Ascribe Novel Solutions: promote, advertise and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comNew York Times bestselling author Joni Rodgers grew up on stage in a family gospel / bluegrass band and continued performing until 1994 when she was diagnosed with lymphoma. She used her chemo downtime to complete her first two critically acclaimed novels, Crazy for Trying and Sugarland, and followed up with her bestselling memoir, Bald in the Land of Big Hair. As an editor, book doctor and ghostwriter specializing in high-profile memoirs, Joni has collaborated on a number of bestsellers. In 2011, she established her own indie imprint, Stella Link Books and founded the League of Extraordinary Authors, a coalition of critically acclaimed and bestselling authors blurring the boundaries between old school and new world publishing. She's since spoken about the new publishing paradigm at SXSW, the London Book Fair, and other events. Married to jet mechanic/winemaker Gary Rodgers since 1983, Joni is the mom of two exceptional young adults. She lives in Houston, Texas.

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Ascribe Novel Solutions: promote, advertise and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comCrazy For Trying

Categories: Literary / Coming of Age 

5 stars on Amazon

3.6 stars on Goodreads

A Barnes & Noble Great New Writers selection and a Discover Award finalist

"Joni Rodgers can write sex scenes that’ll make your toes curl and your hair stand on end. At her best, her prose is dazzling, risky, and intoxicating, and at its heart, Crazy for Trying is an inspired debut" 

Pam Houston, bestselling author of Cowboys Are My Weakness

 

Seeking to escape the shadow of her infamous mother—a radical lesbian poet who is larger than life, even in death—Tulsa Bitters, zaftig, bookish and freshly orphaned, takes a westbound train, determined to reinvent herself. She gets a job as a late-night disc jockey at a radio station in Helena, Montana. It’s 1979, and people aren’t accustomed to hearing a woman’s voice on the radio, but for Tulsa, far away from all the people who loved and hurt her, midnight rock’n’roll feels like home. Painfully aware that she’ll never be beautiful, she discovers that being invisible is even better. 

Michael White Wolf MacPeters, half Blackfoot, half raging Irish, hears her voice on the radio and finds himself on the phone with her one night. The conversation evolves, smart, funny, and full of compassion, and Mac begins a careful courtship, her voice in his ear, his voice in hers. Despite the baggage of his damaged past—from the suicide of his half-breed mother to his own bloody passage in Vietnam—Mac allows himself to believe it could work, but the unlikely romance is cause for horror among Tulsa’s friends and Mac’s drinking buddies. 

With love-struck energy and sharp-tongued tenacity, Rodgers loads up a tight circle of lovers, adversaries, dysfunctional family members and comically flawed friends, driving them down a fresh road through hard-earned love, a dangerous western solitude, and the old sexual politics. 

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Ascribe Novel Solutions: promote, advertise and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comSugarland

Categories: Literary / Women's

5 stars on Amazon

3.1 stars on Goodreads

 PMA Benjamin Franklin Award finalist

 "Alternately wrenching and humorous…Rodgers’ strength is her knack for realistic characters…and a womanly wise, laugh-through-tears appreciation of life" 

Publisher’s Weekly

"Richly appealing" 

Library Journal

 

As children, Kit and Kiki Smithers performed as the Sugar Babes of Sugarland, Texas, singing at county fairs, talent shows, and any shady gig their talent agent mother, Vivica, was able to book. Now those glory days are long gone, and the sisters cope with all the usual challenges and frustrations of young mommies. 

Kit is comfortably married to Mel, a gentle, salt-of-the-earth mechanic, and has begun to explore her knack for trompe l’oeil and tole painting. Kiki longs to return to the stage, daydreaming of escape from her abusive husband Wayne. She finds the strength to leave Wayne at least once a year, but has yet to stay left. Now she’s pregnant for a third time and determined to start over before the baby is born. 

As Kiki's life collapses and Kit's life is suddenly shattered, the sisters recall an old story Vivica told them when they were little girls: a story about sisters and monsters, mothers, goddesses, and a series of seemingly impossible tasks whereby a girl, betrayed and broken, finds her way out of the underworld into the light. 

This PMA Benjamin Franklin Award finalist by bestselling author Joni Rodgers, is a modern retelling of the Psyche and Eros myth, a verdant novel about resilience, forgiveness, the struggles of sisterhood and the seemingly impossible task of loving. 

 

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Ascribe Novel Solutions: promote, advertise and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comThe Secret Sisters

Categories: Literary / Women's

4 stars on Amazon

2.9 stars on Goodreads

"Believable...brilliant...beautifully written" 

Armchair Reviews

"Rodgers' tale finds its full measure as a story of a woman who comes through the most painful losses with a renewed appreciation for life"

Booklist

 

Exploring the timeless themes of family, self, misfortune, and hope that have made the novels of Anna Quindlen and Sue Miller bestsellers, Joni Rodgers's moving and powerful tale tells the story of three women bound together by loss and set free by love.

Pia feels the walls of her life closing in around her, until she discovers a strangely sensual world that leads her to a new existence.

Lily, Pia's brash, tough-talking sister, makes a tragic mistake that leaves her incarcerated, body and soul. But when she finds the last thing she expects—love—she is at last able to face the past.

Beth, married to Pia and Lily's brother, has never been able to admit her own failure as a mother. Finally forced to confront a tragedy of her own making, she discovers that the truth can set her free.

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Ascribe Novel Solutions: promote, advertise and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comThe Hurricane Lover

Categories: Literary, Mystery, Thriller, Action, Crime, Romance

4 stars on Amazon

3.8 stars on Goodreads

"Rodgers has an ear for the rich language of the Louisiana: colourful, gutsy and laced with Old French ... This is a powerful book that deserves to be read both for the yarn it spins and for the real-life story it uncovers. Highly Recommended"

TRISKELE BOOK BLOG 

 

During the record-smashing hurricane season of 2005, a deadly game of cat and mouse unfolds and a stormy love affair is complicated by polarized politics, high-strung Southern families, a full-on media circus, and the worst disaster management goat screw in US history. 

As Hurricane Katrina howls toward the ill-prepared city of New Orleans, Dr. Corbin Thibodeaux, a Gulf Coast climatologist and storm risk specialist, preaches the gospel of evacuation, weighed down by the fresh public memory of a spectacularly false alarm a year earlier. Meanwhile, Shay Hoovestahl, a puff piece reporter for the local news, stumbles on the story of a con artist who uses storm-related chaos as cover for identity theft and murder. Laying a trap to expose the killer, Shay drags Corbin into her agenda, which goes horribly awry as the city's infrastructure crumbles. 

The Hurricane Lover is a fast-paced tale of two cities, two families, and two desperate people seeking shelter from the storm. 

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Ascribe Novel Solutions: promote, advertise and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comKill Smartie Breedlove

Categories: Literary / Mystery / Satire

4.5 stars on Amazon

3.5 stars on Goodreads

ALLi Book of the Month

“Love Joni Rodgers and this gritty but funny who done it delivers. A!”

New York Times bestselling author Valerie Frankel

 

A deliciously quirky whodunit by the bestselling author of SUGARLAND and THE HURRICANE LOVER… 

Recently widowed private dick Shep Hartigate, a dishonored cop reduced to chasing cheating spouses for a ruthless Houston divorce lawyer, teams up with free-spirited pulp fiction writer Smartie Breedlove to find out who’s killing the inconvenient exes of Texas—including Smartie’s BFF, Charma Bovet, a centerfold with a heart of gold. 

Could Shep’s gorgeous but unscrupulous employer really have a secret bimbo/mimbo hit list? Or is Smartie Breedlove a few peeps shy of an Easter basket? 

A colorful cast of problematic lovers, longsuffering family, and stalwart friends (both two-legged and four-legged) close ranks around Smartie and Shep as they sift clues and maneuver to stay alive. Calling on her longtime companions Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Daphne du Maurier, Smartie finds a roadmap to the hardboiled plot twists and U-turns drawing her perilously close to a damaging past that left her scarred and now threatens to destroy her. 

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