Meet Some of My Author Friends on #WritersWednesday



One of the wonderful things about being on Instagram is connecting with other writers. During this time of being home and “flattening the curve” and trying to kick this coronavirus pandemic to the curb, I decided I wanted to do something positive with and for my fellow writers.

As such, I’m featuring other writers that you can get to know here on the blog. All these ladies featured here today are contemporary fiction, contemporary romance, romance, or romantic-comedy writers…just like me!

I was so glad to see them answer the call when I solicited writers for this new segment. We’ll see how it goes, but for now, please take a look at my InstaFriends and learn about their books. As authors, we can sometimes get lost in the vast sea of Amazon books—so we are here to boost each other up and to share our work to gain exposure.

Authors—I’m proud of what you do, and I’m thankful you are part of our #writingcommunity.

Remember: YOU ARE MAGIC!

Check out my author friends today!


Francine Garson

Follow the Leader & Things

Contemporary Fiction

Francine Garson’s Amazon Page Click Here
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Follow the Leader is the story of a dangerously charismatic teenager, her aging hippie grandmother, and the 50 year old secret that could destroy them both. Add in the threat of blackmail, and readers will wonder “What would I have done?”

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Things tells of a young professional college advisor (former military brat, current neat freak and hoarder) with a secret apartment who needs to learn that a collection of ‘things’ is not a home. She gets caught in a web of half-truths and lies by a boyfriend with his own secret. And Hurricane Sandy is heading directly for both of her apartments at the New Jersey shore!

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Francine Garson Website


Lili Grouse

Screen Shot 2020-03-24 at 7.16.48 PMLeap of Faith: Romance

Lili Grouse’s Amazon Page Click Here

Faith Thompson never thought she’d see Chase Stevens return to the small town of Mercy. She certainly didn’t expect him to come back as her new landlord, set on selling the home she’s had for the past seven years. Faith never found the courage to tell Chase how she felt back when they were still friends, and she’s determined to keep those old feelings dead and buried now that he’s back. After all, it devastated her the last time he left, and Chase already has plans to leave again for his life in L.A. But the more time Faith spends with Chase, the harder it is to ignore the way she’s always felt about him.

With potential heartbreak looming on the horizon, Faith has a decision to make: does she take a leap of faith and tell the only man she’s ever loved how she feels, or does she push him away and let her heart heal for good?

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Brooke Gillespie-Trout

Screen Shot 2020-03-24 at 7.20.58 PMSet It Free: Contemporary Romance

Brooke Gillespie-Trout’s Amazon Page Click Here

Book 1 in the Heart & Soul Series

1986. A time when sitcoms were wholesome, and rock and roll was shameless. When Alexandra Lorraine, an aspiring actress, unexpectedly meets Slater Heart, a promising rock star, they feel the attraction immediately. Their acquaintance is cut short, thanks to boys behaving badly, and their friendship ends before it has a chance to begin. Finding himself at a loss with his situation, Slater seeks Alexandra’s help. With Slater’s persistence and Alexandra’s kindness, she makes a snap decision that changes both of their lives. When their friendship grows, they find a teacher within each other. She had never learned how to live life to the fullest, and he had never learned what true love was all about. As they climb to the top, and their visions become reality, is falling in love enough to give it all up, or do they have the courage to live their dreams and set each other free?

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Brooke Gillespie-Trout Website


Jane Gundogan

SALEP AND GINGER: Rom-com / contemporary

Jane Gundogan’s Amazon Page Click Here

Screen Shot 2020-03-24 at 7.31.07 PMGinger Knox thought she was living her best rom-com life. She had the job, the apartment in Notting Hill (adjacent), and an honest to God Hemsworth clone for a fiancé, but when she arrived home one surprisingly sunny February afternoon to catch her man with his tighty whitey’s around his ankles and his secretary *insert eye roll here* in their bed, the tenuous facade of her life dissolved in a split second.

It was time for Ginger to become the leading lady in her own love life.

And that’s just what she planned to do until her life is, once again, thrown into disarray when her flight home for Christmas was grounded. Suddenly she’s stranded in Istanbul, Turkey, with the man of her dreams. Of course, it’s the same man she had the near one-night stand with – and who knew he was one of the most famous men in Turkey!

Between Sydney, London and Istanbul, Ginger was resigned to the fact that she may never get her Happily Ever After, but what about her Happily Right Now?

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Stephanie Verni is Professor of Communication at Stevenson University. She is the author of 5 works of fiction and the co-author of one academic textbook on Event Planning. Her character-driven books are set in beautiful Maryland locations and examine the realities of the human heart. Connect with her on Instagram at stephanie.verni or on Twitter at @stephverni. Or, visit her Amazon page at Stephanie Verni, Author.

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