Hi all! Lots of fun stuff happening this summer. I just got back from England and I will have some neato things to post in the upcoming months. In the meantime you can see some photos in my Instagram and Twitter feed, including one with Helen Pankhurst, granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst and such an amazing person. It was incredible to be able to sit and chat with her about her grandmother, women’s rights, and life in general.
But…the big news is that my publisher, Viking, has given me the go-ahead to reveal the cover for my next book, THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID, which pubs in February. My friends over at The Reading Nook very kindly did the reveal for me and they are running a giveaway. Enter to win an ARC of ORCHID here: ORCHID cover reveal.
Isn’t it beautiful?
“I felt as though the doors to a new world were creaking open. I would set my feet on the path I had only dreamed of. I would help Papa, and I would see those orchids blooming in the forest.”
Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters growing up in a small English market town in 1861. The girls barely know their father, a plant hunter usually off adventuring through China, more myth than man. Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan reneges on his contract to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid. He will be thrown into debtors’ prison while his daughters are sent to the orphanage and the workhouse.
Elodie can’t stand by and see her family destroyed, so she persuades her father to return to China once more to try to hunt down the flower—only this time, despite everything she knows about her place in society, Elodie goes with him. She has never before left her village, but what starts as fear turns to wonder as she adapts to seafaring life aboard the tea clipper The Osprey, and later to the new sights, dangers, and romance of China. She comes to find that both the world and her place in it are so much bigger than she’d ever dreamed. But now, even if she can find the orchid, how can she ever go back to being the staid, responsible Elodie that everybody needs?