What People Are Saying

“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

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

Good Housekeeping
“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