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The Widows was the Ohioana Book Awards Readers’ Choice for Fiction.

The third novel in the Kinship series is coming soon, and is available for pre-order!

The Widows is an Ohioana Book Award fiction finalist.

The Hollows was named one of the alternate books of the month for May, 2020 by the Pulpwood Queens Book Club.

The Widows selected as the Pulpwood Queens Book Club 2019 Book of the Year.

The Widows was named a Sun Sentinel Best Mystery Book of 2019.

The Widows was named one of Aunt Agatha’s Best Books of 2019.

The Widows was selected as the One Book, Many Communities for 22 libraries in Northwest, Ohio.

Book #2, The Hollows, was released in hardcover, ebook and audiobook on January 14, 2020.

Book #1, The Widows, was selected as part of Minotaur’s Signature Edition trade paperback program, and was released in trade paperback with a new introductory essay on January 7, 2020.


The Widows now available in Large Print.

The Widows is the October 2019 pick for Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Book Club!

The Widows is now available! (January 2019)

Jess will be sending gifts to those who pre-order the book!  Those who pre-order will be entered into a cool contest! (June 2018)

Bound copies of The Widows take flight to other authors for possible blurbs! (February 2018)

Jess was awarded an Artist Opportunity Grant, funded by the Montgomery County (Ohio) Arts & Cultural District (MCACD), for development of a website and blog to include pieces on the historical background of the novel, The Widows. (December 2017)

Jess Montgomery’s first two of the Kinship historical mystery series sold to Minotaur Books, editor Catherine Richards, by literary agent Elisabeth Weed of The Book Group. (June 2017)

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