"The author displays a mastery in creating multi-dimensional characters.... who pull the reader into the story..."
—KAREN WHITE, NYT and USA Today bestselling author


"...a winning and welcome voice in women’s fiction..."
—CAMILLE PAGÁN, bestselling author of Good for You

Cover - Neena Lee is Seeing Things

About the Book

Fifty-six-year-old Neena Lee must revive her travel writing career, though panic attacks have disrupted her work, and the new upstart editor has fired everyone else over the age of forty.

Neena’s finally sent on assignment to the remote Georgia island where John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Carolyn Bessette were married. She’s shocked to find JFK, Jr. himself waiting for her there…though he’s been dead for twenty-five years.

About Sheila

Sheila Athens writes smart fiction set where the South meets the Sunshine state. Her stories are about women seeking to find the peace we all deserve—whether that means they’re battling an external foe or an internal one (or both). Readers are drawn to her work because they believe that everyday heroes can make a difference in our world.

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Praise for Sheila

(Neena Lee Is Seeing Things) was a really fun and beautiful story. It covered so many big human emotions like love, grief, and anxiety – but still felt light and easy to read.

—@bookmarkedbyMel on Instagram

What a sweet, fun, enchanting read with just the right notes of romance. A kind-hearted, romantic, grown-up novel that I adored!

—Praise for Neena Lee Is Seeing Things by Lainey Cameron, host of The Best of Women's Fiction Podcast and award-winning author.

I was JFK, Jr. fan. I read George Magazine. The tragedy wrecked me that day. Sheila Athens brought it all back but in the kindest and gentlest of ways. 

—Anonymous Amazon review of Neena Lee Is Seeing Things

I really loved everything about this story. I like that Neena Lee was in her fifties and not twenty-something like most stories, and that this has a focus on anxiety, mental health, trauma, grief and moving forward.

—Dawnny Ruby, aka @novelsnlatte on Instagram

Satisfying, lovely, and a new voice for Southern fiction! 

—@thenovellife on Instagram regarding Neena Lee Is Seeing Things

...a brand new book you will love if you are a fan of Emily Giffin or Sophie Kinsella.

—@catreader18 on Instagram regarding Neena Lee Is Seeing Things

Coming September 2024

When Mae's life implodes, she has no choice but to move to Jacksonville Beach, Florida—a town she's never been to—to live with the brother who abandoned her when she needed him most. His long-ago estrangement is only one in a long line of lessons that have taught Mae that people are crap. But surely she can hide her misanthropic ways when she goes to work for the founder of the local megachurch, right?

Though Mae learns the minister may be less-than-Christian, those in his orbit begin to show her that there really is good in the world. Between her brother's mysterious past, the minister's potentially illicit dealings and the heart-pounding kisses she shares with a possible coworker, Mae's life spins out of control…and that's all BEFORE Hurricane Carly makes landfall in Jax Beach.


Earth Day, 2024

Yes, I realize this is the second #GratitudeForTheDay post in a row about nature, but I couldn’t let Earth Day pass without recognizing the importance of Mother Nature. With her, we have nothing. We don’t exist. We need to take care of her and all of her beauty.

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