Saturday, May 20, 2017

One Wrong Turn Amazon Echo Giveaway!


 

We are only a month away from the release of my
 
new novel ~ One Wrong Turn ~ and it's time
 
to celebrate with a Giveaway!
 
 
 Grand Prize:
 
An Amazon Echo
(I have one and just love all the features!)
 
2nd and 3rd Prizes:
 
$25 Amazon Gift Card
 
 
Contest runs
May 20th - June 20th
 
Easy entry.
Enter using the Rafflecopter below.
 
Or, you can leave a comment below. Include your
Facebook or Twitter link in the comment so I can contact you
if you win.
 
 Good Luck!
 
 
Contest Terms
 
Contest is open to U.S. Residents Only.
(Sorry to all my international readers - I do appreciate you!
But shipping is crazy expensive to other countries.)
Winners will be contacted and given 3 days to respond. If there
is no response within that three days, a new
winner will be contacted. Only one Amazon Echo
and only two $25 Gift Cards will be awarded.
 
 
 
 
And don't forget to pre-order
 
One Wrong Turn
 
in Kindle or Paperback format.  
 
 
Enter Now!
 
 



Monday, May 15, 2017

Book Review: The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown

Hi all,

You had me at 'witch'! I love tales of witches and witchcraft in any form so when I saw this debut novel by Beth Underdown, I immediately wanted to read it. And what a great read it was! Here is more about the novel and my review.
 
 
 
The Witchfinder’s Sister
Beth Underdown

 

 

Book Description:

Before Salem, there was Manningtree. . . .

“This summer, my brother Matthew set himself to killing women, but without ever once breaking the law.”

Essex, England, 1645. With a heavy heart, Alice Hopkins returns to the small town she grew up in. Widowed, with child, and without prospects, she is forced to find refuge at the house of her younger brother, Matthew. In the five years she has been gone, the boy she knew has become a man of influence and wealth—but more has changed than merely his fortunes. Alice fears that even as the cruel burns of a childhood accident still mark his face, something terrible has scarred Matthew’s soul.
 
There is a new darkness in the town, too—frightened whispers are stirring in the streets, and Alice’s blood runs cold with dread when she discovers that Matthew is a ruthless hunter of suspected witches. Torn between devotion to her brother and horror at what he’s become, Alice is desperate to intervene—and deathly afraid of the consequences. But as Matthew’s reign of terror spreads, Alice must choose between her safety and her soul.

Alone and surrounded by suspicious eyes, Alice seeks out the fuel firing her brother’s brutal mission—and is drawn into the Hopkins family’s past. There she finds secrets nested within secrets: and at their heart, the poisonous truth. Only by putting her own life and liberty in peril can she defeat this darkest of evils—before more innocent women are forced to the gallows.

Inspired by the real-life story of notorious “Witchfinder General” Matthew Hopkins, Beth Underdown’s thrilling debut novel blends spellbinding history with harrowing storytelling for a truly haunting reading experience.

 

 Buy now on:



 

My 5-Star Review:

I love when an author mixes historical fact with fiction which is exactly what author Beth Underdown has done in her debut novel, The Witchfinder’s Sister.

In Essex, England, in the year 1645, a man by the name of Matthew Hopkins, backed by the rich men in the community, begins a campaign to rid the area of supposed witches. If a child dies of fever, or crops are destroyed, or a farmer’s cow dies, people become suspicious and blame it on witchcraft. They round up widowed or elderly woman and blame their misfortune on them. It is Matthew’s job to prove or disprove that each woman is a witch.

What is absolutely terrifying about this scenario is that it is actual fact. This happened. What is fascinating is the way Ms. Underdown takes this true story and creates characters around it to fill in the details that are not know and create an intriguing, gripping tale. Believe me, you won’t want to put this one down!

If you love Paula Brackston and Alice Hoffman novels, you are going to love this one.

(I received a complimentary copy of this novel from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)

 

About the Author:

Beth Underdown was born in Rochdale in 1987. She studied at the University of York and then the University of Manchester, where she is now a Lecturer in Creative Writing.

The Witchfinder’s Sister is her first novel, and is out with Viking in the UK and Ballantine in the US in Spring 2017. The book is based on the life of the 1640s witch finder Matthew Hopkins, whom she first came across while reading a book about seventeenth-century midwifery. As you do.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Find Your Next Read! Great Book Deals for May!

 
 
 
 
Are you looking for an entertaining book to curl up with this weekend? Amazon is offering some great deals in May. You may want to even stock up!
 
Amazing books from $0.99 to $2.00!
 
Grab one or more of these wonderful titles while they're on sale!
 
Photo courtesy of the amazing Steena Holmes!
 
 
And don't forget to leave a review when you've read it!
 
 


Monday, May 1, 2017

Spring Fling 105 Paperbacks Giveaway!

 
 
 
 
 
 
Love to Read? – Enter this amazing contest
I’m so excited to share this amazing contest with you!
Right now is your chance to enter to win 105 PAPERBACK Novels, featuring your favorite best-selling ROMANCE authors (including me!) of all genres.
Did I mention that the Grand Prize winner will receive a Read and Relax Prize Pack (worth $150) as well? They will also receive a copy of all 105 books.
One additional winner will also receive all 105 books!

Expand your book collection now! Simply enter below.
 
 
Just a sample of the 105 books you can win:
 





And of course my novel, WALKING SAM!
 

 
 
 
 
Contest ends May 31st
 
Good Luck!
 


Monday, April 17, 2017

Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella


Hi all,

I’ve read almost everything Sophie Kinsella has written — the shopaholic series along with her many stand-alone novels — so when the publisher asked if I’d be interested in reading her latest novel, My Not So Perfect Life, I jumped at the chance. If you love quirky, witty stories, then you are sure to enjoy this one. Here is more about the book and my review.

 

 
My Not So Perfect Life

Sophie Kinsella

 
Book Description:

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she's desperate to make her dad proud.

Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.

 

Buy now on Amazon
or at your favorite book seller

 
My 5-Star Review:

Is everything your friends show you on social media true? Are they happier than you? More satisfied with their lives? Or are they showing the world what they wish their lives were really like? Katie Brenner believes her best friend, and her fellow workers, all live the life she wants and she tries hard to turn her own life into a picture-perfect version on Instagram. But truth be told, she’s barely scraping by, has no love life, and her flat mates are terrible. When her life is turned upside-down, and she has to return home, she begins to see that the real her isn’t so bad after all.

I really enjoyed Katie’s story in Sophie Kinsella’s latest novel, My Not So Perfect Life. I’ve read most of Ms. Kinsella’s novels (my favorite actually being Twenties Girl) and I enjoy her sense of humor and wit, as well as the heart she puts into each character. Katie’s father, a man who struggles to do well at anything he tries, is a charming character, and Demeter, who you believe to be the witch of the story, proves she has many layers as well, some which are very likable. It’s a charming, sweet story with lots of twists and turns that will keep you reading well into the night.

(I received an advance copy of this novel from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)

 

About the Author:

Sophie Kinsella is a writer and former financial journalist. She is the number one bestselling author of Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number and Wedding Night, the hugely popular Shopaholic novels and the Young Adult novel Finding Audrey. She lives in London with her husband and family. She is also the author of several bestselling novels under the name of Madeleine Wickham. Visit her website at www.sophiekinsella.co.uk

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Book Review: Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde


Hi all,
 
Over the past couple of years I have become a fan of books by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Although I had known her name, I hadn’t yet had a chance to read her books. I’m making up for that big-time. Each book is unique, with characters taken right out of real life and thrust into difficult situations. Catherine knows how to pull on the reader’s heartstrings, while making worthwhile points with her fiction. I’m honored to share the same publisher as her, and thrilled to be able to share my thoughts of her novels with readers. Here is my review of her latest novel, Allie and Bea.

 

 
Allie and Bea

Catherine Ryan Hyde

 

Book Description:

Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go—until fate throws Allie in Bea’s path.

Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family—and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.

 
Publish Date: May 23, 2017

Lake Union Publishing

 

Pre-Order on Amazon:




 

My 5-Star Review:

Bea is an elderly woman living month-to-month on her Social Security check and barely able to make ends meet. When she is scammed out of the last of her money, she devises a plan: she’ll pack up her van and live as best she can on the road. But she’s decided that the world owes her now, and as far as she’s concerned, anything goes.

Allie’s parents are arrested and she is left to fend for herself in a group home. Allie isn’t street-wise, so living within the system is difficult for her to understand. She has a great sense of right and wrong, and has trouble when others cross that line. When her life is put in danger, she runs, and circumstances bring her right in Bea’s path.

Allie and Bea is a heartwarming story of two strangers being thrust together and trying to make the best of it. Author Catherine Ryan Hyde is an expert at creating real-life characters and putting them into extraordinary circumstances and then seeing how they cope. Bea is tired of being pushed around by society after working for years and being left with nothing. Allie has never thought twice about her upper-class upbringing until it all comes crashing down around her. Together, the two learn what is most important in life as they build a bond of friendship between them.

This story is a definite must-read.

 
About the Author:

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of thirty-two published books. Her bestselling 1999 novel, Pay It Forward, adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list and was translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Her novels Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List; Jumpstart the World was also a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and won Rainbow Awards in two categories. The Language of Hoofbeats won a Rainbow Award. More than fifty of her short stories have been published in many journals, including the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and the Sun, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts as well as the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Her short fiction received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and nominations for Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have also been cited in Best American Short Stories.

Hyde is the founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.


Cheers,
Deanna

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Book Review: The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman


 
The Hope Chest

Viola Shipman

 

Book Description:

The discovery of one woman’s heirloom hope chest unveils precious memories and helps three people who have each lost a part of themselves find joy once again.

Ever since she was diagnosed with ALS, fiercely independent Mattie doesn’t feel like herself. She can’t navigate her beloved home, she can’t go for a boat ride, and she can barely even feed herself. Her devoted husband, Don, doesn’t want to imagine life without his wife of nearly fifty years, but Mattie isn’t likely to make it past their anniversary.

But when Rose, Mattie’s new caretaker, and her young daughter, Jeri, enter the couple’s life, happiness and the possibility for new memories return. Together they form a family, and Mattie is finally able to pass on her memories from the hope chest she received from her mother.

With each item—including a favorite doll, family dishes, an embroidered apron, and an antique Christmas ornament—the hope chest connects Mattie, Don and Rose to each other and helps them find hope again in the face of overwhelming life challenges.

A beautiful story about the unconditional love and support of family, The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman will remind you that hope can be found where and when you least expect it.

 

Publish Date: March 21, 2017

Pre-order now:



 
My 5-Star Review:

 
From the author of the heartwarming novel, The Charm Bracelet comes a new novel filled with as much warmth and charm as its predecessor. The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman is a beautifully written story of never-ending love, hope, and beautiful memories.

Mattie grew up with loving parents at a cozy beach house. As she grew older, the beach house became hers and her husband’s Don’s home. Filled with memories, Mattie is saddened in her old age to leave it behind. But she is struggling with ALS, and can no longer care for herself. Her husband is a loving and tireless caretaker, but he can’t do it alone, so they hire a woman, Rose, who has a young daughter, Jeri, to help care for Mattie. As time goes on, the older woman grows to care for Rose and her daughter. One day the young girl opens the old hope chest and suddenly the memories of Mattie’s childhood come alive. Mattie has a charming story to tell for each item in the chest, and the reader is shown her world, one item at a time.

A lovely story woven between the past and present, The Hope Chest is sure to pull at your heartstrings. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a story of family, love, and hope.
 
(I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

 

 
About the Author:

VIOLA SHIPMAN is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose charm bracelet and family stories inspired him to write his debut novel, which is a tribute to all of our elders. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered. To date, The Charm Bracelet has been translated into nine languages. He is at work on his next “heirloom novel.”

 

 
Read my review of The Charm Bracelet

 

Cheers,

Deanna

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bingeing on Alice Hoffman

Hi all,

Over the past couple of months, I have been alternating between working on my latest novel and reading. Like some people binge on a Netflix series, I have been bingeing on Alice Hoffman books. Since The Red Garden, which I read and reviewed previously, I was hooked. I can't believe I've been reading all these years without finding these magical books by this talented writer. Thank goodness I'm finally reading them!

Since I am intent on finishing writing my novel, I haven't had time to review each of these books individually. But who am I kidding - they are all 5-Star reads! So instead, I am only going to share the ones I've read so far with you in the hope that if you haven't been lucky enough to read Alice Hoffman's books, you'll try them.

Here we go...


Seventh Heaven

 
Book Description:

 
A New York Times bestseller about a 1950s suburb transformed by the arrival of a divorced mother: “part American Graffiti, part early Updike” (The New York Times).

On Hemlock Street, the houses are identical, the lawns tidy, and the families traditional. A perfect slice of suburbia, this Long Island community shows no signs of change as the 1950s draw to a close—until the fateful August morning when Nora Silk arrives.

Recently divorced, Nora mows the lawn in sling-back pumps and climbs her roof in the middle of the night to clean the gutters. She works three jobs, and when her casseroles don’t turn out, she feeds her two boys—eight-year-old Billy and his baby brother, James—Frosted Flakes for supper. She wears black stretch pants instead of Bermuda shorts, owns twenty-three shades of nail polish, and sings along to Elvis like a schoolgirl.

Though Nora is eager to fit in on Hemlock Street, her effect on the neighbors is anything but normal. The wives distrust her, the husbands desire her, and the children think she’s a witch. But through Nora’s eyes, the neighborhood appears far from perfect. Behind every neatly trimmed hedge and freshly painted shutter is a family struggling to solve its own unique mysteries. Inspired by Nora, the residents of Hemlock Street finally unlock the secrets that will transform their lives forever.

A tale of extraordinary discoveries, Seventh Heaven is an ode to a single mother’s heroic journey and a celebration of the courage it takes to change.  


 

(My note: I loved this story. On the outside, people try to pretend that their lives are perfect but you never knows what goes on in the houses on your block. Vivid characters. I think it’s one of Ms. Hoffman’s best!)

 
Buy now on Kindle, Paperback, Hardcover, and Audiobook.

 

 

Blackbird House

 
Book Description:

With “incantatory prose” that “sweeps over the reader like a dream,” (Philadelphia Inquirer), Hoffman follows her celebrated bestseller The Probable Future, with an evocative work that traces the lives of the various occupants of an old Massachusetts house over a span of two hundred years.

In a rare and gorgeous departure, beloved novelist Alice Hoffman weaves a web of tales, all set in Blackbird House. This small farm on the outer reaches of Cape Cod is a place that is as bewitching and alive as the characters we meet: Violet, a brilliant girl who is in love with books and with a man destined to betray her; Lysander Wynn, attacked by a halibut as big as a horse, certain that his life is ruined until a boarder wearing red boots
arrives to change everything; Maya Cooper, who does not understand the true meaning of the love between her mother and father until it is nearly too late. From the time of the British occupation of Massachusetts to our own modern world, family after family’s lives are inexorably changed, not only by the people they love but by the lives they lead inside Blackbird House.

These interconnected narratives are as intelligent as they are haunting, as luminous as they are unusual. Inside Blackbird House more than a dozen men and women learn how love transforms us and how it is the one lasting element in our lives. The past both dissipates and remains contained inside the rooms of Blackbird House, where there are terrible secrets, inspired beauty, and, above all else, a spirit of coming home.

From the writer Time has said tells "truths powerful enough to break a reader’s heart” comes a glorious travelogue through time and fate, through loss and love and survival. Welcome to Blackbird House.

 
(My note: I love when Ms. Hoffman tells multiple stories through the ages that center around one place. Loved this!)

 
Buy now on Kindle, Paperback, Hardcover, and Audiobook formats.

 

 

The Probable Future

 
Book Description:

 
Alice Hoffman’s most magical novel to date—three generations of extraordinary women are driven to unite in crisis and discover the rewards of reconciliation and love. 

Women of the Sparrow family have unusual gifts. Elinor can detect falsehood. Her daughter, Jenny, can see people’s dreams when they sleep. Granddaughter Stella has a mental window on the future—a future that she might not want to see.

In The Probable Future this vivid and intriguing cast of characters confronts a haunting past—and a very current murder—against the evocative backdrop of small-town New England. By turns chilling and enchanting, The Probable Future chronicles the Sparrows’s legacy as young Stella struggles to cope with her disturbing clairvoyance. Her potential to ruin or redeem becomes unbearable when one of her premonitions puts her father in jail, wrongly accused of homicide. Yet this ordeal also leads Stella to the grandmother she was forbidden to meet and to a historic family home full of talismans from her ancestors.

Poignant, arresting, unsettling, The Probable Future showcases the lavish literary gifts that have made Alice Hoffman one of America’s most treasured writers.


 
Buy now on Kindle, Paperback, Hardcover, or Audiobook Formats.

 

 

The Ice Queen

 
Book Description:

Be careful what you wish for. A woman who was touched by tragedy as a child now lives a quiet life, keeping other people at a cool distance. She even believes she wants it that way. Then one day she utters an idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks a strange and powerful new beginning. After the lightning strike, the chill in her spirit starts to have physical manifestations. She feels frozen from the inside out, and everything red looks as colorless as snow. Hearing of a fellow lightning-strike survivor - a man who was apparently dead for forty minutes, then simply got up and walked away - she goes in search of him. Perhaps Lazarus Jones, as he is known, can teach her to live without fear. He turns out to be her perfect opposite, a man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches. As an obsessive love affair begins between them, both hide their most dangerous secrets - what happened in the past that turned one to ice and the other to fire. And everyone in her fragile network of friends and family will be drawn into the conflagration of their joining. Alice Hoffman has written a magical story of passion, loss, and renewal. With a sparseness and immediacy that only a master could achieve, she illuminates the bonds and mysteries that connect mother and daughter, sister and brother, woman and man.

 
Buy now on Kindle, Paperback, Hardcover, or Audiobook formats.

 

Practical Magic

 
Book Description:

My note: (You’ve seen the movie – so why read the book? Because the book is different than the movie, beautifully written, and gives you so much more of the story than the movie does. A must read!)

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.

One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic...

“Splendid...Practical Magic is one of [Hoffman's] best novels, showing on every page her gift for touching ordinary life as if with a wand, to reveal how extraordinary life really is.”—Newsweek 

 Buy now on Kindle, Paperback, Hardcover, or Audiobook formats.

 
Cheers,
Deanna

 

 

 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Book Review: The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman

Hi all,

I am absolutely falling in love with everything Alice Hoffman has ever written. First there was Faithful, her most recent novel, and now I am going through every one of her novels. The Red Garden is the current one I've read and I loved it! I don't know how I missed out on this talented author's novels before, but I'm making up for it now! Here is more about the book and my review.


The Red Garden

Alice Hoffman



Book Description:
In exquisite prose, Hoffman offers a transforming glimpse of small-town America, presenting more than three hundred years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty, and redemption in a web of tales where characters' lives are intertwined by fate and by their own actions.

The Red Garden introduces us to the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell, Massachusetts, capturing the unexpected turns in its history and in our own lives. From the town's founder, a brave young woman from England who has no fear of blizzards or bears, to the young man who runs away to New York City with only his dog for company, the characters in The Red Garden are extraordinary and vivid: a young wounded Civil War soldier who is saved by a passionate neighbor, a woman who meets a fiercely human historical character, a poet who falls in love with a blind man, a mysterious traveler who comes to town in the year when summer never arrives.

At the center of everyone’s life is a mysterious garden where only red plants can grow, and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look.

Beautifully crafted and shimmering with magic, The Red Garden is as unforgettable as it is moving.
Buy now on:
 
Amazon Kindle: The Red Garden

Paperback
My 5 Star Review:
Absolutely captivating! Alice Hoffman introduces us to the town of Blackwell, Massachusetts from it very conception by accident and down through the centuries. Each chapter is a new story of a person connected to this town in a different time period, but all the stories are entwined with the history of the town and its townspeople. Only Alice Hoffman can create such a magical blend of stories that leaves the reader spellbound. I recommend it to anyone who loves flawless writing and magical stories.
 
About the Author:
Alice Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952 and grew up on Long Island. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Adelphi University, from which she received a BA, and then received a Mirrellees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which she attended in 1973 and 74, receiving an MA in creative writing. She currently lives in Boston and New York.

Hoffman's first novel, Property Of, was written at the age of twenty-one, while she was studying at Stanford, and published shortly thereafter by Farrar Straus and Giroux. She credits her mentor, professor and writer Albert J. Guerard, and his wife, the writer Maclin Bocock Guerard, for helping her to publish her first short story in the magazine Fiction. Editor Ted Solotaroff then contacted her to ask if she had a novel, at which point she quickly began to write what was to become Property Of, a section of which was published in Mr. Solotaroff's magazine, American Review.

Since that remarkable beginning, Alice Hoffman has become one of our most distinguished novelists. She has published a total of eighteen novels, two books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults. Her novel, Here on Earth, an Oprah Book Club choice, was a modern reworking of some of the themes of Emily Bronte's masterpiece Wuthering Heights. Practical Magic was made into a Warner film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Her novel, At Risk, which concerns a family dealing with AIDS, can be found on the reading lists of many universities, colleges and secondary schools. Her advance from Local Girls, a collection of inter-related fictions about love and loss on Long Island, was donated to help create the Hoffman (Women's Cancer) Center at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. Blackbird House is a book of stories centering around an old farm on Cape Cod. Hoffman's recent books include Aquamarine and Indigo, novels for pre-teens, and The New York Times bestsellers The River King, Blue Diary, The Probable Future, and The Ice Queen. Green Angel, a post-apocalyptic fairy tale about loss and love, was published by Scholastic and The Foretelling, a book about an Amazon girl in the Bronze Age, was published by Little Brown. In 2007 Little Brown published the teen novel Incantation, a story about hidden Jews during the Spanish Inquisition, which Publishers Weekly has chosen as one of the best books of the year. In January 2007, Skylight Confessions, a novel about one family's secret history, was released on the 30th anniversary of the publication of Her first novel. Her most recent novel is The Story Sisters (2009), published by Shaye Areheart Books.

Hoffman's work has been published in more than twenty translations and more than one hundred foreign editions. Her novels have received mention as notable books of the year by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Library Journal, and People Magazine. She has also worked as a screenwriter and is the author of the original screenplay "Independence Day" a film starring Kathleen Quinlan and Diane Wiest. Her short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon Review, Redbook, Architectural Digest, Gourmet, Self, and other magazines. Her teen novel Aquamarine was recently made into a film starring Emma Roberts.
Cheers,
Deanna
 

 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Walking Sam Audiobook Giveaway!

Update: The Giveaway is over. Thank you to everyone who entered. The winners have been notified.

Walking Sam Audiobook Giveaway
 
 
 
 
 
January 10th - January 28th
 
Enter to win 1 of 25 copies of the
 
Walking Sam Audiobook!
 
Use the Rafflecopter below to enter or
leave a comment on this page with your
email address so I can contact you.
 
You MUST have an Audible.com account or be willing to
open one in order to claim your prize.
 
Good Luck!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Terms:
Twenty-five winners will receive one download each of the audiobook, WALKING SAM, from Audible.com. Winners must have, or be willing to open, an Audible.com account to download prize. Winners will receive a code to claim their free copy of Walking Sam.
Deanna Lynn Sletten is not responsible if you are unable to download the free copy from Audible.com. No other prize will be given as a replacement. Only people able to open an Audible.com account can enter.
 
 


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year ~ Five Years Publishing and Looking Ahead to 2017




Hi all,

It’s hard to believe that I have just come to the end of my 5th year of publishing novels and am heading into year six. So much has happened since I hit “Publish” that very first time in 2011. I published both Widow, Virgin, Whore and Outlaw Heroes on December 14, 2011, and a month later, I was so excited to see that I had sold fifteen copies between them. What a great start to even more surprises coming throughout the years.

So much has changed over the years and I’ve been lucky enough to grow in both readership and sales. I have not only self-published ten novels on my own but have also been honored to work with Lake Union Publishing on three other novels. I’ve made many new friends all over the world through social media and even had a chance to meet some of my readers, which is always amazing to me. And I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Being able to do something I love and share it with others is incredible. And I have only my readers to thank for that.

Looking ahead, I have a women’s fiction novel, ONE WRONG TURN, coming out on June 20, 2017 from Lake Union Publishing, and it is up for pre-order right now. I also plan on finishing another women’s fiction novel that I will publish in 2018. In-between, there will hopefully be one or two romance novels that I can’t wait to finish and get out to you. One will be my very first Christmas romance, which I am so excited to write. 2017 is going to be a year filled with writing and publishing, and I’m eager for it to begin!

I’m also excited to share that I will be creating audio books of all of my self-published books starting with Walking Sam and Summer of the Loon. I’ll be sure to let everyone know when the audio books are available. Walking Sam should be available sometime during the first week of January.
 
 
 

I want to thank all my readers who have stood by me from the very beginning in 2011 and also all of the readers who have found my books throughout the years. Without you, none of this would have happened, and I truly appreciate your support.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year and I hope that all your dreams come true in 2017!

 

Cheers,

Deanna

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