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Meet Author Angela Pisel (With Love from the Inside) at Wonderland Book Club
Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network Meet Angela Pisel who will discuss her novel, With Love from the Inside ***It's our first meeting of 2018 to mark our 10th Anniversary*** Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr., Ste. 106, Raleigh, NC Friday, January 26, 2018 Time: 10:00–noon FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Following Book Club, we'll gather for lunch at Vivace at North Hills. RSVP HERE: Angela Pisel’s poignant debut explores the complex relationship between a mother and a daughter, and their quest to discover the truth and whether or not love can prevail—even from behind bars. Grace Bradshaw knows the exact minute she will die. On death row for murdering her infant son, her last breath will be taken on February 15 at 12:01 a.m. Eleven years, five months, and twenty-seven days separate her from the last time she heard her precious daughter’s voice and the final moment she’d heard anyone call her Mom. Out of appeals, she can focus on only one thing—reconnecting with her daughter and making sure she knows the truth. Secrets lurk behind Sophie Logan’s big house and even bigger bank account. Every day when she kisses her husband good-bye, she worries her fabricated life is about to come crumbling down. No one knows the unforgivable things her mother did to tear her family apart—not her husband, who is a prominent plastic surgeon, or her “synthetic” friends who live in her upscale neighborhood. Grace’s looming execution date forces Sophie to revisit the traumatic events that haunted her childhood. When she returns to her hometown, she discovers new evidence about her baby brother William’s death seventeen years ago—proof that might set her mother free but shatter her marriage forever. Sophie must quickly decide if her mother is the monster the prosecutor made her out to be or the loving mother she remembers—the one who painted her toenails glittery pink and plastered Post-it notes with inspiring quotes (“100 percent failure rate if you don't try”) all over Sophie’s bathroom mirror—before their time runs out. About the Author: Angela Pisel was born in the Midwest but has set up homes across the United States since marrying an Army physician. As a therapist and life coach, she has taken a special interest in mentoring women throughout various transitions in their lives. She decided to write her first novel after her obsession with TV trials led her to research women on death row. She didn’t find what she thought she’d find—how people end up where they end up continues to mesmerize her. Pisel volunteers with an organization in North Carolina ( that seeks to break the cycle of recidivism by promoting healthy relationships between children and their incarcerated parent. With Love from the Inside is her debut novel.

Center for Excellence

3803B Computer Dr, Suite 106 · Raleigh, NC

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Public Group

Celebrating 10 years, Wonderland Book Club has always been about getting members to read books they wouldn’t normally read. And more recently, Wonderland features the actual authors of the books we’re reading each month. We’re a very warm, accepting group—you don’t need to be a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network to join, nor do you need to be working on your next novel. But I think the number one reason we’re growing is because we’re easy to join and easy to find on the Internet. Through a web connection and a physical event, Meetup brings folks together who share a common interest. In fact, if I hadn’t made Wonderland a Meetup group nine years ago, we’d be long gone by now. Most book clubs that aren’t library or bookstore-related form from friendships, neighborhoods or clubs—there’s no county-wide book club directory and you need to be “in the know” to be invited. That’s what’s so neat about Wonderland Book Club: newcomers to the Triangle love it, it’s free and there’s no special code or association to join the fun!

So what do our guest authors discuss for two hours from 10 a.m. to noon? Usually the first hour is taken up with the book discussion, the author reads a few passages and then in the last hour the floor is opened for the story behind the book. How was this book published and marketed? How long did the author take to write the book? Did the plot or characters come first? And the questions continue when we take the author to lunch.

Want to join? It’s easy! Sign up as a free member at so you know the details of our next meeting. We typically meet the last Friday of every month from 10 am to noon at the Center for Excellence, 3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106 Raleigh, NC 27609. And if you don’t sign up beforehand, we want you to come anyway. I promise you our veteran members don’t bite and we love seeing new folks.

Published authors! Interested in being our guest in 2019? Email Alice at All of our spots are now filled for 2018, but if you'd like to be considered for 2019 please email Alice your interest and a link to your author website as well as industry reviews as well as Amazon/Goodreads reviews.

2018 Schedule

Jan 26 Angela Pisel, With Love From The Inside (novel)

Feb 23 Padgett Gerler, What Does Love Sound Like (novel)

March 30 Kathryn Watson Quigg, To Any Soldier (novel)

April 27 Ralph Webster, Smile in One Eye/Tear in the Other (memoir)

May 25 Christine Simolke, Children of Italy (novel)

June 22 Shaun Assael, The Murder Of Sonny Liston (nonfiction)

July NO BOOK—Enjoy the month off!

August 31 Dori Ann Dupre, Good Buddy (novel)

September 28 Nancy Young, Sensing Things (novel)

October 26 Lucetta Zaytoun, It’s Already Tomorrow Here (memoir)

November 16 Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth (novel)

December 7 NO author book, Holiday Open House, the Great Wrapped Book Exchange

January 25 2019 Denise Heinze, Sally St. Johns

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