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Showcasing Local Women Authors

Enjoy new release fiction picks (by local Librarian Mary W. Moore) from the spectacular roster of women authors in our community and state! The Smyrna Vinings community, Atlanta, and state of Georgia are filled with spectacular women authors. Enjoy these titles from both debut writers and seasoned favorites.

With My Little Eye by Joshilyn Jackson

This thriller is the latest novel by Decatur author, Joshilyn Jackson. For actress Meribel Mills, disturbing fan mail is part of the price of fame. So when she starts getting creepy letters written in fruit-scented marker she is mostly unphased and diligently files them along with her other messages from unhinged fans. After all, she’s a single mom approaching forty, not the kind of hot young celeb who sparks dangerous obsessions. But there’s something different about Marker Man….

Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones 

Newly released in paperback, Tayari Jones’ novel Leaving Atlanta, is a coming-of-age story with a grim edge, set in 1980s Atlanta. It was the end of summer, a summer during the two-year nightmare in which Atlanta's African-American children were vanishing and twenty-nine would be found murdered by 1982. Here fifth-grade classmates Tasha Baxter, Rodney Green, and Octavia Harrison will discover back-to-school means facing everyday challenges in a new world of safety lessons, terrified parents, and constant fear.

The Resemblance by Lauren Nossett

By Atlanta debut novelist, Lauren Nossett, The Resemblance is a chilling thriller set in Athens, Georgia. On a cold November morning at the University of Georgia, a fraternity brother steps off a busy crosswalk and is struck dead by an oncoming car. More than a dozen witnesses all agree on two things: the driver looked identical to the victim, and he was smiling.

The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise by Colleen Oakley 

Smyrna novelist Colleen Oakley is known for her emotional stories with interesting interpersonal relationships. The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise is her fifth novel. Twenty-one-year-old Tanner Quimby needs a place to live. Preferably one where she can continue sitting around in sweatpants and playing video games nineteen hours a day. With no credit or money to speak of, her options are limited, so when an opportunity to work as a live-in caregiver for an elderly woman falls into her lap, she takes it. Oakley pairs a college dropout and an eighty-four-year-old woman on the run from the law in a story full of heart, humor, and wit.

When the Moon Turns Blue by Pamela Terry

Smyrna author Pamela Terry is known for her Southern small-town novels. Her latest, When the Moon Turns Blue, targets a timely social topic. On the morning after Harry Cline’s funeral, a rare ice storm hits the town of Wesleyan, Georgia. The community wakes up to find its controversial statue of Confederate general Henry Benning destroyed—and not by the weather. Half the town had wanted to remove the statue; the other half had wanted to preserve it. Now that the matter has been taken out of their hands, the town’s long-simmering tensions are laid bare.

Rogue Justice by Stacey Abrams

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, is also a gifted novelist. Besides writing romance under the pen name Selena Montgomery, Abrams writes legal thrillers. Rogue Justice is the second in the Supreme Court clerk Avery Keene series. Avery is approached at a legal conference by Preston Davies, an unassuming young man and fellow law clerk to a federal judge in Idaho. Davies believes his boss, Judge Francesca Whitner, was being blackmailed in the days before she died. Desperate to understand what happened, he gives Avery a file, a burner phone, and a fearful warning that there are highly dangerous people involved.