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Renee Swindle


A Pinch of Ooh La La
Shake Down the Stars
Please Please Please


Renee Swindle is the author of A Pinch of Ooh La La (2014), Shake Down the Stars (2013), and Please Please Please (1999), a Blackboard bestseller.  She earned her B.A. from UC Irvine and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Diego State University.  She lives in Oakland, California.

Praise for A Pinch of Ooh La La

Renee Swindle writes about the complications of love with great humor, compassion and sass. A Pinch of Ooh La La is a pure delight!
— Ellen Sussman, New York Times bestselling author of FRENCH LESSONS
I dare you to read Renee Swindle’s delicious new novel, A Pinch of Ooh La La, without pulling out mixing bowls and scanning your music collection for the perfect jazz-fueled accompaniment. Swindle hits all the right notes with this unique and satisfying tale of love, friendship, and family.
— Julie Kibler, bestselling author of CALLING ME HOME
Touching and honest, with humor and romance in just the right measures. Swindle’s novel confirms the healing power of family, and her writing sparkles with endearing characters. A fully satisfying read, A Pinch of Ooh La La left me with heaping spoonfuls of hope.
— Amy Sue Nathan, author of THE GLASS WIVES

Praise for Shake Down the Stars

Yes, I know you hear it all the time, but get ready for an absorbing story told with a unique and compelling voice. Shake Down the Stars is a treat. Renée Swindle’s writing is funny, sharp, heartbreaking, and quirky, and her non-stock characters wonderfully memorable….Enjoy the ride.
— Lalita Tademy, New York Times bestselling author of CANE RIVER and RED RIVER
Renée Swindle’s Shake Down the Stars is a rich, savvy exploration of the many kinds of love, loss, and dysfunction that can unearth us or save us, bedevil us or deliver us…as complex and hilarious as it is surprising and lovely. Shake Down the Stars holds a mirror up to our best and worst selves, and Swindle writes with unflagging compassion and irresistible humor.
I love, love, love Renée Swindle’s Shake Down the Stars! It’s fresh and unfamiliar—which is quite the trick these days! I love the protagonist and the very unlikely yet charming love interest. The novel manages to be both light and heavy all at the same time. I cannot tell you how much I like it. Well, I can…I loved it. Seriously. One of my favorite reads of the past couple years.
— Nichelle D. Tramble, author of THE DYING GROUND

Praise for Please Please Please

Move over, Bridget Jones. Watch your back, Terry McMillan. Babysister has got your number, and she won’t be satisfied till she’s broken every heart in town.
— Mark Childress, author of CRAZY IN ALABAMA
This novel reads like a good piece of gossip, intense and dramatic.... Highly entertaining.
— Black Issues Book Review
A lusty tale...Swindle is funny, perceptive...she makes Terry McMillan look tame.
— Baltimore Sun