Mother’s Day Giveaway, and News!

House of Hawthorne cover Final

My novel, The House of Hawthorne, releases in less than two weeks, and I am eager to share the enchanting world of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne with readers. For the first time I do not use a fictional narrator to tell the story, but only the “true characters” from history. From Emerson, to Thoreau, to Franklin Pierce, to Elizabeth Browning, the well-known cast and luscious settings contribute to the rich canvas of the Hawthornes’ lives.

Christina Baker Kline, #1 NY Times Bestselling author of Orphan Train, says this aboutThe House of Hawthorne: The timeless questions of identity and creative self-expression facing women today are explored in this richly imagined novel about the marriage of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne. Insightful and transportive.”

Some News:

  • Vanity Fair has selectedThe House of Hawthorne for its “Hot Type” feature in June, and DuJour Magazine is featuring the novel in its recommendations for Mother’s Day Gifts.
  • I would love to see you (and your book club, if you are in one) at my launch party on Friday, May 8th, 7 PM, at Barnes and Noble in Annapolis, MD. There will be goodies and a giveaway. If you are not able to make the launch or do not live locally, a list of my events may be found here.
  • If you use an ereader or would prefer to pre-order a copy of the book, a list of links may be found here.
  • I’m delighted to report that audio rights forThe House of Hawthorne have been sold, and the audiobook will be released on May 5th.
  • If you are on Goodreads or any online book sites, I would greatly appreciate if you add the book to your “To Read” lists and consider reviewing it once you finish reading.
  • If your book club would like to schedule a visit with me (in person or on Skype) please contact me here.
  • Finally, for news and oodles of historical fiction giveaways, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, or Pinterest.

The House of Hawthorne is especially close to my heart, and will be my first hardcover release. It fills me with joy and gratitude to think of the progress from selling that first box of self-published books out of my car at a wine festival to now. Your support and encouragement have made this possible, and I am so thankful.

In honor of Sophia Peabody Hawthorne’s love of beauty, art, nature, and family, I am hosting a Mother’s Day giveaway of 2 signed copies of The House of Hawthorne. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th, so I will run the giveaway for one week to allow ample time to mail the books in time for the holiday, if you choose to use it as a gift. US residents have until 9 PM ET on Wednesday, April 29th to enter. Comment below about your favorite Hawthorne story, or a reflection on motherhood and family, and please share the post on social media. Good luck!

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24 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Giveaway, and News!

  1. Cindy Stephens says:

    I don’t really have a favorite Hawthorne story so I will reflect on motherhood. Since I was a little girl I always knew I wanted to be a mother and I am greatly blessed with 4 kids to celebrate Mother’s Day with me. I find it such an important job, I hold my children’s future in my hand. Looking forward to many more Mother’s Days with my kids and eventually grandkids.

  2. Sarah Johnson says:

    As a twenty something, I never thought I would become a mother. It seemed hard. Then as I turned thirty, fate had motherhood in store for me, and now I am the proud mother of two beautiful little girls. Thank goodness fate stepped in and decided that my destiny was to be a mother because it is the best gift I have ever had and my most prized profession.

  3. Stephanie S. says:

    I am a stay at home mom of three. They challenge me daily and many times I end my days just thankful we’ve all made it through the day alive but I know I am doing exactly what I was put on this Earth to do. I never regret my decision to become a mother!

  4. Susan I says:

    Gonna have to go with motherhood here. My mother died when I was three months pregnant with my first child. I named my daughter after my mother, and have since worried if that was too much of a burden to give her. Luckily, she doesn’t seem to object to her rather dated name, just comments she’s always the only one in her class with the name!

  5. Rhonda says:

    Motherhood &My connection to my son is very precious to me.growing up I never had that with my mother so really treasure it with my son& husband.

  6. Cindi Braby says:

    I was bored by The Scarlet Letter in high school so I read it again a few years ago. This time I loved it. But I really fell in love with the Peabody Sisters when I read a book by the same name several years ago. I’d love to win.

  7. Ruth Camisa says:

    I have only read The House of the Seven Gables. I think however that that book started me on the road to loving historical fiction. I read it as a child because my father had a copy in his library. A couple of years later we toured the house in Salem, and it was so thrilling to me to be able to experience in person a place so vividly depicted in a historical story. That thrill has never diminished as I through the years have visited sites of my favorite novels.

  8. Leslie Ashe says:

    This year brings a change to my role as a mom. My son recently married in April and my daughter is getting married in November. While reflecting back to being their mom the past 22 & 24 years, I see how these two blessings have brought so much life & new meaning to me being their mom. They are my pride. I am blessed.

  9. Jennifer Huelsebusch says:

    I don’t have a favorite Hawthorne story or any children of my own. However, I have a niece and nephew that I spend a lot of time with and try to have a positive impact on their lives.

  10. Claudia R. says:

    Motherhood. I am a proud mother of three wonderful kids. I feel very blessed to be a mommy to my three kids. I now have a better relationship with my own mother. It is true what they say that you don’t understanding your mother until you have kids of your own.

  11. What a beautiful cover.

  12. M Denise C says:

    I am not a mother, but I enjoy good stories about mothers and their children. I also enjoy following your pictures of your family on Instagram. Cheers and happy book release and Mother’s Day soon!

  13. Laurice McClung says:

    The Scarlet Letter was my favorite.

  14. The greatest joy for me has been to be a mother to my four children. Their reciprocated love and respect for me is a testament to my commitment and love of being their mom. I have made many mistakes in my life – poor decisions, bad choices, missed opportunities – but it is my what I do as a mom that is my greatest and proudest accomplishment.

  15. Melissa Crytzer Fry says:

    I also am not a mom, but I have a fantastic mother – and family/motherhood seems to be a recurring theme in the fiction I write. (I am so tickled for you regarding all the lists this book is already landing on — the sign of even better things to come. And HARDCOVER! Woo hoo!). How generous to offer a two-book giveaway for all those special moms and daughters out there (and sons – ha ha). You know I can’t wait to read, and I bet my mom would love it, too!

  16. Terry Martini says:

    I think out of all of the Hawthorne I have read, The Scarlet Letter is my favorite. I shared on Facebook and Twitter.

  17. aabdul810 says:

    My husband and I do not usually say “I love you” often because we show each other rather than having to say it, but recently our sons have so sweetly, as we tuck them into bed each night, saying “Mom, Dad, I love you.” It’s the best way to end each night with them (after reading books of course!)

  18. darcie says:

    My favorite Hawthorne story is of course “The Scarlet Letter”
    I do not have any children of my own but I have a really amazing mom who in effort to bond with me more has started reading a lot (she used to hate reading) and we are able to talk about some of the books we’ve read together. Being a writer and avid reader myself, it was a very sweet moment when my mom finished her first novel and was really excited to talk about it.

  19. Suzy says:

    The only Hawthorne I’ve read is The Scarlett Letter. Like most classic novels, I thought it was sad and tragic. I look forward to reading The House of Hawthorne, Erika.

  20. erikarobuck says:

    Your comments are so thoughtful and touching. I wish I had a book to give to each of you. Thank you for participating!

  21. Gale says:

    The only Hawthorn story I know is The Scarlet Letter, but I’m more familiar with the Brownings. I’m just down the road from the Armstrong Browning Museum (a beautiful place with lots of artifacts, letters, furniture from their home, ets).

  22. Thank you for sharing all of this wonderful news, and congratulations on the positive reception your book is receiving! A big congrats for having it come out in hardcover – your books have always been beautiful regardless, but there is something special about hardcover books. I wish I could be at your launch party – at least I will be able to see you soon. I can’t wait to hear more about your research and how this book came about.

  23. erikarobuck says:

    Thank you all so much!

  24. erikarobuck says:

    Random.org has selected my winners!! Laura Bryant and Darcie, you won!! Congratulations, and thanks so much to all of you for participating.

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