So we finally made it through a harsh winter. This wasn’t my best winter by a long shot. I know I’ve hinted about it on Facebook and talked about the heroes who rescued me, but here’s the story (isn’t it always about the story?)
I was at the most perfect place to write --- Rivendell Writer’s Colony in Sewanee, TN. I was just finishing THE IDEA OF LOVE when I decided to take a little hike all alone (you already see where this is going, right?). Well, I unknowingly wandered off the path and found myself on a rock ledge overlooking this gorgeous forest. Sounds great, right? But there was a problem --- the rock ledge ended and I couldn’t get myself turned around. I fell (plummeted would be a better word) into the ravine below and blew up my ankle. Yes, I know: I’m lucky. Trust me, I know it could have been much worse.
So after being rescued by a group of amazing men (Sewanee Fire and Rescue), surgery, some nuts and bolts and a bungee cord installed in my ankle, I am finally up and about --- just in time for my book tour and all the fun that surrounds a book's publication. So obviously, I am looking forward to summer in a way I haven’t been since I was in school when summer represented all we love: freedom, reading, sun and fun.
There are some really exciting things going on. First there is the paperback release of THE STORIES WE TELL; it's in stores today. If you missed THE STORIES WE TELL last year, here’s your chance to grab it in paperback. As Sara Gruen says about it, “Book clubs rejoice --- your next pick is here! THE STORIES WE TELL unfolds in surprising ways.” Come meet Eve, Cooper and their daughter, Gwen.
And we're only five weeks away from the release of my latest book, THE IDEA OF LOVE on June 23rd.
To celebrate, we have contests; a special pre-order offer; parties and events. I want you to be able to be part of it all. Scroll down for all the details.
THE STORIES WE TELL - Available in Paperback - NOW
In THE STORIES WE TELL we meet Eve and Cooper Morrison, who are Savannah’s power couple. They’re on every artistic board and deeply involved in the community. She owns and operates a letterpress studio specializing in the handmade design; he runs a digital magazine featuring all things southern gentlemen. The perfect juxtaposition of the old and the new, Eve and Cooper are the beautiful people. The lucky ones. And they have the wealth and name that comes from being part of an old Georgia family.
But things may not be as good as they seem.
Eve’s sister, Willa, is staying with the family until she gets "back on her feet." Their daughter, Gwen, is all adolescent rebellion. And Cooper thinks Eve works too much. Still, the Morrison marriage is strong. After twenty-one years together, Eve and Cooper know each other. They count on each other. They know what to expect. But when Cooper and Willa are involved in a car accident, the questions surrounding the event bring the family close to breaking point. Sifting between the stories --- what Cooper says, what Willa remembers, what the evidence indicates --- Eve has to find out what really happened. And what she’s going to do about it.
“As we like to say in the south, ‘Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.’”
Ella’s life has been completely upended. She’s young, beautiful, and deeply in love --- until her husband dies in a tragic sailing accident while trying save her. Or so she’ll have everyone believe. Screenwriter Hunter needs a hit, but crippling writers’ block and a serious lack of motivation are getting him nowhere. He’s on the look-out for a love story. It doesn’t matter who it belongs to. When Hunter and Ella meet in Watersend, South Carolina it feels like the perfect match, something close to fate.
In Ella, Hunter finds the perfect love story, full of longing and sacrifice. It’s the stuff of epic films. In Hunter, Ella finds possibility. It’s an opportunity to live out a fantasy – the life she wishes she had because hers is too painful. And more real. Besides. what’s a little white lie between strangers? But one lie leads to another, and soon Hunter and Ella find themselves caught in a web of deceit. As they try to untangle their lies and reclaim their own lives, they feel something stronger is keeping them together. And so they wonder: can two people come together for all the wrong reasons and still make it right?
SHORT STORY OFFER with PRE-ORDER of THE IDEA OF LOVE
Characters live with us long after the book is over. Ella Flynn was no exception. Her life and her story have stayed with me, and so I wrote this short story about her and her mom. THE SUNFLOWER ROOM takes place in Ella’s childhood, long before we meet her in THE IDEA OF LOVE.
If you pre-order THE IDEA OF LOVE, you will receive this short story.
THE IDEA OF LOVE was great fun to write in so many ways and writing about movies made it even better. Blake Hunter, our screenwriter in the novel, tackles the subject of romance in the movie theater. To celebrate we are giving away one huge sweepstakes prize. I’ve chosen three of my favorite movies (including a signed DVD) to put in this basket along with FREE MOVIES from MoviePass.
INSIDE THE BASKET: Two (2) Three-Month MoviePass gift certificates Blu-ray of Something Borrowed, signed by Emily Giffin DVD of When Harry Met Sally DVD of The Princess Bride Gourmet Popcorn
The official publication date for THE IDEA OF LOVE is Tuesday, June 23rd. We'll be kicking off the celebration a few days in advance on Saturday, June 20th day with my friends at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham! Join us for summer drinks and nibbles, a discussion and Q&A, and book signing! Details at the link below.
To celebrate the publication of THE IDEA OF LOVE, we are going to be in some of my favorite cities and at some interesting places --– a casino; a winery; a gallery; restaurants and of course book stores and libraries! I would so love to see all of you (well, as many as possible anyway). We’ll talk about the story, about the characters and life and anything else you want. I’m partnering with some great friends at a few signings and there are luncheons and evening events. It all starts with a party in Birmingham, AL.