We Hope for Better Things opens this BookBub list of emotional, cathartic, and heartbreaking books coming in 2019. And what amazing company it is in!

I was absolutely thrilled to show up on this Popsugar list of 10 Books by Debut Authors to Watch in 2019 alongside five other writers from my Debut Authors 19 group on Facebook — including Mike Chen, Katrin Schumann, Andrea Rothman, Megan Collins, and James Charlesworth.

And We Hope for Better Things also popped up on another Popsugar list, 18 Brand New Books You Need to Get Your Hands on in January.

The cover of We Hope for Better Things is one of Spine Magazine’s Book Covers We Love in the first week of January.

Find me talking about how to hold onto hope during tumultuous times over on Fresh Fiction.

Read about the original spark of an idea that became We Hope for Better Things, learn a bit about my writing process, and discover one of my hidden (and very trivial) talents in this interview at the Debut Authors 2019 site.

Want to know more about why and how I chose the topics and time periods I wrote about in We Hope for Better Things, as well as what I hope readers will get out of the experience of reading it? Head on over to More Than a Review to read their interview with me.

Catch me and my critique partner, Nancy Johnson, over on Writer Unboxed chatting about how we’ve helped each other write authentic diverse characters in our respective novels.

This interview with me on Urban Book Reviews gives you a glimpse into the writing of We Hope for Better Things, including the research I did, the characters I connect with, and how the idea first came to me.

We Hope for Better Things was one of the most requested titles for early reviewers on Library Thing in October.

We Hope for Better Things was mentioned in a Relz Reviewz cover reveal article: “I’m excited for debut author Erin Bartels’ novel – the cover is intriguing and the storyline sounds intense and very relevant.”

I’m quoted in this post on GrubWrites about something that surprised me after signing my first publishing contract.