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Talia Carner Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Puppet Child (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
China Doll (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jerusalem Maiden (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hotel Moscow (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Third Daughter (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Best New Writing 2011 (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Talia Carner was once the lecturer at international women economic forums and the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine. Her addictions include social justice, hats, chocolate, and ballet.

While writing, stories will just find her. Right when she is far along with a novel and believe that it could be her last, the next project begins to present itself to her. Each idea takes a hold of her heart and her head and then she is compelled to spend three to six years at a time working out each one. Talia figured out the ideas come from seeds that sprouted in her psyche many years prior.

She never plans out the plot, instead, she gets on the journey with her protagonist and learns with her as she finds herself in all kinds of different situations involving the historical truth or the central social issue in the novel. She does have to redirect her main character so Talia is not led astray from the main story line into the less relevant parts of her life. Each time the reader get surprised, Talia was surprised the story took that turn, too.

“Hotel Moscow” won the USA Book News award in the Multicultural category. “Jerusalem Maiden” won a Forward National Literature Award in the Historical Fiction category. “Puppet Child” was one of BookBrowse’s Top Ten Favorite First Novels of 2002.

Talia’s debut novel, called “Puppet Child” was released in the year 2002. Her work touches on a social issue that has never been explored before and wind up the choice of reading groups, both in America and the rest of the world.

“Puppet Child” is the first stand alone novel and was released in the year 2002. Motherhood. It is the most profound human experience in the world being put to the test.

Rachel Belmore is a determined, poised, yet vulnerable advertising executive that is fighting to prevent her charming ex-husband, Dr. Wesley Belmore, from molesting Ellie, their five year old daughter. Rachel is caught in a nightmare of a legal system, Rachel’s journey takes a bad turn when she loses her fight in Judge McGillian’s court. The judge, who is a sociable guy that believes he applies the law without prejudice, nevertheless trapped in his biases, and it throws him into the eye of a media frenzy.

His easy going and young law clerk, named Phil Crawford, hides his own dark secret while setting out on a mission to change the fate of kids betrayed by the justice system. Phil forces his way right into Rachel’s own plight, but is unable to dissuade the Judge from the harsh views he has on her case.

In order to save Ellie, Rachel has to take the law into her own hands and will suffer the consequences.

“China Doll” is the second stand alone novel and was released in the year 2006. A captivating journey to save a life. Nola Sands, an American music icon, is on tour in China when a baby gets thrust into her arms. Nola, who has resolved to save the kid from dying in a Chinese orphanage, finds that she is on a collision course with her record label company’s interests in China, her manager/ husband, as well as with the world’s two superpowers that are determined to keep her silent.

This is a story of an adoptive parent’s unwavering love. Nola’s flight across China is a story not just of human rights abuses running amok in a stunningly idyllic land. It is also the riveting self-discovery voyage of one woman that comes into her own.

“Jerusalem Maiden” is the third stand alone novel and was released in the year 2011. During the Ottoman Empire’s final days, a young Orthodox Jewish lady in Jerusalem is expected to marry and have many sons to help hasten the arrival of the Messiah. As Esther Kaminsky, a feisty woman, comprehends her obligations, her artistic talent is inspiring her to secretly explore the worlds outside of her religion, dream of studying in Paris, and believe God has got a special destiny for her. Tragedy strikes her family, Esther sees it as a warning from a mad God and suppresses all of her desires so that she can be an obedient “Jerusalem maiden”.

A surprising opportunity makes its way onto her preordained path, Esther finds that her beliefs are clashing dangerously with the passions she has staved off her whole life. It has made her confront the toughest and most damning question there is. To whom does she have to be true, herself or God?

“Hotel Moscow” is the fourth stand alone novel and was released in the year 2015. Brooke Fielding, who is the thirty-eight year old daughter of Holocaust survivors and a New York investment manager, finds that her life is upended suddenly late in September of 1993 as her job gets put in jeopardy. Brooke accepts the invitation to join one of her friends on a mission to Moscow in order to teach entrepreneurial skills to Russian business women, which is sure to give her a chance to gain expertise in the vast and new emerging Russian market.

Even though she is excited for this chance to save her job and be one of the first Americans that get to visit Russia after communism’s fall, she wonders what is waiting for her in the country that persecuted her mom just one generation ago.

She is inspired by the women that she meets, and Brooke gets committed to helping all of them investigate the crime that is threatening their business. While the uprising of the Russian parliament against Boris Yeltsin turns Moscow into a hostile war zone, Brooke is going to find that her involvement is going to come at a high cost. In the city where “capitalism” is a rather nasty word, neighbors spy on their own neighbors, and the new economy is in a few dangerous men’s hands, nothing that Brooke is doing goes unnoticed, and one mistake from her past could now compromise her entire future.

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