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The First Time We Met
by Emma W. Ostrom

College junior Eva Meade does not want to be a bridesmaid. Painfully shy and socially inept, she’s well aware that the ability to do Calculus won’t help her navigate a wedding weekend swarming with glamorous celebrities. But her cousin asked her, Eva said yes, and now it’s happening.

Somehow she gets through it, even surviving the embarrassing reality of meeting her crush, the “sexiest man of the year,” British movie star Matthew Kean. And then life throws Eva a devastating curve ball, a year of pain and isolation, which changes everything she thought about herself.

After returning to school, choosing a new major and finishing her degree, Eva’s parents give her a trip to Paris as a graduation present—a dream come true, with one unfortunate condition. Trailed by an unwanted companion, a transformed Eva arrives at her hotel in Paris and once again crosses the path of Matthew Kean. Only this time, she isn’t afraid to talk to him—she just might not want to.

From stepping onto a ferry in Southern California, to stumbling into first love in Europe, to claiming her own best life, Eva finds that what matters most is being true to the person you are, and knowing what you want. Even if what you want isn’t possible.

A binge-by-the-pool read for fans of Ann Brashares, Stephenie Meyer and Emily Giffin.

Spiders in a Dark Web

Kindle Edition: $4.99 | Paperback Edition: $10.95

Just beyond my sight was a vast menacing darkness, a web of greed and lies and violence. It touched me, had touched my parents, though we never knew it existed. And now that I’d seen it, I couldn’t ever go back to unseeing. I was a part of it now. Connected by a dozen different strands, held fast by its shadowy influence. 

Her cousin Marianne is the only family Lola Bright has left. They’ve grown apart over the years, but Lola had no idea how far—not until Marianne shows up at her LA apartment and tells her to run.

Hiding out in a vintage camper in Half Moon Bay, Lola finds herself isolated, trapped by unknown threats, and inexplicably drawn to a man surrounded by his own troublesome mysteries. She decides to risk exposure to learn the truth about her cousin—and finds out much more than she ever wanted to know.

Following a trail that takes her from New York to Arizona and back to California, from the arms of a lover to a cell block on Rikers Island to a dive bar in Tucson, Lola becomes enmeshed in a dark and dangerous mystery that will leave no part of her life unchanged.


Praise from readers for the Sliding Sideways series:

“…a fun read with believable, likeable characters.”

“The never predictable plot keeps you reading until done. Mystery lovers will enjoy this one. Emily Senecal is a gifted writer who draws you to her every book.”