He paced across the room once more. “It should be Wesley offering to marry you. But he is not likely to come back for several months, if not longer. I haven’t time to wait that long, and neither have you. I cannot offer love, of course, as we are barely acquainted. However, I can offer you marriage in name only…”
She stared at him blankly, then her face curdled in incredulity or repugnance. “You are offering to marry me? You yourself?”
“As I said. Did I not speak clearly, madam?”
~ From The Painter’s Daughter
Only one week until the release of my tenth novel, The Painter’s Daughter. I am so excited for you to meet Sophie and Stephen and dive into their story. Thankfully, the book is already being well-received by reviewers, with Booklist calling it “richly nuanced and superbly written” and Library Journal starring it as a “gorgeous story” with “unexpected plot twists and a swoon-worthy ending.” Such positive reviews are fun (and a relief) to see, especially because this is my first book with a marriage-of-convenience premise.
To celebrate the book’s release, my publisher and I are doing something a little different and art-themed: a coloring contest. (A warm thank you to my agent, Wendy Lawton, for suggesting the idea!) Want to join the fun? Simply visit my website, download and print out the high-res coloring sheet from there, and then get creative. Full details on how to enter are listed on my website as well. Deadline to enter is December 8th. (Contest open to US and Canada residents.)
Now for the prize. The winner will receive a signed copy of The Painter’s Daughter, two grown-up coloring books, and a set of 24 Prismacolor colored pencils. (A $60 value.)
What about you? Do you express your creativity more in writing, music, art, or something else? Have you joined in the adult coloring craze? I haven’t yet, but apparently it is very relaxing and stress-relieving. With the busy holidays ahead, it might just be time to try it out.
The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness.”
– Madeleine L’Engle
I hope you will enjoy The Painter’s Daughter. In the meantime, I’m wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers!