On Friday, 9/20/19 Joan attended an open house for the Brooklyn Book Fair at the Greenlight Bookstore. It was awesome. The area was like
a mini-Greenwich Village in Brooklyn. My husband and I had dinner in a wonderful Turkish restaurant. People in the bookstore bent over backwards to help us with book selections.
On Saturday, 9/21/19 Joan’s book, Jamie is Autistic: Learning in a Special Way was
for sale at the BBF. I hope Jamie finds its way into many hands eager to learn
more about Autistic children. They are truly special. I know. I teach them and
On Sunday, 9/22/19 (see Photo), Joan was at the Romance Writers of America
booth to talk about and sell her contemporary romance, Secret Desires by J. L. Regen.
I have just learned my leadership book is now available in 102 library’s world wide! Included in the list are Columbia University, Seton Hall, Temple, Penn State, University of Maryland, Tennessee State, Bucknell, and Pepperdine University to name a few. It is also available at University libraries in the Netherlands, Germany, Nigeria, South Africa and Australia. Get your copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble today!
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Margo could really use the tidy sum her uncle bequeathed her, but before she can take charge of the funds, she is required to get a teaching job. In the meantime, she seeks advice from Edward, an investment banker recommended by her attorney. When Edward lost his wife to cancer, he was sure he would never fall in love again… until Margo walked into his office. Despite his attraction to Margo, he is reluctant to let go of his wife’s memory. While Margo works out her relationship woes, she puts in an application to become the legal guardian of Katya, the little girl she has been tutoring. Can Edward find a place somewhere in Margo’s busy life?
“Secret Desires” is a sexy May-December romance! This novel explores the poignant theme of learning to love again after tragedy strikes. It is also about emotional growth and second chances. Margo and Edward have an immediate reaction to each other, which is a little too close to the dreaded ‘Instant-love’ for comfort. Margo seems more focused on the physical aspects of the relationship, behaving like a hormonal teenager. Meanwhile, Edward is coping with painful issues like grief and guilt. Margo’s impatience seems petulant, but one can also sympathize with her feelings of humiliation. However, readers will see these characters grow individually and as a couple, as the story progresses. Katya’s storyline is well done, adding more depth to the story. Overall, the author shows promise, and one will look forward to watching her talent develop.
SOURCE: July-August 2019 issue of InD’Tale Magazine
Joan signed copies of Secret Desires on August 17th at the Bank Square Bookstore from 12 to 2 pm located at 53 West Main Street in Mystic, CT. She was joined by Regina Kyle, author of A Nanny for the Reclusive Billionaire; Angie McMann author of Jingle Cells; and Jamie Schmidt author of the Cowboy’s Daughter.
Joan had a great time and learned a great deal more about crafting a historical suspense novel at their recent conference in Maryland. Stay tuned for updates on her next project: publication of her WWII historical suspense.
Joan signing copies of Secret Desires at the 2019 Romance Writers of America Conference at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on July 27th.
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