Do Authors Have Favorites? Lover’s Knot and the Shenandoah Album Series

imageSo here’s what a novelist tells a reader who wants to know which of her own books is her favorite. “A book is like a baby.  A mom loves all her children equally.”

Right. . .

I’m here to tell you it’s not true. I did not love all my children equally. Oh, sure, total it up and they all come out even, but on any given day? I usually loved one of them more. The one who really needed it at that moment. Or the one who really deserved it. Or even the one who just wasn’t giving me a hard time when the other three were living out a secret pact to make life difficult.

Then there are books. To be honest I haven’t always loved a book I’ve turned in. Sometimes the story just didn’t grab me as much as others I had done. Or I had to work so hard to bring it to completion that the only emotion left inside me was gratitude it was finished. Or I sent it off with a nagging feeling I just hadn’t gotten it right.

By the way, some of the books my readers loved best fit into that category. Which is reassuring, to say the least.

Lover’s Knot, the third book in the Shenandoah Album series, was NOT one of those books. From the time the story began to form, I knew I would love writing it. It had everything I like to write about. A troubled marriage. Quilts. Friendship. Community. Best of all a mystery rooted in the past, with fascinating research to be done, my own little mystery to solve.

Lover’s Knot will be re-released next week as a brand new trade paperback. I am so happy that my publisher decided to do this, and that the first three are available in paper again. If you missed it the first time, now you have a second chance and a larger, easier on the eyes edition to enjoy.

As always, I encourage you to shop locally. But if you choose to shop online you can order it for delivery next week at Amazon, B&N, and Books-A-Million. Because it’s a reissue the price at no more than $9.99 is a bargain.

Happy reading.


  1. Lori Halfhide on May 23, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Lover’s Knot was one of my favorites of your books. I have read and re-read it. A wonderful story with great characters.
    It was one of those books I stayed up all night reading because I couldn’t put it down. Gee, I haven’t read it in awhile. Maybe I need to pick it up and read it again!!

  2. Susan V on May 24, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Are there plans to rerelease the rest of the Shenandoah series? I am almost done with the second book and have preordered the third. I am really enjoying them.

  3. Betty Greene on May 31, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I read mostly fiction books and especially those that pertain to quilting. My favorite authors include Jennifer Chiaverini and I have read all of her books and love the fact that some of them contain a good deal of history about quilting. I also enjoy reading Debbie Macomber, Jan Karon, Earline Fowler, Ann Ross & her Miss Julia Series, Sandra Dallas, Nicholas Sparks, and Kyle Logan. I started reading your Shenandoah Album Series Emilie and got hooked on your books. I enjoyed the whole series! I just put a hold on your new book “Somewhere Between Luck & Trust” at our library. Can’t wait to be able to start reading it!

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