A great month is in store!

FallMarigolds_final coverOn Tuesday, my first book with Penguin NAL, A FALL OF MARIGOLDS, will be released out into the world — always a wonderful, terrifying day. I love the characters in this book and I almost feel badly for what I put them through. Almost.  I am anxious about its debut, of course, and since I aim to please, I really want you all to like it.  It’s a dual time-periods story, like my last five have been, with the majority of the tale centering around a grieving nurse named Clara living at Ellis Island’s hospital in 1911. Her story is paired with that of a 9/11 widow named Taryn one hundred years later. The two never meet, but a scarf patterned in marigolds will bring them together in a way that I hope you find compelling.

To celebrate the release of A FALL OF MARIGOLDS, on Monday a blog tour will begin and which will continue throughout the month of February. The book and me will be featured on more than 50 blogs, more than half of which will participate in a drawing for some really cool stuff!

One winner from among all those who post a comment on the blogs will win the grand prize, which includes a beautiful up-cycled infinity scarf (made from Gift basket itemsa real vintage Indian sari), a signed copy of A FALL OF MARIGOLDS, a DVD copy of the PBS documentary Forgotten Ellis Island, and a $100 Visa gift card.  In addition, one winner from each individual blogger’s commenters will win a signed copy of the book. The grand prize winner from among all the participating blogs as well as the individual book winners will be chosen by random drawing. Comments must be posted by midnight Eastern on Feb 28. (The contest is limited to those residing in the United States.)

On Monday I will post the complete list of participating blogs so that you can begin the tour. Just hop over to the blogs each day and drop a comment in the comment section (just one comment per blog) and you’re in the running. The content of the blog tour (the question and and answer part) will likely be the same from blog to blog, but the blogs themselves are all different, and hosted by gifted people whom I hope you will get to know and want to revisit in the future.  Plus you will want to check back with them to see if you are the individual winner of a signed copy of A FALL OF MARIGOLDS — there will be a winner of a book on every blog!

I am so looking forward to hearing from you in the weeks and months ahead. I love hearing back from you, even if you DON’T like a book I’ve written. It actually helps to hear why, for I very much want to make your reading time memorable. Hope to see you along for the ride this month!

Author: Susan

This post has 12 Comments

  1. Judy Cooper on January 31, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Another book of Susan’s I know I will enjoy. Thank you for the opportunity to sign up.

  2. Susan on January 31, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks, Judy!

  3. Pam Warnock on January 31, 2014 at 8:06 pm


  4. Deborah Strickland on January 31, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Hi Sue, Rick and I will see you Tuesday in La Jolla! Can’t wait to read you new book!!! They are always awesome!! Love you sis. Xx

  5. Susan on January 31, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    So glad you guys will be there, Deborah!

  6. Joy Oldridge on January 31, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Winning one of the prizes would be nice, but reading your book will be the best prize! I’m sure the book is GRRRRR-ate!!! (As Tony the Tiger used to say)

  7. Susan on February 1, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Hey, thanks, Joy!

  8. Norine on February 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Can’t wait for a rainy San Diego day so I can curl up with your latest book, “A Fall of Marigolds”. I always learn so much about myself and history when I spend time with your true to life characters. Yes, you make my “reading time memorable”! From your description, I better have a hankie ready. Looking forward to your book talk tonight at Warwicks. George and I are honored to be invited.

  9. Clair on February 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I just picked up your book at the library yesterday and began reading it. Wish I didn’t have a quilt to complete this weekend or I would sit down and read the rest of the book today. The book might win over the quilt anyway.

  10. Julie Valerie @Julie_Valerie on February 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Hi Susan! I loved reading A Fall of Marigolds and am so thrilled to be a part of your blog tour this month. What a terrific prize package you are offering. Best wishes to you with the launch of this wonderful book. I look forward to reading more of your work. Cheers!

  11. Susan on February 14, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I’m the grateful one, Julie. Thanks for being a part!

  12. Susie Sellner on February 27, 2014 at 2:07 am

    I look forward to reading A Fall of Marigolds. Since most anyone alive today can relate to 9/11, I’m looking forward to learning more about those who entered the United States via Ellis Island. I have read a book by Lauraine Snelling about immigrants landing at Ellis Island and eventually settling in the Dakotas. And I’ve enjoyed reading books you have co-authored with Mindy Starns Clark. Thank you for making uplifting, exciting, and thought-provoking literature available to those of us who love to read!!!

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