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A Whisper to a Scream and Until My Soul Gets It Right were both mentioned yesterday over at The Book Dilettante blog as novels "with topics, characters, and plots that would make a good discussion" for book clubs.

Nothing could make me happier.

I like books with some meat to them, no matter what the genre. A couple of weeks ago, I read The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud, the wonderful author who so famously took Publishers Weekly to task in April after an interviewer made the ridiculous statement of "I wouldn’t want to be friends with Nora, would you? Her outlook is almost unbearably grim." Heaven forbid a woman be displeased with her situation, right?

Messud's response was one for the ages.

"For heaven’s sake, what kind of question is that? Would you want to be friends with Humbert Humbert? Would you want to be friends with Mickey Sabbath? Saleem Sinai? Hamlet? Krapp? Oedipus? Oscar Wao? Antigone? Raskolnikov? Any of the char…



The first time I sang a solo in front of an audience was at the John Mills School Talent Show. I was seven. The song was “Roller Coaster,” by my then-favorites, the Partridge Family. I know now that they didn’t really sing their own songs, except for David Cassidy and Shirley Jones, but try telling that to a fan-crazed kid.

Little did I know that song title would become such an important metaphor for my life. So much so that when a few good things happen coincidentally around the same time, although I might be celebrating, I’m still looking over my shoulder, waiting for the inevitable guillotine blade to drop.

Last week, after the successful second-edition releases of the Bibliophiles stories, I was on a roll. My younger son’s lacrosse injury had healed, and he was finally off crutches. My oldest came home from college. The bliss of summer had finally swept into the Berner household.

Then I lost my freelance contract, the gig I had laughingly referred to …

Happy Release Week!


As you may know, for the last several months I have been busy creating the second editions of both of the Bibliophile novels and the holiday digital short story. Well, I am happy to announce that they are completed.

Each second edition includes brand new covers and gorgeous custom interior designs by Streetlight Graphics, as well as bonus material such as thought-provoking book club discussion questions written by Geraldine Young.

To kick off Release WeekUntil My Soul Gets It Right is today's Book of the Day on the fabulous Ereader News Today and is on sale for $2.99. Please click on the ENT link and hit LIKE on the ENT page. More LIKES = more visibility. Thanks.

Called a “wicked fun” novel of “self-discovery, redemption, and forgiveness,” the book follows farm girl Catherine Elbert as she bounces from U.S. coast to coast in search of her true self. A 2013 Readers’ Choice Nominee for Contemporary Fiction at the widely popular BigAl’s Books & Pa…