This week on Under the Radar with Callie Crossley:

The daughter of one of New York’s most prominent rabbis has a secret that only her best friend knows. Plus, a successful website designer dreams of her own Jewish food show. Both of them are temporarily stymied by the reappearance of young loves gone wrong.

Their stories are the heart of two new romance novels set during Hanukkah, the annual festival of lights. Romance novelists Stacey Agdern and Jean Meltzer are the authors of “Love and Latkes” and “The Matzah Ball,” our December selections for “Bookmarked: The Under the Radar Book Club.”


Stacey Agdern is the author of four Hannukah romance novels; her latest is “Love and Latkes.” The former award-winning bookseller has both reviewed and given talks on the romance genre. She also writes about romance/hockey for an anthology series called Connected Stories, and has written for HEA Happily Ever After, USA Today’s online romance blog, and Romantic Times magazine.

Jean Meltzer is the author of two romances; "The Matzah Ball" is her first. She studied dramatic writing at New York University’s Tisch School Of The Arts. The Emmy award-winning former TV writer spent five years in rabbinical school before she started writing romance novels. “The Matzah Ball” will soon be a movie.