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Indie Next Pick!

All the Winters After was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as one if its Next Great Reads: "Two young, damaged souls are at the heart of this beautifully written novel, and the wild dangerous beauty of Alaska is present throughout. Perfect for book groups!" — Patricia Worth, River Reader Books, Lexington, MOmore

RT Book Reviews Top Pick!

RT Book Reviews named All the Winters After a Top Pick, calling it, "a poignant tale of grief, love, and self-discovery." — Sarah Frobishermore

Chosen by

The Underside of Joy makes's list of Mesmerizing Books to Devour on a Long Flight! … more

UK edition now available

The UK edition is now available at AmazonUK, and there is a special promotion e-book price of £1.99 for a limited time here!

BookPage Top 20 books of 2012 (so far!)

So honored to be in the company of such fine books … more

Early Buzz for the UK edition out May 10th

Excited to see these reviews from readers in the UK … more

Chosen as a Turnrow 20

I've heard Turnrow Book Co. is a gorgeous bookstore in Mississippi. Gratitude to owners Kelly and Jamie … more

Washington Independent Review of Books Recommendation for Book Clubs


Featured in the Press Democrat

Meg McConahey did a great job on this article … more

Featured with other books set in Sonoma County

Another PD article, this time alongside my talented writer friends, Melanie Thorne, Joan Frank, and Jennifer Chiaverini … more

A Novel Idea Radio Show

Radio interview with the lovely Rosemary Manchester … more

Reading With Robin Podcast

So fun to chat with my new friend Robin Kall … more

BlogHer Book Club selection

I'm thrilled that The Underside of Joy is the BlogHer Book Club selection for January 18th … more

France Loisirs Super Premiere selection for March - May

The French book club France Loisirs has selected The Underside of Joy (Le Bonheur Côté Pile) as the Super Premiere of its second catalogue of 2012 (March - April - May) There are only four books chosen per year, with a guaranteed 120,000 copies sold!

Audiobook edition coming soon ...

The audiobook of The Underside of Joy is coming soon. The lovely and talented actress Geneva Carr magically brings Ella Beene's voice to life.

U.K. book cover unveiled

I love the US cover of The Underside of Joy. And now here's the UK cover, which I also love. Lots of book cover love going on here.

To be published in 13 languages in 15 countries!

Thanks to agents extraordinaire Elisabeth Weed, Jenny Meyer, and Stephanie Sun, The Underside of Joy will be published in 15 countries and territories, in 13 languages: The US, The UK Commonwealth Countries and Territories, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Taiwan, Israel, and Romania.

The Underside of Joy chosen as one of six books for the BEA Editors Buzz Panel

BEA has announced the selected books -- and the editorial reps touting them -- that will be headling its three buzz panels … more

Harper UK buys The Underside of Joy

HarperCollins has pre-emptively bought a début novel subject to fierce bidding internationally … more

My agent discusses my query letter for The Underside of Joy

There seems to be a lot of chatter out there on how to write a cover letter. How long should a letter be? Do you include comp titles? What if you have no "platform"? And … more