I've written 7 books of my own and collaborated on more than 20 bestsellers with celebrities and other extraordinary people. My own novels and memoir have been published by MacAdam-Cage, Bertelsmann, and HarperCollins. My collaborations and ghostwriting projects have been published by Random House, Penguin, Hachette, HarperCollins, St. Martin's Press, Simon & Schuster, Crown, Broadway, Touchstone, and other Big 5 imprints. As an indie publisher, I've released my own backlist books and a couple new novels on my own label.
Joni Rodgers lives in Texas, where big hair is a God-given right. It's essential to any waitressing job, prerequisite for a real estate license, as natural as Naugahyde, and as important as Elvis. But at thirty-two, Joni was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and lost her hair to chemotherapy. It's not fun being a bald girl in the Big Hair Capital of America, but Joni managed to hold on to ... read more
During the record-smashing hurricane season of 2005, a deadly game of cat and mouse unfolds and a stormy love affair is complicated by polarized politics, high-strung Southern families, a full-on media circus, and the worst disaster management goat screw in US history. As Hurricane Katrina howls toward the ill-prepared city of New Orleans, Dr. Corbin Thibodeaux, a Gulf Coast climatologist and ... read more
This brave debut novel by bestselling author Joni Rodgers, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a Discover Award finalist. Seeking to escape the shadow of her infamous mother—a radical lesbian poet who is larger than life, even in death—Tulsa Bitters, zaftig, bookish and freshly orphaned, takes a westbound train, determined to reinvent herself. She gets a job as a late... read more
A lively, laugh-out-loud journey from Oklahoma beauty queen to show biz sensation.“Life’s too short. I’m not.” You might know her as a Tony Award–winning Broadway star who originated the role of Galinda the Good Witch in the smash musical Wicked. Or you may recognize her from her starring roles on TV—The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, and Sesame Street. At four foot eleven, Kristin Chenoweth is a... read more
In a wise, warmhearted memoir that celebrates her extraordinary life and stellar career, Swoosie Kurtz welcomes readers into her world, sharing personal misadventures and showbiz lore and candidly reflecting on the intimate journey of caring for an aging parent. Told with intelligence and Swoosie’s hallmark comedic timing, Part Swan, Part Goose makes a powerful statement about womanhood, work ... read more
Suzy and Nancy Goodman were more than sisters. They were best friends, confidantes, and partners in the grand adventure of life. For three decades, nothing could separate them. Not college, not marriage, not miles. Then Suzy got sick. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977; three agonizing years later, at thirty-six, she died.It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The Goodman girls were rais... read more
Exploring the timeless themes of family, self, misfortune, and hope that have made the novels of Anna Quindlen and Sue Miller bestsellers, Joni Rodgers's moving and powerful tale tells the story of three women bound together by loss and set free by love.Pia feels the walls of her life closing in around her, until she discovers a strangely sensual world that leads her to a new existence.Lily, P... read more
Recently widowed private dick Shep Hartigate is a dishonored cop reduced to chasing cheating spouses for a ruthless Houston divorce lawyer. Free-spirited pulp fiction writer Smartie Breedlove is on a mission to find out who’s killing the inconvenient exes of Texas—including Smartie’s BFF, Charma Bovet, a notorious centerfold with a heart of gold. Could Shep’s gorgeous but unscrupulous employer... read more
In her critically acclaimed, bestselling memoir, BALD IN THE LAND OF BIG HAIR (HarperCollins 2001), Joni Rodgers invited readers along on her family's harrowing (but hilarious) journey through the Badlands of cancer and self-discovery. In this mini-memoir, Rodgers expands on how events before, during and after her stint in chemo led to her becoming a New York Times bestselling author and celeb... read more
Rue McClanahan, best known for her portrayal of Blanche Devereaux on the Emmy-award winning series The Golden Girls reveals her life in and out of the spotlight in a laugh-out-loud funny memoir about love, marriage, men, and getting older that is every bit as colorful as the characters she played. Raised in small-town Oklahoma in a house “thirteen telephone poles past the standpipe north of to... read more
Elizabeth Smart follows up her #1 New York Times bestseller (October 2013), My Story—about being held in captivity as a teenager, and how she managed to survive—with a powerful and inspiring book about what it takes to overcome trauma, find the strength to move on, and reclaim one’s life.Author. Activist. Victim—no more.In her fearless memoir, My Story—the basis of the Lifetime Original movie ... read more
As children, Kit and Kiki Smithers performed as the Sugar Babes of Sugarland, Texas, singing at county fairs, talent shows, and any shady gig their talent agent mother, Vivica, was able to book. Now those glory days are long gone, and the sisters cope with all the usual challenges and frustrations of young mommies.Kit is comfortably married to Mel, a gentle, salt-of-the-earth mechanic, and has... read more
"It's a big, big world It's easy to get lost in it..." —Justin Bieber, "Up"I love those lines in the lyrics. Sometimes I feel like that's what everyone's expecting. My world got very big, very fast, and a lot of people expect me to get lost in it. I grew up in a small town in Canada. I taught myself to sing in front of my bedroom mirror and to play guitar on a hand-me-down. My mom posted my fi... read more
This is a story of how miracles DO happen.How courage and a never-give-up spirit can emerge victorious.How an engaging little monkey helped change a family’s life. Ellen Rogers considered herself something of a tragedy snob. The single mother of five believed she could weather any storm, that she could keep her family from harm with fortitude and grace. But nothing could have prepared her for ... read more
In time for the motion picture event from the production team that brought us Heaven is for Real, Miracles from Heaven--starring Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah--is the inspiring true story of healing and family love.Annabel Beam spent most of her childhood in and out of hospitals with a rare and incurable digestive disorder that prevented her from living a normal, healthy life. One sunny da... read more
From the mother of champion cyclist Lance Armstrong—an extraordinary story of the resilience of the human spirit and the remarkable effect of great parenting.Lance Armstrong has dazzled the world with his six straight Tour de France championships, his winning personality, and his poignant victory over life-threatening cancer. Yet the adage that "behind every strong man there is a stronger woma... read more
Since Spectacular Smith started sharing his thoughts on love, sex and relationships with millions of followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, fans have been telling him, “You gotta write a book!” So by popular demand—available worldwide for 90 days only—this sharp ebook exclusive lays it on you with a straight up, big brother style that makes Steve Harvey look like Mr. Rogers. Spectacula... read more
The first-ever book to tell Nelson Mandela's life through the eyes of a child who was raised by him, chronicling Ndaba Mandela's life living with, and learning from, one of the greatest leaders and humanitarians the world has ever known. In a story that has never been told, Going to the Mountain tells the tale of how Nelson Mandela steered his grandson Ndaba from his reckless youth (shirking s... read more
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