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,

The Every Breath Digital Mailbox Reopens for a Limited Time

Wonderful News! To celebrate the new release of Every Breath in paperback, Grand Central Publishing is reopening the DearEveryBreath.com digital mailbox for a limited time, from October 15 through December 31, 2019.

When Every Breath was first released, Nicholas shared with readers how the real-life secluded North Carolina beach mailbox known as “Kindred Spirit” was part of his inspiration for the book. Back then, his publisher generously sponsored a digital mailbox to try to bring some of Kindred Spirit’s magic online and let those who could not travel to the real mailbox experience what it’s like to leave a letter there. Back then, fans posted letters, ranging from inspiring to humorous to heartbreaking and, now, some of the most touching ones are featured in a special edition of Every Breath, available exclusively at Walmart stores.

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,

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