I’m absolutely thrilled to give you a first look at the cover for my upcoming book, The Oleander Sisters, written as Elaine Hussey! Kudos to the art department at MIRA for so perfectly capturing the feel of being smack in the middle of a sultry Southern summer.
The story is set in 1969, the summer Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and Hurricane Camille blew away the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Against that backdrop of enormous hope and impending doom, Sis Blake and a cast of feisty, formidable women discover just how far they will go to save one of their own.
The book is literary fiction and is now available for preorder. It will be in bookstores everywhere July 29, 2014, and you’ll be able to get in trade paperback, audio and eBook!
One of the greatest pleasures of writing is bringing a cast of characters alive. I simply fell in love with Sweet Mama and Beulah. They own a little café on the Gulf Coast, called Sweet Mama’s. When you turn the pages, you can almost smell her famous cobbler. It’s cherry/peach and filled with all the things I love that are bad for you, sugar and butter and tons of crunchy crust! I’ll share the recipe with you, but not tonight.
Sundays are a long day for me. I go to First Methodist early to robe up and practice with the choir. Then I sit in the choir loft for the entire service, adding my first soprano to the other voices lifted in praise. Today, I raced off after church to Lowe’s garden center, visions of Elaine Hussey Botanical Gardens dancing in my head. By the time I loaded up the Jeep and then unloaded it back home, I was ready for an easy chair and a cup of green tea chai. I’ll plant tomorrow. I hope. After I pay taxes.
Oh, I do love gardening. You’ll see that reflected in The Oleander Sisters, just as you saw my love of blues threading throughout The Sweetest Hallelujah.
I would stay to chat longer, but Resurrection is on TV tonight, and I find myself glued to the screen. What an unusual premise. Already I’m seeing a departure from the book, and I can’t wait to see where the script writers take the story next. Anyhow, happy Monday, and thank you for reading!
Talk to me. Tell me what you love to read. Tell me what you’d love to see my alter ego, Elaine, write next!