Spring is here, and since our weather is acting summery, now is the perfect time to get a head start on your summer reads, and get lost in the pages of a great book. Today Vicki welcomes back two New York Times bestselling authors… Hazel Gaynor to discuss her latest work, the poignant A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London’s Flower Sellers, and M. J. Rose with gothic novel The Witch of Painted Sorrows.

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New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor in her own words… “In writing A Memory of Violets, I was constantly struck by the cruel contradiction of the lives of the flower sellers. Here were some of the poorest women and children in society, and yet every day they were surrounded by the beauty of the flower markets. Black-and-white images and shaky newsreel footage taken during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries give a fascinating glimpse into market life in London, but it is difficult for us to imagine what these scenes would have looked like in full color. Oddly beautiful, perhaps.” Having been featured in The Sunday Times and the Irish Times, the English born Gaynor currently resides in Ireland and was the recipient of the 2012 Cecil Day Lewis award for Emerging Writers.

The latest from M. J. Rose, The Witch of Painted Sorrows, is a provocative spellbinder set against the lavish backdrop of Belle Epoque Paris, spinning the yarn of a New York socialite fleeing an abusive husband for her grandmother’s home in Paris, and finding something even more menacing. Richly imagined and full of suspense, it illuminates the fine line between explosive passion and complete ruination. Rose has authored over a dozen novels, and is the co-president and founding board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz.com.

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