Tag: Jesse Q Sutanto

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors New to Me

It’s funny that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is all about authors who are new to us. Well, all authors are, at some point, new to us, but new to me recently? Well, there have been a couple.

Last year I bumped into Barbara Nickless and her work, online, quite by accident I should say, and found a couple of new authors by way of recommendations from my fellow book bloggers. Some I have yet to read, and their books are on order, while one, who I started to read last week, turned out to not be my cup of tea. But hey, we won’t know until we try, right?

For the full run down on who has popped up on my radar, check out my Wish List. Meanwhile, here are ten who caught my eye:

  • KENDRA ELLIOTT — Mercy Kilpatrick series.
  • LEE GOLDBERG — Lost Hills / Bone Canyon.
  • CHERIE JONES — How the one-armed sister sweeps her house.
  • SARAH PEARSE — The Sanatorium.
  • SARA PENNER — The Lost Apothecary.
  • JESSE Q SANTOS — Dial A for Aunties.
  • INDIA HOLTON — The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels.
  • ALEX MICHAELIDES — The Maidens.
  • NICHOLAS DIDOMIZIO — Burn it all Down.
  • S.J. BENNETT — The Windsor Knot.

All new authors to me, with books that I’m really excited to get my hands on and read. And you, what new authors have you recently discovered and begun reading?


Books, Books, Books for 2021

I need to quit Twitter, now, seriously … okay, maybe I don’t but damn it, every time I go on there I end up adding yet another one or two books to my Wish List. And today? *groans* I added at least ten. Yes, TEN new books coming out next year that, well, I just have to read. And this doesn’t even take into consideration a whole slew of books I put in my little blue book. Yes, I have a little Moleskine that I jot down titles and authors in, for all the books I need to check out and or research further before I add them to that all important wish list!

Due diligence is key to making sure I buy only books I feel I’m going to enjoy, and, in doing so this last year, I’ve had a lot less duds on my TBR pile—and only one DNF this summer. A brilliant and necessary strategy that’s paying off. But strategy or no strategy, it means I’m also adding a lot more books to my wish list for this coming year than ever before.

Thanks book twitter. And now, the books …

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Book Talk: Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q Sutanto

Dang, will you look at that cover? That’s what grabbed me first and then, when I read the blurb, I was kind of smitten, aunties getting involved in hiding/disposing of a dead body? It sounds like a recipe for a lot of fun. And yes, it’s already been optioned and being made into a movie, next year, and the book isn’t even out yet! Can’t wait for both the book, and the movie.

About the Author

Jesse Q Sutanto grew up shuttling back and forth between Indonesia, Singapore, and Oxford, and considers all three places her home. She has a Masters from Oxford University, but she has yet to figure out how to say that without sounding obnoxious. Jesse has forty-two first cousins and thirty aunties and uncles, many of whom live just down the road. When she’s not writing, she’s gaming with her husband (mostly FPS), or making a mess in the kitchen with her two daughters.

About the Book

When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is inadvertently shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working at an island resort on the California coastline. It’s the biggest job yet for the family wedding business—Don’t leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans—and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie’s perfect buttercream flowers.

But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy’s great college love–and biggest heartbreak–makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?

Jesse Q Sutanto
Berkley Books, April 27 2021
Paperback, 352 pages
Romantic Comedy