Sunday, January 30, 2011

Angel Sister - Ready, Set, Go!


It's finally here. Angel Sister's official release date is Tuesday, February 1. I haven't been bookstore hopping so don't know if it's out there yet, but I'm hoping it is. It's somewhere because my editor let me know the book has already gone into a second printing. That's exciting! But I'm already so excited about this book finally being out for readers that good news like that is just icing on the cake. It's been a long time from when I wrote The End to maybe you as a reader picking it up and turning to Chapter 1. Longer than usual because we wanted the Shaker books to come out first.

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But now it's Angel Sister's turn. The top picture is part of the back cover. I love the picture of Kate and Lorena playing. Of course Lorena on the front cover has been stealing people's hearts from the beginning. The cover art people at Revell do such a fantastic job with all my book covers, but with this one it's as if they lifted my little girl character, Lorena Birdsong, up out of the book and took her picture. She is just as I imagined her and the look on her face is perfect too. After you read the story, you can tell me if you think so too.
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This story is straight from my heart. And from my mom's heart too since the seed of the idea came from all the stories she and her sisters used to tell about growing up during the Depression years. While the characters and story are completely fictional, the background of the story owes a lot of my mom's stories. The father in the story is a blacksmith. My grandfather was a blacksmith. The father in the story served in France during WW I. My grandfather was an army cook in France in WW I. My mom had three sisters and Kate in the book has three sisters - sort of. My mom used to tell about a couple of odd characters that gave birth to Fern and Graham in my story.
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So the shadow of my mom's stories lingers throughout the book even though I made up the characters and what happened to them. I think that's why I'm so excited about this book. It feels like a gift I'm giving my mom. The sad part of that is my mom has dementia now and while she is still able to know I wrote the story with her background in mind, she can't really retain the words well enough to read it. She did read it in manuscript a couple of years ago, so that's good. But that too has leaked out of her memory. Even so, I'm happy to share her spirit with readers. My mom says they didn't have many things when they were kids, but they had plenty of the most important thing - love. So I hope if you read Angel Sister you will recognize that love and embrace my mom's story.
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I'm sending out a newsletter tomorrow with details of a new giveaway to celebrate Angel Sister. Four ways to win. Sign up for the newsletter from my website http://www.annhgabhart.com/. The ways to win will also be posted on the Events and News page of my website. The prizes aren't big, but the contest is fun. I'll give more details Wednesday. There will be lots of other chances to win an autographed copy of Angel Sister on various internet sites too over the next few weeks.
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As always thanks for reading and I appreciate your comments and e-mails - every one. Hope you had a weekend of sunshine the way we did here. And let me assure you, we needed that sunshine on our shoulders.

8 comments:

  1. Angel Sister sounds wonderful. I cannot wait to get it and read it.

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  2. Thanks, Tonya. I hope you enjoy the story when you get a chance to read it.

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  3. Yes, I am reading this book as well. I am 14 years old myself and can really relate to Kate. Its a great book so far. Almost finished with it. Anyways, I was just wandering who is the little girl on the front cover?

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  4. Hi, Stefani. So glad you decided to read my story about the Merritt family and even happier that you are living the story alongside Kate. The little girl on the cover is a model picked because she looks like how I imagined Lorena Birdsong in the book. Do you think she looks like Lorena? On the back is the picture of Lorena and Kate. Thanks for your comment. I love hearing from readers.

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  5. Yes, I think she looks a lot like I imagined Lorena Birdsong... Have you ever considered maybe making it into a movie? Although movies are mostly different from the books and leave out the most important parts, I believe it would still be very good. I cried when they took Lorena away. Ha..

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  6. It would be fun - I think - for one of my books to be made into a movie, but I've heard other writers who weren't so happy with the resulting story. As you say, they have to leave some stuff out. And I cry a lot of the time when I'm reading a book. That just means you are really into the story and if the story happenings are sad, then you're sad too.

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  7. Yes, true. But I suppose that if you stand your ground and tell them exactly how you want it to be and really play a part in directing it and such it will be good. I just finished the book and really good job on it! Yes, I cry all the time reading. I am actually writing my own book and I have written a few poems as well. I love reading and writing so maybe one day you'll be crying to one of my stories (: But if "Angel Sister" ever does become a movie, let me know, because I would love to audition for the role of Kate. (:

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  8. A writer and an actress, too. And I'll look forward to living a story with your characters someday, Stefani. Hope you read many more good books. That's one of the best ways to get better at writing - by reading. And practicing writing.

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