Our 2022 Authors:

Woman on Fire


A gripping story of a remarkable woman and an exquisite work of art that burns bright, moving through hands, hearts, and history.

After accepting a job with Dan Mansfield, an investigative reporter in Chicago, Jules Roth is given a secret assignment. Dan needs her to locate a famous painting stolen by the Nazis 75 years earlier named Woman on Fire. World-renowned shoe designer Ellis Baum wants this portrait of a beautiful, mysterious woman for deeply personal reasons, and has enlisted Dan’s help. But there’s not much time; the famous designer is dying.

In Europe, Margaux de Laurent also searches for the painting, she is a cunning gallerist who gets what she wants. The only thing standing in her way is Jules, who has unexpected resources of her own, including Adam Baum, Ellis’s grandson. A recovering addict and brilliant artist, who was once in Margaux’s clutches. He knows how ruthless she is, and he’ll do anything to help Jules locate the painting before Margaux.

"Thick with history, scandal, romance and deceit, Woman on Fire is a truly compulsive read."
— Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author

Finlay Donovan Knocks ’Em Dead

Minotaur Books

A hilarious and heart-pounding follow-up to Finlay Donovan is Killing It.

Finlay Donovan is—once again—struggling to finish her next novel and keep her head above water. On the bright side, she has her live-in nanny and confidant Vero to rely on, and the only dead body she's dealt with lately is that of her daughter's pet goldfish.

On the not-so-bright side, someone out there wants her ex-husband, Steven, out of the picture. Permanently. Whatever else Steven may be, he's a good father, but saving him will send her down a rabbit hole of soccer moms disguised as hit-women, and more involvement with the Russian mob than she'd like.

Meanwhile, Vero's keeping secrets, and Detective Nick Anthony seems determined to get back into her life. He may be a hot cop, but Finlay's first priority is preventing her family from sleeping with the fishes... and if that means bending a few laws then so be it.

With her next book's deadline looming and an ex-husband to keep alive, Finlay is quickly coming to the end of her rope. She can only hope there isn't a noose at the end of it...

"A funny and smart, twisty and surprising series."
— Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author

Reckless Girls

St. Martin’s Press

One island, six visitors, and countless secrets.

Beautiful, wild, and strange—Meroe Island is a desolate spot in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a mysterious history of shipwrecks, cannibalism, and even rumors of murder. It’s the perfect destination for the most adventurous traveler to escape everything... except the truth.

Six stunning twentysomethings are about to embark on a blissful, free-spirited journey—one filled with sun-drenched days and intoxicating nights. But as it becomes clear that the group is even more cut off from civilization than they initially thought, it starts to feel like the island itself is closing in, sending them on a dangerous spiral of discovery.

When one person goes missing and another turns up dead, the remaining friends wonder what dark currents lie beneath this impenetrable paradise—and who else will be swept under its secluded chaos. With its island gothic sensibility, sexy suspense, and spine-tingling reimagining of an Agatha Christie classic, Reckless Girls will wreck you.

"This diabolically plotted nail-biter makes for dangerously addictive reading."
— Publishers Weekly

The Paris Bookseller


A dramatic story of a humble bookseller fighting incredible odds to bring one of the most important books of the 20th century to the world.

Young American Sylvia Beach opens Shakespeare and Company on a quiet street in Paris in 1919. The store is more than a bookstore and lending library: Many of the prominent writers of the Lost Generation, like Ernest Hemingway, consider it a second home. Important literary friendships of the twentieth century are forged―none more so than the one between Irish writer James Joyce and Sylvia herself. When Joyce's controversial novel Ulysses is banned, Sylvia takes a massive risk and publishes the book.

But the success and notoriety of publishing this important and influential book comes with steep costs. The future of her beloved store itself is threatened when Ulysses' success brings other publishers to woo Joyce away. As she faces painful personal and financial crises, Sylvia―a woman who has made it her mission to honor the life-changing impact of books―must decide what Shakespeare and Company truly means to her.

"A love letter to books, bookstores, and booklovers everywhere."
— Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author

The Tobacco Wives

William Morrow

North Carolina, 1946. One woman. A discovery that could rewrite history.

Maddie Sykes is a seamstress new to Bright Leaf, NC—the tobacco capital of the South—where her aunt has a thriving sewing business. After years of war rations and shortages, Bright Leaf is a prosperous town, and Maddie is dazzled by the female factory workers, the palatial homes, and her aunt’s clientele: the wives of the powerful tobacco executives.

She learns the town isn’t the paradise it seems. A trail of misfortune follows the women. Although Maddie believes this is a coincidence, she uncovers evidence suggesting otherwise.

Maddie wants to report what she knows, but in a town where everyone depends on Big Tobacco to survive, she doesn’t know who she can trust—and fears the truth may destroy the lives of the women with whom she has forged bonds.

Shedding light on the hidden history of women’s activism during the post-war period, The Tobacco Wives is a dramatic novel about the power of female connection and the importance of seeking truth.

"A beautifully rendered portrait of a young woman finding her courage and her voice."
— Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author

A Flicker in the Dark

Minotaur Books

A twisty and compulsive thriller that is eerily compelling to the very last page.

When Chloe Davis was twelve, six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. By the end of the summer, Chloe’s father had been arrested as a serial killer and promptly put in prison. Chloe and the rest of her family were left to grapple with the truth and try to move forward while dealing with the aftermath.

Now 20 years later, Chloe is a psychologist in private practice in Baton Rouge and getting ready for her wedding. She finally has a fragile grasp on the happiness she’s worked so hard to get. Sometimes, though, she feels as out of control of her own life as the troubled teens who are her patients. And then a local teenage girl goes missing, and then another, and that terrifying summer comes crashing back. Is she paranoid, and seeing parallels that aren't really there, or for the second time in her life, is she about to unmask a killer?

"A smart, edge-of-your-seat story with plot twists you’ll never see coming. This debut will keep you turning pages long past your bedtime."
— Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author

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Thursday, April 21, 2022
6:30 pm: Lucas Estate
For Sponsors and Guild Members.
Luncheon, Indiana Roof Ballroom


Friday, April 22, 2022
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11:00 am:    Luncheon & Author Program
Additional Book Sales & Signing after the program.


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