Gail's Book Nook

Friday, January 29, 2010

Guest Blogger Patricia Sprinkle Talks about Her New Book

Having renounced killing people in mystery novels for a while, I am excited to announce my first venture into women’s general fiction.

(Isbn 978-0451-22914-4 - $15.00)

is the story of four strong women in Georgia who face individual crises during a summer of dreadful drought, and discover that true strength comes not from independence, but from interdependence.

It tells the story of Billie Waits, a single mom with a disabled child whose support comes from her estranged husband’s checks and the sale of peaches from a small orchard; as the book begins, Porter’s checks stop coming and her peaches freeze. Meanwhile her sister Margaret, an affluent housewife who lives happily in Marietta with her husband, Ben, and two delightful sons, is startled when Ben announces at breakfast that he wants a divorce and is moving out; her son Jason vandalizes a new commercial building and tells the juvenile judge he wants to live with his dad; and Ben informs Margaret they will need to sell her beloved home to pay their debts and have money to live on. The woman who had everything loses it all in a few weeks and is forced to go home to her father’s dairy farm. There Margaret and Billie work in the kitchen canning Bill’s garden produce with Mamie Fountain, an older woman who has been told by her doctor she is dying of congestive heart failure and Emerita Gonzalez, who is in the country illegally and trying to support her sick mother back home.

How these woman resolve their many disagreements and learn they need one another forms the heart of the story.

The book will be also available as an e-book and an audio book. You can pre-order now online or at your local bookstore. I hope you’ll let me know what you think of it.

BIO: Patricia Sprinkle’s roots lie deep in Carolina soil and she has lived most of her adult life in the South. Her best-selling mysteries depict small towns and Southern cities that retain the feel of the Old South while blending in newcomer cultures. Mystery Times declared, “Forming a triumvirate with Anne George and Margaret Maron, Sprinkle adds her powerful voice to the literature of mysteries featuring Southern women.” She has written twenty mysteries and two Southern novels. Carley’s Song was a finalist for the 2002 Christie Award for fiction.Visit the author at


Miss Mae said...

Patricia, this books sounds like it's made for television! I can certainly imagine myself getting caught up in the drama of how these people need to reach deep inside of themselves to be able to survive.

And congrats on your volume of published works. I love mysteries too! :)

Patricia Sprikle said...

Thanks, Miss Mae! I, too, could see this as a TV drama. An agent's looking at it, and let's hope she likes it, as well. Thanks for writing.

Danielle Thorne said...

This sounds absolutely wonderful. Congratulations! I do love Southern fiction, fiction that understands "us" ladies down here trying to keep it cool. Wonderful title and cover. Good luck with it!

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Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Claudia,
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for letting your friends know about it. I look forward to hearing from you again and from your friends.

Patricia Sprikle said...

Thanks, Danielle, for checking in. Hope you will like the book.