Strong Female Characters by Female Authors

When you think of strong female characters written by female authors, which come to mind?

Jane Austen. The Brontes. Margaret Attwood. Harper Lee. Alice Walker.

Among those greats, a few Night Publishing authors are also listed, according to a Strong Female Characters by Female Authors on Goodreads.

Three Night Publishing books on the list include Empty Chairs by Stacey Danson, Impending Justice by Mel Comley, and of course, The Cruiserweight.

If you’d like to vote for your favorite authors in this category, click here to make your choice(s).

Authors on Show Accepting Submissions

Authors on Show began in May 2010 as a showcase web site for authors who were yet to be published and seeking representation.

Within the next year, the original team dwindled due to other commitments, things changed as there was little time to check all the submissions that came in due to AOS’ resounding success. In the first seven months of its launch, Authors on Show was not only visited by top agents and publishing houses, but also its blog was nominated as one of the best writing sites in the world, placing in the top twenty.

Authors on Show is returning to its roots, aiming to showcase those who want an agent or a traditional publishing deal and seeks help to find the best books and writers.Ian Smethurst is stepping into the lead spot and it was he who suggested AOS change things back to its original concept.

Keep checking the site and blog for upcoming changes, and if you’re an author who would like to submit your work or have any suggestions to make about another author you think worthy of promoting, please send an email to

SEEN This Week 11/28/11

While some of us are recovering from turkey overload and Black Friday battles, others were making news in the book world during the past week:

Best Friends, Occasional Enemies by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella was officially released on book shelves, Barnes and Noble and Amazon November 22. Francesca is also profiled on my Authors on Show page through December 4.

XoXo Publishing™ is excited to announce their all-new web site is up and running. Be sure to stop by and check out the new site and many books for sale.

WAE Network is the first social network for writers, agents and editors. Join for the opportunity to interact with agents and editors using one of the hottest networking tools.

For those of you into “not your average horror” collection, please check out The Dark is Light Enough for Me by John Claude Smith.

Catherine Chisnall was interviewed on E-Book Muncher by the gracious David Makinson. A review of her book also appears here.

House of Silver Magic is the latest YA book from John Booth aimed predominantly toward a slightly younger YA audience than Wizards You can read a sample chapter here.

EReader News Today recommended the absolutely fabulous and moving Buying Time by Janice Donnelly this past week.

Randy Attwoods’s books are now available on iTunes.

Reprisal by Alfie Robins is now available on Smashwords for .99 USD.

A review for Robert W. Walker’s Titanic 2012 can be found at this link.

Do you have news that you’d like to see in a future column? Either post it on a related site or email before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

Book of the Week 11/28/11

From the Publisher: New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca Serritella are the best of friends—99.9% of the time. They’re number one on each other’s speed dial and they tell each other everything—well, almost everything. They share shoes and clothes—except one very special green jacket, which almost caused a catfight.

Mom can sometimes be our nemesis, but always the one to go to in both the best and worst of times. On both sides of the coin, whether at verbal war or propping up each other emotionally, there’s always a humorous side to all of them.

Such amusement can be found in Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter (St. Martin’s Press, 2011).

Best Friends, Occasional Enemies was difficult for me to stop reading, which was why I managed to finish it in only a few days after picking it up. A very easy read, many who read this book will identify with many of the situations outlined in its collection of essays.Though there’s no real story line or plot in Best Friends, Occasional Enemies, each individual story shines on its own.

Some of the most hilarious are Lisa battles with her elliptical and working out and Francesca’s dealing with a weird exterminator and rodents. Readers will also enjoy Mom and daughter’s discussions of each other’s respective quirks.

During the stressful holiday season, we all need a good laugh now and then, and whether for yourself or for someone on your holiday shopping list, Best Friends, Occasional Enemies would make a perfect gift.

Author Profile: Francesca Serritella

With the November 22 release of Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter co-written with her mother Lisa Scottoline, there was no better time to feature author and columnist Francesca Serritella.

Francesca finds humor in everyday life, much which is reflected in her writing. Laughter made difficult times easier to manage, and a Sunday column she co-writes with her mother for the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Chick Wit,” takes a look at the witter side of women’s lives, written from, of course, the perspectives of women.

Francesca Serritella was born in Philadelphia. She graduated with honors from Harvard, where she majored in English and received the Charles Edmond Horman Prize and the Baron Russell Briggs Fiction Prize for her creative writing, as well as the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for her senior thesis, a novella.

She and her mother, author Lisa Scottoline, write a weekly column in The Philadelphia Inquirer called “Chick Wit,” where she offers a humorous look at their family and life in general. The column has been published in two collections, the first, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog, and the second, released October 2010, My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space. Today, Francesca lives in New York City with her beloved dog, Pip. She is working on a novel.


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Facebook: Francesca Serritella

Slush Pile Reader Top 10 Manuscripts 11/25/11

Here are the top 10 manuscripts on Slush Pile Reader as of Novemnber 25, 2011:


Rank: 1
Genres: Comedy & Satire, Mystery & Thrillers
Rank: 2
Genres: Erotica, Romance, Popular culture, Other
Rank: 3
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure
Rank: 4
Genres: Romance, Mystery & Thrillers
Rank: 5
Genres: Mystery & Thrillers, Literary fiction, Crime, Religion & Spirituality, Popular science, Horror
Rank: 6
Genres: Memoir, Comedy & Satire, Adventure
Rank: 7
Genres: Mystery & Thrillers, Comedy & Satire
Rank: 8
Genres: Adventure, Chick lit, Comedy & Satire, Popular culture, Romance
Rank: 9
Genres: Comedy & Satire
Rank: 10
Genres: Adventure, Comedy & Satire, Horror

Book of the Week 11/21/11

After seeing a segment on 60 Minutes about the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster, 2011), and hearing mostly good reviews on the late Apple founder’s bio, I had to eventually read it.

While most of the technical aspects of this book are glossed over and more dramatic moments are anticlimactic, other aspects of Steve Jobs give a clear and concise look behind Steve’s formative years, his illness, ambitions, beliefs, and of course, his overall genius.

It’s a Herculean task to fit such an icon’s story into 600 pages, but Isaacson managed to do it fairly well in such a short period of time in order to release Steve Jobs so soon after the death of one of the most innovative corporate leaders of our time.

As Isaacson said in an interview, “Steve was filled with contradictions. He was a counterculture rebel who became a billionaire. He eschewed material objects yet made objects of desire. He talked, at times, about how he wrestled with these contradictions. His counterculture background combined with his love of electronics and business was key to the products he created. They combined artistry and technology.” The aforementioned well summed up Steve Jobs for me.

Steve Jobs is a good biographical work, but if anyone is expecting a wishy-washy account, this book won’t fall in the latter. There’s a few moments that will leave you scratching your head with wonder, and others which will move you to tears. For those wanting to learn more about the brainchild behind Apple, Isaacson’s book will be the closest we’ll get…at least for now.