Well wishes and a new book announcement for The Wish

My Dear Friend, 

Once again, I hope that this letter finds you, your family, and your friends safe and well. 

I’m thrilled to be able to write to you with a surprise and share the good news that my next novel, The Wish, is set to be released this fall on September 28!

Despite its many challenges, the past year presented me with the opportunity of extra time at home, which, in turn, allowed me extra time to write. Many years ago, I wrote about discovering my love for travel in my memoir, Three Weeks With My Brother. Since then, I have taken many trips with friends and family all over the world. It’s one of the things I missed most during this time of worldwide shutdown. Fueled by that inspiration, I began to craft a story that wove together my love of small towns, the allure of big cities, and the irresistible pull that I’ve long felt towards international travel and all the new experiences that come with it. Photos from past trips shown below are just a few of the many that I kept beside me while I wrote The Wish.

Nicholas Sparks Travel Photo Collage

Of course, at the heart of the novel is a love story about two characters, Maggie Dawes and Bryce Trickett, who meet as teenagers in Ocracoke, a remote village on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. As decades pass and settings change, we see how love can often set us on a course that we never could have imagined. 
 
I can’t wait for you to read The Wish this fall and, in the coming months, I look forward to being able to share exclusive previews and special content from the novel with you. There are also some great summer and fall reader giveaways being planned by my publisher, and I hope that by the fall, I’ll be able to join you on the road again.

Until then, I invite you to check out the official page for The Wish that includes the full story description and online pre-order links. 

Sincerely yours,

Nicholas Sparks

P.S. If you’ve had a chance to read my most recent novel, The Return, let me know what you think by sending me a message on FacebookTwitter or Instagram. Being able to continue to connect with readers and fans is always a bright spot in my day.

Holiday Greetings, Winter 2020

Dear Friend,

This fall, my twenty-second novel, The Return, was released and I have been humbled by the heartwarming responses that I’ve received from readers. Writing the book was an absolute pleasure for me which makes it all the sweeter that The Return debuted as #1 on the New York Times bestseller list! This year has been particularly challenging all around the world and this holiday season, I want to express my gratitude to you, all my readers and the fans that have continued to believe in the power of storytelling. Whether you are a long-time reader of my work or just picked up The Return on impulse because you were looking for an escape, please know how much I appreciate you. 

I also want to express thanks to the readers that came out this fall to see me on my socially-distanced book tour. While it may not have been what we’ve all come to expect from such events, the dedication to health and safety shown by our bookseller hosts was remarkable. This was also the first time we partnered with select independent bookshops to offer thousands of hand-signed books for pickup and delivery to local readers that didn’t feel comfortable attending a book tour event in person. Making connections with readers is one of my favorite parts of being an author, and I was happy to be able to continue the tradition of touring with a new novel even in this difficult year.

In the spirit of surprise and spreading joy, there is something special about all hardcover editions of The Return: the paper jacket that wraps the book is reversible! As the video below shows, you can simply take off the cover and flip it around to see beautiful winter themed artwork.

Something extra special about the hardcover of Nicholas Sparks's latest mega bestseller The Return: it has a reversible cover for the holidays!

Last, as we head into the holiday shopping season, there are a number of related deals and Black Friday specials for my novels that you’ll be seeing online and in major retail stores. I also want to share my love for supporting small business owners and, of course, local bookshops. I’m thrilled to say that this December, my publisher will be running a holiday giveaway on social media that highlights a selection of speciality and handmade gifts made by local businesses in my hometown of New Bern, NC. I hope you’ll take a moment to explore some of the unique gift options from shops just around the corner from you this holiday season.

Sending you warm wishes for a happy and healthy holiday as well as a new year full of opportunities and promise.

Nicholas Sparks

The Return is now available!

I am looking forward to my new novel, The Return, being out in the world and hearing what all of you think. I’m also looking forward to seeing some of you on my socially distant book tour (details and ticket information can be found here on my website). I am grateful to be able to support booksellers during these challenging times, and I appreciate everyone who has worked so hard to make these events possible and safe.

If you can’t make it to an event in person, I hope you'll tune in online for my virtual event on September 30 with author Elin Hilderbrand. It will be hosted by Warwick’s, the country's oldest continuously family-owned and operated bookstore, and they, along with other select independent bookstores across the US, are offering a limited number of signed copies of The Return for reader pick up or delivery.

There is also a special offer for my readers from Walmart right now. With any in-store purchase of The Return, you can receive your choice of a free Nicholas Sparks audiobook (details will be on your store receipt).

The Return is set in my hometown of New Bern, North Carolina, which has been a constant source of inspiration for me. Additional inspiration for the book came to me in other ways, which I've shared in this video:

Inspiration Video for The Return
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks talks about the inspirations behind his new novel, The Return. Now available everywhere books are sold.

Again, I look forward to connecting with you - online, in person or whatever way it will be - during my book tour in the coming weeks. In the meantime, be safe and well.

Sincerely yours,

Nicholas Sparks

P.S. If you finish The Return and need some other books to read, here are some that I’ve been enjoying lately:

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, The Nickel Boys is loosely based on events that occurred at the Arthur Dozier reformatory school in Florida.  In the novel, the reformatory school is known as The Nickel Academy and it tells the story of Elwood Curtis and the abuse he suffered there.  His only friend, another boy named Turner, tries to teach Curtis lessons for survival in what he views as a cruel world.  The language and writing style make the entire story sing with authenticity while the slowly mounting horror keeps the pages turning.  It is a novel that will make you think.

Show them You’re Good:  A Portrait of Boys in the City of Angels the Year Before College by Jeff Hobbs This non-fiction book follows four young men as they prepare for college; all four are deftly drawn, and the reader can’t help but reflect back on that stressful period of their own life.  The book follows them through various adolescent rituals, while highlighting the personal challenges that each of them face.  Above all, it’s simply well-written.

Book Tour Update, Giveaway & Exclusive Online Preview

As we all navigate these challenging times, I can’t help but be grateful for connections that I have with readers. This would normally be the time that I’d be announcing a list of signing appearances for my latest novel, The Return, which will be available in stores on September 29. Unfortunately, with conditions being what they are across the US, that isn’t possible yet. My publishing team is hard at work coming up with new and exciting ways for me to connect with you this fall, and we’re hoping to have a mix of in-person and virtual events that will be announced in the next few weeks. Of course, everything is subject to change, but as I write this, I am hopeful that we will be able to bring these plans to fruition in a way that will allow us to connect like never before. 

Speaking of new ways to keep in touch, you can now send me text messages at (252) 262-2447 or sign up online here using any device to get exclusive text updates before anyone else. As an added bonus, if you connect with me by text before the end of this Saturday, you’ll automatically be entered in a drawing to win one of ten signed advance readers’ copies of my new novel!

My twenty-second novel, The Return, is a story about learning the true meaning of love and forgiveness and how, in life, to move forward, we must often return to the place where it all began. As a thank you to my email mailing list subscribers, I sent out a link to an exclusive online preview of the book. You can also get the link by signing up for my mailing list now. If you read the preview, let me know what you think by sending me a message on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by text

I’ll reach out again as soon as I have updates for this fall - until then, be well.

Sincerely yours,

The Return, In Stores September 2020

New Book Announcement

I’m excited to announce that my new book The Return will be available in stores on September 29th! The Return is the story of Trevor Benson, an orthopedic surgeon who returns to New Bern, North Carolina after he is injured in Afghanistan and meets two women whose secrets will change the course of his life. I really enjoyed writing this book and I can’t wait for you all to read it. You can pre-order your copy today from AmazonApple BooksBarnes & Noble or Indiebound and find out more about the book here on my website. Last but not least, my email subscribers will continue to get exclusive updates on The Return directly from me as they are announced so if you haven't already, I hope you'll sign up for my email mailing list now.

In the meantime, thank you to everyone who has reached out on social media over the last few months to share how much they enjoyed my most recent novel, Every Breath. Now that the book is available in paperback, many readers are discovering it for the first time and their response has been heartwarming. If you haven't had a chance to read Every Breath yet, I hope you can find a quiet moment during the upcoming holidays to do so.

Speaking of the holidays, my publisher recently held a #SantaSparks giveaway for my social media followers on Facebook and Twitter and, today, they kicked off a special Every Breath Gift Set Giveaway exclusively for my mailing list subscribers. Five lucky winners will be randomly drawn to receive an Every Breath journal and signed paperback edition of the book. Ho Ho Ho!

May you have a happy and healthy holiday filled with love and laughter.

Sincerely yours,

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