Category: A Sound Among the Trees

All my secrets…

For your Friday reading pleasure I am sending you to an interview that went live today and which I think you might enjoy. I am the blogoversary guest on Hardcover Feedback and the questions are fun and hip and there are pictures of my favorite things. There’s also a giveaway of a signed copy of A Sound Among The Trees! Hope you enjoy it.

Have a fabulous weekend…

Calling all book clubs!

To celebrate the release of A Sound Among the Trees,  (still under $10 bucks at Christianbook.com!) I am giving away a set of EIGHT copies of the book to one lucky book club! I will also Skype or phone in to the club the night (or day) they discuss the book. And because my own book club’s mantra is No Meeting Without Eating, I will even make and send Pearl’s Caramel Cake (when you read the book, you will know who Pearl is!) as a yummy edible gift to the winning club. Here’s what you need to know to enter the drawing:
  • Post a comment to this blog and tell me 1. How long your book club has been together AND 2. What your favorite book club book has been to date.
  • You don’t have to be the leader of your club to enter and your other club members can post a comment, too, to increase your club’s chances of winning. (Just one comment per person, though, and I must limit this giveaway to US dwellers. My profound apologies, international friends…)
  • The contest will run from now until Friday, Nov 11 at 9 AM Pacific, which is the day my fabulous book club will meet. Your comment will be given a number (based on when you enter your comment) and At 9 AM on November 11, I will let random.com choose the winner by number!
  • Make sure that you check back on November 11 to see who the winner is, because it could be you!
  • I will pack up the eight books and send them to the winner, and I will sign them based on the names the winner gives me. It will be the winner’s joy to pass out the books to their other club members.
  • After you’ve read the book and are ready to discuss it, I will send you Pearl’s Caramel Cake to arrive in time for your meeting. And we can decide then if you would like a phone call or a Skype session with your group!

If you aren’t in a book club, this would be a great way to start one. All you need are six or seven people who live near enough to meet, and who enjoy books and talking about them. Start a club! You have ten days to gather some reading friends together before the November 11 deadline. And I bet you will want to stay together after you’ve read this book and found out how wonderful it is to read a book with friends and then talk about it. And eat something fun.

I love my book club gals. I’ve been in this club for four years and our favorite book to date is probably Kathryn Stockett’s The Help. Other faves have been The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Thirteenth Tale and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. We call ourselves the Zip It Book Club because when we get together we have a very hard time NOT  talking to each other and our leader is forever having to tell pairs of us to “zip it” so that we can all participate in the same conversation! No joke. If she didn’t tell us to zip it we would never actually get to the book. . . We are discussing A Sound Among the Trees on November 11. Guess what I am bringing to the food table? Hint: There’s caramel in it . . .

Let the giveaway begin!! Start posting to this post!!

A Sound Among the Trees – It’s HERE!

On a historic Fredericksburg street, Holly Oak stands in quiet elegance. The cannonball wedged between stone and timber is a silent reminder of what the house endured in the War Between the States; and a dot on the timeline of the women who lived there then and live there still.

When Marielle Bishop, an Arizona native, marries into the Holly Oak family she soon hears rumors that the ghost of Susannah Page, a Yankee spy, haunts Holly Oak’s halls, longing for pardon. But Holly Oak’s 83-year-old matriarch, Adelaide, tells Marielle that it is not her great-grandmother that is the ghost, but the house itself that is caught in a limbo of regret, like a needle on a scratched record, unable to reinvent itself as a place of refuge.

As Marielle struggles to fit into her new role as wife and stepmother, far from the desert she loves, she must reconcile her belief that it is people – not houses – that hang onto the past, with the strange aura of sorrow she feels inside Holly Oak’s walls and within the rustling of the trees that surround it.

The Civil War comprises four years of intense human drama and human drama is always the backdrop of a compelling story. I chose to set this book in Fredericksburg because of the particular events that occurred there, including its occupation and the insanely horrific battle in December 1862. We often talk about what houses would say if the walls could talk, and In A Sound Among the Trees, one of the main characters imagines that the house she lives in, which was her great-grandmother’s house during the Civil War, is aware of its past, that it aches over what happened inside it. Houses are supposed to be places of safety and refuge. This house was unable to be what it was designed to be. And in that respect, the house is its own ghost, at least to my main character and everyone she comes into contact with. What I hope to convey to readers is that the house is not the one unable to accept the past for what it was, it is the people inside it, namely my main character. She, though alive haunts the house, insomuch that she is tethered to the past.

Everyone in this house needs to be reminded, or perhaps told for the first time, that your past is not just what happened TO you, it is also what you responded to. You made choices, you made adjustments, you survived. And sometimes you do not see the whole picture until many years later. You were meant to see the whole picture. It is part of the picture of your changed life.

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