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PitchFest: a FREE “Choose Your 2023 Reads” virtual Zoom Adventure with 20 fan-favorite authors

January 26, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST


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 helping you choose your 2023 reads, allow us to Pitch in and help you decide with our first ever Pitchfest: a FREE Choose Your 2023 Reads Virtual Adventure.

Ring in the New Year by meeting an incredible lineup of 20 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 20 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 20 fast-paced and fun presentations by all 20 authors that are sure to help you choose your 2023 reads, Q&A, and the opportunity to meet the authors virtually via Zoom.

Book Pre-Orders

Books are available for pre-order upon request. Please email Amber (at events@adventuresbythebook.com) the title / number of the book(s) you want from the selection below, as well as valid credit card information, and she will work on processing your order. Please note most 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 (1/26/23) option below and a Zoom link and a Pitchfest Cheat Sheet will be emailed to you 3 days before the event.


About the Authors

Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 20 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, and two World War II-set novels featuring American markswoman Kate Rees. In her new book, Night Flight to Paris, it is once again up to American markswoman Kate Rees to take the shot that just might win—or lose—World War II, in the followup to national bestseller Three Hours in Paris.

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


Marie Bostwick is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of uplifting historical and women’s fiction, including the popular Cobbled Court Quilt and Too Much, Texas series of books. In Esme Cahill Fails Spectacularly, after losing her publishing job, failed writer turned editor, Esme Cahill, heads home to Asheville and discovers her grandmother’s untold story, that of a gifted artist but unsung artist. The quest to ensure Adele gets her due forces Esme to revisit the past, and find her way forward. Ideal for lovers of “southern summer” fiction and authors such as Mary Alice Monroe and Kristy Woodson Harvey.


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


Kimberly Brock is the bestselling author of her award-winning debut, The River Witch. She is the founder of Tinderbox Writers Workshop and has served as a guest lecturer for many regional and national writing workshops including at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. In her book, The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare, what happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke remains a mystery, but the women who descended from Eleanor Dare have long known that the truth lies in what she left behind: a message carved onto a large stone and the contents of her treasured commonplace book.

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


Joy Callaway is the international bestselling author of The Grand Design, The Fifth Avenue Artists Society, and Secret Sisters. Her book, All the Pretty Places, is a captivating story of a strong woman in a striking setting—based on her great-great grandmother and her family who owned the largest plant nursery in the Northeast—examining the life-changing effects of the beauty of nature and how that splendor was restricted to the rich and privileged in the Gilded Age.

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


Jennifer Coburn is the author of the historical novel, Cradles of the Reich, about three very different women living at a Nazi Lebensborn breeding home at the start of World War ll. Jennifer has also published a mother-daughter travel memoir, We’ll Always Have Paris, as well as six contemporary women’s novels. Additionally, Jennifer has contributed to five literary anthologies, including A Paris All Your Own. When Jennifer is not going down historical research rabbit holes, she volunteers with So Say We All, a live storytelling organization.

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


Michelle Cox is the author of the multiple award-winning Henrietta and Inspector Howard series as well as “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. Her books have been praised by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and many others. In the sixth book of the series, A Spying Eye: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel, Clive and Henrietta return to Europe in an attempt to resurrect their failed honeymoon. While in London, they search for the missing panel of the Ghent Altarpiece, a famous Renaissance painting, of which Hitler’s top men are also in pursuit.

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


Sadeqa Johnson is the award-winning author of And Then There Was Me, Second House From the Corner, Love in a Carry-on Bag and Yellow Wife. Yellow Wife is a 2022 Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy nominee, a BCLA Literary Honoree and a Barnes & Noble book club pick in paperback. Sadeqa’s new book, The House of Eve, is a daring, beautiful, and redemptive novel that explores what it means to be a woman and a mother, and how much one is willing to sacrifice to achieve her greatest goal.

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


Greta K. Kelly is (probably) not a witch, death or otherwise, but she can still be summoned with offerings of too-beautiful-to-use journals and Butterfingers candy. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband EJ, daughters Lorelei and Nadia who are doing their level-best to take over the world. Greta’s novels includeThe Frozen Crown , it’s sequel The Seventh Queen, and The Queen of Days. 

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


Martha Hall Kelly’s debut novel Lilac Girls, became a New York Times bestseller the week it was published in 2016 and then went on to sell over two million copies and publish in 50 countries. Martha followed Lilac Girls with Lost Roses about Caroline’s mother, and Sunflower Sisters about Caroline’s great grandmother, which also became Instant New York Times best sellers. In her newest novel, The Golden Doves, two former female spies, bound together by their past, risk everything to hunt down an infamous Nazi doctor in the aftermath of World War II.

To schedule a book club visit with Martha Hall Kelly or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Eliza Knight is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author. She is the creator of the popular historical blog, History Undressed and a co-host on the History, Books and Wine podcast. Her latest book, Starring Adele Astaire, a story full of glitz and glam, delves into the life of Adele Astaire, a spirited and talented woman who served up smiles and love both on and off the stagewith and without her also famous brother Fred Astaire along with a determined young dancer with rags-to-riches dreams.

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


Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Line Between, The ProgenyFirstborn, Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker. She is the recipient of two International Book Awards, Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion, ECPA Book of the Year in Fiction, and the Nebraska Book Award. Inspired by true stories, The Long March Home is a gripping, WWII coming-of-age tale of friendship, sacrifice, and the power of unrelenting hope.

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


Susan Meissner is a USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction with more than three-quarters of a million books in readers’ hands and translations in eighteen languages. She is an author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her new book, Only the Beautiful, is a heartrending story about a young mother’s fight to keep her daughter, and the winds of fortune that tear them apart.

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


Jan Moran is an 8-time USA Today and 2-time Wall Street Journal bestselling author of heartwarming fiction, including the feel-good, contemporary beach series of Summer Beach, Coral Cottage, and Love California. What could possibly go wrong at a family reunion? At the Seabreeze Inn, you just never know… Discover the latest chapter in the Summer Beach series with Jan’s newest book, Seabreeze Reunion, set on sunny California shores, and find out why readers say, “Life is better in Summer Beach.”

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


Critically acclaimed author of historical fiction, Alix Rickloff’s family tree includes a knight who fought during the Wars of the Roses (his brass rubbing hangs in her dining room) and a soldier who sided with Charles I during the English Civil War (hence the family’s hasty emigration to America). With inspiration like that, what else could she do but start writing her own stories?Her latest novel, The Girls in Navy Blue, is a gripping and compelling dual timeline story about three women who joined the Navy during WWI to become yeomanettes and the impact their choices have on one of their descendants in 1968.

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


Renee Rosen is a USA Today bestselling author. Her novels include Park Avenue Summer, Windy City Blues, White Collar Girl, What the Lady Wants and Dollface as well as the young adult novel, Every Crooked Pot. In her dazzling new novel, Fifth Avenue Glamor Girl, it’s 1938, and a young woman selling face cream out of a New York City beauty parlor is determined to prove she can have it all. Her name is Estée Lauder, and she’s about to take the world by storm.

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


Rebecca Rosenberg is the award-winning author of CHAMPAGNE WIDOWS, 2022 Editor’s Choice Historical Novel Society. The second in the Champagne Widows saga is Madame Pommery, set in France, 1860. With the surprise of a newborn at forty years old, Madame Pommery is suddenly widowed and must support her family. With no experience, she starts a champagne house and invents brut champagne, breaking society and patriarchal rules. She takes over the city dump and builds the most spectacular castle winery in the world, and a world-class champagne empire.

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


Kaira Rouda is a USA TODAY, Amazon charts, and international bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary fiction that explores what goes on beneath the surface of seemingly perfect lives. Her domestic suspense novels include BEST DAY EVER, THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER, ALL THE DIFFERENCE, THE NEXT WIFE, and SOMEBODY’S HOME. Her latest novel is THE WIDOW. BENEATH THE SURFACE will be out in September, 2023. To date, Kaira’s novels have been translated into more than ten languages.

She lives in Southern California with her family and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest: @KairaRouda; and on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books.

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


Bryn Turnbull is a writer of historical fiction. Equipped with a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of St. Andrews and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from McGill University, Bryn, who resides in Toronto, writes books intended to drive readers to similar levels of distraction – to transport them into different eras and different worlds. In The Paris Deception, estranged sisters-in-law risk their lives rescuing looted masterpieces of modern art from Nazi destruction by replacing the originals with skilful forgeries — but when Hermann Goering’s handpicked art dealer devises his own plan for the artwork, how long can they sustain their masterful illusion?

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


Wendy Walker is the author of the psychological suspense novels All Is Not ForgottenEmma In the NightThe Night BeforeDon’t Look For Me and American Girl. Her novels have been translated into 23 foreign languages, topped bestseller lists both nationally and abroad, and have been optioned for both television and film. In her book, What Remains, Detective Elise Sutton walks into a department store and is forced to make a terrible choice: to save one life, she will have to take another.

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


Heather Webb is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of eight historical novels. In 2015, Rodin’s Lover was a Goodread’s Top Pick, and in 2018, Last Christmas in Paris won the Women’s Fiction Writers Association STAR Award. Her latest book, Strangers in the Night, is about the tumultuous romance that scandalized the world: Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner fought, loved, and lived life to the hilt. Now their unbridled story is brought vividly to life…

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


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