Autumn Reflections

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One of the things I loved most about writing my debut novel, FAMILY TREES, was being able to reflect on and describe all four seasons — including my favorite, autumn.

In fact, when I first set out to write the novel, I had planned pay close attention to the seasons as if I were a farmer on my protagonist’s apple orchard in Bayfield, WI. I closely aligned the story ARC with the growing seasons, including Farmer’s Almanac data at the heading of each chapter.

Well, it didn’t take long for me to scrap that idea. I’m certainly not a farmer, so the writing felt forced. I am, however, a lover of the seasons — particularly here in the Midwest.

As I continued writing, reflecting on the sights, smells, and feelings of each season came to me naturally… such as describing the windswept streets of historic Bayfield in early November:

“It was early November and the wind was racing across the lake in shifting shades of grey. Frigid air blew off the water and up into town. Pedestrians wrapped their coats tightly around their bodies, pulling their arms across their chests and leaning into the wind. Dry leaves were swept up and scattered along the edges of porch steps, boulevard gardens, and brick-laid streets. Jack-o-lanterns sat on doorsteps in post-Halloween stupors with tired eyes and drooping, toothy grins. And neighborhood scarecrows, once well dressed and standing straight, now appeared haggard – their hats askew, jackets slipping off their shoulders and straw stuffing falling out of the seams and blowing away with the leaves.” FAMILY TREES

Book Club Kicks Off with STYLE


📚👠 I am delighted to announce that I am co-hosting a NEW online book club with fashion blogger Beth Djalali and award-winning mystery author Hank Phillippi Ryan called BOOK CLUB WITH STYLE!

While building the successful blog, STYLE OF A CERTAIN AGE, Beth realized that many of her readers are also book lovers, so she decided to create a place where everyone could come together to meet authors and discuss books that cover a variety of genres and topics. Each month will feature a different book with monthly "live" online chats with the featured author.

We're currently reading TRUST ME, the latest novel by our fellow co-host, Hank Phillippi Ryan. Hank will be leading the book club discussion of this novel on Monday, Nov. 12, on the club’s Facebook site.

Please join us! Membership is easy -- simply join us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/331045327647913 .

For more information:

TRUST ME:
Available at your favorite bookseller
http://www.hankphillippiryan.com/

STYLE OF A CERTAIN AGE:
https://www.facebook.com/styleatacertainage/
https://www.styleatacertainage.com/books/

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Poppy Power

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I am so grateful to belong to such a dynamic, talented group of authors! With great books, interesting conversations with industry leaders and readers, wine partnerships, and more... there's something for everyone! 

To learn more: TALL POPPY WRITERS

Buy a Candle, Win a Novel

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We're announcing some fun news on BLOOM today... The Tall Poppy Writers has collaborated with Book Scents Candles on an exclusive BLOOM candle! It smells divine and is the perfect gift for your book club hostess, your child's new teacher, a book lover's birthday, and YOU.

This candle is a special collaboration between BookScents Candles and Tall Poppies, with proceeds going to our "ROOM TO READ" campaign as part of the Tall Poppies' mission to support literacy programs for women and girls.

BUT WAIT. THERE'S MORE...

If you pre-order by AUG. 31, you will receive a complimentary Tall Poppy novel* along with your BLOOM candle! You won't know which one! It will be a surprise when it ships after 9/4. And you never know... it might even be one of my titles! (*while supplies last).

Happy Reading!

-- Kerstin

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TO JOIN BLOOM BY THE TALL POPPIES

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