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SEPTEMBER 28, 2021

Posted January 21, 2020

Dear Reader,

In this Newsletter:

•    Giveaway Winners
•    Sisters by Choice Review Crew Signups
•    How to Access the Contest Page
•    Coming Soon
•    Join my private Facebook Group

The release day for Sisters by Choice is only three weeks away! It comes out on February 11, just three days shy of Valentine’s Day. I looked back through my paperwork, and I discovered that I started the actual writing of the book on November 5, 2018. I came up with the idea several months before that, and spent time thinking about it while I was writing other books.

Congratulations to Lorelle Jones, Pat Thompson, and Vickie Watts, who have each won a Clandestine Kitty coffee mug! (Clandestine Kitty is the name of the cat toy empire that heroine Sophie Lane brings to Blackberry Island in Sisters by Choice.)

We have some open spots on the Sisters by Choice Review Crew! Sign up on the Members Contest page at SusanMallery.com, and if you’re one of the readers selected at random, I’ll send the book to you for free—the print book, not the ebook. Then, if you meet the deadlines for review, you’ll be on the Review Crew for The Friendship List and for every other book I write from now on, as long as you keep meeting the deadlines for review.

Sign up now on the Members’ Contest page at SusanMallery.com for a chance to join the Review Crew.

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Cousins by chance, sisters by choice…

After her cat toy empire goes up in flames, Sophie Lane returns to Blackberry Island, determined to rebuild. Until small-town life reveals a big problem: she can't grow unless she learns to let go. If Sophie relaxes her grip even a little, she might lose everything. Or she might finally be free to reach for the happiness and love that have eluded her for so long.

Kristine has become defined by her relationship to others. She's a wife, a mom. As much as she adores her husband and sons, she wants something for herself—a sweet little bakery just off the waterfront. She knew changing the rules wouldn't be easy, but she never imagined she might have to choose between her marriage and her dreams.

Like the mainland on the horizon, Heather's goals seem beyond her grasp. Every time she manages to save for college, her mother has another crisis. Can she break free, or will she be trapped in this tiny life forever?

Told with Mallery’s trademark humor and charm, Sisters by Choice is a heartfelt tale of love, family, and the friendships that see us through.



Anytime you want to visit the Contest page of my website, here’s how.

  1. Go to SusanMallery.com.
  2. If you see the words “MEMBERS ONLY” at the top-right of the page, click it. If you don’t, then click “SHOW MENU” at the top of the page and then “MEMBERS ONLY.” (It depends on the type of device you’re using and the width of your browser window.)
  3. Select “CONTESTS” from the drop-down menu.
  4. Sign in with the email address you use for my newsletters. There’s no password to remember.



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Two best friends jumpstart their lives in a summer that will change them forever. . .

Single mom Ellen Fox couldn’t be more content—until she overhears her son saying he can’t go to his dream college because she needs him too much. If she wants him to live his best life, she has to convince him she’s living hers.

So Unity Leandre, her best friend since forever, creates a list of challenges to push Ellen out of her comfort zone. Unity will complete the list, too, but not because she needs to change. What’s wrong with a thirtysomething widow still sleeping in her late husband’s childhood bed?

The Friendship List begins as a way to make others believe they’re just fine. But somewhere between “wear three inch heels” to “have sex with a gorgeous guy,” Ellen and Unity discover that life is meant to be lived with joy and abandon, in a story filled with humor, heartache and regrettable tattoos.



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