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If you’ve been following me on Facebook and Twitter, you know that July 14 marks the release of AMONG THE FAIR MAGNOLIAS, the novella collection I’ve co authored with Tamera Alexander, Elizabeth Musser and Shelley Gray. In an effort to spread the word about this new book, which has already received great reviews, our publisher has asked each of us to write some new additional content connected to the book that will be unlocked for free once the graphic has been shared 300 times on Facebook.

AmongFairMagnolias1We have passed the 200 share mark but we’d love it if you could pop over to my facebook page, www.facebook.com/dorothylovebooks, find the #FairMagnolias post and hit “share.”

Next up for me is A RESPECTABLE ACTRESS coming out in October, and then something totally different for next spring—a biographical novel for which I’ve just completed a research trip. I can’t wait till I can share the details and the pictures.  My publisher says this is the book I was born to write and I surely hope readers will agree.

Meantime I hope you will fall in love with Abby, Savannah, Emily, and Nora, the four heroines of Fair Magnolias, and with their fabulous heroes and that you’ll drop me a note. I’d love to hear from you.

Announcing a Goodreads Giveaway

I’m back from a week at a readers and writers event in Dallas, and a week in Virginia researching my 2016 novel, just in time to share the news that Goodreads is hosting a GIVEAWAY of my upcoming novella collection co written with Tamera Alexander, Elizabeth Musser and Shelley Gray.

ATFMRTReviewAMONG THE FAIR MAGNOLIAS: Four Southern Love Stories takes readers on a journey across the South, from the sweep of the Atlantic Ocean on Pawley’s Island, South Carolina ( guess which one of us wrote that story!), to the lush green horse country of middle Tennessee, to the dusty plains of West Texas and finally to turbulent Wilkes County, Georgia during the struggle for Reconstruction.

Early reviews of this collection have called the stories “touching and well crafted” and the have praised the “fabulous storytelling.”  The book goes on sale July 14, but if you enter the giveaway you just might be one of the first to read this collection.

Here is the link: http://bit.ly/1KWaiXP

If you read this book, I’d love to know what you think. Just drop me a note here any time.

 

Good Reads for Spring

I’m snowed under, metaphorically speaking ( I live in south central  Texas and we never have actual snow down here) writing a new novel due out next spring. I love it, but it’s intense work and at the end of the day I like to relax by reading someone else’s work. Recently I’ve read a couple of biographical novels and one Downton Abbey type novel I think you all will love.

Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini is the story of the relationship between Julia Dent Grant and her servant, who was also named Julia but called Jule to avoid confusion. I was somewhat familiar with Julia Grant, having once proposed writing a novel about her, but I didn’t know much about her relationship with her husband, Ulysses Grant. The novel is really more of the love story between Julia and “Ulys” with the parallel story of how the slave Julia escaped to freedom and became Madame Jule. I enjoyed this author’s previous biographical novel of Elizabeth Keckley, called Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker. If you enjoy biographical novels you’ll like this one.

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin is the story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s complicated marriage to the “Lone Eagle” Charles Lindbergh who was at the time of his solo flight to Paris the most famous  man in the world. I learned a great deal about Anne herself–she learned to pilot planes and to navigate the long flights she made with Charles, and was the first woman to  pilot a glider. The novel deals with the crushing loss of their child who was kidnapped and found murdered— an event which is also well known. But the startling revelations about Charles and his secret life took me completely by surprise.

Finally, for Downton Abbey Fans, I just finished a charming WW 1 era novel about a nurse turned suffragette who falls in love with the wounded Earl of Cumberland. Lots of period detail and a well-drawn cast of characters make this book a rewarding read. A caveat:   Readers who prefer books with no sex scenes will want to know that this one contains a couple of brief scenes that may be more detailed than they are comfortable reading.

April is just around the corner and  before we know it beach season will arrive. Any of these books will make a great beach companion this summer. If you read them, I’d love to hear from you, Just drop me a line and let me know what you thought.

How About Some Peach Cobbler?

With publication of AMONG THE FAIR MAGNOLIAS just around the corner, my co authors and I have been experimenting with beloved Southern recipes. Last week I made spoon bread. This week, even though the peach crop is still weeks away, I’m making peach cobbler using canned peaches.  The recipe is known among Southern cooks as a “cuppa, cuppa, cuppa” recipe, because it calls for a cup of several ingredients. It reminded me of one of my favorite fictional characters, the plainspoken and hilarious Ouiser Boudreaux, from Steel Magnolias,  as portrayed by Shirley Maclaine.

imagesPreheat oven to 375. Grease an 11 by 17 baking dish and add 4 cups of fresh sliced peaches. Combine a cup of milk, a cup of self rising flour, a cup of granulated sugar, and a half cup of melted butter. (If you are using all purpose flour, just add 1 and 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt to the flour). Pour this batter over the peaches and bake until done, about 35-40 minutes. Some cooks like to add cinnamon but this one allows the peach flavor to take center stage. You can use this batter to make any kind of cobbler–just pour it over 4 cups of your favorite summer fruit.

What’s your favorite summertime dessert?