Summer Reading Preview 2019 from Park Road Books: full list


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Park Road Books 2019 Summer Reads Preview

Sally Brewster, owner of Park Road Books, curated a list of must-reads for Summer 2019. Here are 16 titles to get you through this season and beyond!

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (July, $15.00 Pb., Berkley), Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Death and Other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor (July, $26.00 HC, Pamela Dorman), Contemporary Romance, Domestic Fiction

Deep River by Karl Marlantes (July, $30.00 HC, Atlantic Monthly), Historical Fiction, WWI Fiction

Furious Hours: Murder, Fruad and the Last Hours of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (May, $26.95 HC, Knopf), Biography, True Crime

The Ghosts of Eden Park: the Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder that Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott (August, $28.00 HC, Crown), True Crime/Murder, 20th Century History, Biography & Memoir

Hotbox: Inside Catering, the World’s Riskiest Business by Matt & Ted Lee (April, $28.00 HC, Henry Holt), Cooking, Food Writing

In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow (June $26.00 HC, Bloomsbury), Historical Fiction, Southern Fiction

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey (June, $25.99 HC, Tor), Mystery, Suspense, Contemporary Fantasy

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn (June, $26.95 HC, Liveright), Literary Fiction

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev (May $15.99 PB, William Morrow), Contemporary Romance, Domestic Fiction

The Substitution Order by Martin Clark  (July $27.95 HC, Knopf), Thriller, Humorous Fiction, Legal Fiction

The Swallows by Lisa Lutz (August $27.00 HC, Ballantine), Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Fiction, Humorous Fiction

Things you Save In a Fire by Catherine Center (August $26.99 HC, St. Martin’s Press), Domestic Fiction

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger (September $27.00 HC, Atria), Mystery, Historical Fiction

Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald (June $27.00 HC, Random House), Historical Fiction

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig (July $28.99 HC, Delray), Science Fiction, Suspense, Apocalyptic

Find all these books at

*Attention, self-published authors, PRB offers special discounts for current WNBA-Charlotte members. Go to their stock your books section and learn more.


Join WNBA Charlotte and Charlotte Writers’ Club on March 21 for our joint program on Small Press Submissions


'I figured if you liked the first paragraph I'd go ahead and finish the book.'

‘I figured if you liked the first paragraph I’d go ahead and finish the book.’

A Panel Hosted by 
Women’s National Book Association – Charlotte
and Charlotte Writers’ Club   

Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 PM
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte 28211  

Small presses offer authors another publishing path that’s situated between self-publishing and going the traditional route with a Big 5 publisher. Join WNBA-Charlotte and CWC as we explore the intricacies of working with a small-press publisher in a moderated panel discussion.  A Q&A session will follow the panel. 

Our three panelists will include:

Betsy Teter, Hub City Press, Spartanburg, SC
Elizabeth Turnbull, Light Messages Publishing, Durham, NC
a representative from Press 53, Winston-Salem, NC

We hope to see many WNBA Charlotte members in attendance!


Mark your calendar for November 17! Come to our WNBA & CWC panel: “I’m Published, So Now What? Making a Living Writing

I’m Published, So Now What?  Making a Living Writing

A Panel Hosted by Ideas-To-Make-Money-By-Writing
Women’s National Book Association – Charlotte
and Charlotte Writers’ Club

Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 PM

Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte

Getting paid to write is a dream come true. Being paid enough to make a living at writing is difficult. Listen to panelists discuss ways writers can earn more with their words. Panelists, all writers themselves, include a hybrid author, a magazine editor and freelance writer, a Copyblogger employee, and a facilitator of writing workshops and retreats.  Please join us!

Meet our panelists —

Alice Osborn:

Alice Osborn’s past educational and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as a poet, as well as a speaker, an editor-for-hire and a popular writing coach. In the past decade, Alice has taught classes and writing workshops to thousands of aspiring authors of nearly all ages from 9 to 90 both around the corner and internationally. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry; previous collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street Rag. A North Carolina Writers’ Network board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee, she has published work in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. When she’s not editing or writing, Alice is an Irish dancer who plays guitar and violin. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, two children and four very messy and loud birds. Visit Alice’s website at

Renee Roberson:

Renee Roberson is an award-winning freelance writer and former editor of Little Ones Magazine. Her work regularly appears in Lake Norman CURRENTS and she also assists Charlotte Parent with writing and editing projects. Renee works alongside authors seeking book promotion as a Blog Tour Manager with WOW! Women on Writing and judges flash fiction entries as part of WOW’s quarterly fiction contests. In 2009, her magazine article “Alternative Treatments for Autism,” received first place honors in the magazine feature article category in the Annual Writer’s Digest Competition. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication with a minor in women’s studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Renee resides in Huntersville, N.C. with her husband and two children.

Mica Gadhia:

Mica Gadhia once received a check for $4.00 from Yahoo Groups for an article she wrote about Charlotte, NC and all of the great places to see here. Not only that, she works for one of the coolest companies on the planet, Rainmaker Digital (formerly Copyblogger Media). She is the Affiliate Manager for StudioPress themes (how to make money). She edits some of the transcripts (learns the latest content marketing tools). Mica helps answer inquiries to the Rainmaker Digital helpdesk (types a lot of emails to awesome people who need help). Also, she is the customer liaison for the Certified Writers through Rainmaker Digital’s Authority program (gets to know lots of cool people just like you). She’s energetic, laughs a lot, and in her spare time she paints pink and purple cows and raises her two favorite people in the world, her two boys Michael and Mason.

Karon Luddy:

Karon Luddy is the author of the novel Spelldown, published by Simon and Schuster, which earned starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly as well as the Parents’ Choice Silver award. Clemson University Digital Press published Wolf Heart, her first poetry book. Bewilderment of Boys, her second novel and sequel to Spelldown, was published in 2014. Kirkus Reviews described it as “a charmingly perceptive follow-up that should appeal to both teenagers and adults.” In 2001, The Charlotte Writers’ Club awarded Karon the Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Award for her story which began with a quirky observation: “The days of the week sounded two thousand times more interesting spelled backwards: Yadnus. Yadnom. Yadseut. Yadsendew. Yadsruht.Yadirf. Yadrutas.” Receiving this recognition from CWC emboldened Luddy as a writer—and she transformed the winning story into the first chapter of her first novel. She also earned her MFA in Creative Writing and began teaching at UNC Charlotte as well as conducting writing retreats and creativity workshops. Karon lives in Charlotte with her husband Tom. Visit her facebook page at


February 19 – Don’t miss our Panel Discussion!






From Book Idea to the Bookshelf: The Process and Business of Publishing”
This is a joint meeting with Charlotte Writers’ Club!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 7 p.m.
Queens University Sports and Conference Center
2229 Tyvola Road, just west of Park Road

Our panel of experienced book industry representatives, many from our own WNBA ranks, will discuss how a book goes from the idea stage to the finished book for sale to the reading public. Come with your questions about the book biz and join in this sure-to-be-lively discussion!

Participants include:

  • Agent Josh Adams, Adams Literary;
  • Independent Editor Betsy Thorpe, Betsy Thorpe Literary Services;
  • Kelly Bowen, Publicity Director, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill;
  • Amanda Phillips, MarComm Manager at distributor/wholesaler Baker & Taylor;
  • Independent Bookseller Sally Brewster, owner of Park Road Books in Charlotte;
  • Lisa Williams Kline, Author the middle-grade novels Eleanor Hill (winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award), The Princesses of Atlantis, Write Before Your Eyes, and the Sisters in All Seasons series;
  • and Independent Book Marketing, Sales and Promotion Consultant Susan Walker.
  • Please note: Sales rep Frazer Dobson will be unable to join us after all, but Sally Brewster, who also has worked as as a sales rep for a major publishing company, will discuss the Sales/Marketing side of the publishing process.

In addition, at this meeting we will announce the start of an exciting benefit for current dues-paid WNBA-Charlotte and Charlotte Writers’ Club members! These members will be able to enter our raffle for free literary services, compliments of WNBA members. Please click here for further details and updates, including how to enter the raffle.

Carin Siegfried, Carin Siegfried Editorial – 10 page critique
Betsy Thorpe, Betsy Thorpe Literary Services – 10 page critique or query critique
Quinlan Lee, Adams Literary – query critique
Linda Vigen Phillips, author – 5 page poem or book-in-verse critique
Emily Smith Pearce, author — 10 page critique or book club visit
Lisa Williams Kline, author — 10 page critique


1) Winners must be active members of WNBA and/or CWC.

2) Prizes must be claimed within 60 calendar days from the drawing date.

3) WNBA and/or CWC are not responsible for the services provided.

4) No monetary compensation provided in lieu of services.


“Getting Your Foot in the Door” – A workshop for writers with editors Carin Siegfried and Betsy Thorpe

On Saturday, May 12, WNBA – Charlotte founding members Carin Siegfried and Betsy Thorpe are presenting a workshop for writers on crafting an elevator pitch, query letter, and author bio. They also are offering critiques of  participating writers’ first 500 words of their manuscripts.  We hope lots of local writers will attend this very informative workshop!

Since all of you WNBA members are not writers yourselves, please do forward this on to anyone you know who may be interested.  Thanks!

For more information please check out Carin’s and Betsy’s Facebook page:, or click here for a printable PDF.

To contact them directly:

From Book Idea to the Book Shelf: The Process & Business of Publishing


Monday, March 12, 7:00 – 9:00 PM 
at Park Road Books, Park Road Shopping Center
4139 Park Road, Charlotte 28209   

Our panel of experienced book industry representatives, many from our own WNBA ranks, will discuss how a book goes from the idea stage to the finished book for sale to the reading public.  Come with your questions about the book biz and join in this sure-to-be-lively discussion!

Participants include:  

  •  independent editor Carin Siegfried of Carin Siegfriend Editorial;
  • agent Quinlan Lee of Adams Literary;
  • Nancy Clare Morgan, former Publicity Manager with Random House, Inc.;
  • Angela Harwood, VP of Sales & Marketing at John F. Blair Publisher; 
  • Amanda Phillips, MarComm Manager at distributor/wholesaler Baker & Taylor; 
  • independent bookseller Sally Brewster of Park Road Books;
  • novelist Marybeth Whalen, author of SHE MAKES IT LOOK EASY and THE MAILBOX;
  • and independent book marketing, sales and promotion consultant Susan Walker.

photo:  Carin Siegfried