2013

Lucinda RileyThe Lavender Garden is about an aristocratic French family, a legendary château, and buried secrets with the power to destroy two generations torn between duty and desire, set in France’s La Côte d’Azur in 1998 and in Paris in 1940.

Lucinda Riley is the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Orchid House and The Girl on the Cliff. Born in Ireland, she now lives in the English countryside and in France with her husband and four children. Find out more about Lucinda at her website: http://lucindariley.co.uk.

The GNB Guest Authors January – June, 2013

Melanie Benjamin, author of The Aviator’s Wife

Great New Books recommendation: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett, February 6, 2013

Melanie Benjamin, author of The Aviator's Wife, photo by Todd RennelsMelanie Benjamin writes historical fiction, concentrating on the “stories behind the stories.” Her third novel, THE AVIATOR’S WIFE, is a novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and released in January 2013. Drawing on the rich history of the twentieth century—from the late twenties to the mid-sixties—and featuring cameos from such notable characters as Joseph Kennedy and Amelia Earhart, The Aviator’s Wife is a vividly imagined novel of a complicated marriage—revealing both its dizzying highs and its devastating lows. For more, visit her website at http://melaniebenjamin.com.

Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Comfort of Lies

Great New Books recommendation: The Wizard of Lies by Diana B. Henriques, February 20, 2013

Randy Susan Meyers The drama of Randy Susan Meyers’ novels is informed by her work with violent offenders and children families impacted by emotional and family violence (as well as her years spent bartending.) Raised in Brooklyn New York, Randy now lives in Boston with her husband, where she teaches writing seminars for Grub Street Writer’s Center, and is the mother of two grown daughters.

Her debut novel, The Murderer’s Daughters was named a “Must Read Book,” and one of the “2011 Ten Best Works of Fiction” by the Massachusetts Book Awards and named a best book pick by Elle France, Daily Candy, Goodreads, The Boston Herald, The Winnipeg Free Press, and Book Reporter, among others. Chosen by Target as the February-March 2011 “Book Club Pick,”it was also a top title for the Book of the Month Club, Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club. The Murderer’s Daughters has been published in sixteen foreign editions.

Meyers’ new novel, The Comfort of Lies, releasing from Atria/Simon & Shuster February 2013, explores the collateral damage of infidelity, the difficulty of balancing motherhood, marriage, and work, and the dark, private struggles many experience,but rarely reveal. Find more about Randy’s books at her website, http://RandySusanMeyers.com.

Susan Henderson, author of Up From the Blue

Great New Books recommendation:    March 20, 2013

Author Susan Henderson, Up from the BlueSusan Henderson is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets award. Her debut novel, UP FROM THE BLUE, was published by HarperCollins in 2010 and has been selected as a Great Group Reads pick (by the Women’s National Book Association), an outstanding softcover release (by NPR), a Best Bets Pick (by BookReporter), Editor’s Pick (by BookMovement), Editor’s Choice (by BookBrowse), a Prime Reads pick (by HarperCollins New Zealand), a Top 10 of 2010 (by Robert Gray of Shelf Awareness), a 2012 Book Club Choice by the American Library Association, and a favorite reads feature on the Rosie O’Donnell show. Now in its fourth printing, UP FROM THE BLUE will soon be available in Norwegian and Dutch translation.

Susan blogs at LitPark.com and The Nervous Breakdown and volunteers for the We Are Family Foundation. Her husband is a costume designer, filmmaker, and tenured drama professor. They live in NY with their two boys.

Claire Bidwell Smith, author of The Rules of Inheritance

Great New Books recommendation:   April 3, 2013

Claire Bidwell Smith, author of Rules of InheritanceClaire’s story is less of a tragic tale and more of a remarkable lesson on how to overcome some of life’s greatest hardships. Written with suspense and style, and bursting with love and adventure, The Rules of Inheritance vividly captures the deep grief and surprising light of a young woman forging ahead on a journey of loss that humbled, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Claire Bidwell Smith lives in Los Angeles with her husband Greg Boose and their two daughters. Claire is an experienced therapist specializing in grief and the author of the  memoir THE RULES OF INHERITANCE (Penguin/Hudson St., February 2012). Find more about Claire at her website and blog: http://clairebidwellsmith.com.

Priscille Sibley, author of The Promise of Stardust

Great New Books recommendation:   April 17, 2013

Priscille Sibley, author of The Promise of StardustTHE PROMISE OF STARDUST is a love story about a family torn apart by a medical crisis and the ethical dilemma of keeping a pregnant woman with no chance of recovery on life support for months in an attempt to give her unborn baby a chance.

Born and raised in Maine, Priscille has paddled down a few wild rivers, done a little rock climbing, and jumped out of airplanes. She currently lives in New Jersey where she works as a neonatal intensive care nurse and shares her life with her wonderful husband, three tall teenaged sons, and a mischievous Wheaten terrier.

Find more about Priscille at her website: http://PriscilleSibley.com.

Erika Robuck, author of Call Me Zelda

Great New Books recommendation:   May 8, 2013

Erika Robuck, author of Call Me ZeldaFrom the author of Hemingway’s Girl comes a richly imagined tale of Zelda Fitzgerald’s love, longing, and struggle against ever-threatening insanity. From New York to Paris, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald reigned as king and queen of the Jazz Age, but those who really knew them saw their inner turmoil. In this thoroughly researched, deeply moving novel, Erika Robuck explores the boundaries of female friendship, the complexity of marital devotion, and the sources of both art and madness.

Erika Robuck self-published her first novel, RECEIVE ME FALLING. Her novel, HEMINGWAY’S GIRL (NAL/Penguin), was a Target Emerging Author Pick, a Vero Beach Bestseller, and has been sold in two foreign markets to date. Her next novel, CALL ME ZELDA (NAL/Penguin), publishes on May 7, 2013, and begins in the years “after the party” for Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Erika writes about and reviews historical fiction at her blog, Muse, and is a contributor to popular fiction blog, Writer Unboxed. She is also a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Hemingway Society. Find more about Erika at her website: http://erikarobuck.com.

Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Glass Wives

Great New Books recommendation:   May 22, 2013

Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Glass WivesAmy Sue Nathan’s debut novel, THE GLASS WIVES, will be published by St. Martin’s Griffin on May 7, 2013.  Amy blogs at the Women’s Fiction Writers blog and can be found at her website: http://amysuenathan.com.

Maryanne O’Hara, author of Cascade

Great New Books recommendation:   June 5, 2013

Maryanne O'Hara, author of CascadeCascade is set in 1935, about a small town fighting for its survival, and a conflicted new wife with artistic promise who is forced  to choose between duty and desire. Fans of Richard Russo, Amor Towles, Sebastian Barry, and Paula McLain will devour this transporting novel about the eternal tug between our duties and our desires, set within the context of the Depression, NYC during Roosevelt’s New Deal era, and the approaching World War.

Maryanne O’Hara lives in Massachusetts with her husband, and can be found at http://maryanneohara.com.

Sarah Jio, author of The Last Camellia

Great New Books recommendation:   June 19, 2013

Sarah Jio, author of The Last CamelliaThe Last Camellia is a romantic and suspenseful tale about two women whose destiny is bound across the years, set on on the eve of World War II, where the last surviving specimen of a camellia plant known as the Middlebury Pink lies secreted away on an English country estate.

Sarah Jio is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of BLACKBERRY WINTER, THE VIOLETS OF MARCH (a Library Journal Best Book of 2011), THE BUNGALOW and THE LAST CAMELLIA (published on 5/28/13)–all from Penguin (Plume). Her novels have/will be published in 17 countries and counting. Sarah is also a freelance magazine writer and lives with her husband and three sons in Seattle. She can be found at her website, http://sarahjio.com.