Happy Women’s Fiction Day–and a Giveaway!

by | Jun 8, 2023 | books, women's fiction, writing

If you didn’t know it, today is Women’s Fiction Day. What exactly is women’s fiction? Well, the answer may vary depending on who you ask, but the Women’s Fiction Writers Association defines it like this: Our stories may include romance, or they may not. They can be contemporary or historical and have magical, mystery, thriller, or other elements. Whereas the driving force of a romance novel is a love story, a mystery’s is the exposure of an event, a thriller’s is a fear-inducing chase or escape, etc., the driving force of women’s fiction is the protagonist’s journey toward a more fulfilled self. 

If you’ve read any of my last five releases, you should see how they fit into this category rather than the romance category in which I began my career. To that end, I have a new book coming out in July.

Early readers have already reached out to tell me how much this book touched them. I know this one won’t be for everyone, but it is my favorite of everything I’ve written, probably because it came from such a deeply personal journey of my own (not the same as Amy’s, but still a wake-up call of my own). 
Selected by She Reads as a “Best Book Club Picks of Summer 2023
“A thoughtful and clear-headed exploration into life’s most brutal challenges. Jamie Beck insightfully dives into the intricacies of grief, marriage, ambition, and love of family in a way that will make you stop and ponder your life choices. An important and meaningful read about what makes life beautiful.” —Sonali Dev, bestselling author of The Vibrant Years

“Jamie Beck’s The Beauty of Rain is a poignant look at love and hope, grief and healing, and finding peace after life-shattering loss. At the heart of this wise, insightful book is a beautifully flawed family—sisters, spouses, children, parents—in all their messy glory. Be prepared to read into the wee hours of the night, because you’re going to keep promising yourself ‘just one more chapter.’” —Mariah Stewart, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author

“Heartbreaking, uplifting, and wise beyond measure, The Beauty of the Rain is a masterful tale rendered perfectly by an author truly hitting her stride. I was completely captured by the story of two sisters who each have to learn to really live—before they run out of chances. So powerful!” —Barbara O’Neal, bestselling author of This Place of Wonder
Here’s the blurb:

Winning the lottery changed Amy Walsh’s life, but the cost was greater than she could bear. In the aftermath, she struggles to find joy and purpose. Only one thing feels certain now—she will never spend one cent of the prize money on herself.

Worried, her older sister, Kristin DeMarco, invites Amy to live with her family while she heals. Unfortunately, this arrangement leads to trouble for Kristin: Divided focus affects her career. Her daughter prefers Amy to her. And Amy’s unsolicited opinions provoke tension between Kristin and her husband.

Meanwhile, Amy is making drastic plans of her own, which include giving away all her money. But first she must convince Kristin not to squander her most valuable asset—time with her family.

As the sisters help each other reimagine their futures, life’s unpredictability sends them to surprising places that test their love and resilience. Will they learn to live in the now, before it’s too late?
I’m giving away the last paperback ARC to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, add The Beauty of Rain to your Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf, then let me know that you’ve done so on my Facebook page (the post with this same image). I’ll be choosing a winner in a couple of days. You can also find all kinds of giveaways and celebratory events on the WFWA site today. Good luck!

About Jamie

Jamie's an avid reader and author of romantic women's fiction. She enjoys sharing stories and music about finding love, having love, and losing love. You can learn more about Jamie and her books on her about page.

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