by | Feb 25, 2024 | Jenny Milchman

 By Jenny Milchman

No matter what the groundhog reported, it’s still blissfully chilly where I live, the ground as hard as iron and snow on all the peaks (even though we had to do without enough of the white stuff down at lower elevation). You’re probably getting the idea that I absolutely love winter, the colder and snowier the better. That’s true, but it doesn’t mean I’m not thrilled when a spring crop of new books poke their heads above ground like crocuses. New titles are blossoming this time of year after a relative lull following the holidays. Here are four I think you’ll really enjoy!

E.A. Aymar: When She Left

When She Left by E.A. Aymar
Spring book

This author has a gift for writing unusual, complex characters—and for shocking plot twists. Readers quickly get the sense that no one and nothing is safe in one of Aymar’s novels. In his latest, love is on the table, except—what does love even mean? Can you fall for the wrong person? If you do so once, can you then go on to find a righteous and truer love? And if so, what will you do to keep it? Aymar takes on the corruption of a criminal family as well as the corrupting factor of the patriarchy, while weaving a rousing story of suspense with stakes that affect people you’ll come to feel are real and really deserve to be cared about.

Lyn Liao Butler: What Is Mine

What is Mine by Lyn Liao Butler
Spring book

I discovered this second author through a virtual event at The Writer’s Center, a resource I highly recommend for book lovers and emerging authors.

Having made the transition from what I call relationship fiction into thriller territory, Butler pens tales that combine family drama with high stakes and crime. In this story, a nine-year-old named Luca goes missing, a young boy who’s already suffered the loss of his mother, making the stakes even higher for the couple raising him. What are terror and terrible, crushing guilt like when you have a responsibility both to a child and to the past? And then Butler ratchets things even tighter because there’s a woman out there with nothing to lose…and everything to gain from Luca.

Rea Frey: Don’t Forget Me

Don't Forget Me by Rea Frey
Spring Book

The chasm that arises when someone new arrives in an established community can be hard under any circumstances. But when first Ruby’s troubled daughter, and then her husband, go missing, hard becomes impossible. All Ruby can do is try to figure out what has happened to what was supposed to be an early retirement for her and a new start for all of them. The past interchanges with the present in a twisty tale…and then a body washes up in the pond where Ruby likes to row. Everybody is sure it’s Ruby’s husband. Everyone except Ruby herself.

Ellie Monago: The Custody Battle

The Custody Battle by Ellie Monago
Spring book

This title comes from Bookouture, a digital-first press with an interesting model that writers looking for a publisher may want to check out.

Writing under a pseudonym, this author-psychotherapist ventures into territory she is well-positioned to understand, presenting a clinical and legal dive into a situation many are familiar with: the harrowing lengths to which a couple will go to destroy each other when their relationship dissolves, especially when a child is involved. In this novel Greg and Madeline are trying to win an unwinnable situation even if lives have to be destroyed in the process. But if the life in question is that of their daughter, Lola, then the notion of victory takes on a completely different definition. As does the notion of loss.

Jenny Milchman, author of award winning novels and this blog.

Rogue Jenny Milchman is the Mary Higgins Clark award winning and PEN/Faulkner nominated author of five novels of suspense. Her work has been praised by the New York Times, chosen as Indie Next Picks, received starred reviews from PWBooklist, and Library Journal, selected for numerous Best Of’s including Suspense MagazinePure Wow, and Popsugar, and appeared on the USA Today bestsellers list (once, but we authors like to name these things). In 2013, Jenny rented out her house, traded in two cars for an SUV that could handle Denver in February, and pulled her kids out of 1st and 3rd grades to “car-school” them on what Shelf Awareness called the world’s longest book tour. Jenny now speaks nationally on the literal and figurative road to a dream.

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