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Fall into Reading PitchFest: a FREE “Choose Your Fall/Winter 2023 Reads” virtual Adventure with 16 fan-favorite authors

August 24, 2023 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Free – $39

About PitchFest

Are you so overwhelmed with the dazzling array of books published each year that you have a difficult time choosing your next read? Whether you are part of a book club, a library, other reading group, or an individual reader who could use a little assistance in choosing your 2023 reads, allow us to Pitch in and help you decide with our PitchFest: a FREE Choose Your Fall/Winter 2023 Reads virtual Adventure!

Prepare your fall/winter reading list by meeting an incredible lineup of 16 fan-favorite authors, including New York Times, international, and bestselling authors, as well as authors you may be meeting for the first time. We will even provide you with a PitchFest “cheat sheet” with information about the authors and their new book releases, and a section for you to take notes during the presentation (emailed the week of the event).

And, there will be book giveaways, so you won’t want to miss it!

To top it all off, there’s even more great news: a little birdie told us that all 16 authors are part of NovelNetwork, meaning that every single one of them is available to meet with your book club, library, or reading group to chat about their incredible new books. Visit NovelNetwork or click on the direct links below to schedule an author visit now and avoid the rush, or plan a visit with your favorites after PitchFest.

Your FREE Adventure includes 16 fast-paced and fun presentations by all 16 authors that are sure to help you choose your 2023 fall/winter reads, a Q&A, and the opportunity to meet the authors virtually via Zoom.

Book Pre-Orders

Books are available for pre-order below to be shipped to you. Please note some titles below have not yet been published, and you will receive your book(s) once they have been published.



This event is FREE and open to the public. Simply select the Free PitchFest Registration (8/24/23) option below and a Zoom link and a Pitchfest Cheat Sheet will be emailed to you 3 days before the event.


About the Authors

Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than three million copies. She is a two-time Booksellers’ Best Award finalist, a National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and critics at Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist have respectively called her work “smart,” “poignant,” and “entertaining.” In addition to writing novels, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Her new novel, The Beauty of Rain, follows two devoted sisters at a tragic breaking point who discover the beautiful and painful truths of being alive.

To schedule a book club visit with Jamie or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Florence Reiss Kraut has published personal essays for the New York Times and her fiction has appeared in journals such as The Evening Street Press, SNReview, The Westchester Review and others. She lives with her husband in Rye, New York. Florence’s first book, How To Make A Life, came out to critical acclaim and has been shortlisted for several prizes. Her second novel, Street Corner Dreams, is a suspenseful family saga, love story, and gangster tale, wrapped into one great book club read.

To schedule a book club visit with Florence or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Madeline Martin is a New York Times and international bestselling author of historical fiction and historical romance. She is a die-hard history lover who will happily lose herself in research any day. The Keeper of Hidden Books is a heartwarming story about the power of books to bring us together, inspired by the true story of the underground library in WWII Warsaw.

To schedule a book club visit with Madeline or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:



Sarah McCoy is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of Marilla of Green Gables, The Mapmaker’s Children, and The Baker’s Daughter, a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Best Historical Fiction nominee. Her work has been featured in Newsweek, Real Simple, The Millions, Literary Hub, Writer’s Digest, Huffington Post, and other publications. Mustique Island explores a sun-splashed romp with a rich divorcée and her two wayward daughters in 1970s Mustique, the world’s most exclusive private island.

To schedule a book club visit with Sarah or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Laura Morelli holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University and is an award-winning, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling historical novelist. She is the author of the popular guidebook series that includes Made in Italy. Her historical novels, including The Night Portrait and The Last Masterpiece, bring the stories of art history to life. Laura has taught college students in the U.S. and in Italy, and shares her passion for the history of Italian art in her online programs. Her new novel, The Last Masterpiece, follows two women—a German photographer and an American stenographer—as they hunt for priceless masterpieces looted from the Florentine art collections.

To schedule a book club visit with Laura or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Kitty Morse is the author of 10 cookbooks, including a memoir with recipes, Mint Tea and Minarets: a Banquet of Moroccan Memories, named Best Book/Arab Cuisine by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Her 11th cookbook Bitter Sweet: A Wartime Journal and Heirloom Recipes from Occupied France — part Holocaust history, part memoir, part cookbook — features recipes from Kitty’s Alsatian ancestors, and is based upon original family documents and photographs chronicling living in Alsace during the Nazi occupation in WWII.

To schedule a book club visit with Kitty or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Gill Paul is the bestselling author of 12 historical novels, many of them about real women from the past whom she thinks have been marginalized or misjudged by historians. Her novels have reached the top of the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Toronto Globe & Mail charts, and have been translated into 22 languages. A Beautiful Rival reveals the unknown history of cosmetic titans Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein and their infamous rivalry.

To schedule a book club visit with Gill or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Aimie K. Runyan is a multi-published and international bestselling author of historical fiction. She has been nominated for a Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer of the Year award and 4 Colorado Book Awards. A Bakery in Paris is a captivating historical novel set in the nineteenth-century and post–World War II Paris which follows two fierce women of the same family, generations apart, who find that their futures lie in the four walls of a simple bakery in a tiny corner of Montmartre.

To schedule a book club visit with Aimie or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Noelle Salazar was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s been a Navy recruit, a medical assistant, an NFL cheerleader, and always a storyteller. As a novelist, she has done extensive research into the Women Airforce Service Pilots, interviewing vets and visiting the training facility—now a museum dedicated to the WASP—in Sweetwater, Texas. Her newest novel, The Roaring Days of Zora Lily, is about the discovery of a hidden label on a famous gown which unearths the story of a talented young seamstress and her journey from the smoke-filled speakeasies of Jazz Age Seattle to the costume houses of Hollywood.

To schedule a book club visit with Noelle or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Dr. Puja Shah is a philanthropist and visionary poet who shares her voice through written and spoken word, guided meditations, and teaching. With over a decade of nonprofit experience, she has aligned with girls rights awareness causes for her triple award winning debut novel, For My Sister. For My Sister is a heartfelt novel about the deep bond of twin sisters from India who lose their freedom… and their irrepressible hope, love, and courage throughout. A story of girls rising up against all odds, it was recently a San Diego Fox 5 News book club pick and featured on Sony Entertainment Television as a must read.

To schedule a book club visit with Puja or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Elizabeth L. Silver is the author of The Tincture of Time: A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty, and Amazon Best Book of the Year The Execution of Noa P. Singleton. Her work has been called “masterful” by The Wall Street Journal, has been published in 7 languages, and optioned for film. The Tincture of Time was featured on PBS and NPR, and was an O Magazine/Oprah’s “Ten Books to Pick up Now.” Her forthcoming novel, The Majority, is a riveting novel of love and friendship, motherhood and ambition, and one woman’s fight to be a Supreme Court justice.

To schedule a book club visit with Elizabeth or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Katherine St. John is a native of Mississippi and a graduate of the University of Southern California who spent over a decade in the film industry as an actress, screenwriter, and director before turning to penning novels. When she’s not writing, she can be found hiking or on the beach with a good book. Katherine currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters. Her newest book, The Vicious Circle, is a twisty, escapist suspense about a mysterious jungle retreat center harboring violent secrets.

To schedule a book club visit with Katherine or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Carol Van Den Hende is the award-winning author of the Goodbye, Orchid series which won 20+ literary awards including the American Fiction Award, Pinnacle Achievement Award, IAN for Best First Novel, two Royal Dragonfly’s, and Kops-Fetherling Award. When she’s not penning stories of resilience and hope, Carol applies her MBA to global marketing and digital strategy. Always Orchid, the riveting third book in the Goodbye, Orchid contemporary fiction series, was shortlisted for the Hawthorne Prize for fiction, selected by The Pulpwood Queens 2024 Book-of-the-Month, and is, according to Kirkus Reviews, “An engrossing, inspiring depiction of traumatized individuals growing amidst challenges.”

To schedule a book club visit with Carol or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Michelle Webster-Hein and her family work a small homestead in the southern Michigan countryside where she was born and raised. She earned my MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and her work has been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, recognized in the Best American series, and featured on the show “Stateside” from Michigan Radio. She has also been published in Modern Farmer, Ruminate Magazine, LitHub, River Teeth, and Hunger Mountain, among other places. Out of Esau, her debut novel, was published in October of 2022 by Counterpoint Press and it follows the story of a woman questioning her marriage who encounters the steadfast pastor of her small town and they are both forced to reconsider their pasts, their faith, and their future.

To schedule a book club visit with Michelle or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Karen White is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 34 books, including the Tradd Street series, The Last Night in London, Dreams of Falling, The Night the Lights Went Out, Flight Patterns, The Sound of Glass, and A Long Time Gone. She is the coauthor of The Lost Summers of Newport, All the Ways We Said Goodbye, The Glass Ocean and The Forgotten Room with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. woman is haunted—both literally and figuratively—by ghosts of the past in her second novel of the Royal Street series, The House on Prytania.

To schedule a book club visit with Karen or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Tracey Enerson Wood has always had a writing bug. While working as a Registered Nurse, starting her own Interior Design company, raising two children, and bouncing around the world as a military wife, she indulged in her passion as a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. She has authored magazine columns and other non-fiction, written and directed plays of all lengths, including Grits, Fleas and Carrots, Rocks and Other Hard Places, Alone, and Fog. Her next novel, The President’s Wife, is an astonishing portrait of a courageous First Lady, Edith Bolling Wilson, and the sacrifices she made to protect her husband and her country at all costs.

To schedule a book club visit with Tracey or any of our authors on NovelNetwork: