June Mainstream Overview

Mainstream readers can always look forward to a wide spectrum of stories that are published in their genre, from light beach reads to serious stories. In this month’s genre roundup, we take a look at three books bound by the theme of friendship and find out what new multicultural mainstream tales are hitting the shelves. You can also check out a video interview with author Mingmei Yip about her Asia-set stories. And then we preview one upcoming read with a look at a just-announced new project!


If you want to get away from it all and relax into the drama of other peoples’ lives, we suggest picking up one — or all three — of these fantastic tales about women navigating their friendships with other women. High school may be over for these female characters, but do queen bees and mean girls still dominate the social scene? Not in these social circles! Instead the bonds of friendship are forged by surviving and thriving together. In Nancy Thayer’s Summer Breeze, three neighbors living in the Berkshires help each other overcome life’s ups and downs. And while the four women who were once Sorority Sisters in Claudia Welch’s new novel have certainly been friends for a long time, their relationships are still full of drama. RT reviewer Melissa says, “Welch’s novel will make readers laugh, cry and long for a group of friends that stick together through thick and thin.” And finally, five women all bond and bend in Rain Mitchell’s Head Over Heels which follows the yoga-loving quintet introduced in January 2011’s Tales from the Yoga Studio. We bet that these books will get you invigorated and ready to go out and make some new friends of your own — perhaps even in your local bookstore or library!


This month the multicultural books really caught our eye. These four tales have it all: drama, swagger and a generous helping of twists and turns. You’ll love Falling into Grace alongside author Michelle Stimpson’s heroine Camille, a down on her luck pop star who turns to gospel singing but must battle her conscience. However, Camille isn’t the only gospel singer with a dilemma, author Victoria Christopher Murray introduces readers to the group Destiny’s Divas, singers with dark secrets that may soon come into the light.

If life in the spotlight that doesn’t sound like your type of money-making proposition maybe you need to consider taking a position at Mistress, Inc. It’s not what it sounds, in Niobia Bryant’s new novel the heroine comes up with an idea to help wives catch their spouses cheating. And finally, no matter the type of drama you prefer, Mary Monroe reminds readers God Don’t Make No Mistakes with her series finale that wraps up the drama of heroine Annette and co. in the group’s sixth book!

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If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, then we suggest you check out author Mingmei Yip’s novels. The author has written four stories that take place across Asia and her latest may be our favorite yet! Skeleton Women follows a beautiful woman in the 1930s who is thrust into mob politics (and a dangerous love triangle) when her foster father, a mob moss, decides that it is time she help “the family.” Discover exactly what this means — and why this heroine is so close to the author’s heart, in a video interview with RT’s Whitney!


In June 2013 you can visit Stargazey Point in Shelley Noble’s upcoming novel. The story features a South Carolina town and the woman whose life is changed when she visits. This heroine was working in a third world country wracked by war before she returned state-side, so we were happy to learn that according to the publisher, Stargazey Point is full of “quirky residents” (and sports a potential for romance). This sounds like just what the doctor ordered, and a story we can’t wait to read!

For more genre coverage be sure to keep your eye on the RT Daily Blog and check out RT’s Everything Mainstream Page!