Author event and giveaway: Karen White
When I saw Karen White was coming back for another Book Your Lunch event, I quickly signed up. I’ve met Karen on several occasions and have always found her charming but I’d forgotten just how funny she is. Karen kept the audience laughing even as she updated us on her latest happenings.
Karen says she has 3 kids – a girl, a boy, and a dog – and the dog is her favorite. Her daughter is currently in college and her son will start college in the fall. Both of her children scored well on writing tests but, so far, neither has shown an interest in writing.
Karen writes what she calls Grit Lit – southern fiction with female protagonists and reluctant heroines. She has lived in the South for 20 years but her southern roots go way back.
Sea Change was released on June 5 – it’s Karen’s 15th novel and it’s the hardest book she’s ever written. The sequel to Falling Home will be released on January 2013 and readers will have to wait until January 2014 for the next Tradd Street book. Karen started the series in 2006 and says they’re her favorite of the books she’s written. She told us people who know her well say she’s like Melanie, but she denies it.
About Sea Change:
For Ava Whalen, a new marriage and a move to St. Simons Island means a new beginning. But what she doesn’t realize is that her marriage will take her on an unexpected journey into the deep recesses of her past that will transform her forever…
For as long as she can remember, Ava Whalen has struggled with a sense of not belonging, and now, at thirty-five, she still feels stymied by her family. Then she meets child psychologist Matthew Frazier, and thinks her days of loneliness are behind her. After a whirlwind romance, they impulsively elope, and Ava moves to Matthew’s ancestral home on St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia.
But after the initial excitement, Ava is surprised to discover that true happiness continues to elude her. There is much she doesn’t know about Matthew, including the mysterious circumstances surrounding his first wife’s death. And her new home seems to hold as many mysteries and secrets as her new husband. Feeling adrift, Ava throws herself into uncovering Matthew’s family history and that of the island, not realizing that she has a connection of her own to this place—or that her obsession with the past could very well destroy her future.
I got Karen to autograph a copy of Sea Change for one lucky reader. To enter to win an autographed copy of SEA CHANGE, simply fill out the entry form. Contest is open worldwide – one entry per person, please. I will use random.org to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EDT Saturday, July 14, 2012. Winner will be announced on Sunday, July 15, 2012. Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.