Saturday, September 21, 2013

Highlight: Books by April Lindner: JANE and CATHERINE


Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance. 

But there's a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane's much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past. Torn between her feelings for Nico and his fateful secret, Jane must decide: Does being true to herself mean giving up on true love?

An irresistible romance interwoven with a darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers.


A forbidden romance. A modern mystery. Wuthering Heights as you’ve never seen it before.

Catherine is tired of struggling musicians befriending her just so they can get a gig at her Dad’s famous Manhattan club, The Underground. Then she meets mysterious Hence, an unbelievably passionate and talented musician on the brink of success. As their relationship grows, both are swept away in a fiery romance. But when their love is tested by a cruel whim of fate, will pride keep them apart?

Chelsea has always believed that her mom died of a sudden illness, until she finds a letter her dad has kept from her for years—a letter from her mom, Catherine, who didn’t die: She disappeared. Driven by unanswered questions, Chelsea sets out to look for her—starting with the return address on the letter: The Underground.

Told in two voices, twenty years apart, Catherine interweaves a timeless forbidden romance with a compelling modern mystery.

About the author!!!

April Lindner
I'm the author of Catherine, a contemporary retelling of Wuthering Heights, and of Jane, a retelling of Jane Eyre, both published by Poppy.  I'm also a poet.  My new poetry collection, This Bed Our Bodies Shaped, was just published by Able Muse Press, and my first collection, Skin, will be coming back into print in early 2013.  I also write literary criticism and edit poetry anthologies.  Last but far from least, I'm a professor of English at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. 

Here are a few things to know about me:
  • I was born in North Merrick, NY, and though I've lived many places since then, I will always be a New Yorker at heart.  
  • I've been writing stories and poems ever since I could hold a pen.  
  • I started out majoring in art but soon realized my talents lay elsewhere.  But I'm still a champion doodler.
  • My sister is a roller derby queen and one of my best friends.
  • Jane Eyre is my favorite novel of all times, with Wuthering Heights a close second.
  • I love rock and roll, so put another dime in the  juke box, baby. (Apologies to Joan Jett.)
  • I teach creative writing, freshman composition, and literature at St. Joe's.  
  • My favorite color is electric blue.  
  • I'm seriously addicted to Facebook and Instagram.
  • I love to cook, especially Italian food.  
  • I'm mom to two lab mix dogs--Reuben and Ophelia--and two little rescued guinea pig girls, Tootsie Roll and Leeloo Dallas Multipass.  
  • I play acoustic guitar (badly) and attend way too many rock concerts.
  • I met my husband at the University of New Hampshire where we both lived in a dorm for the creative arts.
  • I'm secretly shy but I work hard to hide it.
  • When I was 22, I backpacked solo around Europe and had all kinds of fun and misadventures.
  • I've just started blogging.  Please drop by for a visit!
  • In high school I wrote a rock opera about the tragic love between  punk rocker Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungeon.
  • Coffee, dark chocolate, Bruce Springsteen, thunderstorms, exploring cities I've never been to before: these are a few of my favorite things.

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