Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bring an Author to Your Hometown!

Does it seem like author book signings take place everywhere except where you live?  Wouldn't it be nice if an author came to your hometown?  Well, Sourcebooks is giving you the opportunity to make that happen!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley's much anticipated book, The Firebird will be released in the U.S. on June 1 and Sourcebooks plans to send her on a limited tour of the United States.  Included in that tour will be three towns selected by readers.  Here's how you can make it happen.

First, nominate a book store or library in your town (or area) by completing the form at the contest page.  Then get other people to nominate your town too.  The top ten hometowns with the most nominations will be announced February 4.  The top ten hometowns will then go against one another to see who can get the most votes with the top three  towns winning a spot on Susanna's tour!  Those towns will be announced April 30.

Haven't read Susanna Kearsley's wonderful books yet?  Here's some info about the author and her upcoming release.

Susanna Kearsley is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose books have won numerous awards.  She's a RT Reviewers Choice winner for Best Historical Fiction and Best Historical Fantasy/Paranormal, a RITA finalist and a finalist for the UK's Romantic Novel of the Year.  Her writing has been compared to Diana Gabaldon, Daphne Du Maurier and Mary Stewart.  You can find more information about Susanna and her books at her website.

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes sees images; glimpses of those who have owned it before. It’s never been a gift she wants, and she keeps it a secret from most people, including her practical boss Sebastian, one of London’s premier dealers in Russian art.

But when a woman offers Sebastian a small wooden carving for sale, claiming it belonged to Russia’s Empress Catherine, it’s a problem. There’s no proof. Sebastian believes that the plain carving—known as “The Firebird”—is worthless. But Nicola’s held it, and she knows the woman is telling the truth, and is in desperate need of the money the sale of the heirloom could bring.

Compelled to help, Nicola turns to a man she once left, and still loves: Rob McMorran, whose own psychic gifts are far greater than hers. With Rob to help her “see” the past, she follows a young girl named Anna from Scotland to Belgium and on into Russia. There, in St. Petersburg—the once-glittering capital of Peter the Great’s Russia—Nicola and Rob unearth a tale of love and sacrifice, of courage and redemption…an old story that seems personal and small, perhaps, against the greater backdrops of the Jacobite and Russian courts, but one that will forever change their lives.


  1. Sounds really good. I will have to nominate our county library. There are authors in this area, but any big name authors tend to come to the larger cities 635 miles or so away. Historicals are my favorite. Add just the right touch of the paranormal and I'm sold. The three authors you mentioned are favorites.
    Looking at the dress on the cover, it looks like a contemporary.Is it?

    1. It's described as a "time slip." It follows two stories, one contemporary and one historical. I'm looking forward to reading it.