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Meet Indie Author Guest Kimberly Giarratano!

Hello, dear readers! We’re thrilled to welcome this week’s award-winning indie author guest Kimberly Giarratano and her latest book, DEAD AND BREAKFAST (A Cayo Hueso Mystery, Book 1). Here’s a bit more about DEAD AND BREAKFAST…

finaldeadcoverDespite living in Key West his whole life, 18-year-old Liam Breyer is a skeptic of the supernatural until a vengeful spirit, murdered fifty years ago, nearly drowns him in a swimming pool. Luckily help arrives in the form of pretty — albeit homesick — ghost whisperer Autumn Abernathy, whose newly-divorced mom has dragged her to the island to live and work at the Cayo Hueso, a haunted bed and breakfast. Although they initially mistrust each other, Autumn and Liam team up to solve the decades-old mystery. But on an island where every third resident is a ghost, dealing with an unstable spirit has deadly consequences. If Liam and Autumn don’t unmask the killer soon, they’re likely to become Key West’s latest haunted attraction.

Oooh, a haunted bed and breakfast! Sign us up!

In today’s post, Kimberly shares her thoughts on the importance of time and place and why she’s setting her latest book in the ’90s, even if some say she shouldn’t… read more…

Let’s Celebrate Karma Brown’s THE CHOICES WE MAKE

I don’t even have words for Karma Brown’s amazing new book, THE CHOICES WE MAKE. This gorgeous story of how complicated friendship and family can become will make you think and cry in all the best possible ways. I had the privilege of reading this early and I’m so excited the rest of you can now experience Karma’s talented storytelling! read more…

What’s In My Beach Bag by Kate Moretti

My little girls are growing up. They’re eight and six now and to me, this means that going to the beach no longer comprises massive amounts of diapers and bottles and tents and baby powder (sandy hands!) and coolers filled with snacks and formula and extra bathing suits. It means a few buckets, a shovel, a handful of juice boxes. And, of course, A BAG FILLED WITH BOOKS. Oh, I can’t tell you how I’ve missed this. Feet in the surf, butt in chair, kids playing a few feet away building sand castles. And a real, tangible book in my hand.

For me, beach read means something weighty. I might be an anomaly. But those frolicking girls on the beach books? I can’t actually read them on the beach. I need the books with bite, whether it’s a thriller, an in-depth character study or a twisty plot. I need the visceral reaction: the books that grab you and never let go. read more…

Meet Katrina Monroe, Our Indie Friday Guest

Hello, dear readers–we have something special to celebrate Independence Day weekend — we have our first Indie author guest, Katrina Monroe. Here’s a bit about her most recent novel, A TALE DU MORT (and we just love the cover).  read more…

5 Ways To Make My Summer Reads List

Inevitably, when the beachy June seascapes appear on my desk calendar, the temperatures begin to rise, and the air becomes perfumed with honeysuckle chased by a tinny whiff of sunscreen, I reach for my e-reader or the nearest paperback as surely as I trade in my wool cap and boots for my beloved Dansko sandals and straw hat. (As much as I love the sun my pasty white alabaster complexion requires moderation.)

Here is my dirty secret: From June to August, I seldom reach for the books I “should” be reading. read more…

There Are No Others: A More Excellent State of Being

Hello, dear readers! Today we have something special. Ann Garvin, founder of the Tall Poppies, shares something that is near and dear to her heart.

Something happened that turned me from someone who cares about others to someone who cares for others; from someone who lent a hand when asked to seeking out situations to offer a hand. Something so common, something millions had done before me, something that I should not get any congratulations for.

I had a child (and then another). read more…

Meet author Cristina Alger & THIS WAS NOT THE PLAN

Let’s give a warm welcome to Cristina Alger, who joins us on the Poppy blog today! Cristina has penned two novels and her second, THIS WAS NOT THE PLAN (Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, February 2016), was described by Bookpage as “a big, heartfelt book that reads like your favorite sitcom….Charlie’s evolution to a secure, confident, stay-at-home dad is wonderfully satisfying, and he is as relatable as Will Freeman in Nick Hornby’s About a Boy” and by Library Journal as a “darkly comic novel offer(ing) an engaging take on single parenthood from a man’s viewpoint.” (I agree — I devoured it!)

Cristina stopped by to take our Tall Poppy Q&A, where she talks about what’s making her happy these days, what books are on her nightstand, and her twisty path to publication… 

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Congrats to Ann Garvin on I LIKE YOU JUST FINE WHEN YOU AREN’T AROUND

We are over-the-moon excited to celebrate our Tall Poppy founder Ann Garvin’s launch for her newest novel, I LIKE YOU JUST FIND WHEN YOU AREN’T AROUND. You’re going to love it!

Garvin I Like You Fine CoverI Like you Just Fine When You Aren’t Around captures that in-between place so many people find themselves in today where carrying for aging parents collides with creating your own family and tending to your career. Her unflinching look at the challenges with a liberal dose of humor and a touch of romance raises the important questions about this in-between time and helps us to enjoy thinking about the answers.

Ann shares some of her thoughts about her latest in this funny interview. read more…

Welcome Poppy guest Taylor Jenkins Reid & One True Loves!

We’re thrilled to have guest author Taylor Jenkins Reid on the Poppy blog today! Taylor is the author of three amazing books, FOREVER, INTERRUPTED, AFTER I DO, MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE, and her latest–ONE TRUE LOVES–is out June 7th (we can’t wait!) ONE TRUE LOVES is about a woman named Emma Blair who marries her high school sweetheart, only to have his helicopter go missing over the Pacific. She grieves and moves on with her life, eventually falling in love again years later. When her husband is found alive, Emma must decide who is her one true love. If this one is anything like Taylor’s other books, it’s a not-to-be-missed story!

Taylor stopped by to take our Tall Poppy Q&A, where she talks the best perk of her job, who gets to read her work first, and what books she’s devouring right now… 

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Welcome Poppy guest Lindsay Cameron & her debut, BIGLAW!

We’re thrilled to welcome guest author Lindsay Cameron, whose debut BIGLAW was chosen as one of the Best Books of 2015 by Good Housekeeping and Redbook Magazine. BIGLAW is the story of a young woman determined to climb the ladder in the cutthroat world of an elite Manhattan law firm. A former lawyer herself, Lindsay Cameron throws back the curtain of this intriguing world, exposing the truth about life in these notoriously secretive firms. New York Times Bestselling Author Julie Buxbaum called BIGLAW a “funny, pitch-perfect, compulsively readable novel that also serves as a cautionary tale. BIGLAW reminds us to be very careful what we wish for.”

Lindsay stopped by to take our Tall Poppy Q&A, where she talks character inspiration, cover insight (and a fun little detail that will make you take a second look), and the hardest and easiest parts of her job as a writer… 

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