Explore a diverse selection of works from our talented Tri Delta authors! Our book suggestions have everything from compelling literary fiction to children’s tales narrated by airplanes to navigating loss and self-help topics of conquering imposter syndrome. Our Tri Delta sisters thank you for your continued encouragement and support. Happy reading!
She Believed She Could: Show Up, Shine Bright, and Achieve Abundant Success
By Allison Kreiger Walsh, Florida
An inspiring and practical discussion of how to shine brightly in the face of negativity, imposter syndrome, lack of confidence, fear and burnout, this book will give you the permission you need to evolve into the kind of person you want to be, as well as the advice you need to accomplish your goals and level up in business and in life. This book is a tool for young women (and women of all ages) to optimize their potential.
As an expert business consultant, founder, international speaker, influential leader and certified positive psychology coach, this book is the result of 20 years of accumulated knowledge. By age 30, Allison Kreiger Walsh became the vice president of a company destined for unicorn status—a privately held startup valued at over $1 billion—which she helped build from the ground up. She has been recognized in publications like Forbes and the Orlando Business Journal and won multiple awards for her philanthropy. She’s the host of the She Believed She Could podcast and the creator of empowering coaching programs helping women develop tenacity and self-assurance. Fun Fact: Allison won the Miss Florida title in the state pageant in 2006!
Under the Influence
Noelle Crooks, Nevada
“The Devil Wears Prada” meets “The Assistants” in this compulsively readable debut following a young woman who takes a job working for an enigmatic influencer and quickly discovers there’s an ugly side to being a #GirlBoss.
After a series of go-nowhere jobs in the New York publishing world, Harper Cruz is broke, lonely and desperate for a salary that won’t leave her scrambling to make rent each month. So when she stumbles across a job posting from an influencer offering triple her last paycheck, she automatically submits her resume. She takes the job and moves to Nashville. At first, she loves working in such an inspirational environment, where mandatory dance parties, daily intentions and group bonding activities make up for long hours and her boss Charlotte’s persistent demands for loyalty. But the deeper Harper is pulled into Charlotte’s world, the more she realizes that having it all and being it all comes with a price.
A California native, Noelle Crooks’s love of books started at a young age when running to the local library with her late father. Before publishing her debut novel, “Under the Influence,” Noelle held roles at Sephora and Dolce Vita and was the brand director at The Hollis Company. An education activist, Noelle is passionate about supporting youth literacy within marginalized schools. She resides in New York City with her sidekick pup, Cooper.
The Beautiful Misfits
Susan Gambrell Reinhardt, Georgia
Eighty-four seconds can change your life. Or destroy it. Josie Nickels is an Emmy-winning news anchor, poised to rise through the ranks of television journalism. On a bitter March evening on live TV, the pressures and secrets bubbling behind the closed doors of her ridiculous Victorian mansion explode and the overwhelmed journalist spills her family secrets. The aftermath costs her much more than a career; it robs her of a beloved son. Desperate for a new start and a way to save her son, Josie packs up her pride and her young daughter and accepts a new job selling cosmetics at a department store make-up counter with other disgraced celebs. In the gorgeous mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, Josie is faced with a choice for her son: Take a chance on a bold, out-of-the-ordinary treatment plan for her son or lose him forever. This heart-wrenching and, at times, hilarious novel will delight fans of book-club women’s fiction and inspire and give hope to those with addicted sons and daughters.
Susan Gambrell Reinhardt is known for her gift of weaving wit, humor and heart into serious topics and infusing them with wisdom. She has been praised for creating unforgettable, quirky characters who linger in readers’ minds. Her debut novel, “Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle,” won the Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Regional Fiction. Susan lives near Asheville and loves her grown kids and her rescue cats. Her quirky talent is riding a unicycle while twirling a baton.
Jennifer Merschdorf Platt, Washington State
“Wild Rose” is a novel about love, loss, redemption and a magical Connecticut hotel and will forever alter your beliefs of what happens after someone dies.
The year is 2021 when Julia, alone and grieving, purchases an abandoned hotel named Wild Rose. After an unspeakable tragedy, Julia throws her soul into renovating the hotel and uncovers its mysterious secrets. Over 175 years, three women perish within the luxurious Wild Rose hotel, each finding their ghosts trapped within its walls by their own secrets. Through the decades, they watch the living and witness their sins, never seen or heard. Until Julia steps through the doors.
As Julia brings light into the deserted hotel, she learns that she is the only person that can see the trapped spirits. For the first time a living person can see these three women born a century apart from each other, together. Can Julia free these three tortured souls from eternal imprisonment? Time may tell.
A recent transplant to Essex, Connecticut, Jennifer Merschdorf Platt found inspiration in documenting the histories and renovations of historic homes in New England. This passion played a role in inspiring “Wild Rose.” A 13-year breast cancer survivor, Jennifer is the CEO of the largest women’s health organization dedicated to women under 40 diagnosed with breast cancer. When she is not writing, working or playing with her two cats and her chihuahua, she continues her passion for restoration projects on her current historic home built in 1847 on the Connecticut Shoreline.
Getting Through the Days
Joan Baker Scott, Cornell
Joan Baker Scott’s first book is a poignant look at surviving the loss of a child from the first year and beyond. This compassionate book offers practical advice and encouragement for getting through the early days of mourning, working through grief over time, and eventually rebuilding one’s life. Although there isn’t a manual for how to live beyond the death of a child, and no single answer for how to cope with such a profound loss and move forward, this book offers critical insights. Filled with wisdom gained from her own grief journey after the loss of her son, Joan interweaves her personal story with concrete suggestions and activities to help anyone navigate their own loss. Set into a colorful, visual format of short entries, poetry, and quotes, the book is easily accessible for anyone looking for grief resources or a meaningful bit of inspiration. If you are dealing with the loss of a child or know someone who is, then this book is an invaluable companion that ensures one is not alone on this journey.
Joan discovered the healing power of writing after she lost her son to suicide in 2012. Her poems have appeared in newsletters and websites of various bereavement organizations.
Astra in Hollywood
Julie Lewis Whitney, Miami/Ohio
Coming March 2024 and available for pre-order now! In “Astra in Hollywood,” the second book of the series, Astra the Lonely Airplane never has to be lonely again! Her new hangar in sunny Los Angeles is home to three amazing new friends: Lana, a sleek, beautiful Learjet; a giant cargo plane named Hank; and Helen the crimefighting helicopter. In fact, they’re all so cool that Astra soon starts to wonder if she’s cut out for life in Hollywood! But when Lana, Hank and Helen are each faced with unexpected problems, Astra discovers that you don’t need to be the fastest, the strongest or the bravest to be important. It’s being a good friend that makes you a star! The book teaches children lessons in overcoming hardship and adversity, and about embracing new circumstances that may occur in their lives, such as a move to a new city.
This book is distinctly different from other books on the market, as it is written from the plane’s POV and intended for young readers.
Julie is a public relations professional with 40 years of experience in public relations and marketing, having worked on both the agency and client sides as well as in the television industry. Her company, Phillippi-Whitney Communications, LLC, founded in 2000, represents both large and small clients in a wide variety of industries. She has promoted dozens of authors throughout her career, often supplementing the efforts of the internal PR teams of their publishers. She also works as on-camera talent, appearing in both television commercials and video podcasts. She even appeared as an extra in the movie “Grease,” which was shot on location in the summer of 1977 in Los Angeles. Julie lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Dan, a corporate pilot upon whom the character of Captain Dan is based.