I’m so excited I can barely sit still at work. Belle Books confirmed that PATCHWORK FAMILY is coming in March, final edits will be coming soon, and I get the opportunity to give input on the cover. How Cool Is That?
With FEISTY FAMILY VALUES I saw the cover in my head, or a reasonable facsimilie of it, anyway. This time, not so much. I love the cover for FFV, the Victorian house, the fall leaves, the roses…all of it put me back into the story and invited the readers to come in and join the family.
So, what kind of a cover will speak to PATCHWORK FAMILY readers? To me this family is like a crazy quilt my grandmother made when I was a little girl. The people in the story are the pieces, and while they don’t exactly fit together like an engineered drawing, they are bigger and of different shapes, somehow when you put them all together they make this beautiful creation – a family. What a lovely thing that can be, all be it, a bit messy.
For those of you who do not know, PATCHWORK FAMILY starts about a year after the close of FFV. The teens are a year older and that much more unpredictible, having all sorts of hormonal fluctuations that teens are known to have. They are running Annabelle ragged, and her ticker starts acting up, too. Sam would love for Regina to marry him, but she prefers the relationship to remain as it is, after all it took her a long time to get to where she is now – out of the family home, and into the arms of real love.
Tillie and Joe still live across the street, keeping an eye on things, and lending a hand like friends will do. As usual, Tillie is the voice of reason and referee when needed. Don’t you just love friends like that? We all need them now and then.
PATCHWORK is more Peggy (the eldest grandchild), Annabelle and Regina’s story. You’ll be glad to know there are a few new characters popping in, most notably Tom Malone, the missing father to Peggy, Tad and Megan. Yup, there’ll be some fur flying at the Riverside home, so stay tuned…