Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Martha Reynolds

Leave a comment on today’s post and you’re eligible to win this author’s giveaway. Each day in November that you comment gives you an entry into the Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the month! (Print copies for US residents only, please. If you live outside the US and win, you’ll receive a digital copy of this book.)

April in Galway is a story about second chances. A couple of years ago, I watched the British comedy-drama series “Last Tango in Halifax,” which begins with former childhood sweethearts, now in their seventies. They reunite via social media, and learn that through a terribly misintentioned event, they were separated. This set-up was the inspiration for April in Galway, though my characters are in their late forties. And while my characters aren’t based on real people, I do know of one very happy couple who were classmates of mine in high school (they weren’t sweethearts then), but found each other later in life and are deliriously happy together! Another character was inspired by a young woman I spent only a few hours with, but who had a profound effect.

As I write, I try to envision who might play the role of a character (so that when the Lifetime Channel comes calling, I’ll be ready – haha). Here are April Tweed, Bill Flanagan, and Connor Whelan as I pictured them:

Rachel Weisz as April John C. Reilly Marcus Wareing as Connor

Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, and Chef Marcus Wareing

April in Galway ends with a definite feel for a sequel, and I’ve already begun mapping it out. My self-imposed goal of releasing a book a year is on track, and the sequel to this one, which will tie in to one of my previous books (surprise!), will be ready by next December.


I’m the author of eight novels, including the Amazon bestsellers Chocolate for Breakfast and Bits of Broken Glass. My seventh novel, Villa del Sol, received the 2018 Book Award in Literary Fiction by the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE). I’ve written for Magnificat magazine and my very short poem was read by journalist Connie Schultz during National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More” poetry challenge. Find my books online and locally at Stillwater Books.

I’m giving away a print copy of April in Galway to one person selected at random. Just leave a comment on this post and the winner will be chosen in a week.

Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the RI Author Expo!

It’s #RIAuthor Month – Meet Leigh Brown and Victoria Corliss!

Vikki book photo

Victoria Corliss and Leigh Brown

Everything happens for a reason…at least that’s what we wholeheartedly believe. Give us just a minute of your time, and we’ll bend your ear with tales of coincidental happenings, nondescript and monumental events, even people who have affected our lives, sometimes in obvious ways, sometimes for reasons not as clear or immediate. But always, believing that everything happens for a reason is what helps us to manage and navigate our way through the constant twists, turns, and changes that is life’s journey.

Our novels also inherently share this philosophy. Second Chances and The Pie Sisters are both steeped with themes and stories that empathetically draw and invite readers to turn their pages. Filled with characters, situations, and circumstances universally familiar to most women, Brown Corliss Books are engaging engrossing, and entertaining reading.

The Pendulum’s Truth is the newest tale in our lineup of ‘real life’ fiction. Slated for publication in early 2018, we invite you to meet Ava Dell, a woman who, like us, believes everything happens for a reason until a blindsiding event shakes her to the core. Overwhelmed by self-doubt and guilt, she begins to question everything she’s ever trusted, including the pendulum’s truth.

second chances  pie sisters

Writers Leigh Brown and Victoria (Vikki) Corliss are friends who became co-authors in 2009. Soon after, they published their first novel, Second Chances, followed by The Pie Sisters in 2015. Creators of women’s fiction, they are often asked: 1) Are they sisters, and 2) How do they write novels together? In fact, they are sisters in spirit only. To learn more about how their collaboration works, visit their website or follow them on Facebook

Meet over 100 local authors on Saturday, December 2! The Fifth Annual RI Authors Expo