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The houses in Pine Estates are beautiful McMansions filled with high-achieving parents, children on the fast track to top colleges, all of the comforts of modern living, and the best security systems money can buy. Welcome to normal upper-middle-class suburbia.
The Turners know in their hearts that they’re anything but normal. Jenna is a high-schooler dressed in black who is fascinated with breaking into her neighbors’ homes, security systems be damned. Everett genuinely believes he loves his wife . . . he just loves having a continuing stream of mistresses more. JT is a genius kid with Asperger’s who moves from one obsession to the next. And Kate tries to manage her family, manage her mother (who lives down the street), and avoid wondering why her life is passing her by.
And now everything is changing for them. Jenna suddenly finds herself in a boy-next-door romance she never could have predicted. Everett’s secrets are beginning to unravel on him. JT is getting his first taste of success at navigating the world. And Kate is facing truths about her husband, her mother, and her father that she might have preferred not to face.
Life on Pine Road has never been more challenging for the Turners. That’s what happens when you’re practicing normal.
Combining her trademark combination of wit, insight, and tremendous empathy for her characters, Cara Sue Achterberg has written a novel that is at once familiar and startlingly fresh. Publication date: June 6, 2017. It will be available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook.
I've signed with Carly Watters of P.S. Literary to represent my memoir and fiction writing! Super happy to begin this partnership!
Girls' Weekend has been released in audio form (with a new cover) narrated by
itunes named Girls' Weekend to their New & Notable List!
Plus, it spent eight days on the topselling ibooks list - not too shabby.
It's still gathering five star reviews on Amazon and goodreads, which makes a girl smile. I'd love to hear what you think and am grateful for every review - no matter how many stars you toss at it!
Me? On TV?
Yup! Check out my interview about Girls' Weekend with Harrisburg's abc station channel 27
Click here to see my favorite review for Girls' Weekend!
Or Click here to read a fun guest post about the inspiration for Girls' Weekend.
Or Click here for a fun "Would You Rather..." interview.
And here's a lovely review written by another women's fiction author.
More Writing News
Can Moms write about sex? Here's my guest post at Literary Mama on this very topic.
Here's my guest post on Kind Over Matter. It's the story of my youngest son and a foster puppy raised on kindness.
Fun interview on a fabulous Book Blog that features women's fiction.
Beyond excited to be featured on the esteemed site, Women Writers, Women's Books. Here's my best advice to writers.
Author's First the Virtual Writers' Conference includes my lesson on Making Your Character's Problems Personal.
Here's my piece on what it means to be a real writer: Be Brave, Be Honest, Be a Writer.
My essay, titled Setting Free the Horses, was recently published on a wonderful site called, Only A Season.
Read my guest post about becoming a famous author on the incomparable Audry Fryer's website
Here's another session for Authors First, the virtual Writers' Conference! Read it here.
After being chosen as a Daily Find on Barnes & Noble's Nook, I'm Not Her climbed to #2 on the Nook Bestsellers list! Plus, I'm Not Her was named to Kobo's Page Turners list! It was recently featured as a "fresh new read" in their subscriber newsletter! I’m Not Her was also chosen as a best new fiction pick by ibooks and made their top 100 ibooks bestseller list for fiction and literature!
My first LIVE (yipes!) interview on abc channel 27!
More Places You'll Find My Writing....
My essays entitled Third Times the Charm and Life on a Stage were featured in the excellent online literary journal of womens writing, Her View From Home.
My essay, On the Safe Side of Fate, was published on the esteemed online journal, Soapbox Writers.
You can read the story of our very special foster dog from Iraq which was published in the York Daily Record.
Want to know how I finally got my publishing deal? It took a lot of pasta. Read this.
Super excited to announce that my book, Live Intentionally, was chosen as first runner up in the How-To category at the Green Book Festival!
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Possible, was published October 6 and includes my story - Fairytale Life! Look for it in bookstores today or click here.
Another guest post for the outstanding site, Mamalode (not to be confused with my own darling blog, The Mama Load!). I get paid by the clicks for this post, so do me a favor and check it out!
Apparently, we are York County's version of a Modern Family. Read my profile piece in Central Penn Parent!
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I'm currently recruiting people who'd like to be on my street team to help me promote my books. You get some great rewards and I promise it'll be fun! If you're interested, shoot me an e-mail or read all about it in my last newsletter!
Who am I, you ask?
I am an irrepressible writer, a tired mom, a lazy gardener, a resentful chauffeur, a loyal friend, a daily dreamer, a terrible dog trainer, and an occasional cowgirl. I'm also a compulsive blogger, an almost famous novelist, and a huge fan of teenagers writing. I will talk your ear off about processed food, growing tomatoes, training horses, Virginia wine, or the dog I'm currently fostering. If you ask about my kids, prepare to be bombarded with how FANTASTIC and AMAZING they are. If you follow me on Facebook or twitter or instagram you'll be treated to near daily doses of my thoughts, adventures, and animal photos. Links to all my social media ramblings are below. I'd be honored if you followed me anywhere....
Current Foster Dogs:
Love dogs? Check out my blog, Another Good Dog
Another Good Dog now has over 3300 followers! What? You aren't following? Get on it! You're missing EVERYTHING!
Where Can You Find Me?
Good question! I've been holed up this winter writing and writing and writing (two manuscripts - one memoir and one women's fiction!), but now I'm looking for opportunities to get out! I'm available to meet with book clubs (in person or via skype), lead workshops on writing and/or publishing, or teach creative writing. I'm also happy to talk about creating an organic life, and of course I'd love to do a book signing! Just give me a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your group on my calendar!
I had fabulous time at my book signing for Girls' Weekend at Bethany Beach Books, an awesome independent bookstore in Bethany Beach, Delaware! We sold out of books before my allotted time was up! (but they've restocked since then, so if you're at the beach, you know where you can get your copy!)
Browseabout Books in Rehoboth also has copies!
My indie-published book, Live Intentionally challenges readers to live their happiest, healthiest life! Find more information by following this link or buy it now through Amazon!
Nice review from a star blogger for Live Intentionally!
Triple dog walk....
Triple Dog Pile-up....
We foster dogs with a non-profit network of foster homes in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania called Operation Paws for Homes. They transport dogs from high-kill shelters in the south to foster homes from which they can be adopted into families who will care for them. Every new dog we welcome to our home is a new adventure and I blog about all of them. If you'd like to get involved as a foster home, volunteer, or donor, contact OPHRescue.org! My blog, Another Good Dog, shares stories of my family's experiences fostering.