It is only the end of February and already I am six books behind in my goal to read 50 books this year. I don’t know why I am struggling so when it comes to reading these days. You would think as often as we have been snowed in that I would be six books ahead.
I am still trying to read “The Peach Keeper” but am having difficulty concentrating. Don’t you hate reading a page over and over but can’t remember a thing it said when you turn to the next one? I find myself zoning out too – sitting there staring at the writing for minutes at a time, lost in thoughts that have nothing to do with the book.
We have another snowstorm headed our way and I am determined to read and work on my projects rather than watch TV or play games on Facebook. Man, I am really ready for spring.
So this is the new cover for “The Siren’s Song” which is for sale on B&N and Amazon in ebook format this coming week and soon to be in paperback. I love the cover and want to thank the following people:
Jade Eby, author of “Right Kind of Wrong” and “Whiskey and a Gun”, for all her help getting my manuscript edited and finding the cover for me. She had to answer dozens of questions, uploading files and all that good stuff. You can check her out at http://www.jadeeby.com or http://chasingemptypavements.wordpress.com.
Rachel Lynn Solomon, editor, who edited my manuscript…the poor woman. Her turn around time is amazing – less than a week – and her detailed edits are amazing. If you need a manuscript edited, you can find her at – http://rlynnsolomon.blogspot.com/p/editing-services.html?m=0. I will use her for all my edits – I bet she cringes when she reads that. LOL.
Madelene Martin for the awesome cover! I reviewed several before I chose the one above. I wasn’t too sure about the typeset so Martin played with several fonts for me until I decided that, yes, the original was perfect. She was very helpful and will be my first “go-to” person for future covers. You can see her work (and others) at http://thebookcoverdesigner.com/premade-book-covers/
So there you are. I don’t expect you all to run out and buy a copy but I did want to update the changes to the book.
You know, it has always bothered me that someone started this weekly update stuff with mail on Sunday. They haven’t delivered mail on Sunday since the stone age. But oh well, I guess in this age of electronic downloads, no one needs to wait on the mail anymore.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon welcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town’s famous waterfalls, and the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be.
It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather during Walls of Water’s heyday, and once the town’s grandest home—has stood for years as a lonely monument to misfortune and scandal. And Willa herself has long strived to build a life beyond the brooding Jackson family shadow. No easy task in a town shaped by years of tradition and the well-marked boundaries of the haves and have-nots.
But Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood—of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored the Blue Ridge Madam to her former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. Maybe, at last, the troubled past can be laid to rest while something new and wonderful rises from its ashes. But what rises instead is a skeleton, found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, and certain to drag up dire consequences along with it.
For the bones—those of charismatic traveling salesman Tucker Devlin, who worked his dark charms on Walls of Water seventy-five years ago—are not all that lay hidden out of sight and mind. Long-kept secrets surrounding the troubling remains have also come to light, seemingly heralded by a spate of sudden strange occurrences throughout the town.
Now, thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover truths of the long-dead that have transcended time and defied the grave to touch the hearts and souls of the living.
Resonant with insight into the deep and lasting power of friendship, love, and tradition, The Peach Keeper is a portrait of the unshakable bonds that—in good times and bad, from one generation to the next—endure forever.
With nothing but brains, ambition and sheer nerve, Charlotte Hale built a career as a tough, do-anything-to-succeed real-estate developer. She’s at the top of that mountain; but her life is empty. Her friends are as grasping and insincere as she has become. Far worse, she’s alienated her family so completely that she’s totally lost touch with her only daughter.
One terrifying day, facing her own mortality, she realizes that her ambition has almost destroyed her chance at happiness.
So Charlotte vows to make amends, not simply with her considerable wealth, but by offering a hand instead of a handout. Putting in hours and energy instead of putting in an appearance. Opening her home and heart instead of her wallet.
With each wrenching, exhilarating decision, Charlotte finds that climbing a new mountain; one built on friendship, love and forgiveness; will teach her what it truly means to build a legacy.
Started this book around midnight and finished it a few minutes ago. I was going to go to bed now as I am tired but decided to write the review now. The story is outlined above so I won’t go into that – it pretty much describes the plot.
Let me talk, instead, of how the book made me feel and what I thought about the characters. While the writing is well done, I ended the book feeling like something was lacking. Can’t put my finger on what it is but something more than what is there. Richards does a great job describing the area around N.C. – the characters were believable if a little distant.
Have you ever read a story that felt engineered? I mean, all stories are to a big degree but the art of a true masterpiece is not feeling it while you are reading. There were a couple of places where I half expected to see the words “cry here” in parenthesis.
I know, that sounds like I didn’t like the book – an impression I don’t want to give off. The book is about regret and how we should live every day as if it were our last on earth. Would we complain about the traffic if we were going to die tomorrow? Would we spend that last day gossiping or being critical? Do we need a fatal disease to make us realize the value of life?
As I read the book about how Charlotte made mistakes – I thought, who didn’t? Doesn’t everyone because that is an integral part of being human, making mistakes? The book brought back memories of my own childhood and how I viewed the older women around me. Now that I’m older, it gives me an idea how some of the younger women think.
There is this whole thing of Gwen in the book – I can’t talk about it too much because I would give it away – but I wish that had been developed a bit more. I’m also not sure a person can get a death sentence and change as rapidly as Charlotte did and, by the grace of God, I never will have to find out first hand.
I did like the book and yes, it did make me cry in a few places. It is not a book I would read over and over but I did find the struggles of the women intriguing and how they learned about forgiveness or how to stand up for themselves even when they felt like giving up. It also struck a chord because lately I’ve wondered what I can do to help others.
Still, I don’t know, the book left me feeling a little empty. I give the book a B+
Happy New Year!
From Sarah Addison Allen, the beloved author of Garden Spells, comes Waking Kate, a story about a woman who soon will face an unforeseen change in her life. One sticky summer day as Kate is waiting for her husband to come home from his bicycle shop, she spots her distinguished neighbor returning from his last day of work after eighty-six years at Atlanta’s oldest men’s clothing store. Over a cup of butter coffee, he tells Kate a story of love and heartbreak that makes her remember her past, question her present, and wonder what the future will bring.
This is a short novelette considered as a prequel to “Lost Lake”. It is 57 pages long and has an additional 30 pages of the first chapter of “Lost Lake”. In all, it took me about 30 minutes to read but it caught my interest after the first couple pages.
Kate is a great character thus far making me look forward to what she will encounter at a place her aunt owned years before called Lost Lake. It is going to be another enchanting book, I am sure from the first bit I’ve read. I won’t know until I buy “Lost Lake” later this week.
These are the kinds of books I would like to write but have no experience with. My genre has always been crime and horror so enchanted love stories are a bit out of my league. Maybe this will be the inspiration I need to read more and develop a style of my own. I have come to appreciate the kind of books that are gentle and spirited rather than gory and violent.
I have no doubt, after reading “Waking Kate”, that I am going to like “Lost Lake”. Before I read it though, I feel I need to read a different author so the book I will start later today is the Emilie Richards “One Mountain Away”.
UPDATE: Just found out “Lost Lake” won’t be out till the end of January so guess I won’t be reading that anytime soon. I did notice that I read a book a few weeks ago and forgot to write a review so will try to do that later.
Added both of these books to my Nook library this weekend. Had a gift card so decided to use it on feel-good books rather than murder, mayhem, mystery or any of the usual genres I spend money on.
I get so tired of waiting for some of my favorite authors to write their next book. It is hard to check back every few months to see that no, they haven’t released another yet. Alex Kava and Amanda Stevens release ones every few years. It is enough to make me stop reading them.
The first book, “Waking Kate”, is actually a free prequel to the book “Lost Lake” – which I will have to get at a later date.