Free Books, Free Coffee

Barnes and Noble has chosen CAROLINA GOLD as one of 8 books in a special in-store promotion from now through August 18th. It’s a BOGO deal, where you buy one book and get the second for 50% off. To promote this special offer, I’m giving away a signed copy of any of my books, or a Starbucks gift card  to the first ten people who snap a pic of themselves with the book and post it on my facebook page:

Carolina-gold-cover-with-the-birdsI hope you’ll post your photo on my wall, and share this opportunity with others who like books and coffee.  Thanks so much, friends.


Book Sale Starts Today!

If you need some books for an upcoming summer vacation, or if you’re like me and enjoy Christmas shopping in July, then check out the sale that begins today at Barnes and Noble. Starting today they are running a buy one, get the second at 50% off sale on a bunch of books, including Carolina Gold.If you’ve already read it, thank you! If you haven’t, now is the time to try it at a great price. Just go here to check out all the books on sale:

Last week, I visited The Twig Bookshop, a wonderful indie bookstore here in San Antonio. It reminded me of the way bookstores used to be, with lots of comfy chairs and tables, and people who know and love books. I bought two books that had been on my “must read: list—Pat Conroy’s The Death of Santini, his new memoir about his relationship with his father, and The Mockingbird Next Door, about Harper Lee and her sister, Alice.

9781594205194_medium_The_Mockingbird_Next_Door-210x320I finished Santini in two sittings, mesmerized as always by Pat Conroy’s way with words, and stunned at the depth of the violence he endured at the hands of his father. I’ve read all of his novels and knew he drew on his family experiences in writing them but I hadn’t realized how much of it was actually true, or how deeply it affected Pat. It’s a wonder he survived.

Now it’s on to Harper Lee, and I am already entranced. Books are a wonder, aren’t  they? What are you reading this summer?

Fun in the Sun Book Giveaway Starts Today

In celebration of summer, I’m giving away five signed copies of my latest novel, Carolina Gold over at Reviewers have called this book, “beautifully written”, “vivid and romantic”, “pitch perfect”,  and “a memorable book.”  You can read more about the book and the real- life woman who inspired here right here on the site.

Carolina-gold-cover-with-the-birdsI hope you’ll put your name in the hat. Winners will be randomly selected by Goodreads at the close of the giveaway on July 18th.

Meanwhile I’m correcting the galleys for A PROPER MARRIAGE and for THE BRACELET,  both coming out later this year, and I’m writing INDIGO POINT, a new novel for publication in 2015.

Happy summer, happy reading.

Changing your life–two words at a time

This week I’ve been correcting the typeset pages for my fall novella, A Proper Marriage,and deliberating over every word choice, since this is my last chance to make changes before the work goes to print.  I’ve been thinking about the words we choose in our every day interactions with people, and about how the right words at the right time can make all the difference. For instance:

“I’m sorry.” How simple and yet how hard it is to say them, especially when we are in the wrong. In my teen years I had a friend who would say “Well, I’m sorry if you took it the wrong way.” Putting the blame on me. A real apology, one that can change the dynamics of a relationship is the one in which we accept the blame: I’m sorry I hurt you. I’m sorry I broke my promise. I’m sorry I let you down.

“Thank you.” I’ve been struggling with this one lately, not because I failed to say thank you ( thanking others  is built into every Southern girl’s DNA), but because things I’ve done for others have gone unacknowledged. I’m not expecting big gushy expressions of gratitude, but I have been surprised not to have received even a simple “thank you.” Sometimes a thank you is the only acknowledgment that a gift was received, a favor completed. I don’t know. Maybe I’m out of step with the times. Maybe “thank you” has gone the way of the buggy whip and cursive handwriting. But I hope not.

“Carpe Diem.” Seize the day. Sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day, or in regrets for what is past that we forget to enjoy the present moment. I’ve worked harder this year to remember to notice what’s happening around me every day.

I’m sorry. Thank you. Carpe Diem. What words do you try to live by?