I have removed the “Gone Fishing” sign from the blog window, and I’m back with many exciting giveaways, book reviews, musings on process, and other writerly posts.
To kick off my return from summer vacation, I am going to reveal the cover of my forthcoming novel THE HOUSE OF HAWTHORNE, due out May 2015 (NAL/Penguin Random House.) I am especially excited about this book for a variety of reasons:
1) THE HOUSE OF HAWTHORNE will be my first hardcover release. Though such things are always subject to change, I am optimistic, and looking forward to this new format.
2) Unlike HEMINGWAY’S GIRL, CALL ME ZELDA, and FALLEN BEAUTY, this novel marks my first about a writer from the past NOT told from the point of view of a fictional protagonist. While I was doing research, Sophia Peabody Hawthorne made it clear that she would like to tell the story of her creative and romantic life before, during, and after her marriage to Nathaniel Hawthorne. She is my narrator.
3) I love this new time period. My previous novels have been set between the world wars, but this takes place nearly a century earlier. I am fascinated by the simplicity of life at that time, the lack of conveniences, the prevalence of death, and the relationship of my subjects to the natural and spiritual world.
4) No cover reveal would be complete without a giveaway of an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of the book. Though I do not have any in my possession at this time, my editor says copies will be hot off the presses any moment now, so I will have the book sent to the winner the moment it is available. (US and Canada residents only, please.)
To win, comment below by Thursday, Sept. 11th, 9 PM ET, on what you think about this cover, which is very different from my previous covers. Also, please share this post on social media, and be sure to “like” and follow my Author Page on Facebook to stay abreast of book related news, new historical fiction releases, giveaways, and appearances.
Without further ado…