April 23, 2013 Newsletter

April 23, 2013

FLY AWAY On Sale Today!

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FLY AWAY On Sale Today!

My latest book, FLY AWAY is on sale today — FINALLY!

I know many of you have been waiting for the follow up to FIREFLY LANE since it was published in 2008. Right after that book came out I started getting letters from readers asking for more about these beloved characters. I appreciate your patience as I wrote four other books while mulling the new story for Tully and Kate.

As I have said before this was a really hard book to write. I have never done a follow up book and knowing your love of these two women I wanted to be sure that I delivered a story that honored that. I truly have been blown away by your support of Kate and Tully and the world I created on FIREFLY LANE.

In case you have not seen it yet, here is a blog post with a little behind the scenes scoop on FLY AWAY.

Today I am in New York to kick off my book tour (which meant a couple of days of packing and primping last week). For those of you who will be in the cities I visit (tour dates below), know that I can’t wait to meet you and talk about the book.

As I cannot visit everywhere that I would like to be, especially if you want another book from me next year, I created a video scrapbook for FLY AWAY in which I’ll tell you a little bit about the story and Tully and Kate and yes, how their world might have some inspiration from mine.

As always, I love to hear from my readers. Stop my Facebook page or drop a note on my blog here and let me know what you think.

Thank you for reading…it means so much to me!


Read More About FLY AWAY

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Once, a long time ago, I walked down a night-darkened road called Firefly Lane, all alone, on the worst night of my life, and I found a kindred spirit. That was our beginning. More than thirty years ago. Tully and Kate. You and me against the world. Best friends forever. But stories end, don’t they? You lose the people you love and you have to find a way to go on…

Tully Hart has always been larger than life, a woman fueled by big dreams and driven by memories of a painful past. She thinks she can overcome anything until her best friend, Kate Ryan, dies. Tully tries to fulfill her deathbed promise to Kate — to be there for Kate’s children — but Tully knows nothing about family or motherhood or taking care of people.

Sixteen-year-old Marah Ryan is devastated by her mother’s death. Her father, Johnny, strives to hold the family together, but even with his best efforts, Marah becomes unreachable in her grief. Nothing and no one seems to matter to her . . . until she falls in love with a young man who makes her smile again and leads her into his dangerous, shadowy world.

Dorothy Hart — the woman who once called herself Cloud — is at the center of Tully’s tragic past. She repeatedly abandoned her daughter, Tully, as a child, but now she comes back, drawn to her daughter’s side at a time when Tully is most alone. At long last, Dorothy must face her darkest fear: Only by revealing the ugly secrets of her past can she hope to become the mother her daughter needs.

A single, tragic choice and a middle-of-the-night phone call will bring these women together and set them on a poignant, powerful journey of redemption. Each has lost her way, and they will need each one another — and maybe a miracle — to transform their lives.

An emotionally complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, motherhood, loss, and new beginnings, Fly Away reminds us that where there is life, there is hope, and where there is love, there is forgiveness.


Order the hardcover edition of FLY AWAY at these online retailers:


Order the e-book edition:

Apple Books
Google Books



Tour Dates

4/23 – New York City
Barnes and Noble
150 East 86th Street
7 pm reading and signing4/25 – New York
Book Revue
Huntington, NY
7 pm reading and signing4/27 – Miami
Books and Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL
7 pm reading and signing

4/29 – Phoenix/Scottsdale
Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N. Goldwater
7 pm reading and signing

5/1 – Los Angeles
Barnes and Noble
160 S. Westlake
Thousand Oaks, CA
7 pm reading and signing

5/3 – Los Angeles/Pasadena
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
7 pm reading and signing

5/6 – Seattle
Third Place Books
17171 Bothwell Way, NE
7 pm reading and signing

5/7 – Poulsbo, WA
Liberty Bay Books
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6 pm reading and signingAnd please — spread the word by forwarding this newsletter to friends you think might be interested.