I love the approach of a book launch, even when the book was well and truly launched almost nine years ago. Now Wedding Ring, the first book of the Shenandoah Album series, is about to be re-launched on March 26th, in a new format and with a brand new cover.
Recently I blogged about the way Wedding Ring and eventually, the entire Shenandoah Album series came about. When I began, I had no idea that a series would be born, or that Leisure Arts, a leading craft publisher, would be interested in creating pattern books based on the quilts mentioned in each of the novels in the series.
I was skeptical when I heard about the offer. Leisure Arts likes to call their books “leaflets” and I had a vision of a page that opened like a map, with a few diagrams and a list of materials. Little did I know that they would be creating a softcover book, with quotes from my novels, breathtaking original and traditional patterns to match my descriptions, and beautifully rendered photographs. I was so thrilled when I saw the finished product. May I say that authors are NOT always thrilled with finished products, but this time, I certainly was.
Now Mira Books, my publisher, is reissuing Wedding Ring, and to celebrate I’ll be doing a pattern book giveaway to go with it. Read on.
How much do the Shenandoah Album books have to do with quilts, quilting, quilters? If you’re not a fan of any of those things, then the question is relevant. Might you enjoy the series anyway?
First and foremost each of the novels is about women, their lives, their relationships, the issues they confront, their joys and their sorrows. Sound familiar? Yes, they’re like my other novels, only this time wrapped in the comfort and beauty of quilts.
Wedding Ring uses an old tattered quilt as a metaphor for marriage.
In the second book, Endless Chain, a major character is befriended by a church quilt group who teaches her to quilt. The quilt pattern she chooses is symbolic of her own dramatic life story.
In the third, Lover’s Knot, a man inherits a quilt that might reveal the secrets of his family, a family he’s never known, but only if he allows his estranged wife to follow the clues.
The fourth, Touching Stars, is about the single mom proprietor of a B&B who uses star quilts to adorn her inn.
The fifth, Sister’s Choice, features a quilt that was given by one sister to another to help her see her destiny, and a new generation whose own destiny is in question.
Intrigued, quilter or not? I hope so.
To celebrate the return of the first three novels in the series to print, I’ll be giving away autographed copies of the matching pattern books, four patterns books for each novel, one per week. To qualify for the pattern book giveaway, just comment on this blog or any of the blogs under the category Shenandoah Album Series on the right, and tell us why you like quilts, or what you like about them, or even why you don’t like them.
If you don’t quilt and don’t need the pattern book for yourself, your local quilt guild, museum or charity will be thrilled to have it, as would any friend who quilts or even your local library.
Here are the details: Only one comment per person will be entered. You must have a North American address to qualify. (Sadly the pattern books are too heavy to send overseas.) Your entry will remain valid for the entire length of the contest or until you win a book. The first pattern book will be given away next Tuesday.
So let us hear from you by commenting. I’m looking forward to it.