This moment is like seeing the first robin of spring, like getting the first peek at your newborn, like kissing your husband after the wedding vows are spoken. And I can't wait to share it with you! (the book not my husband)
To be released September 18, contemporary women's fiction, Lighting Candles in the Snow (WiDo Publishing):
Newly divorced Karoline London needs to heal and find her normal again, as older sister Suzie keeps reminding her. But what does Suzie know about divorce? She has the perfect husband and seven gorgeous children, while Karoline had six years married to a man tormented by addictions.
When Karoline meets handsome Zac Kline, things just might be looking up. Until she learns about a tragic event in ex-husband Jeremy’s childhood that explains old complications, while creating new ones–complications that threaten to further obstruct Karoline’s difficult path back to herself.
Lighting Candles in the Snow is a novel of hope and redemption, about new beginnings and fresh starts. It is about the weak finding courage, and how shared grief in times of loss can create unbreakable bonds within families.
And to celebrate, there are ARCs available! They'll be going out first to advance reviewers, but by the first of September ARC's will also be available to interested readers. Mobi for the Kindle, pdf. for Nook and computer, and a limited number of print books.
Let me know if you would like an ARC! I'd love nothing more than for my blog followers to get first crack at this novel. It's a departure from my previous books, not at all autobiographical-- it's grittier and has some language, violence and sexual situations because of the nature of the themes. Nothing graphic but compared to my other books, there's a real difference.
I imagine there are readers who liked Farm Girl and my Diamond novels who will dislike this one, and vice versa. It's a little nerve wracking to wonder if you will alienate your demographic but this is the novel that came out of me last June, when I was doing BuNoWriMo and spent 12 hours in the passenger seat of a car driving across Wyoming.
When I got back home and reread the first draft, I realized it was completely different than what I'd set out to write. But I loved it. And I loved the process of revising it this past year to polish and get the story and characters portrayed exactly as they wanted to be told.
Writing this novel was the most amazing experience, and I am hoping the wonderful angel on the cover (photography by Tracy Jo Blowers and design by Lisa Marek) will bring good fortune to everyone who was part of the creation of Lighting Candles in the Snow.