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Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2018 by BY SOUTHERN LIVING, ELITE DAILY and WRITER'S DIGEST


A debut novel set against a background of hospital rounds and

life-or-death decisions that pulses with humor and empathy while

exploring the heart’s capacity for forgiveness… READ MORE

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Praise for The Queen of Hearts:  


“Martin leverages her own background as a doctor to great effect throughout …[and] is equally insightful about many aspects of long-term female friendships.”—The New York Times

"A gripping and emotional novel ... The Queen of Hearts is the perfect book for fall."—Bustle

"Emotional and difficult to put down, Martin’s excellent story of friendship is shrewdly plotted and contains a cast of flawed, rich, believable characters.”—Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Grey’s Anatomy are sure to enjoy this new release, a novel about friendship, success, and secrets.”—Southern Living

Kimmery Martin's first novel has got love, death, humor, secrets, hot doctor sex, and a medical procedure performed with a fork. Does that sound like something you might be interested in reading?—Tommy Tomlinson, SouthBound Podcast on NPR/WFAE 90.7

“A funny and real examination of female friendships and modern parenthood …  an ideal fit for book clubs looking to discuss difficult issues such as forgiveness and failure, but also be drawn into a page-turner with plenty of romance and drama.”—ALA Book Club Central

"A medical drama executed with just the right balance of intensity, plot twists, tragedy, and humor... Martin’s humorous scenes of parenting failures, evocative settings, and realistic re-creation of the urgency of medical situations make this a remarkably absorbing read as well."—Booklist

"A stunning debut."Booktrib

“Kimmery Martin’s excellent debut novel serves up an irresistible mix of romance, ER drama, friendship and betrayal.”

-– BookPage

“Engrossing, funny,”—The Charlotte Observer

"Wow. Just wow. This book was spectacular." —The Sudbury Star (Ontario)


“An impressive debut, full of warmth and excitement.”—The Harvard Crimson

"A raw and compelling tale of love, loss and the sheer power of friendship as it persists over time. Martin has a keen eye for portraying modern domestic life.”—Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville, KY


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February 4, 2019:

Louisville, KY

Private Event


February 5, 2019

6:00 pm

Lexington, KY

Carnegie Center's Kentucky Great Writers Series

February 7, 2019

5:00 pm

Southern Pines, NC

The Country Bookshop

February 9 & 10, 2019

7:00 pm on the 9th; 3:00 pm on the 10th

Winston Salem, NC

Bookmarks Moveable Feast Festival

February 21, 2019

6:30 pm

Winter Park, FL

Quantum leap Winery

February 24 & 25, 2019

3:00 pm on the 24th, private event on the 25th

Roanoke, VA

South County Public Library

March 5, 2019:

12:00 pm

Gastonia, NC

Books & Bites at Gaston County Library - Main Branch

April 2, 2019:

Gastonia, NC

Gastonia Book Club/Private Event


April 3, 2019:

10:00 am

Spartanburg, SC

Hub City Bookshop

April 4, 2019:

11:00 am

Lake Lure, NC

Books & Bites Luncheon at Lake Lure Inn (Malaprops)

Sponsored by Friends of The Mountain Branch Library

April 25, 2019:

11:30 am

Charlotte, NC

New Friends of Carolina Luncheon/Private Event

April 26, 2019:

9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Bowling Green, KY

Kentucky Writers Conference

April 27, 2019:

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bowling Green, KY

SOKY Book Fest

Latest Post: Kimmery's Dream Book



For a period of one year, Kimmery posted once a week on, a website for traditionally published debut female authors. In this post we were talking about the books we haven't yet published.

Remember that summer when everyone was surreptitiously reading Fifty Shades of Grey on their Kindles, eyes darting shiftily as they tried to project the air of a person deep in thoughtful analysis of some highbrow masterpiece? Yep. I read it too, and I had the same thought as everyone else: Geez. I could write a book. Not a flaming porn book, maybe (although I happen to think I could rock that too, assuming anyone else would have an interest in nerdy almost-porn). No, it was the writing that motivated me. 


Fifty Shades didn’t become a bestseller because of the stellar writing, I know. But it did drive home the point that in our new digital world anyone could publish a book about anything. This struck a chord: somewhere deep in the recesses of my brain lurked a budding author, who’d been patiently biding her time until I woke up to her presence.


In a fit of misguided confidence I sat down and started a novel. To make a long story short, 5000 revisions later, The Queen of Hearts was released. Having your first novel published is fabulous, but the downside is you don’t have a bunch of other manuscripts in the drawer and you don’t have a lot of writing experience. Therefore I am going to talk today about the unwritten manuscript in my mind.

The Dad Book.

I have this idea I’d like to base a protagonist on my father. My dad was a singular dude, unlike anyone else I’ve ever met. He was also my favorite person and he died, suddenly and shockingly one night, in the midst of perfect health. After he died, his brother in Arizona went through his stuff and we discovered—to no one’s surprise—that an old IQ test indicated he was literally one of the smartest people on earth. He knew everything: as a child, in the pre-internet era, I used him as an encyclopedia whenever I had a question about physics or geopolitics or economics or literature or history or anything except fashion, basically. (No exaggeration on the fashion front: at the time of his death, Dad wore the exact same size and style of clothing he’d always worn, not appreciating the point of wearing different sorts of outfits on different occasions and certainly not appreciating the point of spending money on clothing. He had maybe four outfits, and refused to wear a tie, ever, on the grounds they were pointless and stupid.* Every now and then in a crowd I will spy the tall, slim silhouette of a man wearing worn black jeans and disintegrating army boots and it makes me want to weep.)**


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Emily Giffin is the gold standard when it comes to women’s fiction. Her success surges past a writer’s wildest dreams into the realm of the fantastical, encompassing everything from multiple New York Times bestsellers to movie deals to dozens of translations around the world. I think it’s fair to say she’s struck a chord with her readers; in fact, during a recent event in my city, the woman sitting next to me—a banking executive—confided with tears in her eyes that Giffin’s books had changed her life.

In person, Giffin is warm and witty. During her recent cross-country book tour, I had the opportunity to meet her backstage in Charlotte. She didn’t miss a beat as she pre-signed copies of her latest NYT bestseller—All We Ever Wanted—asking me so many supportive and enthusiastic questions about my own novel that the event organizers were forced to drag me out of the room with one of those big vaudeville hooks in order to get her onstage on time.


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Latest Interview With Kimmery

Reading With ...  Kimmery Martin / Shelf Awareness

Book that changed your life:

Homer's Odyssey, because its timeless themes of homecoming, honor, glory and righteous wrath resonated deeply with me in my formative years. Just kidding. The book that actually changed my life is Patriot Games by Tom Clancy, which I read in college. This might seem like an odd book to inspire a literal shift in the direction of one's entire existence, but bear with me. The important thing about Patriot Games is that the protagonist is married to a badass female surgeon who impresses everyone from stone-cold terrorist killers to CIA men to the Queen of England. After finishing it, I saw no reason why I too should not be a badass surgeon and I decided to apply to medical school. Needless to say, quite a lot of effort and maturation had to occur on my part before I became a physician, but I got there in the end. Thank you, literature.

Book you've faked reading:

I don't know if I've faked reading a book but I've definitely faked remembering books I've read. For instance, I have no idea what The Catcher in the Rye is about, even though I've read it at least twice, so when people gush about its significance, I just nod wisely while repeating the tail end of their sentence.

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Latest Book Review

Small Victories: The Off-Camera Life of an On-Camera Mom

Okay, first of all, for those of you who don’t know, Molly Grantham is an Emmy award winning anchor and investigative reporter who has been named TV News Reporter of the Year for both Carolinas, one of Charlotte's top "40 under 40" and one of Mecklenburg County's "50 Most Influential Women.” If all that isn’t enough, she’s now written a book based on a popular series of personal Facebook posts, Small Victories: The Off-Camera Life of an On-Camera Mom, in which she chronicles the first few years of her children’s lives. 
It seems a little unfair that a person so genetically gifted with talent and beauty and wit is also able to write, but after having read her debut book, I have to admit she is, in fact, a terrific writer. By now you might be thinking Molly is one of those people overly burdened with accomplishments. You’re right. However, she balances all this achievement with ... MORE

Never Let You Go
We Could Be Beautiful
The Sellout
The Regulars
The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty
Dave Eggers The Circle
The Guineveres
The Nix
Sweet lamb of Heaven
House Without Windows
Lab Girl
The Underground Railroad
Frank Einstein
The things we wish were true
The Last Treasure
Truly, Madly, Guilty
I Am No One
Leave Me
The Fifth Avenue Artists Society
The Hopefuls
into thin air
The Girls Emma Cline
wonder women
Today will be different Maria Semple
Before the Fall Noah Hawley
Dark Matter Blake Crouch
Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Hollow Man by Mark Pryor
The Big Dark Rodman Philbrick
A Primate’s Memoir
Bridget Jone's Diary by Helen Fieldi
The Big Short by Michael Lewis
The World Without Us
A Walk in the Woods
Sophie's Choice by William Styron
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Tom Wolfe
Remade by Neal Stephenson
Eloise by Kay Thompson
The Little Friend
Thank you For Smoking by Buckley
The Martian
Last Ride To Graceland
the future of the mind
Latest Reads
Kimmery Martin

April 2019: 

The Secret Wife by Gill Paul (historical fiction); The Rose by Tiffany Reisz (fantasy erotica); Less by Sean Andrew Greer (literary fiction); The Punch by Noah Hawley (contemporary fiction); The Nine by Jeanne Blasberg (contemporary fiction); The Shimmigrant by Marji Marj (African American Literaure); This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are by Melody Warnick (nonfiction/sociology).


March 2019:

The Wangs Vs the World by Jade Chan (literary fiction); My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (contemporary/international fiction); Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (literary thriller); The Next Time You See Me: A Novel, by Holly Goddard Jones; Looker by Laura Sims; The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry (thriller); South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby (contemporary fiction)



February 2019:

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh (literary fiction); Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap by Judy Goldman (Memoir); The Secret To Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey (women's fiction); All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way by Patrice Gopo (Essays); The Atlas of Reds and Blues: A Novel by Devi Laskar (women's fiction)


About Kimmery

Kimmery Martin won her first short story contest in the first grade, and was awarded a red stuffed elephant and publication in the school newspaper.  Her writing career then suffered an unfortunate dry spell, finally broken with the publication of the enthralling journal article Lymphatic Mapping and Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in the Staging of Melanoma, followed by the equally riveting sequel Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Pelvic Malignancies, both during medical school.


Conscious readers remained elusive, however, prompting her to wait another decade or so before trying again.  This time, spurred on by a dubious but loving husband and three constantly interfering children, she produced an entire novel. The Queen of Hearts, exploring the startling secrets in a friendship between a trauma surgeon and a pediatrician, became an instantly beloved classic amongst three of her friends.  It will be published by Penguin Random House in 2018.


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