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Such Fun Recording the Lost Roses Audio Book

I loved the Lilac Girls audio book and when it came to casting the prequel Lost Roses I asked if Kathleen Gati, (below) who played the Polish Kasia could join us again and play Sofya, a Russian former-aristocrat. Thanks to Penguin-Random House Audio’s Kelly Gildea my wish came true. Kathleen is an incredible actress, (you can see her currently on General Hospital playing the villainous Dr. Liesel Obrecht), an incredibly charming person and a master of accents, so it’s no wonder she made the part of lovely Sofya come alive so beautifully.

Kathleen teamed up once again with engineer and actor extraordinaire Dr. Bruce Mann.

My author’s note, which took me ages to get right. Don’t know how the voice actors make it look so easy.

Right out of the gate had to take a break when I got choked up reading the dedication, to my two daughters who inspired the sisters in Lost Roses. Glad I’m not quitting my day job.

Action shot of me taking yet another take.

Fangirling in the lobby.

 

Look for the Lost Roses audio book next month to pre-order, with Tavia Gilbert as Eliza Ferriday (Caroline’s mother), Karissa Vacker as peasant girl Varinka and Catherine Taber as Sofya’s little sister Luba and of course Kathleen Gati as former-aristocrat Sofya. Cannot WAIT to hear it all put together.

An Amazing Time at ALA Midwinter 2019 with Fabulous Authors

Had a wonderful time in Seattle for the American Library Association 2019 midwinter meeting. Not only is Seattle such a fun city, the Penguin-Random House staff took such good care of us (the wonderful Kelly Coyle-Crivelli and Sydney Czech, above) and it was so much fun sharing Lost Roses with librarians. But the highlight was sitting alongside my fellow PRH authors: Jayson Greene, Steven Rowley (above) and Blake Crouch (sadly, Chuck Wendig was sick and couldn’t make it.) It was fascinating listening to them share the stories of their books—all coming soon. I’ve included a little info about their books below. All sure to be incredible reads.

RECURSION by Blake Crouch    Pub date June 11   “All across the country, people are waking up to lives different from the ones they fell asleep to. Are they suffering from False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious new disease that afflicts people with vivid memories of a life they never lived? Or something more sinister?”  Cant wait to dig into this mind-bending thriller I know will keep me up nights turning pages.

‘THE EDITOR by Steven Rowley    Pub date April 2nd.  “From the bestselling author of the fabulous Lily and the Octopus comes a novel about a struggling writer who gets his big break, with a little help from the most famous woman in America.” Hearing the charming and relentlessly funny Steven Rowley share anecdotes about this novel about Jackie O. sent it straight to the top of my TBR pile.

ONCE MORE WE SEE STARS by Jayson Greene   Pub date May 14   Cheryl Strayed’s lovely quote says it best about this exquisite debut novel:  “A gripping and beautiful book about the power of love and loss in the face of unimaginable loss.” In one sitting I finished this beautifully written account of two parents’ devastating loss and the hope it ultimately ushers in.  So uplifting and inspiring.

 

 

Caroline Ferriday’s Letter from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Caroline Ferriday’s archives are filled with interesting bits of history, but this is one of my favorites. It may just be a standard thank you letter, but it’s beautifully written, heartfelt and sincere. I especially love the phrase “dungeon of despair,” and the fact it is addressed to Ms. Ferriday. And I love looking at that signature, too. Not written in some a computer-generated hand, but by Dr. King himself.

As we celebrate Martin Luther King’s life this holiday it’s comforting and inspiring to revisit this connection between these two incredible people, however small. Thank you to Peg Shimer and Dorothy Ambruso of the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Gardens for making this letter available to me, two of the wonderful people at Connecticut Landmarks dedicated to keeping Caroline’s legacy alive.

Lost Roses Dust Jacket Hot Off the Presses

I was thrilled to see this lovely hardcover dust jacket in the mail this morning, courtesy of the best editor ever, Kara Cesare at Ballantine. In person it is even more beautiful, the title in red foil. I love the details, like this tiny tour Eiffel on the spine.

It is enjoying a new spot on my Lilac Girls shelf. Guess I’d better make a new shelf for Lost Roses. 🙂

Just added China and Germany–Thirty Foreign Editions for Lilac Girls.

It has been so moving to see the foreign editions of Lilac Girls arrive at my door. Some use the original cover art, some change the title (love France’s Lilacs only Bloom After a Harsh Winter title) and some reinterpret the art in their own way. (Russia in lower right is the latest.) Was especially excited to hear Lilac Girls went to #1 in Norway. So exciting. Can’t wait to see Israel, China and Germany soon!