Katie O’Rourke is a hybrid author, which means she has both traditionally published and self-published books. Her debut novel, Monsoon Season, is being published through LittleBrown and Finding Charlie was chosen for publication by Kindle Scout. A Long Thaw was traditionally published and then re-released on her own. She launched her fourth novel, Blood & Water, this month.
Katie writes family sagas with overlapping characters, so they’re all connected. The stories in these books exist on their own and can be read in any order, independently from each other. They’re not sequels, but because all of the characters live in the same world, there’s an opportunity to revisit the past. Readers of Monsoon Season will find a familiar face in Finding Charlie; if you’re still wondering about Juliet when you finish A Long Thaw, look for her in Blood & Water.
Katie grew up in New Hampshire, went to college in Massachusetts, and has settled down in Arizona. These are the environments you’ll find in her stories because she thinks having an authentic sense of place is so important when you’re reading. Her work has been called women’s fiction, contemporary fiction, and literary fiction. She tries not to get hung up on genre labels and just writes the kind of stories she likes to read.
**Published November 21, 2017:
Blood & Water
Tucson, Arizona is a place for runaways. Everyone comes from somewhere else and has a story about what they left behind.
Delilah arrives on her brother’s doorstep with a secret. She hasn’t seen David in five years. He ran away from their family long ago for reasons no one talks about and she still doesn’t understand. The stress of raising his teenage daughter alone sometimes makes David envious of his deliberately childless friends, Tim and Sara, but they’re runaways too, harboring secrets of their own. Blood & Water tells their stories and traces the deep connections between this unlikely group of friends.
This novel is about family, in its various manifestations: the one you’re born into, the one you choose and the one you create.
Buy Blood & Water now! The Universal link is here.
Katie’s other books are available now:
When Charlie vanishes without warning, the people who love her are worried sick. Even if the law considers her an adult at nineteen, Charlie’s still the baby of her already broken family. Older sister Olivia is determined to figure out what’s happened. She finds a lost cell phone, an abandoned car and a shady boyfriend she’s never met before. And he’s not the only secret Charlie’s been keeping.
Cousins Abby and Juliet were born into one big, close family. But when Juliet’s parents divorce, it tears the family apart and sends the girls in very different directions.
Juliet grows up too quickly, forced to be responsible for her younger sisters as well as an alcoholic, single mother. Abby grows up a pampered, sheltered only child. As women, they try to mend the rift and come to terms with the way their shared history connects them, in spite of the years apart.Told in alternating narrative, A Long Thaw explores how the two women are shaped by the traumas and triumphs of childhood. It’s a story about the power of secrets and the unbreakable bonds of family.
Riley refuses to call herself a battered woman – she doesn’t fit the profile. When her boyfriend Ben hits her, she doesn’t know what to call it. She does know to pack her things and run to the one place that feels safe – home. After a horrific accident turns Riley’s world even more upside down, she’s forced to accept help from those around her. Before she can begin to heal, she must learn the difference between being independent and being alone.
This collection of short stories is about young women negotiating their roles in family, love, and the world at large. Also included an excerpt of Finding Charlie.
Jill Dobbe is an international educator, travel writer, and published author. She writes books and articles about her experiences living and working in schools and countries around the world. The interesting sites she has seen, the unique places she traveled to, and her many experiences, good and bad, prompted her to start writing. Originally from Wisconsin, USA, she currently lives in her seventh country, Honduras, with her husband, Dan, and her Yorkie-Poo, Mickey. Jill has two adult children who also feature in many of her stories about living abroad. Ali is an international teacher who teaches in Honduras and Ian is a doctor living and working in Michigan.
While working as an elementary principal, Jill writes travel articles, reads obsessively, shops for cultural artifacts, works at scrapbooking, photographs the beautiful people and countries of Latin America, and muddles her way through the Spanish language. Jill loves her life as an international educator, and on those days when the electricity is on, the internet is working, and there is hot water, she feels she is living her dream.
Jill is the author of two books: Here We Are & There We Go: Teaching and Traveling with Kids in Tow and Kids, Camels, and Cairo. These books are meant for adult readers and she writes a little about the school and the students, but also the places they visited.
Here We Are & There We Go
A heartwarming travel memoir filled with temper tantrums, disorienting jetlag, and zany, once-in-a-lifetime family adventures. Who says you can’t travel with kids? Dan and I find out we can do just that as we set off with our two very young kids, first to live and work on an island far out in the Pacific, then on to the continent of Africa with a few stops in between. Armed with strollers, diapers, and too much luggage, we travel to over twenty-five countries throughout a ten year span, while working together as international overseas educators. After surviving typhoon Yuri, almost being mauled by lions, and, being nearly shot by a presidential guard, we happily endure all of the good times and bad, while living life to the fullest. A decade’s worth of experiences and lifelong memories remain with us, as we return to the U.S., now with two teenagers in tow, and begin to experience our very own version of reverse culture shock.
Kids, Camels, & Cairo
Traveling across the globe to work in an international school in Cairo, Egypt, was not exactly the glamorous lifestyle I thought it would be. I cherished my travels to the Red Sea, delighted in visiting the Pyramids, and appreciated the natural wonders of the Nile River. However, I also spent days without electricity or internet, was leered at by rude Egyptian men, breathed in Cairo’s cancerous black smog, and coaxed school work from rich, apathetic students.
Why the heck did I do it?
So I could experience the unexpected, explore the extraordinary, and bask in the thrill of adventure!
Whether you’re a traveler or not, you will be astounded at this honest and riveting account of learning to live in an Islamic society, while confronting the daily challenges of being an educator in a Muslim school.[Top]
Today is release for for Debbie McQueen’s novel The Scarlett Cord! It is a fictional retelling of the story of Rahab and the city of Jericho. The story is old, but you’ve never heard the story of Rahab quite like this. The Scarlet Cord is a story of survival, breaking free, finding your place, discovering faith, and finding love.
Print Length: 267 Pages
Publication Date: August 15, 2017
The Scarlet Cord is a story of survival, breaking free, finding your place, discovering faith, and finding someone who sees you for who you really are.
Rahab grows up under the harsh rule of her father who forces her to use her body for his gain. After a great loss, she flees her father’s house, but eventually she falls back into living the life of a harlot in order to survive. Despite how she lives and what she has endured, she feels a pull towards the stories of the Hebrew people and their God and somehow knows that her future lies with them. She ends up in the right place and time to be used mightily by the God of the Israelites. She even finds a love she never thought she would have.
Salmon is a commander among the Hebrew people. He was born in the desert, and has been wandering all his life. He has never wed, and feels deeply that God has someone set aside for him. He just hasn’t met her yet. Salmon is sent into the city of Jericho as a spy and ends up finding his love in a brave, strong, independent, confident woman, despite that she happens to be a harlot in a godless city.
About the Author:
Debbie McQueen is a wife to a supportive and kind man and a mother to two amazing girls. She currently earns her paycheck working as a lunch lady, where she loves being able to interact with her students and help provide food for them while they are in school. Debbie values her faith and her family above all else. She has served in ministry at church since she was a teenager in many different ways. She has served in children’s ministry where she loves playing, singing, and helping teach kids. She has also been involved in many study groups, where she first read about Rahab among other Women of the Bible, and fell in love with her story. She has always enjoyed writing, but she really had a desire to write this story and share it with others, and hopes that her daughters will follow her example, and reach for their dreams.