Friends and Fiction is a weekly Facebook Live happy hour chat that Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Patti Callahan Henry, Mary Alice Monroe and I host every Wednesday at 7pm ET with some of your favorite authors, including Kristin Hannah, Jodi Picoult, Sue Monk Kidd, Lisa Wingate, William Kent Kruger and many more, all to support independent bookstores! On Wednesday, April 21, we will be revealing the answers to this Quiz: Which Under the Southern Sky Character are you.
If you’re coming to any of the LIVE events on April 21 or before, I’ll have hard copies of the quizzes available. Speaking of, have you checked out my full tour schedule? Seeing readers and celebrating a launch with them–even if it’s online–is the most fun part. I’d love to see you!
WHICH UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY CHARACTER ARE YOU?
Don’t forget to stop byFriends & Fiction here orhere on Wednesday, April 21, where I’ll reveal the answers! I will be giving away prizes in each category, so you’re definitely going to want to stop by and join in on the fun!
DO YOU NEED PERSONALIZED COPIES OF UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY?
Feel free to call any of the bookstores on my tour! I will be personalizing mail orders at every store!
All the thank yous to Jenni From Tarheel Reader, one of Goodreads’ top reviewers, for all the kind words!
Can you hear me cheering all the way from North Carolina? Under my Carolina moon? If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you’ll know Kristy Woodson Harvey is one of my faves. Not only do we share a beloved alma mater, but her writing is what I’ve termed “book comfort food.” Read on for my review of Kristy’s newest book, now available from Gallery! — Jenni, Tarheel Reader
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Happy publication day to my friend Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times Bestselling author of 23 novels, including On Ocean Boulevard, a part of her beloved Beach House series. (That’s the one releasing today! Hooray!) Join us as we chat about Mary Alice’s love of conservation, how she feels about having 7.5 million copies of her books in print worldwide, and, of course, how she transforms blank pages into something beautiful!
Mary Alice has earned numerous accolades and awards, including: Induction into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame; the Southwest Florida Author of Distinction Award; and the prestigious Southern Book Prize for Fiction.
Stop in next week to hear one of our favorite architects, Ken Tate, and his son, author and marketing director, Duke Tate, chatting with us about one of the most enthralling creative processes we’ve ever heard of and the dream project that Ken Tate–even with all his accolades–still wants to undertake!
“Feels Like Falling” by Kristy Woodson Harvey @kristywharvey was a definite 5⭐!!… This story has a dual POV, alternating between Gray and Diana. Gray just lost her mother to cancer! She is the CEO of her company and recently split from her husband who cheated on her. She goes to spend the summer at the North Carolina shore. Diana who loses her job at the pharmacy has just broke up with her boyfriend, moved out of their shared apartment and planning to just live in her car! Just so happens, Gray has a spare guest house and offers Diana to stay there. These 2 , very different women truly bond and help each other through the hard times in their life. They learn so much about themselves, and what really matters in life! I loved both characters!! This story was sweet, dealing with love, loss, romance, motherhood, and life!! This truly was a perfect beach read. A very endearing, positive read.
Good morning, friends! Today is a banner day on Design Chic! We are launching our new video interview series, Blank to Beautiful, where we’ll be interviewing designers, writers, artists and creatives about the glorious transformation from blank to beautiful. (Feel free to share the video if you’d like!)
Because today is the launch of my sixth novel,Feels Like Falling, Mom (Beth) did something she’s not too terribly fond of, and took the the camera to interview me about my creative process, my childhood aspirations, the craziest part of launching a book without a tour and lots of fun mother/daughter things. It’s actually really cool to be interviewed by your mom! I might take her on the road with me when we get to go out again!(And, also, if you’re thinking we’re crazy to launch a book and a new series, we know. But why not, right?!)
GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY
Order Feels Like Falling and send your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org between now and May 3 and be entered to win a huge 30×40 print, of your choice, on canvas by @marendevineart and a $100 Visa gift card!
If you’ve already sent your receipt, you’re entered!
Thank you for all your amazing support during this time when things are so hard for so many. I hope Feels Like Falling is the perfect escape—and I can’t wait to see a gorgeous Maren Devine piece hanging in someone’s home!!
Thanks, Design Chic readers, for all your support over the past few years, and these past six books. If you haven’t read one of my books yet, but you’ve been curious, today would be a great time to start! I’m usually on week two of a six-week book tour right about now, traveling around the country and meeting thousands of readers in person, so this launch, needless to say, is going to be a little bit different!
Parade, Working Mother and SheReads called it one of the most anticipated reads of 2020, Frolic and Get Literary want you to read it for Spring, Mary Kay Andrews picked it for her 2020 reading challenge–and called it “your next summer sizzler”–and the Southern Independent Booksellers Association awarded it an “Okra Pick,” meaning they want to hand sell it all season long!
And don’t forget: Booksmake great MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS!
Pick up your copy at your favorite local bookstore, Bookshop.org, Amazon or wherever books or sold.
From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd-couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness.
It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy.
Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her extremist husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger, Diana Harrington, fired from her job at the local pharmacy.
Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a worn-out Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience.
With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn. But when her first love returns, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all.
In her warmest, wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.
Also, for the first time ever, we are hosting a Feels Like Falling Photo Contest! From now until May 3:
1. Take a photo of Feels Like Falling
2. Post on Instagram or Facebook
3. Use the hashtag #feelslikefalling so I can find your photo and tag me if you can!
4. I’ll repost them and then…
One grand prize winner will receive a $100 Target Gift Card and 5 runners up will receive an exclusive Feels Like Falling Candle. You photos can be pretty or funny, cute or cuddly, crazy or tame… It doesn’t matter! Whether you’re a reader or an influencer, you can enter!
photo via Andrew Howard
Thanks so much again for all your support! Next week I’ll be interviewing our first designer–Andrew Howard about what inspires him, his favorite projects and creating his dream home. You know how much we adore him, he’s funny as all get out, and we can’t wait to give you behind-the-scenes look at how he transforms spaces from blank to beautiful!
Get FEELS LIKE FALLING today from your favorite independent bookstore, online retailer or wherever books are sold. Friends!
Amazon is temporarily sold out of paperbacks but of course have the kindle available. (Thank you, by the way!)They’ll be back soon, but,
Happy Saturday, dear readers! Today, I was supposed to be at Zia Boutique in Wilmington, NC for Books + Bloody Marys with my friend Zelle Wiggins, to discuss Feels Like Falling. For obvious reasons, we cancelled the event, but, thanks to technology, we were able be in conversation anyway! Zelle, who is the founder of Southern Style Blog, and I discussed my new book, becoming unlikely bloggers and how influencer culture has affected our careers. (We also talked about our favorite Netflix and Hulu shows, her dog… Basically, we had a lot of fun!) Listen along with us! Signed copies of Feels Like Falling are available from Zia Boutique!
Feels Like Falling releases Tuesday, and we’re hosting three days of giveaways to celebrate! Winners will be announced April 27, Everyone who has preordered Feels Like Falling and sent their receipt to email@example.com will be entered to win:
Simply preorder from your favorite local bookstore or online retailer and send your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone who preorders or orders through May 3 will get these cute preorder freebies!
If you’ve sent your receipt you’ll be entered automatically!! No need to resend!
April 25: Zia Boutique Virtual “Books and Bloody Marys.” Kristy in conversation with Zelle Wiggins, owner of Zia Boutique and founder and author of Southern Style Blog. Preordered, personalized books will be available for pickup at Zia Boutique, as well as signed books. 1113 Military Cutoff Rd A, Wilmington, NC 28405. 11:00 AM.
It might be winter, but we are already dreaming of spring. Are you? The spring Serena & Lily collection has given us a serious case of seasonlust. (Definitely not a word… But kind of like wanderlust?) Beautiful blues, dreamy rattans and those coastal-inspired settings that we just can’t get enough of make this our favorite Serena & Lily collection to date–and that’s really saying something! Take a peek, make a wishlist and maybe even a purchase or two. There’s no better way to cure the winter blues than by getting a head start on your spring shopping! It will be time for sunshine and tulips before we know it.
There is nothing quite as idyllic as this lovely scene. We’d love to be lounging right here!
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My next novel, FEELS LIKE FALLING, releases April 28, 2020! I can’t wait to share this tale of Gray and Diana, their unlikely friendship, their summer loves and their chance at happily ever after, the sequel, with all of you. It has already been named a most anticipated read of 2020 by Parade, Working Mother and SheKnows! It’s never too early to preorder from your favorite local bookstore or online retailer!
More About Feels Like Falling…
From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness.
In her warmest, wittiest, and wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.