In a few short weeks, my nineteenth Elm Creek Quilts novel, Sonoma Rose, will be published. I couldn't be more delighted to share this exciting historical adventure with you!
Sonoma Rose picks up at the climax of The Quilter's Homecoming (2007), when Rosa Diaz Barclay flees from her abusive husband with her four children and her childhood sweetheart, Lars Jorgensen. On the run from her husband, his mob associates, and the federal agents investigating his crimes, Rosa and Lars make their way north—first to San Francisco where they seek medical care for two of the children, who suffer from a mysterious ailment that has already claimed the lives of four of their brothers and sisters, and then on to Sonoma County, where they find work and sanctuary at an idyllic vineyard and winery struggling to stay afloat despite the contraints of Prohibition.
As longtime fans know, my Elm Creek Quilts pins have become so popular that I've decided to create a new pin for each new novel. The pin for Sonoma Rose features two original quilt blocks of my own design, Sonoma Rose and Arboles Valley Star.
You can receive a limited edition Sonoma Rose pin of your very own if you come see me on my book tour from February 21-March 3, 2012. I'll be visiting several of my favorite shops and libraries across the country and will give away a pin with each copy of Sonoma Rose you have me sign at that store, while supplies last. For book tour locations, dates, and times, please see the Events page on my website. You can also find a list of events on my Facebook fan site by clicking on the "Events" link in the left sidebar.
Can't make it one of my events? The wonderful booksellers at the Next Chapter Bookshop in Mequon, Wisconsin are ready to help. If you pre-order Sonoma Rose from the Next Chapter Bookshop website, they will include a Sonoma Rose pin with your book when they ship it to you. I will autograph the books when I visit the store on February 27, 2012, so all orders need to be placed before then. If you would like your book to be personalized, please be sure to indicate the name of the person to whom the book should be addressed.
Quantities are limited, so make your plans to attend one of my book tour events or place your order with the Next Chapter Bookshop soon.
Thanks, and Happy Reading!