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Mona Shroff writes contemporary romance novels. In this interview, she talks about her newest book, Then There Was You, and mentions her take on romance novels. She also talks about her experiences as a writer. Originally published on March 18, 2021.



Another favorite LGBTQ+ author for PRIDE month. This is a reprint from a July 2019 interview.

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Cat Sebastian picAnnie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Friday spotlight on LGBTQ Romance author Cat Sebastian. Thanks for being here with us, Cat.

Could you please tell us a bit about your writing?

I write historical romance about LGBTQ people, usually in Regency England, but sometimes other places and other times.

Where can people find your work? (Besides Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester –though they should totally check here first!)

Print copies are at The Ripped Bodice and also Barnes & Noble, and ebooks are available at all the usual places.

How can we follow your work and share your awesomeness?

My website is and my twitter is @CatSWrites.

For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from A Little Night Mischief?

My upcoming release, A Little Light Mischief, is a novella about two servants who have…

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How can we start the New Arrivals blog without a new James Patterson thriller? This week we have:


ESCAPE (BILLY HARNEY THRILLER #3) by James Patterson, which seems like a fun “escape” read with his Billy Harney character. Other mysteries/thrillers include:


THE HOUSE ACROSS THE LAKE by Riley Sager. You never know what’s going on at your neighbor’s house across the lake. Even though it seems to be an ideal marriage, when the wife disappears…


THE JUDGE’S LIST: A NOVEL by John Grisham. Can a Judge be a serial killer? Read this book and find out.



Speculative Fiction: (Science Fiction)


SPEAKING BONES 4 (THE DANDELION DYNASTY) by Ken Liu. This is the 4th book in Ken Liu’s Dandelion Dynasty series.





*THE DEAD ROMANTICS by Ashley Poston. This is a light, funny sort of paranormal romance.


*HARMONY OF FIRE by Brian Feehan. This is a different type of paranormal romance by the son of paranormal romance writer Christine Feehan.





*DELE WEDS DESTINY: A NOVEL by Tomi Obaro is about three once inseparable Nigerian college women who reunite for the first time after 30 years at one of their daughter’s weddings.







FINDING THE MOTHER TREE: DISCOVERING THE NATURE OF THE FOREST by Suzanne Simard is a look at trees, and their relationship to each other. They are a complicated, interdependent circle of life, and forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks. At the center of this vast network are the Mother Trees: mysterious, powerful forces that connect and sustain those that surround them.





MY GREATEST SAVE: THE BRAVE, BARRIER-BREAKING JOURNEY OF A WORLD CHAMPION GOALKEEPER    by Briana Scurry. This is the painfully honest memoir of Briana Scurry, the first black and openly gay soccer player on the first and second women’s Olympic Soccer teams in 1996 and 2004.





TURKEY AND THE WOLF: FLAVOR TRIPPI’ IN NEW ORLEANS by  Mason Hereford. Great southern cooking.


NOTE:   A few books on this list will not be out until next week, but I thought I’d give you a few extra books for you to be on the lookout for. They are actually marked with a *.







As always, thank you for making our shelves your destination.





Military science fiction writer Michael Mammay talks about his newest and final book in his Planetside series, Colonyside, and his thoughts about writing science fiction in this interview with Selina Lovett from Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester. Originally published Mar 11, 2021.

In honor of Pride month, we thought we’d repost this blog from 2017!

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Friday Spotlight on Sarah Prager, speaker of LGBTQIA history, author of Queer, There, and Everywhere, and developer of the Quist app. We were excited to host Sarah during Pride Month in June, and now we are thrilled to have her return to 65 James Street for Worcester Pride week on Sunday, September 10, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM!

In June, we sold out of Sarah’s books, so we do recommend pre-orders to secure your signed copy!

Thank you so much for joining us, Sarah! Can you please tell us briefly a little about yourself and your writing? How would you like us to introduce you?

I came out as lesbian when I was 14 and being part of the LGBTQ community has been an incredible, happy part of my life. My wife and I became moms this year and…

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Let’s begin this week’s New Arrivals with a few novels. Basically, they are all completely different types of books.


The first book is the 1st paperback printing of a great Horror novel,





Next, we have a humorous romance novel which brings a woman back to her hometown, uncovering family secrets, self-discovery and new love:


FLYING SOLO: A novel By Linda Holmes  



The following fiction novel is actually considered literature, and takes place in three different time periods. Based on a true story, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.


HORSE: A NOVEL by Geraldine Brooks



Known as the “Queen of Beach Reads”, Elin Hildebrand delivers a page-turner about a Summer at a Nantucket hotel, with a bad reputation, and a new London Billionaire owner who is trying to fix it up, and the new General Manager of the hotel who is trying to keep everything together. Not to mention the fact that there is a ghost of a young chambermaid who was killed in a fire at the hotel lurking around. Romance.


THE HOTEL NANTUCKET by Elin Hildebrand




Now for the non-fiction books:


This week there are a few parenting books that might be interesting reads.


 I’D LIKE TO PLAY ALONE, PLEASE: ESSAYS  by Tom Segura is a humorous book about family, love and parenting.


HOW TO RAISE AN ANTIRACIST by Ibram  X. Kendi is a book about parenting children on racism. This is also considered a political book, so I will put the following book next, which is also political:





WHAT IS A WOMAN?: ONE MAN’S JOURNEY TO ANSWER THE QUESTION OF A GENERATION by Matt Walsh tries to answer in a humorous yet disturbing way, “ Is a woman a woman just by feeling or acting a particular way? Aren’t gender roles just a “social construct”? Can a woman be “trapped in a man’s body”? Does being a woman mean anything at all?”




The last three books are all memoirs:





ROUGH DRAFT: A MEMOIR BY Katy Tur (a journalist)


STILL ALRIGHT by Kenny Loggins (a Musician)










As always, Thank you for making our shelves your destination.




Curt Curtin is a Worcester, MA Poet who has written several books of poetry, including his latest book, Kerry Dancers, a great book for St. Patrick’s Day. This interview with Curt is mostly about Kerry Dancers, and the Irish heritage included in the book. This video was posted on March 11, 2021.






Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Friday spotlight on fiction author Jeneva Rose. Jeneva Rose is the bestselling author of The Perfect Marriage and One of Us is Dead. Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages and optioned for film/tv. Originally from Wisconsin, she now lives in Chicago with her husband and stubborn English bulldog.


Jeneva, where can people find your work? (Besides Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester–though they should totally check here first!)



My work can be found pretty much anywhere books are sold, but Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester should be the first place they look if they’re in the area 😊




How can we follow your work and share your awesomeness?


Readers can follow my work by visiting my website, All of my social media accounts are linked there. I’m most active on Instagram and TikTok, although I do update on Facebook and Twitter as well.




What can readers expect from One of Us is Dead?


One of Us is Dead is about a salon owner who gets entangled in the lives of her elite, wealthy clients. When one of them ends up dead, it’s only her and her accumulation of town gossip that can help the police solve the murder. Told from multiple points of view and switching between past and present, the reader doesn’t know who’s dead, who killed them, or why. Readers can expect a twisty, fun, and entertaining thriller in the vein of The Real Housewives meets Big Little Lies.




What was the inspiration for One of Us is Dead?


A small exchange between myself and my hairstylist inspired this story. I came up with the idea when I was sitting in a salon chair back in Wisconsin. My hairstylist mentioned something I had previously told her, something personal, that I didn’t even remember saying. I looked to her and said, “Wait. I told you that!? I can’t believe I told you that!” She responded, “Oh, yes. You wouldn’t believe the things that people say when they’re sitting in this chair.” It was a lightbulb moment, and I thought a salon would be the perfect setting for a thriller, especially with a hairstylist at the center of it all—because they hear and see everything.









What is your favorite part of being a writer? Of the whole writing and publishing process? What do you think has been your greatest lesson in the journey thus far?


I have a few favorite aspects of being a writer. First, I love writing, so most days it doesn’t feel like work. Second, the flexibility of the job is wonderful. I can write from anywhere, and I can do so on my own time (as long as there’s not a looming deadline). Third, I adore being able to interact with readers. Hearing how they connected with my work and what it meant to them is so rewarding. Prior to going on a book tour for the launch of One of Us is Dead, my interactions had only been online. I met hundreds of my readers in-person over the past few weeks at my events, and it was such a surreal and incredible experience—one I’ll never forget.




What piece of advice would you want to share with other writers?


My advice to aspiring authors is to just keep writing. I endured hundreds of rejections, and I had written five books before my first novel was published. But I didn’t let any of that stop me. I just kept writing because in this industry, the writing is the only thing you can control.





What else can we expect from you in the near future?


I recently signed a five-book deal with Blackstone Publishing, so readers can expect a thriller from me every spring/summer through at least 2027. My next thriller titled You Shouldn’t Have Come Here will release on April 25, 2023, and readers can add it on Goodreads now. It tells the story of Grace Evans, an overworked New Yorker who books an Airbnb on a ranch in the middle of Wyoming. When she arrives, she’s pleased to find the host, Calvin Wells, is a handsome and charming man. The two immediately start to fall for one another; however, a lack of cell service and the feeling that something isn’t quite right with the town gives her pause. When a sheriff comes around asking about a previous missing guest, things take a turn, threatening their budding relationship. As her departure date nears, Grace worries that Calvin’s infatuation has morphed to obsession and that he might not let her leave. Calvin thinks Grace is hiding something from him, including her true intentions as to why she booked his Airbnb. Told from dual points of view, You Shouldn’t Have Come Here is a cautionary tale of what can go wrong when you open up your home and your heart to a total stranger.




What is/are your passions when you’re not writing? How do you make time for your non-writing hobbies/things you love?


When I’m not writing, I enjoy reading, cooking, standup comedy shows, playing board games, traveling, and making videos for TikTok and Instagram. I’m also a movie buff, and I love a good tv show binge. I try to keep a normal Monday-Friday work schedule so I can have a life outside of writing, but I usually find myself working on Sundays too. Since becoming a full-time author in 2021, I have no issues with living a balanced life. Prior to that, I wrote six novels over the course of five years, while working full-time as a global social media manager at a Fortune 500 company. My life wasn’t so balanced then and required a lot of sacrifices in order to chase the dream of becoming an author, but I wouldn’t change any of it because it led me to where I am now.




Writers very often have furry or feathered or otherwise non-human companions to “help” them through their work. Do you? What do you have? How do they “help” (or, “not-help”) with your writing?


I have an English bulldog named Winston, Sir Winston, to be exact. Don’t let his title fool you though. He does not have the proper etiquette of a royal subject. In terms of his contributions, he is no help whatsoever—aside from providing the background noise to my writing sessions, which are a mix of snores, flatulence, and grunts when he needs his ears and belly scratched.





Jeneva, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions.







This week, our new arrivals include one of my favorites-er-favourites, and some heart wrenching romances of all sorts. My favorite is of course:


DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA: THE OFFICIAL FILM COMPANION by Emma Marriott. This is complete with photos and sneak peeks of the popular television series, now turned into another movie.




Cookbooks are popular now as well, and the cookbook of the week is:






One job I would not have wanted to have is the one that the woman who wrote this memoir had – Press Secretary for President Donald Trump:


HERE’S THE DEAL: A MEMOIR by Kellyanne Conway




Our mystery/thriller for the week is about the dark spell a mysterious island holds for a vacationing couple:


DEEP WATER by Emma Bamford




The last of the new arrivals are the romances:


MURDER AT SUNRISE LAKE by Christine Feehan is a paranormal romantic suspense novel about premonitions, murder and – I’ll let you read the book.


NIGHTWORK by Nora Roberts – A contemporary romance in which Nora Roberts introduces an unforgettable thief.


THE WAR OF TWO QUEENS (BLOOD AND ASH, 4) by Jennifer L. Amentrout  is the 4th book in this Gothic Romance.


YOU MADE A FOOL OF DEATH WITH YOUR BEAUTY: A NOVEL by Akwaeke Emezi . This is an African American Romance story about a “young woman seeing joy while reeling from loss”.






As always, thank you for making our shelves your destination.





SL Huang is a Hugo Award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy novels. In this interview, she talks about her latest book, Burning Roses, and about her writing. This video was created on March 8, 2021.




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