Oh, my. The vacation truly is over, and August is not only here but nearly a fourth over. How’d that happen?
I’ve been home almost four full days now, and I still haven’t managed to put everything away or get completely organized on the home front. However, my head is back into my WIP (the second book in the Where the Heart Lives series) and I’ve had some good writing days.
Speaking of Where the Heart Lives, the author copies of the first book in the series, Belonging , landed in boxes on my front patio yesterday. That means it’s probably arriving in warehouses this week and will soon be making its way up the chains to the retail outlets. At right is a snapshot from my Mac. Isn’t the cover just exquisite? I’ve had lots of great covers over the years, but this one really appeals to me.
Belonging has received a couple of terrific advance reviews, including a Starred Review from Library Journal. And two of my favorite authors have sent endorsements, saying:
“Belonging is vintage Robin Lee Hatcher: a touching, tender love story, filled with genuine conflict and characters that quietly build a nest in your heart. A skillful blend of description, emotion, and spiritual reflection, Belonging will sweep you away to late nineteenth-century Idaho, glad to have a seasoned novelist driving your buckboard wagon with a sure hand. By story’s end you’ll no doubt sigh with relief, smile with delight, and turn back to page one for a second visit with our determined Miss K. Loved it!”
— Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times best-selling author of Mine Is the Night
Tender, evocative, and beautifully written, Belonging is a journey about love after loss, and about two hearts destined to become one––despite their stubbornness! Belonging is Robin Lee Hatcher at her best!
–– Tamera Alexander, best-selling author of Within My Heart and The Inheritance
And one more thing in relation to Belonging. It is already available in audio from Christianaudio.com. In fact, this bookstore has several audio books of mine that aren’t available on Amazon/Audible or iTunes (Belonging, In His Arms, Promised to Me, The Victory Club, Firstborn). Not sure why that is, but publishing (as I’ve said before many times) is strange. So if you like to listen to audiobooks as I do, you should check them out.
Since on my road trip vacation I was many hours in my car alone, save Poppet who isn’t much of a conversationalist, I had time to listen to a couple of audiobooks. First, I listened to the newly released (this spring) recording of one of my own books, Patterns of Love. The narrator did a great job with the Swedish accents of the characters. I was quite pleased. And since it has been more than a decade since I wrote and revised this RITA Award winning book, it was almost like new to me.
The second book was Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush. Oh my. This was such a good book. I loved many things about it, but I especially liked seeing the life of a presidency through the eyes of a first lady. The style is warm and honest, and there was more than one surprise in the book for me. There were also times when I teared up (not good when driving 65 mph on the freeway), especially during parts about 9/11.
Well, it’s time I opened up the WIP and got to writing. Have a word quota to make. Blessings on your days.