Book Tour Updates for The Return

The release of my next book, The Return, is just weeks away and with it comes new opportunities for me to connect with readers during my book tour. As mentioned in my last letter, these are challenging times but I won’t let my readers down. Special arrangements have been made and this year’s tour will include both virtual events and in-store photo-ops. Here is your first look at my US book tour schedule!

Tuesday, Sept 29th – Books-A-Million, New Bern NC
Wednesday, Sept 30th – Warwick’s, A Virtual Event with Elin Hilderbrand
Thursday, Oct 1st – The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines NC
Friday, Oct 2nd – Writer’s Block Bookstore, Winter Park FL
Saturday, Oct 3rd – FoxTale Book Shoppe, Atlanta GA
Sunday, Oct 4th – Fiction Addiction, Greenville SC
Monday, Oct 5th – Barnes & Noble, Charlotte NC

You can get details on each event and purchase tickets by visiting my events section.

Please note that for my upcoming book tour, all events require tickets that must be purchased PRIOR to the event date and there are a number of other policy changes* that have been put in place as precautions due to Covid-19. The health and safety of all of my readers as well as bookseller staff members is the most important thing. While I hope to be able to see you on the road during the tour, if you do not feel comfortable attending an in-person event, our hosting booksellers can help you purchase a signed copy online, for a limited time, and arrange for getting the book to you.

I look forward to the chance to connect with you - in whatever way that happens to be - when my book tour for The Return kicks off on September 29th.

In the meantime, wishing you a happy and healthy rest of your summer.

Nicholas Sparks
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* Please note the following general event policies put in place as precautions due to Covid-19:

- All events require tickets that must be purchased PRIOR to the day of the event.
- All in-person event tickets include a signed first edition of The Return and a socially-distanced meet-and-greet with Nicholas. A professional photographer will also be present to take a photo that can be downloaded after the event by attendees at no cost. 
- Nicholas will not be able to personalize books or sign copies of previous releases.
- If you are not feeling well or have recently tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that you contact the event host and make arrangements to pick up your book at another time or have it shipped.
- All event information is subject to change and specific protocols may vary at different hosting booksellers so please check for updates on the booksellers’ websites and event pages prior to the event. If the in-person events have to go virtual, due to changed state or local requirements, all attendees will be notified by the hosting bookseller. 

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.

Announcing “The Notebook” on Broadway

I am thrilled to finally be able to confirm the rumors and share some names that will be involved in the Broadway musical adaptation of my bestselling novel, The Notebook!

Bekah Brunstetter (supervising producer for This Is Us) will be writing and developing the production along with the wonderfully talented singer songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, who is writing the music and lyrics. I'm excited to also be producing the show with Grammy winning Kurt Deutsch and Kevin McCollum (behind the Tony winning Best Musicals: Rent, Avenue Q, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights). 

It is incredible to be making a story that is so near and dear to my heart a reality on Broadway and I am humbled that we'll be doing it with such amazingly talented professionals. I can't wait to share more news with you about this as it comes in but until then, you can watch Ingrid making our official announcement on Today Show with Hoda via Twitter.

Read more about the production from the following places online: Entertainment Weekly, Teen Vogue, Billboard, Deadline, and Forbes.

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