My Next Book!

I’m so excited to share the cover for my next book, SWIMMING FOR SUNLIGHT, out in April from Touchstone Books! These characters are so near and dear to my heart and I can’t wait for you to meet them.

Here’s a description: 

Aspiring costume designer Katie gave up everything in her divorce to gain custody of her fearful, faithful rescue dog, Barkimedes. While she figures out what to do next, she heads back to Florida to live with her grandmother, Nan.

But Katie quickly learns there’s a lot she doesn’t know about Nan—like the fact that in her youth Nan was a mermaid performer in a roadside attraction show, swimming and dancing underwater with a close-knit cast of talented women. Although most of the mermaids have since lost touch, Katie helps Nan search for her old friends on Facebook, sparking hopes for a reunion show. Katie is up for making some fabulous costumes, but first, she has to contend with her crippling fear of water.

As Katie’s college love Luca, a documentary filmmaker, enters the fray, Katie struggles to balance her hopes with her anxiety and begins to realize just how much Bark’s fears are connected to her own, in this thoughtful, charming novel about hope after loss and friendships that span generations.

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Instantly French!

Are you an Instant Pot devotee too? I had the pleasure of testing the vegetable recipes* from Ann Mah’s new cookbook, INSTANTLY FRENCH. Not only did I fall in love with the elegant simplicity of recipes for poached pears, braised peppers, and Moroccan chickpea stew, but I learned how to better use my Instant Pot in the process.

With Instant Pot cooking, sometimes it’s easy for spices to get drowned out, but Ann always gets the seasoning exactly right, and it makes cooking from (and eating) these recipes a joyful experience.

The other thing I love about this book is that the recipes I tried didn’t add pain to my grocery bill. One of my favorite soups, (called “Ribs, stems, roots, leaves”) used parts of veggies I might have tossed, to make something delicious!

Our favorite in this house is Ann’s poached leeks with vinaigrette recipe (pictured). I did not know leeks could be a main ingredient before this! It’s amazing.

So, if you’re headed into winter and craving some hearty, homecooked food, I highly, highly recommend this book!

“Ann Mah takes a very classic – and extremely personal – look at the popular electric pressure cooker. Here is how I describe her studied approach: inquisitive, detailed, precise, adventuresome, accurate. Bravo!” –Patricia Wells, journalist, author, and multiple James Beard Award winner, living in Paris and Provence

*While this cookbook isn’t vegan (and I am), I believe this book is worth it for the veggies recipes alone. I made all of the veggie recipes without oil, left out non-vegan ingredients, and was still completely thrilled with the results. I can imagine if you’re an eat-everything person, you’ll also be in heaven with this book.

 

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THE MOON SISTERS Audiobook Giveaway!

 

 

Two of my favorite people made an audiobook together! THE MOON SISTERS by Therese Walsh is out in paperback and audio this week and Julia Whelan (who’s the narrator for STAY and WHY CAN’T I BE YOU) is the narrator!

I’m so excited about this beautiful combination! And I have an audiobook code for a one-time listen from Downpour to give away to one lucky person!

CONTEST CLOSED

“Walsh has written a beautiful, lush novel fueled by a fairy-tale journey of grief, love, and will-o’-the-wisps. Fans of coming-of-age novels will be drawn in and may never want to leave.” —Library Journal (*starred review*)

“Both heartbreaking and hopeful, the Moon sisters’ journey is no quixotic quest, and readers will find themselves completely immersed in their transformative search. This magical, moving tale is not to be missed.” —Booklist (*starred review*)

“Luminous…Walsh explores how the sisters’ experience of the outside world transforms their views of each other and themselves, in a book packed with invention and rich characterizations.”

—Publishers Weekly