I close my eyes and I am there ….


Horses and Sleigh on Schupp Farm


It’s snowing today. I’m sorting through old photographs my father gave me before he passed away. Some go back to the mid-1800s. This one, taken in the late 1920s, just about splits my heart open with the memories I have of listening to my grandparents and parents reminisce about times shared with neighboring farmers and what Christmas was like back in the good old days.


I close my eyes, and suddenly I am there.








Interview with Linda Lloyd on Book Talk …



Radio Mic


While on book tour, I was invited to do an interview with Linda Lloyd on WYPL – FM89.3 in Memphis, TN. The show “Book Talk” was a terrific experience and I enjoyed every moment. Many of my readers have asked for the link so they can listen to the program.


Here it is: Book Talk with Linda Lloyd and Beth Hoffman.




Mamie is 112 years old!


When I bought my old historic home in 1998, I named her Mamie. To celebrate her 112th birthday, Mamie got “jewelry” for her dining room: leaded glass panels made by a local artisan and friend. (Thank you Cliff Kennedy for your amazing work). Mamie also got her kitchen updated and had her interior repainted. I love this old girl so much. She’s not perfect, but she’s perfect for me.


For those who love rehabbing, I’ve included photos of Mamie’s deplorable condition back in the early 1980s (they’re at the bottom of this post).


Happy Birthday, Mamie!



Mamie's Kitchen


Mamie's new Windows


Mamie Livingroom



Mamie Foyer


The photos below reveal how Mamie was nearly destroyed by neglect before this historic district was rescued.


mamie kitchen  mamie kitchen_2


mamie foyer






Looking for Me and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt continue traveling around the world…


International Flags


I’m delighted to share the latest news: Foreign rights have just sold to the Netherlands (Orlando an imprint of recently merged De Arbeiderspers and AW Bruna) – AND – rights to Looking for Me sold to Turkey (ABM Yayinevi)!


I’m grateful to my foreign publishers for their wonderful support. Here is the complete list thus far:



NORWAY (Gyldendal Publishing)

ITALY (Edizioni Piemme)

GERMANY (Kiepenheuer & Witsch)

NETHERLANDS (Orlando/De Arbeiderspers and AW Bruna)

TURKEY (ABM Yayinevi)

FRANCE (Les Presses de la Cite)

UNITED KINGDOM (Little, Brown Book Group)

ISRAEL (Kinneret-Zmora-Dvir Ltd)

POLAND (Ksiaznica – a division of Publicat Group)

INDONESIA (Bentang Pustaka)

HUNGARY (Alexandra Konyveshaz Kft)

KOREA (Munhakdongne Publishing Corp)






Books to recommend …

I’m neither a book blogger or a professional reviewer, but I am a writer and I do love to read, so every now and then I’ll post snippets about a few of the books I’ve recently enjoyed. For today’s installment I have several to recommend (in no particular order).











ORDINARY GRACE ~ Besides being a terrific story that examines a powerful range of human experiences and emotions, it was the authentic voice of the teenaged narrator, Frank Drum, that kept me reading this novel late into the night. Though the tone is quiet, Krueger artfully layered the story with suspenseful examinations of family life, death, fury, spiritual fiber, and redemption. In some ways it reminded me of one of my favorite movies—Stand By Me.





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THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS ~ This is a fascinating portrait of a woman who struggles to reach beyond her devastating illness while secretly daring to dream of a better life. Themes of family dynamics, mental strength and physical fragility are woven throughout, and Dilloway did something remarkable in this book: she took a cranky, inflexible, and often unlikeable main character and made me care about her. Really care. If I say anything more I’ll reveal too much, so you’ll just have to read the book and see for yourself.



Facts About The Moon

FACTS ABOUT THE MOON (POETRY) ~ Sometimes delicate and reflective, other times smoldering with hurt and disappointment, Laux’s work exposes human frailties with a keen eye. Laux is one of my favorite poets. I particularly enjoy her sensitivity to the wonders of nature, and she’s gifted in illuminating the essence of an otherwise unremarkable moment.










Call Me Zelda










CALL ME ZELDA ~ In this richly imagined story, Robuck captured the creative brilliance and madness of Zelda Fitzgerald in a new and refreshing way. Told through the eyes of a compassionate psychiatric nurse, Call Me Zelda is an unsettling yet tender portrayal of two women inextricably bound by hope and tragedy. Robuck has a fantastic talent for effortlessly creating atmosphere and texture in her historical fiction stories. Read it and I’m quite certain you’ll agree.



Time Flies

TIME FLIES ~ Melanie is lovable, and real, and silly … someone I would like to be friends with. She tells her story with heart and humor, and she exposes her vulnerability during a time when her life has been turned upside down. Time Flies is a rollicking fun yet poignant novel that’s sure to hit home with anyone who has ever experienced heartbreak, fought against a phobia, entertained a fantasy, or dared to say yes to an unknown future peeking above the horizon of midlife.