A good friend just thanked me for recommending some authors and books to her. This led to a conversation of how frustrating it is to find books that are worth the money and time we spend on them.

She and I are spoiled you see.  As members of the Trinity Writers’ Workshop, we’ve been exposed to the highest quality of writing in our read/critique sessions. Although many of our members are still struggling to get their works published, the quality of those manuscripts is invariably higher than a large percentage of the books in print.

Again, the challenges of finding an agent and/or publisher is frustrating, but TWW member are persistent and continue to submit their manuscripts. It is, therefore, especially rewarding to be able to recommend one of these members’ published novels.

This week, Arly Pineo is that featured writer:

Arly is a gifted storyteller who writes in several    fiction genres: romance, romantic suspense, and historical fiction. Her talent for creating breath-taking scenes, intriguing characters and sparkling dialogue keeps her readers spell-bound.

In her novel. The Means of Escape, she describes the intertwined lives and personal struggles of
two families, Irish and Jewish next-door neighbors in the working-class Boston neighborhood
of Roslindale, that span the years from 1928 to 1970. Vi Goldmann and Ruthie Finn, tied by childhood bonds, discover their lives are irrevocably linked by blood and betrayal. Forced into adulthood as teenagers, burdens as well as secrets abound in both households.  Vi, the narrator, is raised by Jewish grandparents in an immigrant neighborhood and finds her life begin to unravel in 1928. Blessed with uncanny insight, she faces every challenge. The ending’s twist will delight the reader but getting there is equally compelling, a journey that explores the bonds of love and the triumph of the human spirit.


About Sharon K Owen

I am a fiction writer, a university professor, a copy editor and an online writing teacher. My first Romantic Suspense: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in 2016. My short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories. I am blessed with a loving, supportive family, a multitude of friends and the good fortune to share a cozy sanctuary in North Texas with my two cats (Matt and Cinders).

Posted on September 17, 2011, in Book Recommendations, Trinity Writers Workshop, Writers Groups, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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