Good news! There will be an audio book available for THE MYTH OF PERPETUAL SUMMER with the same release date as the print and e-book versions. Blackstone Audio is going to be producing it. I’ll share more details–such as narrator and the packaging, as they become available.
I’m often asked how I came up with Whistling Past the Graveyard for a title. So, now, before all of you, I will confess: I am horrible at coming up with clever titles. My books begin in fabulous sounding files such as Book 11, or Coming of Age Book, Childhood Chaos Book, Resort Book, Barnstormers Book, or simply the main character’s first name.
So honored to have THE FLYING CIRCUS longlisted for the Pat Conroy Book Prize in literature! Such an amazing list of books in all categories, many of which I’ve read, two of which are written by my fab critique partners, Wendy Wax and Karen White. What a great way to start the day.
Thank you Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, once again!
For more http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this/siba-book-awards
Good news for book clubs. The Flying Circus is now available in paperback (February 16, 2016).
I hope you all love the new cover as much as I do and I invite those of you who have yet to meet Mercury’s Daredevils, Henry, Cora and Gil, to take this opportunity to indulge in a lovely winter read.
The Flying Circus is a national pick for the 600 plus chapters of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club. I’m so excited to share young Henry’s journey, his heartbreak and his triumphs with you all.
In celebration I’ve added an entire page of bonus material for you to enjoy. See some of the photos that inspired the book. Get an insider view of my experiences with aviation. Watch videos of the aerial thrills of the 1920s. I will be adding more items to this page, so check back often.
The three amigos are running another giveaway! Just click on the photo to enter to win a copy of Wendy Wax’s, A WEEK AT THE LAKE Susan Crandall’s, THE FLYING CIRCUS, and Karen White’s, THE SOUND OF GLASS.
Karen, Wendy and I are critique partners, as well as wine drinking, chocolate eating, ice cream indulging members of our own, Nittie Club. We go way back, not to get too specific in years and ages here. And we’re all so very grateful to booksellers around this country who put our books into the hands of appreciative readers. And, it goes without saying, we LOVE our readers. Join us in our literary love fest!
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Entries accepted between 9 am EDT, September 22 through midnight EDT September 24.
Although I’ve had plenty of experience riding in small aircraft from a pretty early age, I’d never been in a biplane until last week.
My dad started building flying machines when I was a kid. He started with flyable models made from balsa wood and paper skins. Then he graduated to this contraption. It’s a gyrocopter, basically a lawn chair with an engine with a pusher propeller sitting behind it and helicopter blades that rotated overhead (neither the prop nor the overhead blades were on this one).
Next came a real plane, a Cessna 150, which he bought with a couple of partners (there wasn’t a lot of money floating around to support this very expensive hobby). That led to several other planes, with several other partners. (Piper J-3 Cub, 1946 Navion, a tripacer, a Vagabond, Pete–a pretty famous racer, to name a few.) His true passion however was a plane he built in the garage behind me in this photo, and experimental aircraft called a Volkesplane (VP-1).
I never flew in that one either, it was a single place plane. He used to fly it over the house in the evenings low enough he could yell down and ask Mom if his dinner was ready yet. Illegal altitude you say? Um, yeah. He definitely would have been a barnstormer if he’d been alive in the early 1920s.
I did fly in the Piper J-3 Cub…with the door open. We lost Dad in 1989 and my aviation days ended. So up until last week, that was as close as I’d ever come to flying in an open cockpit biplane.
The day before the release of THE FLYING CIRCUS, I had the pleasure of speaking at the local chapter of Experimental Aircraft Association–and seeing some of my dad’s old buddies for the first time in many years.
I’d already mined some of these folks for details that I used in THE FLYING CIRCUS. And, after the meeting, one of those who so patiently answered my questions offered a ride in his Stearman biplane. It was awesome! Still, I cannot imagine what would ever drive someone to unbuckle that safety belt and climb out on the wings as Cora did in the book.
I’ve been sitting on this news for a couple of weeks, but today I’m proud to announce that Henry, Cora, Gil and Mercury will be joining some some pretty esteemed company on the 2015 Summer Reading Okra Picks.
Totally loving the love coming the way of THE FLYING CIRCUS!
Read Your Okra! Announcing the 2015 Summer Okra Picks
Columbia, SC – Summer is the time for picking okra, and the Southern Independent Booksellers have just picked a fresh crop — the 2015 Summer Okra Picks have just been chosen. A bushel of books that represent the best in southern lit, fresh off the vine. All the picks have a strong Southern focus and are published between July and September, 2015, and all of them have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your plate and in your TBR stack. So it is very likely the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore, someone will hand you one and say, “You’ve got to read this!”
The 2015 Summer Okra Picks
Bloody Royal Prints by Reba White Williams
9781440585456 | Tyrus Books | 07/03/2015 | $16.99
The Flying Circus by Susan Crandall
9781476772141 | Gallery Books | 07/07/2015 | $26.00
Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich
9780399173967 | G.P. Putnam’s Sons | 07/07/2015 | $26.95
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
9781484709016 | Disney-Hyperion Press | 07/14/2015 | $16.99
Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams
9781481422628 | Simon Pulse | 07/14/2015 | $17.99
Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor
9780143126751 | Penguin Books | 07/14/2015 | $16.00
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
9780062409850 | Harpercollins | 07/14/2015 | $27.99
Yard War by Taylor Kitchings
9780553507539 | Wendy Lamb Books | 08/18/2015 | $16.99
The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young
9780399174001 | G.P. Putnam’s Sons | 09/01/2015| $26.95
The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate
9781414386904 | Tyndale House | 09/08/2015 | $19.99
The Drunken Spelunker’s Guide to Plato by Kathy Guiffre
9780895876515 | John F. Blair Publisher | 09/08/2015 | $26.95
A Free State by Tom Piazza
9780062284129 | Harper | 09/15/2015 | $25.99
Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit sibaweb.com/okra.