👥📖 What do you call an awesome group of writers? Bookship, January 2021

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What do you call an awesome group of writers? We call them Tall Poppies. Read on….

Hello and Happy New Year. We’re looking forward to 2021 and bringing you new books and book experiences this year.

We’re introducing a Meet The Author program to Bookship, where great authors join your book club meeting by video. We’re delighted to announce a partnership with the Tall Poppy Writers Group, who include New York Times Bestsellers, USA Today Bestsellers, and National Book Award Finalists in many genres. They will be joining our Meet the Author program, and we’ll introduce some of them below. In addition, if you join Bloom, the Tall Poppy Facebook Group, you get free Bookship Premium through the end of March (after you join, go to their Announcements page and click the Bookship link).

We’re excited to press forward on video features in Bookship this year. We’re working on live, instant video chat right inside Bookship, so you can chat (anonymously!) with your Bookship reading group! Try it out on the Bookship website (www.bookshipapp.com). An app version is coming soon. It even works with public groups so you can meet those strangers you’ve been chatting with! Here’s how: go to the reading you want to chat in, and hit the video button (). It will start a video conference window. Your fellow readers will get an alert, and if they go to the reading on the web and hit the video button, they’ll join the video. No making invites, no starting up Zoom, or any other fuss.

Here are some the great Tall Poppy authors who are joining our program. They’d love to met your book club by video! To see the complete list, open the app and go to Browse / Meet the Author.

(Are you an author? Let me know if you want to be included.)

Ann Garvin
I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around
Ann Garvin is the founder of the Tall Poppy Writers Group, as well as a USA Today Bestselling author. Her upcoming book is I Thought You Said This Would Work. Words I'm pretty sure I've said at various times :)
I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around
Tig Monahan, radio therapist, finds out the hard way that nothing is fair in love and war….or family. Everything is falling apart in psychologist, Tig Monahan’s life. Her mother’s dementia is wearing her out, her boyfriend takes off for Hawaii without her, and her sister inexplicably disappears leaving her newborn behind. It will take everything plus a sense of humor to see her way clear to a better life, but none of that will happen if she can’t let go of her past.

"It's not enough that Ann Garvin is hilarious. Then she has to go ahead and be compassionate and wise about the hopeful car-wreck that is most of humanity...." - author Michelle Wildgen

Kelly Simmons
Not My Boy
Kelly Simmons’ novels have been hailed as electrifying, complex and poignant, and aren’t those nice words? Her fifth novel, WHERE SHE WENT, came out in October 2019 and has enjoyed foreign deals and Hollywood buzz so book her for your book club before she gets famous. Her sixth novel, NOT MY BOY, just arrived.
Not My Boy
Not My Boy is Kelly's most recent work, just released! There's already a Public Reading of it going on Bookship. Two sisters have finally realized their childhood dream of living next door to each other and raising their children together when tragedy strikes the upscale neighborhood. As suspicion falls on both of their families, the investigation pits sister against sister, neighbor against neighbor, and mother against grandchild. Julie Clark, NY Times bestselling author, said: '…NOT MY BOY lands the reader in the middle of a mystery that is propulsive and impossible to put down.'

Amy Impellizzeri
I Know How This Ends
Amy is a Reformed corporate litigator turned story-teller. As she says, 'Not such a big stretch after all.' Amy’s first novel, LEMONGRASS HOPE (Wyatt-MacKenzie 2014), was a 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Bronze winner. Her third novel, a psychological thriller entitled THE TRUTH ABOUT THEA is a National Indie Excellence Award Winner for Legal Fiction.
I Know How This Ends
Amy’s latest novel, I KNOW HOW THIS ENDS, released March 2020 and Foreword Reviews says “its density evokes Dickens.”

What if you finally stop running away from the story you were always meant to tell? I KNOW HOW THIS ENDS is a time-bending novel about a young reporter swept into a story about family secrets and twisted fate when time travelers collide

"Until its stunning conclusion, you won't know how I KNOW HOW THIS ENDS does, in fact, end. Once you know, you'll never forget it." -- Jacquelyn Mitchard, NYT #1 Bestselling author, THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN

Kate Moretti
Girls of Brackenhill
Kate Moretti is the New York Times Bestselling author of six novels and a novella, including her most recent, GIRLS OF BRACKENHILL. Her first novel THOUGHT I KNEW YOU, was a New York Times bestseller. THE VANISHING YEAR was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards Mystery/Thriller category for 2016 and was called “chillingly satisfying.” (Publisher’s Weekly). Her books have been translated in over ten different languages and has been optioned for television.
Girls of Brackenhill
“[A] riveting thriller…fans of gothic mysteries with a touch of the supernatural will be richly rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Seventeen years after her sister vanished from a family estate in the Catskills, Hannah Malone is pulled back to the place by another calamity and then finds herself buried neck-deep in crimes past and present…Link by link, Moretti hypnotically reveals ‘a tragic, violent daisy chain.’” —Kirkus Reviews

Heather Webb
Meet Me in Monaco
Heather Webb is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. In 2015, RODIN’S LOVER was selected as a Goodreads Top Pick and in 2018 LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS won the Women’s Fiction Writers Association Star Award. Her latest novel set to the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s wedding, MEET ME IN MONACO, was shortlisted for the 2020 RNA award in the UK, as well as the 2019 Digital Book World Fiction Prize.
Meet Me in Monaco
"A fragrant French bonbon of a book: love, glamour, perfume, and paparazzi all circling around the wedding of the century..." --Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of THE ALICE NETWORK and THE HUNTRESS.

Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and unforgettable wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take the reader on an evocative sun-drenched journey along the Côte d’Azur in this page-turning novel of passion, fate and second chances...

Sonali Dev
Recipe for Persuasion
Award winning author, Sonali Dev, writes Bollywood-style love stories that let her explore issues faced by women around the world while still indulging her faith in a happily ever after.

Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post and Kirkus Best Books of the year lists. She has won the American Library Association’s award for best romance, the RT Reviewer’s Choice award for best contemporary romance, the RT Seal of Excellence, and is a RITA Finalist and has been listed for the Dublin Literary award.
Recipe for Persuasion
From the author of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors comes another , clever, deeply layered, and heartwarming romantic comedy that follows in the Jane Austen tradition—this time, with a twist on Persuasion.

Chef Ashna Raje desperately needs a new strategy. How else can she save her beloved restaurant and prove to her estranged, overachieving mother that she isn’t a complete screw up? When she’s asked to join the cast of Cooking with the Stars, the latest hit reality show teaming chefs with celebrities, it seems like just the leap of faith she needs to put her restaurant back on the map. She’s a chef, what’s the worst that could happen?

Happy Reading!