Aloha my blog and firefly friends---

It has been far too long since my last post, and for that I am really sorry. It's not that I haven't thought of you all, or that I've had nothing to say, it's simply that for the past few months I've been inundated with life. Work, friends, family, travel, reading, social networking---I honestly adore all of it, and yet I find that I can't keep up with everything that I want to do. There just aren't enough hours in the day. I'm sure you all know what I mean. We women are movers and shakers--we get a lot done. A super human amount, actually, but every now and then the To Do list overpowers the available time list. That is where I've been. Tell me I'm not alone. Has this summer been crazy for you, too?

Although I've clearly fallen into the deep end of the blogging pool (help, I've fallen and I can't get up!!), I really truly haven't forgotten you all. The conversations we've all shared over the last few years and the e-friendships we've made have meant something to me. Which is why I wanted to check back in and let you know that I'm still here.

The biggest piece of my lost time puzzle has definitely been the new book. HOME FRONT is coming out Jan 31, 2012, and I can tell you that I've never had such a difficult time writing a novel--at least not that I can recall. The only upside to all of this hard work, all of these extensive edits, is that I'm really proud of this book. You all know me well enough to know that I don't say that lightly or often. It is, hands down, the most honest and real novel that I've ever written. I can't wait to hear what you all think of it.

For months now, I've been keeping the story under wraps. Maybe that's because the book feels so special to me...or maybe I've been scared. Who knows what goes on in the minds of a nervous writer? Only the Shadow knows. :) Anyway, (with a drumroll, please), here is the first tidbit about the story:

Like many married couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to balance the pressures of everyday life--children, careers, bills, chores--even as their twelve year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm's way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, struggling to care for his frightened, worried children. At once a profoundly honest look at the landscape of a disintegrating marriage and a dramatic exploration of the price of war on a single American family, HOME FRONT is a story about love, loss, heroism, honor, and ultimately, hope.

For the next few weeks, I'll be talking about the book on my facebook page. I know that most of you are already there, and I encourage the rest of you to please join us. I'll be giving out all kinds of information and answering questions and doing a few giveaways as we get closer to publication. I look forward to seeing your posts both here and there. But I won't give up blogging--honestly.

Thanks for still being here---


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Published on September 18, 2011 17:55 • 604 views
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message 1: by Brandy (new)

Brandy Bates I am so excited about your new book.

message 2: by Lschneier (new)

Lschneier Waiting for new book----read almost all your books--but WINTER GARDEN still the best. Don't tell anyone but I read the book twice and cried twice. Good Luck.

message 3: by Laima (new)

Laima That was my favourite book too!!! Looking forward to the new release in January.

message 4: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey Can't wait for your new book! I've devoured all of your earlier novels and they're the first that I recommend to anyone looking for a new book or author. And I work in a bookstore so I'm able to do this a lot! :))

Winter Garden was one of my favorites too, much so that I walked into a parked car while reading & walking! (Seriously, couldn't put it down;)

message 5: by Kaitlyn (new)

Kaitlyn Looking forward to the new book! I have to get back on the reading kick (since summer started I haven't read anything!) I enjoyed Winter Garden a lot! But my all time KH book is Firefly Lane. That book was amazing and I think about it all the time!!

message 6: by Donna (new)

Donna LOVED Winter Garden & Firefly Lane is one of my favorites also! Can't wait for Home Front!!

message 7: by Betsy (new)

Betsy Can't wait to read your new book! I'm a HUGE, HUGE fan of Firefly Lane!

message 8: by Demi (new)

Demi Flowers Oh now I am super excited to read your new book January will not come fast enough!

message 9: by Michele (new)

Michele Thank you so very much for taking time out of your already busier than busy schedule to check back in on your humble fans. Thank you, too, for the update and "sneak peek" at your new novel. Looking forward to reading this new story!! =)

message 10: by ThatEzi (new)

ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves) We are reading Firefly for our bookclub after I suggested it. Night Road was such a hit. I bet we will read this one for our FEbruary 2012 book of the month.
I can't wait!

message 11: by Kristin (new)

Kristin Hannah Hello all! I just discovered the link to comments on this. (she says sheepishly). Still trying to navigate my way around goodreads. :) But thanks so much for your enthusiasm and support. I'm thrilled that you love the books and you're looking forward to Home Front in late Jan. Are you on my facebook page, btw? I hope so, because we're talking about the books over there, too. xok

message 12: by Gwen (new)

Gwen Thank you for thinking of us (Your fans), I am looking forward to your new book. You are my "go to" author. After I read a bad, or boring book, I always pick up one of your novels and I feel happy again, until you make me cry (LOL). You are one of my favorite authors, and your books never disappoint!
I bought Night Road for all 7 of my neices for their birthdays, such a good lesson for teens.

message 13: by ThatEzi (new)

ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves) @Gwen:
Night Road was special to me as a mother. We make decisions that we hope that we won't regret (regarding our children & boundaries).

I am not a facebook gal. I am the last holdout (LOL). All my friends who are on facebook are addicted to that thing. They are always on it and obsessive about it. I decided that I would just be obsessive at goodreads & amazon (LOL).

message 14: by Wilhelmina (last edited Oct 13, 2011 06:54AM) (new)

Wilhelmina that's amazing,thought yourstayaway was not productive but actually it is of our benefits especially that the book is are keen to hear such things coz those are our every day pillors-leaning on a pillor you dont have info. of is a bit dissastorous.thanx mom.

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