Thursday, October 31, 2013

Please Come Find Me!



Today is the day God's Daughter hits Amazon here! It's also live on Smashwords (Kobo, Nook, ipad, SonyReader) here. I'd love for you Blogger followers to follow my new website here at heatherdaygilbert.com. Many of you haven't been getting updates because all my recent posts are there. I also have lots of fun extras that tie in with the novel that you won't want to miss. So PLEASE follow me there on Wordpress! There's a sidebar that opens where you can hit the "follow" button. Please join the party--we miss you!

--Heather

Friday, August 30, 2013

CHANGING BLOGSPOTS!

Housewarming flowers for my new Blog! (Actually these were Valentine's tulips, I think...)
Yes, my dear readers, I hate to do this AGAIN! If you all have been following me from the days of yore, you'll see that this will be my third blog/website. My first was here: http://www.bookinamonthmom.blogspot.com. And next came this one. And now, I hope I've found my "forever home" of blogs. I've made the jump from Blogger to Wordpress...ask me about that sometime. Hee.

As far as the new site, I realize some of the formatting is a bit off in the bloggy area--so sorry about that. Apparently I can't change much about my archived posts. I'm sure there will be some tweaking going on with the new place. I still plan to post on Mondays--just might not be as faithful about posting as I have been, since I'm gearing up for the God's Daughter release. And thank YOU all for gearing up with me!

SO please follow me over, faithful readers! I'm now here: Heather Day Gilbert--Author.

I hope you like it!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Cover Reveal for GOD'S DAUGHTER--otherwise known as "The Day my Brother Made me Cry"

YES! The time has come. The time is now. My brother completed the cover art for my Viking novel, God's Daughter! After much late-night back and forth about artwork and font, we're sure this is The One. You know how I knew that? Because I looked at it and cried. Yup, I'll admit it.

I've waited soooo long to be published, my friends--some of you have followed me all these *seemingly endless* years toward publication and so many times, your encouragement gave me the boost I needed to continue. So let's rejoice together!

With no further ado...I'm going to share it with you! And, coolest of the cool...I'm an official Goodreads author! The wonders never cease. Here's the link to that--if you could put God's Daughter on your "Want to Read" shelf, I'd be delighted! God's Daughter Goodreads Link.

AND...here is the cover art, courtesy of Jon Day.



 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Lazy Days of Summer Book Review--AMANDA HOLLAND reviews THE CLOUDS ROLL AWAY by Sibella Giorello

Today, I'm glad to introduce my sweet friend Amanda Holland, who has written our LAST Lazy Days of Summer book review (school's back in session for many of us!). We "met" via the #momswrite hashtag on twitter, which I highly suggest you check out, if you're a mom who writes! Amanda blogs at Grace in Our Moments, an absolutely lovely blog where she occasionally posts snippets from her own writing!

Amanda is reviewing The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello. Make no bones about it, I am a total, unabashed fan-girl of Sibella's writing, so I couldn't wait to hear the low-down on this third book in her Raleigh Harmon mystery series. Looks like I'll be adding this to my collection, too! This series also boasts meaningful, flowing titles, and cover art I never fail to enjoy.

Here's Amanda!

The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello

Book Review by Amanda Holland

Amazon link: THE CLOUDS ROLL AWAY
Returning to her hometown of Richmond, Virginia, isn’t going as well as FBI agent Raleigh Harmon hoped. She faces a boss still holding a grudge from Raleigh’s disciplinary transfer to Seattle and a hate crime case involving a rap star with a burning cross in his yard. Tensions are high in her personal life as well as her mom fights to keep her fragile hold on sanity. And Raleigh’s persistent ex-boyfriend keeps popping up everyone, leaving her feeling torn about their past—and their possible future. 
 
The danger steadily increases as Raleigh investigates hate crimes, drug dealers, the KKK, and a town who doesn’t welcome a rap star living in their midst. Her cases begin to criss-cross, blurring the lines between them and making the stakes even higher. She soon realizes that that the danger is much closer than she ever imagined. Raleigh has to rely on her instincts, her skills, and her faith if she’s going to live long enough to close her case.

Born and raised in the deep South, I am a Southern girl to the bone. I love the South, and Sibella Giorello captures it perfectly in The Clouds Roll Away, from the locations to the culture to the sometimes complicated heritage. Her writing style is beautifully descriptive. I also love a good mystery, and this book definitely fits that category. It’s not a “light” read—it has a gritty, film noir feel. Faith is an underlying theme throughout the book, but it’s something the main characters struggle with often.

Raleigh Harmon is one of those characters you like from page one—but the more you get to know her, the more you like her. A former debutante turned forensic geologist and FBI agent, she is haunted by her father’s unsolved murder. She’s tough and somewhat cynical, but clings tightly to her faith, sometimes struggling with the brutal crimes she investigates as she tries to reconcile the darkness of her job with her faith. The supporting characters are just as intriguing, from her mentally ill mother to her ex-boyfriend and his prestigious family.

This is the third book in the Raleigh Harmon series. I liked the first one, loved the second one, and after this book, I’m completely hooked on this series. Sibella Giorello has made her way onto my favorite authors list, and I’m looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.

AMANDA HOLLAND is a wife and working mom of two boys. She stays busy launching her new career and rediscovering life after graduating from college in May as a dental hygienist. She is also an aspiring writer, blogging at Grace In Our Moments (http://graceinourmoments.blogspot.com). She grew up in Arkansas, now lives in Texas, and dreams of getting to Tennessee one day. She is a Christian fiction addict who loves a good mystery, crime shows, cooking, Arkansas Razorback football, coffee, and cheesecake.

****I'm so excited to hear that Raleigh returns to Richmond in this mystery! I can't wait to buy it. I don't often find authors I recommend whole-heartedly, but Sibella is one of those authors! How about you? Which author do you love to recommend? And have you read any of Sibella's novels?****

Sunday, August 11, 2013

GOD'S DAUGHTER Quotes Pin Series

Almost finished with my read-aloud edits for God's Daughter, so this self-publishing thing is getting pretty real, folks!

I was pondering my quotes series, and I know they might seem a bit...sad. But Gudrid struggles with some very real issues, depression being one of them. Never fear--there is humor in the novel, as well! Eirik the Red's children often bring a smile to my face. But I wanted to give you a flavor of my book, which runs along the lines of Girl with a Pearl Earring or The Mists of Avalon, in that it's bringing a historical time period to life through the eyes of a female main character.

Here we go...next pinnable. Always appreciate your getting the word out!


Sunday, August 4, 2013

GOD'S DAUGHTER Quotes Pin Series

And...on to our next pinnable from God's Daughter, in which Gudrid--wife, mother, and loyal sister-in-law--has determined not to be a victim of her circumstances. Would love it if you'd pin this one somewhere to get the word out.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Lazy Days of Summer Book Review--AMY DROWN reviews THE GIRL IN THE GLASS by Susan Meissner

No intros today, as Amy has posted before and I enjoy her reviews so much! Amy's bio is below. I loved Meissner's A Sound among the Trees, so I'm looking forward to reading this one, as well!

  
Amazon link: The Girl in the Glass
The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner

Book Review by Amy Drown


Renaissance is a word with hope infused in every letter.
 
Since she was a child, Meg has dreamed of taking a promised trip to Florence, Italy, and being able to finally step into the place captured in a picture at her grandmother’s house. But after her grandmother passes away and it falls to her less-than-reliable father to take her instead, Meg’s long-anticipated travel plans seem permanently on hold.

When her dad finally tells Meg to book the trip, she prays that the experience will heal the fissures left on her life by her parents’ divorce. But when Meg arrives in Florence, her father is nowhere to be found, leaving aspiring memoir-writer Sophia Borelli to introduce Meg to the rich beauty of the ancient city. Sophia claims to be one of the last surviving members of the Medici family and that a long-ago Medici princess, Nora Orsini, communicates with her from within the great masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.

When Sophia, Meg, and Nora’s stories intersect, their lives will be indelibly changed as they each answer the question: What if renaissance isn’t just a word? What if that’s what happens when you dare to believe that what is isn’t what has to be?

In My Honest Opinion:
I love Italian food. Several of my favorite movies are set in Italy. I have Italian pop music and opera on my iPod. I even have an entire Italian immigrant community in the Historical Fiction novel I am writing. But even after all of this, I never felt particularly compelled to visit Italy myself . . . until I read The Girl in the Glass.

Susan Meissner has crafted a remarkably moving story that is literally sensual and sensational. Page after page, I could see the glorious antiquities of Florence, feel the golden warmth of the Italian sun and Italian hospitality, hear the music of the Italian rhythm of life, and definitely smell and taste the food. Oh. My. Goodness. The food! I should NOT have read this book while hungry. I kept interrupting my reading to jot down recipes I needed to look up after reading about them in this story. I think I gained a good twenty pounds just by reading about everything Meg and Sophia eat. Darn Meissner and her evil pastas!

Seriously, though, I don’t usually enjoy stories told from only one character’s first-person perspective, but Meissner writes with a talent for bringing all of her characters to vivid, multi-dimensional life, so that I soon forgot I was inside only one character’s thoughts. I could easily relate to Meg’s single life and suppressed desires for both love and the life she feels she’s always been denied, and the way she is awakened and transformed by her visit to Italy reminds me of Lucy Honeychurch in E.M. Forster’s classic A Room with a View. Sophia’s innocence and frailty were absolutely endearing, and one of my favorite aspects of Meissner’s stories is the way she effortlessly intersects the past with the present–in this case, through Sophia’s connection to the historical Nora Orsini. And as each of these three women dares to believe that their lives can be more than they are, I found myself daring to believe in my own personal Renaissance.

Favorite Scenes:
All of the cooking, eating, gathering-around-the-table scenes. There are many! Word to the wise–read this book on a full stomach. :-)

Survey Says:
FIVE STARS! The Girl in the Glass is both intimate and epic in its scope, and the depth of heart-to-heart storytelling made me an instant and lifelong fan of Susan Meissner. I already have several more of her books on my to-be-read shelf. And one day, thanks to the inspiration of this novel, I will have a ticket to Italy in my hand . . .

To read more about Susan Meissner and The Girl in the Glass, click on the book cover image above or visit her website.

AMY DROWN studied History at the University of Arizona and the University of Glasgow. An executive assistant by day, she is also an award-winning photographer and musician. But her true passion is writing edgy, inspirational stories that explore the deep roots of family, friendship and faith. She is a 2013 My Book Therapy Frasier Finalist and Bronze Medalist, and an ACFW Genesis Semi-Finalist and First Impressions Finalist. Connect with Amy and learn more about Deep-Rooted Fiction™ at www.AmyDrown.com.

****Anyone read this one yet? Any thoughts you'd like to share? Thanks for the great review, Amy!****