With Gratitude and Warm Holiday Wishes

My Dear Friend,

Last month, my twenty-first novel, Every Breath, was released and since then I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of kind words and messages from readers. Thanks to you and them, Every Breath debuted as the #1 book on the New York Times Bestsellers list! I am grateful for everyone that embraced the book and for each fan that has shared how much they enjoyed it with their friends and family. 

It was also a special treat to have so many people come out to see me while I was traveling for the book’s tour. I continue to look over the pictures from events and always appreciate the opportunity to visit and talk with readers. Thank you to those that attended the events and the hard working folks that put it all together.

Last, I’ve mentioned previously that some of my inspiration for Every Breath came from a secluded North Carolina beach mailbox known as “Kindred Spirit” and, in celebration of the book’s release, my publisher is generously sponsoring a digital mailbox to try to bring some of Kindred Spirit’s magic online. I’d like to shine a light on the fans that have shared their own writing and stories at DearEveryBreath.com. Their letters, ranging from inspiring to humorous to heartbreaking, help remind us all of the power of love along with its challenges, its risks, and most of all, its rewards. If you haven’t visited the digital mailbox website yet, I hope you will find the time to do so soon and that it warms your heart the way it has mine.

Wishing you a warm and happy holiday,

Every Breath is in stores nationwide!

My new novel, Every Breath, is on sale now! In some of the interviews I’ve done so far this week, I’ve been asked what my goals are for this book, and I have to say that all I ever want to do is to write a story that you really enjoy and are glad you read. I enjoyed bringing Hope and Tru to life, and I hope you can say that you really enjoyed reading about them.

My book tour officially kicks off in New York City. While a handful of the events are sold out, some still have tickets available. Please check my events page for more details on events taking place near you. I’m spending a good part of my tour in North and South Carolina, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, especially my hometown of New Bern. I’m also keeping those affected by Hurricane Michael in my thoughts and prayers. I’ve donated to the Red Cross, as well as the Merci Clinic in New Bern, if you’d like to do the same.

Last but not least, I’m excited to share that a special edition of Every Breath is available at Barnes and Noble. This exclusive version of the novel features an essay by me about the lost art of letter writing.

I look forward to hearing what you think about Every Breath, and I hope to see many of you on tour.

Sincerely yours,

Behind the Scenes Inspiration for Every Breath

In less than a week, my new novel, Every Breath, will be on store shelves! Right now, I’d like to share with you a little behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration for this book, which came from two very separate places.

The first bit of inspiration was a familiar destination in my home state of North Carolina. There is a mailbox, well known to locals as “Kindred Spirit,” that sits out on a secluded stretch of coastline -- it’s a place where passersby fill a journal with their thoughts, fears, and dreams -- and while it has a rich history all its own, what has stayed with me all these years is the romantic notion of a lonely mailbox in the middle of nowhere filled with handwritten notes of love, loss, and hope.

The Kindred Spirit mailbox at Sunset Beach, NC

I then came up with the character of Tru when I was traveling in Africa. I was so impressed with the welcoming people, the exotic landscape, and the natural beauty and wildlife that I wanted to find a way to include a character from Zimbabwe into one of my books. I just had to figure out how to get him to North Carolina…. You can see some of my personal photos above as well as a short video clip about my travels for more insight.

I hope you enjoy reading about Tru and Hope, two strangers whose paths cross unexpectedly, and whose chance encounter becomes a touchstone for two vastly different individuals -- transcending decades, continents, and the bittersweet workings of fate.

Sincerely yours,

P.S. As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, the Every Breath book tour will be kicking off on release day, October 16, with my first stop in New York City. As of the writing of this newsletter, all scheduled tour events across the US remain on the calendar. Please continue to check this website for tour details. I look forward to seeing you on the road.

Book Tour News!

The release of my next book, Every Breath, comes the chance to visit with many of you during my book tour. I’m excited to share the US tour dates and locations that have just been finalized. Visit my website for the full list of book tour details. Please note that some of the events are ticketed due to limited space and they may sell out, so I encourage you to buy tickets early. I hope I get to meet you somewhere along the way.

If you haven’t heard yet, Two by Two is now available in paperback. Readers that pick up a copy of this latest edition are able to get a first look preview of Every Breath, but as a thank you for subscribing to my mailing list, here is a link to the excerpt of my new book and special author's note just for you. Let me know what you think of it on FacebookTwitter and Instagram by posting about it using #everybreath. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading about these new characters as much as I enjoyed writing about them.

In the meantime, I’m humbled to have one of my most popular novels, The Notebook, included in PBS’ “The Great American Read”. A new eight-part television competition and nationwide campaign, the program explores the power of books and the joy of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved novels. As an avid reader myself, it is wonderful to see so many novels that I have personally enjoyed put together in one place. Watch celebrity interviews online and vote for your best-loved book before the series returns this fall at pbs.org.

Last but not least, thank you for your continued support. I look forward to sharing more news about my upcoming novel, Every Breath, with you shortly … stay tuned!

Sincerely yours,

PBS’ The Great American Read

This summer, I’m incredibly honored to have one of my most popular novels, The Notebook, included in PBS’ The Great American Read. A new eight-part television competition and nationwide campaign, the program explores the power of books and the joy of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved novels. As an avid reader myself, it is wonderful to see so many novels that I have personally enjoyed put together in one place. Watch related videos and vote for your best-loved book before the series returns this fall!

 

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