Karen Cantwell
    Dear Friends and Family,

    As many of you already know, I learned on April 15th that I have advanced
    to the semi-finalist round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
    Contest.  I am now 1 of 100 out of the original 10,000 entrants and am
    extremely excited as well as humbled to have made it this far!

    One of the really fun parts of this contest is that the semi-finalists all
    received reviews from Publishers Weekly reviewers -- a truly exciting gift for
    an unpublished author, trust me!

I'd love to share mine:

the Quarterfinalist phase of the international
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest...

Here is the
Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly "This fun if light novel’s quippy, hilarious narrator,
Barbara Marr, has so much warmth and genuine gumption, you’d certainly want her on your criminal investigative
team. The spunky Virginia housewife and mother of three is almost at the end of her rope — her hunky husband,
Howard, has left her; it’s her 45th birthday; and she’s just discovered three monkeys living in the trees in front of
her house. “Life was pretty sucky” as she puts it. But while investigating the curious case of these monkeys, a bit
of unexpected adventure shakes things up just the right amount. In a warm-hearted, deftly observed comic-farce-
meets-mobster mystery, Barbara and her friends from her quiet suburban neighborhood, Peggy and Roz, stick their
noses into the business of a deserted house down the street and find themselves caught up in some off-the-wall
FBI business that hits way closer to home than they could have imagined. Perhaps a bit goofy at times, this is
nevertheless an outright treat: diverting, funny and fast-moving."

Read the first 17 pgs of my funny & action-packed novel, Monkeys In My Trees, www.karencantwell.com.
Check it out!

Karen is also a poet! Check out one of her poems on my site:
Visit her Blog:
Monkeys In My Trees
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