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Second Sunday Books is coming to you from the Windy City, but I'm expanding the range of books and authors I interview. Historical fiction, women's fiction, action-adventure, and non-fiction (especially history, biographies, and politics) will be served. Unfortunately, no romance, sci-fi, or horror. And of course, I'll still be talking to mystery and thriller authors. Join me once a month on Second Sunday Books for the inside stories about stories.

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Second Sunday Books is coming to you from the Windy City, but I'm expanding the range of books and authors I interview. Historical fiction, women's fiction, action-adventure, and non-fiction (especially history, biographies, and politics) will be served. Unfortunately, no romance, sci-fi, or horror. And of course, I'll still be talking to mystery and thriller authors. Join me once a month on Second Sunday Books for the inside stories about stories.

    Join Author Libby Fischer Hellmann in conversation with Les Edgerton

    Join Author Libby Fischer Hellmann in conversation with Les Edgerton

    "After 25 years as an author and reader, it’s rare for me to start a novel and finish it in one sitting. But I did with HARD TIMES by Les Edgerton. Set during the recent past in the deep South, the novel tells the dark story of Amelia Critchin, a principled and faith-filled woman who accepts responsibility for marrying the wrong man and is punished severely for doing so..."

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    Second Sunday Books Welcomes Historical Fiction Author Judith Starkston

    Second Sunday Books Welcomes Historical Fiction Author Judith Starkston

    Author Judith Starkston's 3rd historical fiction novel was released a  week after BEND. OF KINGS AND GRIFFINS is a mashup of historical and  fantasy and is delightful! (The cover is gorgeous as you'll see). She  and I shared a conversation about writing historical, why we do it, and what's  the hardest part. Enjoy!

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    Second Sunday Books Welcomes Kelli Stanley, founder of Nasty Woman Press and the SHATTERING GLASS Anthology

    Second Sunday Books Welcomes Kelli Stanley, founder of Nasty Woman Press and the SHATTERING GLASS Anthology

    Shattering  Glass is the first in a series of remarkable anthologies published by  Nasty Woman Press, a unique non-profit publisher founded to help fund  other organizations threatened by the rise of autocracy and the ongoing  war against civil and human rights in the United States. A scintillating  mixture of top-flight fiction from bestselling authors in multiple  genres, fascinating articles, and thought-provoking essays,  conversations and interviews, Shattering Glass takes as its theme the  empowerment of women, with all profits from the book donated to Planned  Parenthood.

    We are the Creative Resistance.
    Nasty Woman Press was founded on November 9th, 2016, with a simple but powerful thought: female empowerment.

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    Second Sunday Books & Libby Hellmann welcome Three Hours in Paris author Cara Black

    Second Sunday Books & Libby Hellmann welcome Three Hours in Paris author Cara Black

    In June of 1940, when Paris fell to the Nazis, Hitler spent a total of  three hours in the City of Light—abruptly leaving, never to return. To  this day, no one knows why.

    The New York Times bestselling author of the Aimée Leduc investigations reimagines history in her masterful, pulse-pounding spy thriller, Three Hours in Paris.

    Kate  Rees, a young American markswoman, has been recruited by British  intelligence to drop into Paris with a dangerous assignment: assassinate  the Führer. Wrecked by grief after a Luftwaffe bombing killed her  husband and infant daughter, she is armed with a rifle, a vendetta, and a  fierce resolve. But other than rushed and rudimentary instruction, she  has no formal spy training. Thrust into the red-hot center of the war, a  country girl from rural Oregon finds herself holding the fate of the  world in her hands. When Kate misses her mark and the plan unravels,  Kate is on the run for her life—all the time wrestling with the  suspicion that the whole operation was a set-up.

    Cara Black, doyenne of the Parisian crime novel, is at her best as she brings  Occupation-era France to vivid life in this gripping story (her first stand-alone) about one  young woman with the temerity—and drive—to take on Hitler himself.


    *Features an illustrated map of 1940s Paris as full color endpapers.

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    Red Letter Days author Sarah-Jane Stratford Visits Second Sunday Books

    Red Letter Days author Sarah-Jane Stratford Visits Second Sunday Books

    When two brave women flee from the Communist Red Scare, they soon discover that no future is free from the past.

    Amid the glitz and glamour of 1950s New York, Phoebe Adler pursues her  dream of screenwriting. A dream that turns into a living nightmare when  she is blacklisted—caught in the Red Menace that is shattering the lives  of suspected Communists. Desperate to work, she escapes to London,  determined to keep her dream alive and clear her good name.

    There, Phoebe befriends fellow  American exile Hannah Wolfson, who has defied the odds to build a  career as a successful television producer in England. Hannah is a woman  who has it all, and is now gambling everything in a very dangerous  game—the game of hiring blacklisted writers.

    Neither woman suspects that danger still looms . . . and their fight is only just beginning.



    AUTHORS:

    Sarah-Jane Stratford is an author and essayist whose work has appeared in Marie-Claire, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Review of Books, Bitch, Bustle, Slate, Salon, BOMB, and Guernica, among others. She lives in London. Visit her online at: sarahjanestratford.com;

    Libby Fischer Hellmann is a critically acclaimed crime writer loved by readers the world over for her compulsively readable thrillers and strong female characters. Her fast-paced crime fiction spans 15 novels and 25 short stories. She has also edited a popular crime fiction anthology called Chicago Blues. Her newest work, "HIGH CRIMES" was released in November, 2018.

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    Silver Falchion winner and USA Today best-selling author Pamela Fagan Hutchins on Second Sunday Books

    Silver Falchion winner and USA Today best-selling author Pamela Fagan Hutchins on Second Sunday Books

    Second Sunday Books host LIbby Hellmann welcomes USA Today best-selling author Pamela Fagan Hutchins who is also a colleague in the network; she host Wine Women & Writing. I am a wannabe barrel racer afraid of going fast, an eater of ribeye, a rescuer of dogs, a fangirl podcaster, and the author of USA Today bestselling mysteries.

    {By the way, to get a free starter library, exclusives, first looks, and special deals with my newsletter, go to bit.ly/PamelaNL.}

    You can read my series in any order or as standalones, but they’re a lot of fun if you do them like this:
    1.Caribben-based Katie mysteries (PG-13): Saving Grace, Leaving Annalise, Finding Harmony
    2. Texas-based Emily mysteries (PG-13): Heaven to Betsy Earth to Emily, Hell to Pay
    3. Texas-based Michele mysteries (PG-13): Going for Kona, Fighting for Anna, Searching for Dime Box
    4. Wyoming-based Maggie mysteries (R, language): Live Wire, Sick Puppy, Dead Pile (plus shorts Buckle Bunny and Shock Jock)
    5. Wyoming-based Patrick Flint mysteries (PG): Switchback, Snake Oil, Sawbones — this is a historical spin-off series
    AND
    6. Caribbean-based Ava mysteries (R, sexual situations): Bombshell, Stunner, Knockout

    My hunky husband and I ride our beloved draft cross horses way up in the frozen north of Snowheresville, WY and deep in the heart of Nowheresville, TX. When I’m not writing or riding, I’m passionate about hiking, always with a couple of rescue dogs (and an occasional goat and donkey), bear spray, a mountain lion knife, and my Judge. NO ANIMALS HAVE BEEN HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS LIFE ADVENTURE (but don’t sneak up on me).

    I’ve made some lists and won some awards, yada yada. 2018 USA Today Bestseller. 2018 #1 Amazon Bestseller. 2018 Top 50 Amazon Author (Romantic Mystery, Romantic Suspense). The 2017 Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery WINNER (Fighting for Anna), the 2016 and 2015 WINNERS for USA Best Books Fiction: Cross Genre (Hell to Pay, Heaven to Betsy), and others. With downloads of nearly 2,000,000, readers seem to enjoy them—I think they have exceptionally good taste. {insert goofy grin here} Lots of them follow my podcast Wine Women & Writing, too, where I fangirl my favorite authors and interview them for your listening pleasure. Subscribe free at bit.ly/PamelaWWWR –case sensitive.

    If after all that you still want to learn more about my books, my podcast, or me, then God Bless Ya. There are many ways: This website and its blog. The aforementioned newsletter. Email me: Pamela at PamelaFaganHutchins dot com.

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