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Reading THE CHARM BRACELET on the shores of Lake Michigan

This week, our Michigan-based intern read Viola Shipman’s  The Charm Bracelet, which is set in her own backyard. Here are her thoughts: 

Idyllic beaches, evening birdcalls, eager tourists, and homemade sweets shops—all of these take their place in the soft magic that is summertime along the Great Lakes. In The Charm Bracelet, Viola Shipman has made a vivid recreation of a Michigan beach town much like my own.Processed with VSCO with c1 presetI live in Grand Haven, Michigan, where I purchased Viola Shipman’s The Charm Bracelet and read it, enchanted, in a single sitting. Shipman’s descriptions of life in a lakeside town are spot-on. Like Lolly, I worked in a bustling ice cream store, spending my weekends handing Blue Moon triple-scoops to children fresh off the beach. I’ve watched in awe as fog sits atop the water, and listened intently as my mother explained the legend of the Manitou Islands. In this novel, readers can lose themselves in a beach town and find themselves in the three generations of women who navigate the fictional Scoops, MI.

With her band of tender and dynamic female characters, Shipman has given us a story that asks us to hold tightly to our histories, treat our loved ones gently, challenge our accepted routines, and weather the changes life brings.  You will love getting wrapped up in this sweet story, with characters, romance, and life lessons that grab the heart. Readers will find a quick and strong emotional attachment to the three generations of Lindsey women, as they each offer distinct personalities and charming qualities that stick with you long after the book is over. I cherished every last page of The Charm Bracelet—I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I pick it up for another captivating read-through.

– Marie


Wendy Walker’s mesmerizing novel ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN was launched this week with an abundance of endorsements on ‘must read’ lists and rave reviews from Real Simple,, Bustle, and Redbook. People calls it ‘Twisty and Spellbinding’.  And what a thrill to see Reese Witherspoon post this to her 6.5 million followers on Instagram!  Have you read it?  What did you think?



I‘m so proud of The Fatherless Daughter Project by Denna Babul and Karin Smithson.  For the millions of fatherless daughters, or love a fatherless daughter, this book is life changing.  The authors’  fierce courage and dedication is an inspiration.

“ This brilliant book provides solace and deep insight, and will give enormous comfort to any woman who has lost this important figure in her life.” – Claire Bidwell Smith, author of The Rules of Inheritance and After This

“ The Fatherless Daughter Project is a soulful guide to overcoming pain and loss. This book clears the pathway for life-changing recovery and deep personal growth.” – Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times Bestselling author of Miracles Now


Charm Bracelets around the world

It’s every author’s dream to be published.  That first time seeing your book as a book is magical. And there is something extra special about seeing your book sold into translations around the world. THE CHARM BRACELET by Viola Shipman (aka Wade Rouse) has been a favorite with publishers around the world.  Here are some of my favorites (so far). unnamed-11ViolaShipman.TheCharmBracelet.Germanyunnamed-12

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Street of Eternal Happiness by Rob Schmitz

You’ve probably heard Rob Schmitz’s fascinating reporting from China on Marketplace.  Inspired by his enormously popular series Street of Eternal Happiness, this new book is out today and getting fantastic, well-deserved praise including the  New York Times Book Review.  And this Q&A  as well.  We are so proud to be associated with this fantastic, important new book. 9780553418088-2

With lots of love from Eva Longoria!



What’s in a name?  Now we know, thanks to Wade Rouse, in this fabulous essay in PW.

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WSA and PEN Center USA


We are thrilled to see our ‘west of the Mississippi’ authors Claire Bidwell Smith and Shanna Mahin (who served as a judge) at the PEN Center USA’s 25th Annual Literary Awards Festival, held at the Beverly Whilshire Hotel. What a fun night! The Lifetime Achievement award was given to Francis Ford Coppola. 

The Z TV Series Debut is Here!


TODAY is the debut of our TV pilot based on Therese Anne Fowler’s novel Z ~ A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.   You can stream on Amazon Video  and watch for free for the next 3 weeks.  I may be biased but it really is wonderful.  Christina Ricci as Zelda is mesmerizing and Gavin Stenhouse as F. Scott is swoon-worthy.
Check out Vanity Fair’s rave review of the pilot!

Gluten Free Revolution

The Gluten Free Revolution by Jax Lowell has been honored by Booklist as one of the ‘Top 10 Food Books of 2015’ alongside legendary chefs/writers
Alice Waters, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Ruth Reichel, and Mark Bittman.   What a thrill and an honor.