The very first advance copies of my upcoming in September book, The Story Keeper!
As an author, no matter what you were doing the moment before a box like this shows up, you’re instantly breathless the moment you open the lid. There’s just something about seeing the story you’ve spent the past year with, and agonized over, and stayed up late with, and hoped, hoped, hoped would turn out, and feared, feared, feared wouldn’t, in print for the first time. It’s an experience not unlike that magical moment in the hospital when the nurse places a baby in your hands after many long months of pregnancy. Suddenly, it’s real and you can hold it in your hands!
This book is special for me. Never before have I “dreamed” a book — seen it like a mind-movie as I slept, and then awakened with it still clear in my thoughts. I’ve also never written the story set amid the fast-paced world of publishing. The Story Keeper was a tale that took me over for days and nights as it found its voice, page by page.
So, my friend’s on the porch, I am incredibly excited to introduce to you to my 23rd Book baby. Here’s the official description:
Successful New York editor, Jen Gibbs, is at the top of her game with her new position at Vida House Publishing — until a mysterious manuscript from an old slush pile appears on her desk. Turning the pages, Jen finds herself drawn into the life of Sarra, a mixed-race Melungeon girl trapped by dangerous men in the turn of the century Appalachia. A risky hunch may lead to The Story Keeper’s hidden origins and its unknown author, but when the trail turns toward the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a place Jen thought she’d left behind forever, the price of a blockbuster next book deal may be higher than she’s willing to pay.
FoxTale Book Shop, an awesome indie store near Atlanta sent in this quote, for which I am incredibly grateful:
“A kaleidoscope of past and present, “The Story Keeper” finds the soft spot of our souls where who we were, stands face to face with who we are. Can we go home again? Faith, courage and the power of story are the backbone of generations of the Appalachian women you’ll meet in these stories. I was captivated by this story and can’t wait to share it with my customers. Lisa Wingate, you rock!” — Karen Schwettman, co owner, FoxTale Book Shoppe, Woodstock, Ga.
Dear porch friends, as you’re visiting BelleView this morning,, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out this sneak peek of The Story Keeper. To read the free preview, click here.
In celebration of the first copies of the book, my publisher and I are doing a couple special things today:
1. Last summer’s Sisterhood Of the Traveling Book was so much fun, we’re doing it again this summer!
Selected sister circles of readers will have the chance to read The Story Keeper early over the summer. Here’s a little bit about how it works:
Here’s a little of last year’s fun:
You can enter the contest to join this summer’s Sisterhood Of the Traveling Books and read an early copy of The Story Keeper by clicking here.
2. Huckleberry is getting his revenge by giving away the first advance copy out of the box — here on Southern BelleView!
To enter the advance copy drawing, leave a comment at the end of this blog answering the question of the day. We’ll leave the contest open through the week and announce a winner on Saturday. Be sure to leave an email address so Huckleberry can contact you if you win!
Question of the day: The Story Keeper is about the discovery of a fascinating untold story. Is there an item or a place that has an interesting story in your home, your family, or your community? Tell us about it!
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