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Author event and giveaway: Sarah Addison Allen

March 6, 2014

Sarah Addison Allen

I’m rather embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read any of Sarah Addison Allen‘s books.  I know a lot of people who love her work, though, so it was a no brainer for me to go to her Book Your Lunch event and boy, am I glad I did!  Sarah is charming and delightful!

Sarah was lucky enough to be born and raised in Asheville and attended the University of North Carolina – Asheville.  Her father was a writer for the newspaper.

Sarah said she didn’t start writing seriously until she graduated from college and it took her twelve years to earn a living at it.  She wrote more than 20 books before Garden Spells.  It was her first book with magical realism.  That element was unintentional but she let the story go where it was going.  She said her writing even surprises her.  She describes her books as southern stories with romance and second chances with a touch of magical realism and says “I can’t write a book without a happy ending.”

It’s been four years since Sarah has done a book tour because she was diagnosed with cancer in January of 2011.  She spent a full year of treatment and finally had a clear scan.  She’s been in remission for two years now and says her life after cancer is a better one.  She says life is too short so we should all seek happiness.

Fans will be glad to know that a sequel to Garden Spells will be out soon.  In the meantime, everyone can enjoy Sarah’s latest book, Lost Lake.

The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future.

That was half a life ago. Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby’s past. Her husband George is long passed. Most of her demanding extended family are gone. All that’s left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and damp, and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own unspoken dreams and desires.

It’s a lot, but not enough to keep Eby from relinquishing  Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand, and calling this her final summer at the lake. Until one last chance at family knocks on her door.

Lost Lake is where Kate Pheris spent her last best summer at the age of twelve,  before she learned of loneliness, and heartbreak, and loss. Now she’s all too familiar with those things, but she knows about hope too, thanks to her resilient daughter Devin, and her own willingness to start moving forward. Perhaps at Lost Lake her little girl can cling to her own childhood for just a little longer… and maybe Kate herself can rediscover something that slipped through her fingers so long ago.

Lost LakeI got Sarah to autograph a copy of Lost Lake for one lucky reader.  To enter to win an autographed copy of LOST LAKE, 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 Thursday, March 20, 2014.    Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

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29 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2014 5:10 am

    Thanks so much for making this an international giveaway!

  2. Patty permalink
    March 6, 2014 7:39 am

    I love that you love her…I have been reading her for forever!

  3. March 6, 2014 8:31 am

    I have only read one of her books ~ The Sugar Queen. I liked it a lot and will read more as I can. Thanks for sharing a look into her life and her newest book.

  4. March 6, 2014 9:11 am

    I read this one a few weeks ago and enjoyed it quite a bit. It was a feel-good book with a little magic! Fun!

  5. March 6, 2014 9:33 am

    I got to narrate two of Sarah’s books and love her style!

  6. March 6, 2014 10:20 am

    Want 😀

  7. March 6, 2014 10:24 am

    You’re welcome, and thank you for entering me. I did read Garden Spells. That’s the only one. I like the way she writes and her stories.

  8. March 6, 2014 11:37 am

    Thanks for telling us about your latest Book Your Lunch adventure and for the generous giveaway! I’ve been really interested in this book, and now I’m curious about Garden Spells.

  9. March 6, 2014 12:17 pm

    I am also new to Sarah’s books, but I have a copy of this one and plan to dig into it soon! Thanks for the review and information on Sarah, I’m looking forward to the book even more now. Always jealous of the Book Your Lunch events….so special!

  10. March 6, 2014 12:23 pm

    That’s so great there is going to be a sequel to Garden Spells!! I have to admit when I read it ages ago I didn’t think I was going to like it at all, but I love her!

  11. March 6, 2014 12:41 pm

    I love Sarah Addison Allen! I began reading her while I was living in NC and since her books are based there I instantly connected. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. March 6, 2014 1:57 pm

    Thank you for this giveaway, Kathy! I will add it to my blog’s sidebar. 🙂

  13. March 6, 2014 2:41 pm

    What a fantastic giveaway! So nice of you to get a signed copy. 🙂

  14. Marjorie permalink
    March 6, 2014 2:45 pm

    I love the storyline of this novel and would love to read it.

  15. talesofwhimsy permalink
    March 6, 2014 3:25 pm

    I looove her. SO jealous that you met her.

  16. March 6, 2014 5:25 pm

    Lucky you! A sequel to Garden Spells is a great excuse for a reread! I’ll have read all her books once I get Lost Lake started 🙂

  17. March 6, 2014 5:37 pm

    I just requested this-hope I get it soon! Great post.

  18. March 6, 2014 7:39 pm

    I love Sarah’s books, I’m sorry to hear she’s had a difficult time,glad she is better . Looking forward to reading this new adventure.

  19. March 6, 2014 7:47 pm

    I have read and loved all her books. Glad to know about the sequel.

  20. March 7, 2014 12:19 am

    It’s wonderful that Sarah beat cancer!! So happy for her!

  21. March 7, 2014 10:23 am

    Kathy you just have to read one of her books! She’s a wonderful writer. I’m so glad she’s cancer free now and doing well.

  22. March 7, 2014 12:40 pm

    Sarah Addison Allen is my favorite author! I am so excited to hear Garden Spells is going to have a sequel 🙂 And I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this giveaway!

  23. March 7, 2014 6:40 pm

    Would like to be counted in for this one. Thank you for sharing.

  24. March 7, 2014 10:01 pm

    I’m another one who hasn’t read any of Sarah’s books yet but keep hearing wonderful things about them.

  25. March 8, 2014 11:49 am

    She is one of my favorite writers. I have read Garden Spells and Sugar Queen. Lost Lake is definitely on my to read list!!

  26. March 8, 2014 8:40 pm

    I’ve never read anything by Sarah either. But she’s definitely an author I keep hearing about, and I’d love to finally discover if she’s one I’d love as well.

  27. March 9, 2014 10:50 am

    I haven’t read Sarah Allen’s books, but have heard good things. How nice that you got to meet her, I enjoy going to book events like this as well.

  28. March 10, 2014 9:04 pm

    I’ve read all of her books except this one {yet} and soooooo wanted to attend that Book Your Lunch ~ that was one of our snow weeks here in GA so I was stuck inside. So happy she is feeling better and writing again. Her books can make anyone happy and hopeful. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  29. March 15, 2014 5:52 pm

    I’ve read it – so I won’t enter your wonderful giveaway! – but I just loved it!! I love all her books. She seems like an incredibly nice person,too. Beth 🙂

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