Cover Reveal: Fever by Nick Mancuso

As summer heats up, we start looking for those books that will keep us captivated by the pool or on the beach. Coming just in time for labor day weekend, Nick Mancuso’s domestic noir Fever is just the book.

One sweltering August. Four lives lost in a single night.

On the surface, the perfect Connecticut suburban neighborhood of Staniford Drive looks like a paradise; pristine lawns, large McMansions, perfect happy families, and a peaceful decadent life. But beneath the veneer of hospitality and affluence lurks a dark current of distrust, betrayal, and lies, all to keep up appearances.

Over the four weeks of one sticky, sweltering August, four neighbors’ lives intersect and collide, laying bare the lies we tell to hide the brutality of suburban affluence, at the cost of four lives.

Told from the points of view of four different neighbors who live on the same quiet suburban street, Fever is an explosive exploration of grief, marriage, and the lengths people will go to appear perfect.

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Fever hits August 27, 2019. You can add it on Goodreads and pre-order the ebook for Kindle now.

Magnolia Signs #Pitmad Find For Summer 2020

Magnolia Press loves a good thriller, especially when there are complicated relationships with people—and truth—involved. That’s exactly what Laura Dembowski delivered after we liked her pitch for her thriller, Cause of Death, during March’s #pitmad event on Twitter.

Cause of Death follows the investigation into what was believed to be Margaret Moore’s daughter’s suicide after an anonymous tip is called in. Now being treated as a homicide, Margaret’s life is being turned upside down. But as more bodies—and lies—begin to pile up, the more everyone is sure Margaret is a murderer. And one person will stop at nothing to make sure Margaret goes down for her daughter’s death.

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About the Author:

Laura Dembowski fell in love with writing before she knew she could make a career of it. From penning letters to friends and family in grade school to completing her first novel at eighteen, it’s in her blood. Inspired by ideas rather than genres, she enjoys exploring human connections through novels and screenplays. She also has a blog Pies and Plots where she shares her love of baking and cooking, concerts, restaurants, and fashion. She’s a little addicted to Instagram where she is @piesandplots.

When she’s not writing or blogging, Laura enjoys expressing herself creatively at every turn, whether that’s painting her nails, dabbling in interior decorating, or discovering a new show on Netflix. She believes life is short and should be fun whenever possible.

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Magnolia Adds Timely YA to 2020 Lineup

Books that tackle tough issues—issues that need to be talked about—is not something Magnolia shies away from. With this in mind, we’ve signed Marie Patlán’s Fight and Flight with anticipation of a summer 2020 release. Pitched as Just Listen meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Fight and Flight follows biracial teen Callipoe Hanes as she struggles to fit into her small North Carolina town. She does what can to stay under the radar, but she’s forced into the spotlight when she makes the decision to take on the town’s golden-boy after he attacks at a party.

Dealing with themes of grief, identity, and trauma, Fight and Flight follows one girl’s fight not just for justice, but to find her voice, and forge a path towards healing.

Excited for this book? You can add Fight and Flight to your Goodreads shelf today.

About the Author:
Marie Patlán has been a scientist, a technical writer, a corporate trainer, and a running specialty store cashier. She’s been writing for as long as she can remember, and currently writes a book review blog called Snark and Squee. She’s on Twitter and Instagram at @snarkandsquee, and can likely be found with a book in her bag at all times.

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Cover Reveal: The Shadow Keepers by Marisa Noelle

Summer is coming and with it a chilling line-up of horror and thrillers. After all, what’s better with a hot night and a bonfire than scary stories? Not much, especially when we’re eagerly anticipating the release of Marisa Noelle’s YA Horror, The Shadow Keepers.

Sixteen-year-old Georgia Boone has seen the shadow creatures in mirrors and other reflective surfaces since she was six-years-old. But no one--not even her brother, the person she’s closest to in the entire world--believes her. She is all alone in the hellish world where crow-like creatures hunting her everywhere she goes.

When an afternoon of shopping ends in violence and blood, Georgia is sent to the UK’s most prestigious mental health hospitals: Brookwood Hospital. There, she’s forced to face her fears and answer the question: 

Are the shadows real, or is this all in her head?

At Brookwood, the shadow creatures are more present than ever and are getting stronger every day. Only with the help of a mysterious boy who lives inside the mirror world might she be able to prove that she’s not hallucinating and stop the shadows from destroying the human world.

Combining the horrors of living inside a former insane asylum with the camaraderie between roommates reminiscent of Girl, Interrupted, Noelle’sThe Shadow Keepers is a chilling exploration of how we treat those with mental illness.

And now, the cover:

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The Shadow Keepers will be available in ebook and paperback worldwide from your favorite book retailer July 30, 2019. You can add it on Goodreads and pre-order your ebook now from Amazon.

It's Remaining Aileen Launch Day!

After months of waiting, the day so many of us have been waiting for is finally here: Autumn Lindsey’s Remaining Aileen is officially available. Following the struggles of a newly-made vampire, Aileen struggles to find balance between raising her two young girls, being a firefighter’s wife, and finding a way to keep her thirst for blood under control.

Here are what some Goodreads reviewers have said about Remaining Aileen:

Remaining Aileen blends women's fiction with a bite of paranormal to produce a metaphorical vintage genre that works. Who knew vampires made the perfect metaphor for moms? Autumn Lindsey sure did! Not only does she bring readers to a deeper level with her fiction, she leaves them wanting more. No spoilers here, but I am already demanding book two”

”Lindsey's writing was superb and transported me to somewhere I had never been but now feels like home. From Silver Lake to Aileen's beautiful home to the sprawling fields, I can see and hear and feel these places without ever leaving my living room. The characters were incredibly well rounded and every one of them felt as real to me as my own family.”

”This book hit me right in the feels at many different times. Aileen’s battle to hold on to her humanity and come to terms with the new, terrifying life presented to her was a pleasure to read and could parallel so many real-life situations. I’m excited to see what will happen next with these characters and for future books from Autumn Lindsey.”

”Even through the struggles of discovering her new reality and all the changes immortality brings Aileen remains a mom- loving her family, battling insecurities, and pouring another cup of coffee to pull her through the day. Chilling descriptions and revelations balanced with humour made for a very entertaining read and a book hangover that I have yet to get over.” 

Didn’t pre-order your copy? That’s okay. Remaining Aileen is now available in paperback and ebook from your favorite book retailer!
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Magnolia Looks to 2020 With YA Fantasy

As we get deeper into 2019, Magnolia Press is already starting to plan out their 2020 publishing schedule. With this comes the acquisition of Kassandra Flamouri brilliant and terrifying Young Adult Fantasy, A Garden of Light and Shadow.

Sasha Chantry knew she was going to be a dancer, just like her grandmother. But when Baba Nadia dies, Sasha begins to have disturbing nightmares and visions about Kingsgarden, a land she’s sure exists only in her head. Unable to wake up from her nightmare, Sasha is stuck in a world where she’s magically enslaved and silenced. In order to escape and survive, Sasha must learn what separates reality and madness—if such a thing actually exists.

Tackling themes of love, obligation, and resilience, A Garden of Light and Shadow will appeal to fans of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling and Marisa Noelle’s The Shadow Keepers.

About the Author:
Kassandra Flamouri's storytelling career began at the age of three with "Squirm The Worm," which was warmly received by an audience of assorted beetles in rural New Jersey (yes, there is a rural New Jersey). She went on to study music composition and ethnomusicology at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. Now, as an exam prep and college admissions tutor, she has time to devote to her first love, writing. Her work has appeared online and in print in such venues as Timeless Tales Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, and more. Kassandra currently resides in Pennsylvania with a very sweet and loving man, a sweet but excitable cattle dog, and an only intermittently sweet, mostly grumpy cat. 

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Cover Reveal: The Forgetting Flower by Karen Hugg

Blending literary elements into a thrilling page-turner, Karen Hugg’s latest novel, The Forgetting Flower, is going to be a summer beach-bag necessity.


Secrets and half-truths. These litter Renia Baranczka’s past, but the city of Paris has offered an escape and the refuge of a dream job. The specialty plant shop buzzes with activity and has brought her to a new friend, Alain. His presence buffers the guilt that keeps her up at night, dwelling on the endless replays of what happened to her sister.

All too suddenly, the City of Light seems more sinister when Alain turns up dead. His demise threatens every secret Renia holds dear, including the rare plant hidden in the shop’s tiny nook. It emits a special fragrance that can erase a person’s memory—and perhaps much more than that.

As Renia races to figure out the extent of the plant’s powers, she’s confronted by figures from her past who offer a proposal she can’t outright refuse. Bit by bit, she descends into a menacing underworld of blackmarket mobsters, navigating threats and fending off abuse to protect the safe peaceful life she’s worked so hard for. Desperate to outwit her enemies, Renia maneuvers carefully, knowing one wrong move will destroy not only the plant, but the lives of her sister and herself.

A layered mystery with soul, Renia’s story digs deep into the world of crime and the complicated bond sisters share. The Forgetting Flower will be published in both paperback and e-book June 18, 2019, but you can pre-order the e-book now on Amazon.

And now what you’ve been waiting for:

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Magnolia Adds YA Dystopian Fantasy To 2019 - 2020 Line Up

Never straying far from stories that have darker elements, Magnolia Press has recently acquired Chelsea Ballard’s The Masks We Wore: a Young Adult Dystopian Fantasy that brings a unique twist to the magic school setting.

The Academy is the only school in the world that teaches magic. Wanting more out of life, orphan Irene accepts her invitation to attend but soon learns that what she’s started playing is a dangerous game. The Academy is located in The City, whose government is hellbent on staying isolated from the non-magical world. Chasing not just the ability to understand and use magic, Irene is determined to uncover the truth of the legacy her parents left behind for her, and understand the part she has to play in a war that was supposed to have ended years ago.

Mixing real world science with beautiful prose and a story illuminated by magic, Ballard’s The Masks We Wore will appeal to fans of Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

About the Author:
Chelsea Marie Ballard is a young adult author who has turned her passion for beautiful one-liners, angsty television, and weird biology toward her writing. After never receiving her Hogwarts letter, Chelsea devours anything slightly magical from The Magicians to Spindles End.

Chelsea also has a short story in the IWSG Anthology, Masquerade: Oddly Suited. She is currently working on her debut young-adult fantasy novel.

She enjoys rare vines, milky tea, and anything enemies to lovers. Although dreaming of a tiny home, she currently resides in quaint Bucks County, PA with her family, anxious dog, and fat cat.

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Cover Reveal: Remaining Aileen by Autumn Lindsey

Magnolia Press’s first release of 2019 will be Autumn Lindsey’s debut novel, Remaining Aileen.

Aileen was dead. At least she was supposed to be.

When Aileen wakes up in the hospital after her plane crashes during a storm, everyone says it’s a miracle. All Aileen cares about is seeing her husband and children again. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for Aileen to realize her survival wasn’t random. Her mind and body are changing in ways she can’t explain. As Aileen grows desperate for answers, a man assumed dead from her flight appears to reveal a dark truth about her survival

.Drowning in the reality of her new life Aileen is forced to make a choice: live forever, or once again face death. Except living might cost her everything she wanted to stay alive for.

If you could live forever, would you?


Remaining Aileen is a heart-wrenching exploration of whether a woman’s identity can exist outside of her role as a mother—all while navigating supernatural waters. For fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid and Stephenie Meyer, Remaining Aileen will be released May 7, 2019 and is available for pre-order. For the first 50 pre-orders, Autumn has an amazing giveaway set up! And without further ado, the beautiful cover.

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Magnolia Acquires Women's Fiction Centering on Mental Illness

There are a few common themes that run through the books we’ve been aquiring this first year at Magnolia. For the most part, you’ll find books dealing with reclaiming identity, the struggle with mental illness, and death — natural, accidental, and, well, the murder kind. Laura Allnut’s debut women’s fiction, Below Them the Horizon does deal with mental illness and death, but in a way that’s often left out of adult contemporary fiction.

Lucy battles daily with anxiety as a result from both the jealousy she had over her sister’s bond with their emotionally detached mother and the fact that Lucy lost her sister at a young age to a riptide. She’s able to find some comfort in her friendship with Audra, a minister’s daughter who is constantly moving around the country. Together, from the time they’re teenagers through adulthood, they struggle with mental illness, identity, grief, and quest for hope.

About the Author:
Laura Allnutt holds an MFA in creative writing from Fairfield University. After living on the Gulf of Mexico for eleven years, she moved to the Greater Cincinnati area with her best pal, Sarah, and their mini dachshund, Dudley. She’s taught creative writing for 11 years and treasures the diversity of cultures, ideas, and people she meets in both life and stories.

She’s been published in Lost River Literary Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Yes, and Long Island Literary Journal. She also runs the blog ThinkingWithMyMindFull.wordpress.com, which helps others understand and cope with mental illness.

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Magnolia signs Watty-Winning M. Dalto's Latest

Veering off into romantic territory, Magnolia is excited to add M. Dalto’s latest novel to their 2019 - 2020 collection. Pitched as Graceling meets the A Count of Thorns and Roses series, Dalto’s New Adult Romantic Fantasy follows the Cortova sisters, Lilia and Cassandra, members of an elite assassin group known as The Guild. Lilia uncovers a betrayal and leads to her disappearance. Cassandra, believing her sister is dead, takes Lilia’s place among The Guild, but needs to find out the truth of what happened to her sister — before the same fate finds her.

At the heart of this romance novel is also the story of the bond of sisterhood, and the question of whether or not blood is truly the strongest bond.

About the Author:
M. Dalto is a Young Adult and New Adult author of adventurous romantic fantasy stories. Her bestselling debut novel, Two Thousand Years, was a 2016 Watty Award winner on Wattpad.com. She continues to volunteer her time as both a Wattpad Ambassador and a mentor, where she hopes to engage, assist, and inspire new writers through their literary journey.

She spends her days working as a full-time real estate paralegal, leaving her evenings to pursue her own writing agenda. When she’s not typing furiously at her computer, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing video games, and drinking coffee.

She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband, their daughter, and their corgi named Loki.

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Magnolia Adds Another #PitMad Find to Their 2019 Collection

Magnolia Press is pleased to announce that it has recently acquired Amanda McHugh’s novel, Like Monsters of the Deep. Pitched as Gone Girl meets Homecoming, this psychological thriller with sci-fi elements follows Eve’s return to her hometown at the request of her childhood friend, Laura. When she gets to the address Laura gave her, Eve is taken hostage by AFH — a corporation cloaked in secrecy, whose CEO is obsessed with vengeance and time — and made part of an experiment known as “the Subject.”

With unreliable narrators, unexpected twists, and a deep look into how social media has changed human connection, Like Monsters of the Deep is a thought-provoking, chilling addition to Magnolia’s 2019 - 2020 collection.

About the Author:
Amanda McHugh is a writer and former English teacher from upstate NY. She received her MA in English from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and her BA in English Education from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY.

From a young age, Amanda found inspiration from the horror genre, and her works frequently explore the unknown, psychological, and the unexplained. Her work has appeared in Zimbell House Publishing and The Mark Literary Review.

When she’s not writing, Amanda can be found with several iced coffees planning adventures with her family.

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Magnolia Acquires Cindy Bokma's Women's Fiction Debut

As Magnolia continues to expand their 2019 - 2020 catalogue, each new story has their own mysterious twists to genres, subverting expectations with big twists that make it impossible to put the book down. Cindy Bokma’s latest, and debut Women’s Fiction, is no exception to this. In When I Find You, Sophie, a troubled young woman, is searching New Orleans for the mother who abandoned her while a tenacious reporter is trying to get to the bottom of the truth of a major explosion that led to the disappearance of a young girl. With elements of mystery and suspense, a dark secret binds the two women together in this thrilling page-turner.

About the Author:

Cindy Bokma was born and raised in New Jersey. She currently lives in California with her family where she is always reading, writing and taking photos. Her books include the young adult novel The Blondes of Bel Air, kids book Victorious GirlsA Thousand Dollars for a Kiss, and The Low-Oxalate Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook.

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Magnolia Adds Pacific Northwest-based Domestic Thriller to 2019 Lineup

It’s no secret that Magnolia’s editor-in-chief has a deep love for domestic thrillers and the Pacific Northwest. When she came across Melissa Woods’ pitch during October’s #PitDark event, she jumped at the chance of getting her hands on this story. With luscious writing and a captivating story, we couldn’t pass up the chance at adding Melissa, and her book, to the Magnolia family. Set in the quiet town of Pine Ridge, Washington, mysticism and magic add captivating layers to the mystery of a man’s murder. But as the story unravels, and the main character, Memphis, works hard to get to the truth of the murder, she discovers that she, and her baby, are both next on the killer’s list. Found during #PitDark, Melissa Woods’ The Weaver will be for fans of Big Little Lies and The Death of Mrs. Westaway.

About the Author:
Melissa is a BFA student at Boise State University, a mother of six, and an author of literary fiction and suspense. She loves to explore humans and all their complexities, especially when it comes to moral ambiguity.  When not writing, reading, or chasing tiny humans, she can be found running on the track.

She is an advocate of mental health awareness, treatment and research. Her writing has appeared in Memoir Magazine and The Coffin Bell Journal.

Paris-Based Literary Thriller Finds Home at Magnolia Press

Unique settings with rich characters are some of our favorite things here at Magnolia. When Karen Hugg submitted her query for The Forgetting Flower, pitched as “Garden Spells meets a Cara Black Thriller” we were immediately intrigued. Hugg’s novel follows Polish-transplant Renia Baranczka as she balances living on her own in Paris and managing a chic plant shop after the suspicious death of her favorite (and the shop’s best) customer. In order to survive, Renia must do what she promised herself, and her estranged sister, that she would never do: sell the flowers off a secret plant — a plant that emits a special fragrance that can erase a person’s memory — for cash. Navigating a lusciously described blackmarket underworld, Reinia’s story becomes one of survival as she fights to save the plant, her sister, and ultimately, herself.

The Forgetting Flower is the first book in a planned trilogy set to be published in Spring 2019.

About the Author:

Karen Hugg writes literary mysteries inspired by plants. Her stories are set in worlds where plants, real or imagined, affect people in strange new ways. Born and raised in Chicago, she moved to Seattle and worked as an editor before becoming an ornamental horticulturalist. She earned her MFA from Goddard College and has been published in various journals and websites. When not writing, she digs in the dirt. When not digging in the dirt, she hangs out with her husband, three children, and four pets. When not doing any of those things, she sits outside and stares at the sky.

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Magnolia Adds Debut Domestic Noir to 2019 Lineup

October was a month full of fantastic pitch events on Twitter, during which we were able to discover some amazing debut authors. Among them is Nick Mancuso, whose debt novel Fever, was recently acquired by Magnolia Press. Found during #PitDark, Mancuso’s domestic noir tackles drug addiction, domestic abuse, and the melancholy and monotony of affluent suburbia in a surprisingly fresh way. Taking place over the time period of four short weeks, Fever is a captivating read that will appeal to fans of Edan Leupucki’s Woman No. 17 and She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell.

About Nick:
Nick Mancuso is a writer and essayist based in New England. His essays and short stories have appeared in Foliate Oak Literary MagazineThe Literary NestQuail Bell Literary MagazineSpry Literary Journal, the Anthropoid Collective, the Garbanzo Literary Journal, Gravel, and The Huffington Post. He is presently at work on a variety of short fiction, essays, and a novel.

Nick holds a double Bachelor of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies, and Politics and Law from Bryant University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. He presently lives on the rocky coast of southern Maine with his wife and dog.

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Magnolia Acquires Ashley Jean Granillo's Sophomore Novel

After getting attention with her debut novel, Love From the Barricade (Black Rose Writing, 2018), Ashley Jean Granillo has been on Magnolia’s radar for some time. Quick to favorite a pitch during October’s #DVPit event, Magnolia Press is thrilled to announce that they’ve acquired Granillo’s sophomore novel, The Dove That Stayed. The story follows a soon-to-be thirty-year-old Mexican-American woman who struggles to understand the nuances of Mexican heritage and her identity as a Mexican-American. An upmarket women’s fiction with some elements of magical realism, The Dove That Stayed will appeal to fans of Natalia Sylvester’s Everyone Knows You Go Home and Rachel Kohn’s Goodbye, Vitamin.

About Ashley:
Ashley Jean Granillo published her first book about a princess and a magical Christmas tree when she was five-years-old. Since then, her imagination has been unstoppable. Ashley Jean has her Master's and Bachelor's in Creative Writing from California State University Northridge. Her debut novel, Love from the Barricade, received first place in the category of Chick Lit from The Pencraft Awards 2018.

Outside of writing, Ashley Jean enjoys playing her Squire Bullet Stratocaster and working as a professor at College of the Canyons.

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Magnolia Adds Marisa Noelle's YA Horror To 2019 Catalogue

Spine-chilling stories are being added to Magnolia’s shelves with the addition of Marisa Noelle’s YA Horror, The Shadow Keepers. Favorited during October’s #DVPit event, Noelle’s novel tackles mental illness through her main character, Georgia, who is desperate to prove her sanity when shadow creatures start invading the asylum she’s been committed to. The Shadow Keepers will be for fans of Juno Dawson’s Say Her Name and Katie Alender’s The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall.

About Marisa:

Marisa Noelle always has a story or two screaming to get out, but it wasn’t until she completed a few courses, including the acclaimed Curtis Brown Writing for Children, that she nabbed an agent here or there and her books began to get noticed. Her debut, a YA sci-fi, comes out with WritePlan publishing late next summer.

She has been long and short listed in a handful of competitions and was proud to be part of the UK WriteMentor program in its inception year. She lives in the UK with her husband and three sons.

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Magnolia adds YA Urban Fantasy to 2019 Collection

Speculative fiction is making a home at Magnolia Press as we add Nicole Rubino’s YA Urban Fantasy to the collection. Currently titled The Witch City, Rubino’s novel was pitched as American Horror Story: Coven meets The Craft and is the first title in a planned series. Rubino’s novel takes place in Salem, Massachusetts and gives new explanations to the purpose of the Salem Witch Trials.

Rubino’s manuscript was discovered during September’s #PitDark pitch event on Twitter.

About Nicole:
Ever since Nicole was old enough to pick up a pen, she began writing stories. She remembers fondly Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach as the first book she read to take her on an adventure, and thus fell in love with writing fantasy. Her equal love for history propelled Nicole to delve further into the witch hunts throughout Europe and the witch trials in Salem, giving her the idea for her debut novel.

Nicole received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York. (James Patterson went there!). She lives in Westchester, New York with her husband, son, and a dangerously overflowing bookshelf.

Magnolia Acquires Alese Gwinn's 'Lying in Love'

Magnolia Press has recently acquired Lying in Love, a romantic suspense by author Alese Gwinn. Pitched during #DVPit as Law & Order SVU meets Criminal Minds, Lying in Love follows Amari, a young woman recently released from prison following the murder of her best friend. When her path crosses with Lochland Connors, an undercover FBI agent working what he thought would be a simple corruption case, the truth of what really happened the night of murder comes out.

Gwinn was inspired to write this book after hearing personal accounts of how the justice system — a system that is supposed to protect people — in fact fails them.

Lying in Love is set to be published in 2019.

About Alese:

Alese recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and also has a Psychology Degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She won an honorable mention for the Jane Candia Coleman Award in Fiction in 2017 and 2018, as well as first place for the Ellie Wymard Award in Creative Nonfiction in 2018. Alese won first place in the Holl & Lane Magazine’s Heart & Soul Book Awards in fiction for her forthcoming novel, Exposed. When she isn't writing, you can catch her reading romance novels, listening to music, or dancing with her niece and nephews. 

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