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Guess What I Got? July 9, 2011

It's the pre-pub ARC for my October release, WISHES & STITCHES, the third novel in the Cypress Hollow Yarns series. Squee! Isn't it gerjess? (I love that there's an ampersand in the title. Dunno why, but I do.)



I'll give three of these away to one random commenter on this post, and to two random people signed up on my email list (do both! Double your chances! If you're already on the list, you're automatically entered).

And you definitely don't have to do this, but as you leave a comment, why don't you leave the name/author of the last best book you read? I'd love to expand my to-be-read list....

I'll pick the winners on Friday the 15th.

Saturday July 10th

I'll be signing from 12-2pm at the Oakland Fiber Festival in Splashpad Park -- you should come by and say hello! I'd love to see you.

Whew. Business is done. And now, I'm trying to decide what to do tonight. I could read, watch TV (what? I don't even know what to watch anymore! It's like when cable and the TiVo moved out of our house two months ago, my brain went with it. We have our pick of everything Hulu+, Netflix, Amazon and iTunes has to offer, which is, like, everything, and therefore, I don't watch TV anymore. Too many choices!), clean the house, purge my closet (I'm feeling the urge), knit, or spin. Look at this merino/bamboo that I bought from Creature Comforts (who is also a writer I met at RWA).


It's called "Shiver Me Timbers" but I like to call it "Accordion Blues."

Well. That does it. I'll spin.


The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton

It was our most recent book club book, and I really enjoyed it.

Great cover! I actually thought it was a cliff over looking the ocean before looking more closely - very cleaver! Can't wait to read book #3!


Last book I read was A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines.

I have such a thing about blue/brown colorways.

Hard to pin down one single favorite booth because it completely depends on the mood, doesn't it.

But a really really good read is Jasper Fforde. You can start with the Eyre Affair. Love love love them!

booth=book (need more caffeine)

Commenty Commenty! And damn! I totally flaked on Oakland Fiber Arts. I am weak. Bad Oaklander, no biscuit!

Love your books, got my sister-in-law hooked too. I have to get my hands on some Owen yarn to make her a Christmas present. Just finished Matched by Ally Condie, a YA novel. I had to read fast, my daughter picked it up off the table and I practically had to arm wrestle to get it back.

Congratulations how pretty! I recently read "The Memory Keepers Daughter" and "The Help".

Ooooh! I'd love to have a copy! Just finished Justin Cronin's The Passage which I loved.

The last book I read was The Bronze Horseman by paulina Simons. What an epic love story!

Will be watching out for a UK release date hun.
My last book was audio (for in the car) and it made me cry; Uncle Tom's Cabin.
I know it was a different world but the pathos in that story gets me everytime.

Yay, a third book almost published! (Do we have to wait until March this time?) I've been reading Lisa Kleypas' historical romances. I gobbled up most of them in a short time -- now there are only a few random ones left for me to find.

I've been reading the book about the family on the show "Pawn Stars" by the shop owner Rick Harrison. Not literature by any means, but I really like the message it sends.

How exciting! I'm looking forward to reading it.

Hey tweasel! Cant wait for the new book to come out for kindle. Last best book was Water for Elephants. Can't remember the Author off hand. Mostly been reading freebies from Kindle lately, and they all run together in my head.

Hi. Would love to read your new book. (Did your heart skip a beat seeing your name on the newest dustcover ?) Congrats...
I just finished listening to Room by Emma Donoghue and In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson.
These were downloads books from the public library.
Reading is a pleasure however, being read to is an amazing moment shared with the author. I am hooked on listening to books on my MP3 player while I walk.

Oh good! A non-red cover! Dye day coming up.

Fabulous new cover! I can't wait for the next book to come out!!!

Two of the last best books I read were "Stupid and Contagious" by Caprice Crane and "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" by Amy Chua.

If we're talking fiction, I read 'A Red Herring Without Mustard' by Alan Bradley. It's the third in a mystery series.

If we're talking nonfiction, I read 'Harvesting Color' by Rebecca Burgess.

And if we're talking comic books, I read Fables Vol 14: Witches.

All of your books are good. I've read the first two and looking forward to the next one. I'm currently reading "Standing In The Rainbow" by Fannie Flagg and loving it.

That is one good lookin' ampersand!

Size 12 Is Not Fat; Size 14 Isn't Fat Either; Big Boned - Meg Cabot - super funny series! If you ever lived in a college dorm and wanted to know what the adults were thinking...now you know!

Ampersands are elegant, as is the cover of your book... which I am sure will be even better inside than the awesome outside. The last book... just read "MercyBlade" by Faith Hunter. Were-creatures, vampires and skinwalkers. A little like the Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson books, but not quite as under control and well crafted. That said I wound up reading all three books in the series in three days.

I would love to read your next book soon! Bought the first one in New York last December and fell totally in love with it.

Just finished the Norwegian edition of Debbie Macombers "Hanna's List". I love her books as well.

Congrats on the new book... love the cover too! And your fiber is gorgeous; can't wait to see it spun up! Right now I'm working my way through the Discworld series by Sir Terry Pratchett. My favorites are the Death books... he is just such a funny character!

Can't wait to read this new book. I love summer reading time and just read the newest Sookie Stackhouse, finishing up "Smokin' Seventeen" and highly recommend "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson for a lovely heartwarming read.

I've not gotten into spinning yet but it's definitely something I want to try. I just need to get the equipment. I love the cover for the new book. I can't wait to read it. Let's see the last book I read was by Maggie Sefton and it was called Knit one, Kill two. I'm currently reading the second book, Needled to Death.
I also like the Betty Hechtman. She writes crocheting mysteries. They both have patterns and recipes at the end. I'm also reading some of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I alternate between books. Congrats on the new cover.

@Chandra: Firestorm by Iris Johansen is a wonderful book. I couldn't put it down. I've read several of her other novels and they were really good as well.

The book looks amazing! Congrats. I recently read "Born to Run" Christopher McDougall... I don't usually read non-fiction so I was shocked that I enjoyed it some much. It's really amazing.

I loved both your books and can't wait for the next one. I've just finished Guards, Guards by Terry Pratchett. If you like offbeat English humour and fantasy, read anything in Pratchett's Discworld series.

Wow. Lots of great suggestions here. My recommendation is 'Cutting for Stone' by Abraham Verghese.

Ooh! Ooh! Pick me! Book looks beautiful, BTW -- can't wait to read it!
Just finished "Doctor on Everest" by Peter Steele. Older book, but adventures like this one are fascinating, and besides, it's set in a place that is cooler than this one is right now.

Believe it or not, the last book I read was Gone With the Wind. One of those things I thought I'd read ages ago, but turns out I never had. I'm about to drive cross-country (to move to the east coast after 11 years in the Bay Area!) and will be reading How to Knit a Heart Back Home along the way. Can't wait!

Congratulations on the new book!

I'm currently reading One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde. I absolutely love his books.

Uh, is it friday yet?! So excited!!!!

I love the cover! I can't wait to get the next book in the series too. The fiber looks so good i just want to get knitting on my current project for therepy cause i dont' have it..lol I am currently reading Friendship Bread and i can't wait to start some myself it's been a couple of yrs since i made a batch.
talk to ya later.

ADA Or Ardor: A Family Chronicle, by Vladimir Nabokov
It's a romance too!

Hi Rachael, I would love to win a copy of Wishes & Stitches. Your books are just too good! Can't wait for the new book. Hope you will keep on writing. Take care. Hi to Lala.

I've just got Eliza's gift from my book club and loving it. My husband grabbed it first and read it in 2 days. He's a sheep/beef farmer so that's good praise if he liked it! Now I've checked out your website and want to get more! Will be adding myself to the email list!

Of course I would love to win your book!
I just red a short story on my Kindle - "The Department" by SJB Gilmour that I recommend!

Wow nice :) I'd love to win a copy, although I guess shipping costs would be too high all the way to Germany! Can't wait for the series to continue though!
My last book: Marie Sabine Roger La tête en friche (I think in English it's something like My afternoons with Margueritte, at least the movie's called like that)

Saw your tweet about Sanita's. I learned this story the hard way: in August of 2007, Sanita and Dansko's shared patent of the handmade soles expired. Sanita now makes the soles on their own. Dansko's soles are made in China. Dansko's these days are stiffer, narrower and not as comfy, but the same price. (Still comfy, but not AS COMFY as they were when the soles were handmade). Sanita now makes the super comfy ones with the handmade soles. I have narrow feet, so it wasn't a real problem for me, but my Dansko's, bought after the split, are not as cozy and are definitely heavier to wear. I would have chosen Sanita's had I known the scoop beforehand. (P.S. Love your cover! Can't wait to read it!)

Suddenly wondering if I used too many apostrophes... internet punctuation paranoia abounds.

I just finished Still Missing by Chevy Stevens, and it was very good. But I have also been reading the Steig Larssen books, also excellent.

BTW, I have a nook and have read some of the reviews on book #2, and the are all excellent. You should be proud.

Can't wait 'til October! But, I'd be super happy with an ARC too!

Recent reads:
I'm getting through Honeymooning (with your help on the Kindle App)...
I *just* finished the 4th book in Sally Goldenbaum's Seaside Knitters Murder mystery series. Love it and can't wait to get my hands on the 5th one. oh, that, and Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew with our 5 year old.

WOW just had to tell you "What a way to begin a book...just started How to Knit a Heart Back Home and you had my heart beating quick in the first pages...way to go girl. I can't put it down now...it's going to be a long night.
Thanks for the wonderful stories.

I am so excited about your new book. I just finished Spinning Forward by Terri DuLong, and I need something new!

How fun to see your book early! Thanks!

I found you through a link on Crazy Aunt Purl's blog. I'm so excited to pick up your books!

I have been trying to wait patiently for your book to come out, so less waiting would be good. Your books make it easy for me to combine my 2 loves, knitting and romances. Yay!

Aw, that's a cute cover!

The last book I read was Homebirth in the Hospital by Stacey Kerr...good book, but I'm also reading VS Naipul's A Bend in the River right now and it's great.

I would love to win this book! I can't wait to find out what's been happening in this little town since you last published.
My favorite read so far this summer was The Ape House by Sara Gruen and now I'm in the middle of Yarn:Remembering the Way Home by Kyoko Mori. It's excellent so far! I'd recommend both.

Okay. Hopeless romantic here! I just finished (for the millionth time) Knight in Shining Armour by Jude Deverux. Love it. But, since I have romance and knitting via your great stories, I have come full circle and my life is complete!

Debra Rogers
Park Forest, IL

YEah! Even if I don't win I can't wait to read the next installment!

I just read your first book yesterday. I could not put it down. It was wonderful! I just picked up your second book today to start reading it and I saw this website and now I found out you have another book out....Happy days!!!! You are combining two of my favorite activities, reading books and knitting! Thank you!!

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