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1. Guest Post + 3 Book Giveaway: Sweet Magnolias Trilogy by Sherryl Woods



Welcome back Author Sherryl Woods
Sherryl Woods, New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, has written more than 100 romance and mystery novels. After graduating from the School of Journalism at Ohio State University, she spent more than ten years as a journalist and also spent some time coordinating a motivational program at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Aside from reading and writing, Sherryl also enjoys gardening, tennis, theater, ballet and baseball. Currently she divides her time between Key Biscayne, Florida and Colonial Beach, Virginia, the small, river-front town where she spent her childhood summers.




LINKS:
Website: http://www.sherrylwoods.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sherryl-Woods/157107747648506

Guest Post:
Whether you're a longtime reader of my Sweet Magnolias series or just discovering it with the latest trilogy -- Midnight Promises (July, MIRA Books), Catching Fireflies (August, MIRA Books) and Where Azaleas Bloom (September, MIRA Books) -- you probably know that these books are about the deep bonds of women, whether lifelong friends or newly-acquainted.

The original Sweet Magnolias -- Maddie, Helen and Dana Sue -- were childhood friends who stuck by each other through thick and thin, but over the course of the series, just like all of us in real life, they've welcomed newcomers to the fold. They've even become multi-generational as their daughters and even a few local seniors have been included in their famed margarita nights.

For someone like me, who grew up in a suburb of Washington, DC where military families and, therefore, friends came and went, friendships have always been vitally important in my life. I hang onto the people I love for dear life, keeping in touch despite time and distance.

Lately, though, I've been through a period when the loss of dear friends has been more permanent. I have to say it's come as a disconcerting shock to realize that I'm now at an age when I'm more likely to lose someone to death than a cross-country move.

This is a transition we all must face eventually. As a minister friend points out to me, the cycle of life is inevitable. That doesn't mean we have to like it, but we do have to learn to deal with the grief and move on. And it's at times like these that the friends left behind mean more than ever. They provide support and comfort and much-needed laughter amid the tears.

Over the years I've been around many people who've lived well into their 80s and 90s. One thing they've all agreed on is that outliving their contemporaries is tough. From them, I've learned to make a decided effort to include a lot of younger people in my circle of friends, just as the Sweet Magnolias have done in these books. It's something you might want to consider as well.

Because as our lives inevitably change, as people come and go whatever the reason, friendships matter more than ever. I hope your circle of friends is large, that it includes young and old, and that you remember each and every day how those you love enrich

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2. Book Giveaway & Author Interview: The Summer Garden by Sherryl Woods

Welcome to Author Sherryl Woods
Sherryl Woods, New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, has written more than 100 romance and mystery novels. After graduating from the School of Journalism at Ohio State University, she spent more than ten years as a journalist and also spent some time coordinating a motivational program at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Aside from reading and writing, Sherryl also enjoys gardening, tennis, theater, ballet and baseball. Currently she divides her time between Key Biscayne, Florida and Colonial Beach, Virginia, the small, river-front town where she spent her childhood summers.




LINKS:
Website: http://www.sherrylwoods.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sherryl-Woods/157107747648506


INTERVIEW:
Describe your book in five words or less.
Satisfying finale for the O'Briens!

How did the title for your book come about?
Several pivotal scenes in the book take place in Nell's beautiful garden. For me,    The Summer Garden evoked that setting.

What was the inspiration behind your book?
Luke, the last of the O'Brien grandchildren, needed his own story. I wanted to explore what it would be like to be the youngest in a family of over-achievers and, of course, all readers of the series knew he couldn't possibly end up with the manipulative Kristen Lewis. In Moira, I hope I found the perfect challenging soulmate for him.        

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I'm still trying to figure out if that's what I want to be. I certainly didn't have an inkling it was a possibility until I was into my 30s!

Who are some of your favorite authors?
I love lots of the writers who write books similar to mine -- family and community oriented stories with a distinct voice and some humor. Among my favorites are Jan Karon, Carla Neggers, Robyn Carr, Debbie Macomber, Susan Wiggs, JoAnn Ross. I also love a number of mystery series, including those by Sue Grafton, Earlene Fowler, Earl Emerson, and most recently Louise Penny.
 
What are some of your favorite books?
I suppose on my all-time favorite list I'd put Little Women and the Little House on the Prairie series, which take me back to the days when my Mom read to me. Recently I was blown away by The Help and sobbed my way through the closing pages of a wonderful upcoming book by Emilie Richards called One Mountain Away.

What advice do you have for people who want to get into the writing business?
Put your butt in a chair and write! Then be prepared to re-write. Listen with an open mind to criticism. And find one professional -- agent, editor or a fellow writer -- whose advice you trust implicitly. For me that's been my agent, Denis

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