Giveaway & Excerpt: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Though I posted about The Book of Life (part of the A Discovery of Witches trilogy) before, I wanted to share an excerpt with you — and a chance to win a paperback copy! Read to the end of the post for contest details.

The paperback releases TODAY and I think you’ll love it. If you haven’t read the other books in the series, now is the perfect time to pick them up. The boxed set is available here.

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Book Tour & Review: Visiting Tom by Michael Perry

Visiting Tom by Michael Perry

Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace by Michael Perry

Rating: 3/5

Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace

Today I have the great privilege to be part of the TLC Book Tour for Visiting Tom. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour stops to see what others think of the book!
    Mixing down-home stories with a dash if city life, Perry creates the perfect laid-back memoir. There’s something to be said for the slower way of life. I’m certainly not one to go out and grow my own veggies, but I often get nostalgic for the talents that have been lost in my generation. It’s so interesting to hear about how my grandmother grew her produce and made everything from scratch. I have friends who’ve never baked a cake from scratch!

Sarah Dessen Book Tour

I’ve been a Sarah Dessen fan for most of my reading life. Sure, I loved running through Avonlea with Anne and frolicking in Mary Lennox’s secret garden but the real fun came when I discovered the town of Colby. Dessen’s fictional town is filled with lovable characters you wish were real — and now that I live in Chapel Hill, they are!

At the reading Dessen talked about how most of Colby is based on sights around Chapel Hill, just renamed. She let us know that she’d originally tried writing books set in the real Chapel Hill but her writing workshop quibbled over her sense of geography saying, “It takes longer to get from Southern Season to UNC!” or “There’s not a gas station on that part of US-15.” Good tip to file away for future novel writing adventures!

The audience was a mix of teenagers, who’d been enchanted with Dessen’s latest offering What Happened to Goodbye, and those of us who grew up with Hailey, Colie, and Haven. To me this speaks to her ability to write books that stand up even after the home lines mentioned in them have long gone —

I went back and reread Keeping the Moon this week and found it every bit as lovely as I did 13 years ago.