August’s mainstream novels cover a wide range of topics, a diversity that is part of what draws readers to genre. This month we’re seeing several books that feature the theme of moving (and everything that that entails). We also hear from a talented debut author Samantha Hoffman about her first novel. Plus, we spotlight several family planning dramas that have the characters feeling growing pains. There’s all this and more in this month’s Mainstream round-up!
In her new book, Ocean Beach, author Wendy Wax introduces three women in search — and need — of change. Main characters Madeline, Avery and Nicole are all at crossroads in their lives, and refuse to be boxed in by their pasts. The author can certainly relate. As a young woman, she started out in the male-dominated field of radio, television and film. Refusing to give into stereotypes of what a woman’s role should be, she fought to rise to the top. She is here with us today to talk about her own struggles with stereotypes and how the women of Ocean Beach confront those very same issues.
Almost everyone has a stereotype they can be squeezed into. But while we may be proud of our nationality, or sexuality or shape and size, I think it’s safe to say that no one wants to be seen or known as only that.
In mainstream fiction this month several of the stories we are featuring contain an element of mystery. And whether you’re reading books on the beach or just trying to fit some you-time into a busy day, we think all readers will agree that sometimes a little bit of “whodunnit?” (or in some cases “whathappened?”) makes a story that much more difficult to put down. But if mysteries aren’t your style, never fear. We also have on tap a new read with some magical elements. Plus don’t miss the news about several newly-announced projects, including one from the incomparable Jodi Picoult!
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!
Upcoming Adaptation: Hallmark Channel To Adapt Cedar Cove Series By Debbie Macomber For Primetime SeriesBY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 08, 2012 | PERMALINK
Debbie Macomber readers — and fans of Andie MacDowell — take note. The popular actress has just signed on to star in the primetime television series adaptation of the talented author’s beloved Cedar Cove series. The series, titled Cedar Cove, will kick off with a two-hour pilot on the Hallmark Channel. This is not Macomber’s first time seeing her work on screen, she’s previously worked with the Hallmark Channel as they turned two of her novels into made-for-tv holiday movies.
The fictional town of Cedar Cove is a familiar setting for readers. The town is loosely based on Macomber’s hometown of Port Orchard, Washington. (If you’d like to learn just how similar the two costal towns are, click here.) And for this upcoming series, the Hallmark television series will certainly have lots of material to use because Macomber has created a twelve book series beginning with 2001’s 16 Lighthouse Road and wrapping up with 2011's 1225 Christmas Tree Lane. You can learn more about the entire series here.
So where does Andie MacDowell figure into this news? The actress made her mark in classic ‘90s movies, Groundhog Day and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Most recently, MacDowell has been seen co-starring on the ABC Family television show, Jane By Design.
Author Mingmei Yip has published several tales that feature Asian heroines and settings, delighting mainstream fiction and romance fans alike. Now the author has just released her fourth novel Skeleton Women. In today's interview with RT's Whitney, the author shares the definition of a "Skeleton Woman" and talks about how this story meets at the cross road of mainstream, historical fiction and romantic suspense. Get to know this new heroine even better when the author reveals why she and her fictional character have a kinship. And then discover exactly what you need to know to join Yip's most devoted fans!
If you’re stumped about what to book to enjoy next, May’s mainstream releases cater to every type of reading taste. Want to explore a deep drama, get swept up by a new romance or recharge your batteries with something truly inspirational? No matter what you like, you’ll find a fitting new novel out this month.
FOR THE ROMANTIC SOUL
In mainstream fiction this month, many of the stories focus on transition. Whether the characters were trying to deal with death in the family or becoming the person they always thought they could be, change is celebrated in all of its different forms across the genre. But when it comes to everyday changes, few are as daunting as making new friends out of strangers, the subject of Four of a Kind by Valerie Frankel, so we asked the author by to chat about the four heroines in her new release. We also round up a series trend and suggest an unusual new read and much more in this month's roundup!
Author Kristina McMorris got her story-telling start after her own family history inspired her. Recently, the author sat down with RT's Morgan to talk about the way that her grandmother's story moved her to write a novel about love, loss and World War II. Hear all about McMorris' writing experiences and get an inside look at her newest book Bridge of Scarlet Leaves. This recently released historical mainstream work follows an interracial American couple as they try to navigate the waters of a new relationship in a storm compounded by the attack on Pearl Harbor, the raging war and a tide of anti-Japanese sentiment.
Author Catherine McKenzie has just made her US-debut with the mainstream novel Spin. When the tale's journalist heroine is forced to check into rehab, posing as a patient in order to get the scoop on a hot celebrity who has also just checked in, she may learn some valuable lessons about life, friendship and the distance she's willing to go to get a story. "If Bridget Jones’s Diary and High Fidelity had a literary baby, the result would be Spin." Says RT's Mandy. Now the author takes us behind the scenes of the story, in this video interview with RT's Morgan.