A Barnes & Noble Top Ten 2023 Favorite! BEACH VIEW LANE, the first book in my new Crown Island women's fiction series, was voted a Top 10 favorite at Barnes & Noble! The second, Sunshine Avenue, came out last month, and Orange Blossom Avenue is slated for 2024. Another top series thanks to readers 🎉 🎉
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Here are the Top 10 Indie eBooks of 2023!
The Keeper of Stories by Sally Page
Everyone has a story to tell. As a professional cleaner, Janice hears stories from all throughout her community. From the recently widowed Fiona and her son to the opera-singing Geordie, the quiet bus driver Euan, and even the pretentious Mrs. “YeahYeahYeah” along with her fox terrier. These stories from her community reach out to her, and she collects them. When she starts cleaning for Mrs. B, the prickly, ninety-year-old woman decides that it is Janice’s story she wants to hear. Everyone has a story to tell, after all. Janice, however, does not… At least, not one that she can share.
What people are saying: “A treasure of a book. Beautiful, emotional, and heartfelt with a cornucopia of character you’ll love spending time with.” – Phaedra Patrick, author of The Library of Lost and Found
The Secrets of Constellations by S. H. Clark
What people are saying: “… a very compelling and moving coming of age story. You find yourself invested in the characters right away, as each has their own fully developed and realized backstory that you want to get to know more.” – Maria from CT, B&N Reviewer
Beach View Lane by Jan Moran
April Raines is facing the end of her long-term marriage after her husband begins another family. She returns home with her grown daughters to Crown Island, where she becomes head of the new Crown Island Historical Society. Ryan Kingston, determined to bring the vintage Victorian beach resort back to life, has acquired the historic Majestic Hotel. It could come at a steep cost to him and his carefully guarded privacy – especially when April Raines captures his attention. Will they both get a second chance at life? If you love clean romance and women’s fiction with fun characters you’ll want as friends, this series is for you.
What people are saying: “A novel that gives fans of romantic sagas a compelling voice to follow.” – Booklist
The Other Empress by Amanda Roberts
Zhenxiu was trained from a young age to become the wife of a very powerful man. Soon, teenage Zhenxiu is thrust into the bed of the cruel Prince Yizhu and the center of the Qing Court, a court still reeling from the Opium War. Zhenxiu finds solace in the friendship of Lanhua, and she does her best to help her friend rise in the emperor’s estimation. When the emperor dies and leaves only Lanhua’s young son as his heir, Zhenxiu finds herself as the de facto ruler of China, a position she was never trained to occupy. As she leans more and more on Lanhua for help, she slowly comes to realize that Lanhua’s ambition has no bounds. An ambition that could get them both killed.
What people are saying: “Wow! What a read. I was totally immersed in this historical book on Royal China and the fall of the Qing Dynasty. Riveting, captivating – this not a book to be missed.” – Vievie2, B&N Reviewer
The Wisdom of Morrie: Living and Aging Creatively and Joyfully by Morrie Schwartz
Morrie Schwartz, from the classic “Tuesdays with Morrie,” delves into profound questions about life, purpose, and humanity. Drawing on his experiences as a social psychologist, teacher, and sage, Morrie provides a roadmap for joyful and creative aging. This poignant masterpiece offers empathic insights, stories, and advice in Morrie’s timeless voice, making it a perfect companion to his earlier work or an introduction to his thoughtful philosophies. Let Morrie be your guide as you explore the deep questions of how to live and love in the later stages of life.
What people are saying: “Finally– a book that celebrates aging as a gift, encourages readers to feel empowered by their age, not ashamed by it!” – Jeannie Marie, B&N Reviewer
Exile by A. J. Calvin