Botttom Dollar Girl Series

“A winner of a first novel, filled with southern-style zingers and funny folks.”

Kirkus (starred review)

“Each character is lovingly crafted in Gillespie’s hilarious, heartwarming, and often irreverent look at senior living in small-town America.”

— Booklist (starred review)

“It takes talent to sustain this level of comic writing for over 300 pages. Gillespie keeps the ball in the air, spinning madly, until the end.”

—-Boston Globe

“The Bottom Dollar Girls… are a group of Southern widows who speak their minds and don’t let things like their age keep them down. A sweet and amusing tale of romance and lust for the older crowd.—Kirkus

“Never a dull moment…. this fast-paced screamer of a romance begs a giggle, if not a guffaw. —Booklist

“…Laugh-out antics…This fast-paced read is certain to please women’s fiction fans of all ages.”

—-Romantic Times Top Pick

As tart and delectable as lemon meringue pie… a pure delight!”
–Jennifer Weiner

“A hilarious saga of loss, sisterhood and the will to survive, even in Cayboo Creek.”

–The Tucson Citizen 

“Provides laughs as well as lessons. This is a book to treat yourself with—and then share with sisters and friends.”

–Columbia State

 “A Dollar Short, the follow-up to Bet Your Bottom Dollar, is a fine romp of a book, well written and thoroughly entertaining.”

Winston Salem Journal

 “This laugh-out-loud tale serves up Southern-fried humor with a spicy “Steel Magnolia”-like kick….One would be hard-pressed to find any real flaws in this carefully crafted work that reads as if your best friend was giving you the low-down on the latest gossip.”

–Savannah Morning News

“The characters are the kind of steel magnolias who would make Scarlett O’Hara envious.”    —Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Laugh out loud . . . this perfect summer read [will] find permanent beachhouse residence.”        —Richmond Times-Dispatch

 “Brace for a wild ride chock-full of southern wit and down-home advice from a clutch of quirky characters you will hope to see again soon.”


Bet Your Bottom Dollar is an entertaining yarn of female bonding, unexpected love and the corporate greed that follows when everything costs a buck.”  –

Nashville Scene

Bet Your Bottom Dollar is an engaging insightful look at the battle between mega superstore chains and mom and pop operations that are changing the landscape. . . . Karin Gillespie furbishes a delightful glimpse into what seems increasingly more like the dinosaur with this fine deep gaze into small town southern living.”

The Midwest Book Review


“Fun factor remains high from first chapter to last… The Bottom Dollar Girls…. provide the simple pleasure of an ice-cold bottle of cola and a bag of salty peanuts and that’s just fine.”

–The Columbia State

 “Bless her heart, she’s done it again. Karin Gillespie’s latest installment of the Bottom Dollar Girls series is a fun, breezy read. As tried and true as ham biscuits at a senior center potluck… the book reminds us of what’s important just as often as it entertains.

— Durham Herald-Sun

 “Gillespie writes with such conviction that readers are thrust right into Cayboo Creek and the lives of the Bottom Dollar Girls. Readers will be chuckling over crazy man-getting antics, sighing at the complexity of life, love and matrimony and maybe even shedding a tear over the heartbreak and tragedy. This novel is charismatic and replete with poignancy, a story to pass on.”

— Romantic Times, Four and a half stars

“Sweet and amusing tale of romance and lust for the older crowd”—Kirkus


Divinely Yours (Formerly titled Earthly Pleasures and written under the name Karen Neches)

“This funny, fantastical novel begins in a warped Heaven where angels fall in love, gossip and drink…”

Good Housekeeping

This book is the literary equivalent of an ensemble film like “Love Actually.” I really liked the story overall – it was a joy to see how each of the characters fit together as the full narrative unfolded.
~The Girl with Book Lungs

This is a fun read, with a lot of emotional scenes…If you enjoy love stories with a touch of the paranormal, this is a definite must read!
~Book Babble

Prepare to set all your expectations aside and be open for many clues as to how this wonderful novel with seemingly unrelated plotlines comes together.
~Laura’s Interests

Divinely Yours is my first experience with Karin Gillespie’s work, and I must say it is one of the most clever and unique works of fiction I have read in a while!
~Back Porchervations

The premise is fun, the characters are perfect and the setting is divinely celestial. A story of love that knows no bounds. An imaginative tale you will easily escape right into.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

This was a sweet and funny story…I had such a hard time putting the book down…We give this 5 paws up.
~Storeybook Reviews

“Neches ties everyone and everything together in true Fannie Flagg fashion.”

Yahoo’s Shine

“Earthly Pleasures is entertaining, funny, heart wrenching, mysterious and very imaginative.”

Coffee Time Romance (Five Cups)

“Karen Neches has penned a truly original story that is absolutely brilliant in its creative simplicity”

3Rs Reading Den

“Light, funny, and incredibly creative, Earthly Pleasures is an absolute joy to read. The characters are extremely well-written; the reader roots for Skye immediately. The mystery adds a sense of urgency to the novel and brings it one step above other books.”

Curled Up With a Good Book

“An extraordinarily unique romance that has many different facets of characterization and emotions throughout the novel. It is a divine romp laced with humor and charismatic characters with twists to the story that will surprise you.”

Romance Junkies

“Earthly Pleasures is by far one of the most enjoyable books I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long time. I laughed so hard all the way through this masterpiece. Neches gives us a wonderful version of life after life that’ll keep you entranced all the way to the end. Definitely a keeper for me!”

Armchair Reviews

“Earthly Pleasures is a sweet story about star-crossed lovers with a mystery to unravel, and the journey to find each other again I especially loved how Ms. Neches intertwined the ‘souls’, connecting them in someway. Truly a delightful tale.”

ParaNormal Reviews

“Earthly Pleasures is an engrossing read, one that I absolutely couldn’t put down! It’s well-written and full of great characters. I loved Karen Neches’s envisioning of heaven and the workings of the universe, too. This novel is smart and enjoyable and highly recommended.”

Teen Book Review

“…A wonderful, warm, humorous, feel-good book … and terrific cozy read.”

Cozy Library

“A wonderful murder-mystery-who-dun-it, without the murder.”

Book Fetish

“A true pleasure to read – it’s a book with real soul and heart-warming spirit.”

Chicklit Club

“Not only is this book full of surprises (and some shocks), it’s funny, moving, sad, thrilling and inspiring… I really, really loved it.”

Keris Stanton, Trashionista

“ A light read but oh so fun… So many surprises that I was blown away.”

Marta Morrison, Teens Read Too, Hall of Fame, Gold Star of Excellence

“Earthly Pleasures is a fun and poignant novel.”

Roses and Thorns

“What begins as a set of seemingly random events unfolds to demonstrate a cosmic connection between every moment of seeming chaos. Karen Neches executes this woven connection vividly and with skill.”

Front Street Reviews

“This entertaining read captivated me all the way through the last page.”

Romance Studio

“Earthly Pleasure is a three-tissue cry. Light and satisfying like the best angel food, Earthly Pleasures is a book to restore your faith in life, love and a higher power. For anyone who has ever wished upon a star and a song on the midnight radio call-in show, Neches’ treat of a story proves there’s some good and some hope left in the world.”
Russ Marshalek, Marketing/​PR Director, Wordsmiths Books

“Karen Neches’ Earthly Pleasures is aptly named–what a fabulous, fun, heart-warming book this is!… Neches’ creative, entertaining, funny and remarkable book is truly an earthly pleasure to read!”
Jackie Blem, Tatttered Cover, Denver Co.

“This was a galactic love story, heavenly and earthly at the same time. Enjoyed it from beginning to end.”
Janet Bollum, Muse Bookshop, Deland, Florida

“An inside look at angels. They have more fun than I expected. A reminder that love in all forms– friends, lovers, parents,–never dies. And all life’s deep philosophical questions are found in the lyrics of the Beatles. Who knew? I enjoyed the book very much.”
Iris Cline, Rediscovered Bookshop, Boise ID

“The plot is sharp,the characters captivating. Very well done. Loved the multi-layering of elements, themes, and characters.”
Charity McMaster, Schuler Books and Music, Grand Rapids, MI

“…Neches’ story is well written, creative and some laugh out loud parts. It is a constant page turner… Neches’ vision of Heaven is a hell of a place, and no matter how seriously we take ourselves God must have a sense of humor greater than ours.”

I look forward to the release of this book, and will be recommending it to my customers.”
Irene Schneider
The Reader’s Cove, Ft. Collins, CO

“I loved “Earthly Pleasures”!…We should have NO trouble handselling it.”

Fran Bush, Booklovers Bookstore, Aiken S.C.

“This novel reminds me of one of my favorite movies ‘Heaven Can Wait” but with totally imaginative and untraditional concepts. The Beatles’ lyrics were a fun addition. Thanks for letting me a part and good luck.”

Donita, Brace Books, Ponca City, OK

“Thank you for this gem. From the moment I picked up your book until I finished I was enthralled, delighted and uplifted. I look forward to putting your book into my customers’ hands with the certain knowledge that they will enjoy it as much as I have…”

Meaghan Leemaarts, Island Bookstore, Corolla, N.C.

“…I really loved the book!! The characters are marvelous and the plot is so easy to fall into. Once I started it, I had a hard time putting it down for silly things such as work and sleep. I loved the way everything came together. I was wondering where some of the threads were going — I shouldn’t have since you ended up with them all neatly tied up.
Thanks so much for writing such a wonderful book.
Deb Andolino
Aliens & Alibis Books, Columbia, SC

…I LOVED Earthly Pleasures. I was hooked from page one…It is a very fantastic book and I will definitely be nominating it for the Book Sense list. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to read it.

Jesse, Books Galore, Watkinsville, GA

“…A sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but always entertaining read.”

Barbara S. Katy Budget Books
Love Literary Style

What seems at first to be a frothy rom-com of mistaken identity set in the world of publishing is actually a multilayered character study of opposites finding common ground and overcoming long-held regrets. VERDICT Gillespie leads readers on a merry chase in this deceptively thought-provoking and addictive tale that will be a hit with romance fans. The lit fic crowd? One never can tell.” ~Library Journal

Gillespie charms with a lively tale of opposites attracting….Buoyed by sympathetic characters, a well-executed… theme, and a strong cast of supporting characters. ~  Publishers Weekly

“Mistaken identities lead a literary snob and a romance writer to fall into bed and in love. Readers… will enjoy Gillespie’s humor, some heartfelt moments, and a journey into the convoluted world of 21st-century publishing.” ~Kirkus

“A meta attack on formulaic writing that also serves as a love letter. It understands how those forms work and, using that understanding, both undermines and embraces it… [P]roof positive that light and breezy can couple with smart, startling and sharp.” ~ Steve Uhles, Augusta Chronicle

There is really no way to explain the joy of reading this book. It should be like cotton candy and just melt away in your brain without a thought left behind. But thanks to Gillespie’s skills as a writer and as a novelist it works in every way. The end product is a beautiful story of a love between two people who absolutely shouldn’t fit, and you will find yourself remembering it often with a smile in your heart. Pus it is going to make one terrific rom com.

~Jackie Cooper, Book Reviewer, Huffington Post

Entertaining, romantic and an emotional delight…This book will resound with struggling author’s everywhere. This is a HEA (happily ever after) but the road to that HEA is paved with self-realization, heartbreak, betrayal, and self-growth at the cost of prideful assumptions. I highly recommend that you find this book and read it!”

~Genre Mix Book Reviews

“I loved this book! The whole thing was very tongue in cheek and poked fun at anything and everything relating to writing as well as romance. ~Novel Gossip

“When you are looking for a book that holds laughs, love and great relationships this is the book to read! ~Bibliophile Reviews

What an amazing story! I was so caught up in the story that I had a hard time putting the book down to do other things (like make dinner!)…

~Storeybook Reviews

 Love Literary Style is delightfully humorous, with Laurie’s writing exercises in the style of classics being particularly amusing. It’s a sweet but wholesomely satisfying book.

~Books Direct

One of the best romantic comedies I’ve read recently!…

~Book Babble

“Love Literary Style is an entertaining romantic comedy that will keep the reader in stitches…simply rom-com at its very best!”

~Jersey Girl Book Reviews

“Gillespie will delight you with her deft, surgical humor, her word play and her insight and compassion. If you are a writer, you will see yourself on every page. If you love literary fiction, upmarket fiction, or genre fiction…this is the book for you. And if you adore sweet southern charmers and awkward young men …this romance will touch your heart. I loved the cover of this book, too!”

~Jena Books

“It was an entertaining and relaxing read. The author had me hooked from the very first, to the very last sentence.


“I thought the story-line was extremely clever and had several unexpected twists. Plus, I really enjoyed the character development and having the opportunity to watch them grow and learn from each other. It was a really great experience and it left me feeling satisfied with the ending

~Live Laugh and Love Books

Love Literary Style shows how you can fall in love, despite your genre! Such a fun book to read.

The Writing Garnet


“This was the first time I’ve read Karin Gillespie work but her writing made me a new fan. I liked her flawed characters,her humour and the fascinating insights into the book world.”

~ItaPixie Book World

“This book is in one word, FUN! Yes in all caps! FUN FUN FUN! If you need a break from the depressing news of the day, this is the book you need to read.~A Chick Who Reads

“Love Literary Style is a refreshing romp of a literary romance – light enough to be enjoyed by almost anyone, but deep enough to give those who want a meaty read their satisfaction, as well.”~ Bibliotica

I really enjoyed Love Literary Style, both for the story of Aaron and Laurie, and also for the insights on different literary styles and genres.  I recommend it enthusiastically to other readers. 

~Birdhouse Books

Gillespie writes with such humor and warmth and it spills over into her characters and story. Highly recommended!”~Peeking Between the Pages

“What started as a predictable romance turned into something unexpected–a deeper and more engrossing story about love and acceptance. I highly recommend.”~Mom in Love With Fiction

“I loved how this book both discussed the typical format of a romantic comedy and followed that format itself, including tropes such as romantic gestures and happily-ever-afters. The characters being writers themselves made the book both cute and smart, as the characters were able to provide comments on the genre and the roles they each played within the typical romantic story. I found the book unique and entertaining!~Not in Jersey

“With a nod to both the publishing and movie industries while winking at romantic comedies and literary fiction, this book had a great balance of poking fun at the absurdities of all of those things while taking a serious look at how complex those industries really are… This was a fun, clean, romantic comedy that had plenty of romance, conflict, and heartwarming moments with opposites attract leads.~Bewitched Bookworms

“Karin Gillespie creates likeable characters and enough twists and spins for an enjoyable read. LOVE LITERARY STYLE is literally a delight.” ~Thoughts on This ‘N That

“Ms. Gillespie has worked her magic with an engaging story and vivid characters and re-confirmed my love of Southern fiction. Love Literary Style just made it to my list of favorite books read in 2016 and now I’m anticipating this most talented author’s next work.~Buried Under Books

“Gillespie wrote a perfectly entertaining and thought-provoking account of Laurie Lee, novice romance novelist, and her meet-cutie Aaron Mite, fancy schmancy highbrow lit fic writer extraordinaire. Their ups and downs totally work.  The author talking to the reader via the characters is ingenious. I also ADORED the ending — a happily ever after, of course — and Gillespie wrote this one with aplomb.

~Random Book Muses

“Delightful with a taste of witty dialogueLove Literary Style by Karin Gillespie will gratify any fan of romantic comedy in a literary sense. ~Just Commonly

“This book is a real charmer! There is such richness in characters, plot and setting. There is something in this book for everyone..humor, friendship, love and so much more. I literally could not put this book down. It was so engrossing, fun and well plotted. A true gem of brilliant writing!

~Mrs. Mommy BookNerd


This was such a fun book to read. Although the story contained a romance, it did not fit into the “romance” genre. I’ve read plenty of good romances to know the difference. This is more a romantic comedy. It’s very witty and appeals to the head and heart.

~Joyfully Retired

“This is a sweet book, you will read it fast and it will leave you with a good mouth taste; it will be worth a read!


This was a fun read. Both main characters were well-developed and quirky – but in extremely different ways.”  ~Cassidy’s Bookshelves

Gotta love whimsy when it is well-played and just delights at every page turn. LOVE LITERARY STYLE is a romantic – comedy with some excellent tongue and cheek for the world of publishing and hope for the Great American Novel. ~Patricia’s Wisdom


“Witty and smart, entertaining and lyrical, in Love Literary Style author Karin Gillespie explores all facets of love and language through her evocative characters and charmingly delicious plot. Aaron and Laurie’s story is the intellectual’s romantic comedy, an uproariously winning tale that is sure to delight a wide range of readers, but particularly those who desire a book with heart.” —Laura Spinella, bestselling author of Ghost Gifts 

Love Literary Style is an intelligently written novel packed with Southern wit.  This is a story book clubs will devour. It’s warmly humorous, thought-provoking and shines with emotional depth.” –Amy Avanzino, author of Wake-Up Call and From the Sideline

“Cheeky and charming, Gillespie’s sweet, outlandish fable is as much a sendup of books, authors, and the publishing industry as it is a love letter to it all. Like the Pink Lady cocktails stodgy Aaron can’t help but adore, Love Literary Style is a frothy and irresistible concoction–that packs a surprising punch.” –Phoebe Fox, Breakup Doctor series


Girl Meets Class

Winner of Georgia Author of the Year Award


“Funny, empathetic, and wise. Gillespie shines a light into dark corners we need to examine, but somehow manages to entertain us at the same time. A fantastic read.” – Susan M. Boyer, USA Today Bestselling Author of Lowcountry Boil

“Gillespie’s Girl Meets Class is a delectable page-turner with twists and turns at every corner.” – San Francisco Book Review

“Filled with humor and a happy ending, I highly recommend this to anyone looking a humorous read with just a dash of romance!” – The Southern Bookworm

“Gillespie knocks it out of the park…[her] humor is as tender as it is sharp. …It’s got everything: gymnastic sex, moonlight and madness and love and romance.” – The Augusta Chronicle

“One of the best novels I’ve read this year…The story was complex, with a sweet yet not overdone love story, and the characters were so well-drawn that by the end, they felt like old friends…the kind of story that you’ll remember long after you’ve turned the final page.” – Pure Pleasure To Read

“If you are a fan of Karin Gillespie, you will not be disappointed. The story is peppered with her trademark sassy Southern style, but it’s also so much more than that. It tackles the corruption in our school system. It tackles interracial dating and the prejudice involved with that still in many places in our country. But the heart of the story is about finding yourself and letting go of things that might hold you back, especially things of your own doing.” – One Book Two Broads

“Fun, friendship and laugh-out-loud humor!” – BeachCrafters Bookstore