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2013 promises to be a crazy busy year for me with four books coming out. First up is Scent of Lilacs, the first title in my Heart of the Hollyhill series. Jocie and friends are back with a brand new cover and the same heart-tugging Small Town, America story that might make you smile or have you wiping away a tear. Booklist's reviewer said "...real drama emerges as Jocie explores her family's secrets in this universal tale of growing up" and picked the book as one of Booklist's Top Ten Christian Novels in 2006.
I'm super excited to have Jocie's story back in print. The second Hollyhill book, Orchard of Hope will get dressed up in a new cover and be out in the fall. Hope if you read the books the first time they were released that you'll tell your reading friends about them now. To welcome readers back to Hollyhill, Jocie has started up a new blog, the Hollyhill Book of the Strange. You have to admit a lot of strange stuff can go on in a small town and Jocie's on the hunt for it.
Summer will see a new Rosey Corner book. Small Town Girl is already available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Christianbook.com. Readers who loved the Merritt family in Angel Sister can drop in on the family five years later and follow the sisters down some romantic paths as the dark clouds of World War II gather on the horizon. Find out more about my Rosey Corner books on the Rosey Corner link.
My Shaker Christmas novel, Christmas at Harmony Hill will be out in October. Writing a Christmas novel is a first for me. Sister Sophrena makes another appearance here. With a name like Sophrena, I had to work her into a new story. She was the Shaker journal keeper and the sister who loved Jessamine Brady in The Gifted, my fifth book set in my Harmony Hill Shaker village. A reviewer for the Historical Novel Society had this to say about The Gifted. "Ann Gabhart succeeds in bringing to life a love story between two people from very different worlds indeed." You can click on the Shaker Book link to read more about all my Shaker books and the different world of the Shakers. One of the good things about my Shaker books is that while they are all set in my Shaker village of Harmony Hill, they are stand-alone stories that can be read in any order.
Fun news for my very romantic Words Spoken True. The book just received a Reviewer's Choice Award from Singletitles.com. Maybe that was because of the romance lighting up every page with a great heroine, Adriane Darcy, and a to-die-for hero, Blake Garrett. I drop them down in a time of political and civil unrest in 1850s Louisville and the story takes off. RT Book Review Magazine says, "Gabhart's ability to transport readers into the world of newspaper writing in the 1850's is amazing." The newspaper background was perfect for the story and my characters. Check out the complete review and get a sneak peak at the first chapter on the link for Words Spoken True.
My books are available for purchase or ordering at your favorite bookstores or on-line at sites like Christianbook.com, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. By the way, I love talking to book clubs – in person if the club is in my area or by phone or Skype if you're across country. It's always fun and sometimes eye-opening to hear readers' insights into my characters and their motives. My News and Events page lets you know where I might be appearing in person or on the web. Giveaways and past winners appear there too. Keep up with what's going on down here on the farm along with my writing news and new giveaways by signing up for Ann's newsletter. Or check out what's happening on Facebook or Twitter. In the square below you can find out all about my blogs, One Writer's Journal and the new Hollyhill Book of the Strange. Help Jocie out with that Hollyhill one by sharing your hometown fun.
Thanks for walking with me on my story trail from Hollyhill to Harmony Hill to Rosey Corner and to Louisville. You're the best! Now where are we going next?
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Summer Of Joy
Orchard Of Hope
Scent Of Lilacs
Small Town Girl