Win one of two autographed copies of Summer’s Child! I’ll select at random two people who comment on this blog post by Saturday April 3rd at midnight EST. Good luck!
When I was a kid, my grandmother told me about a friend who was walking across a field when she saw an overturned basin. She kicked the basin over and was horrified to discover a dead baby beneath it. I never forgot that terrible story (thanks, Gram), but I always wondered who that baby was and what would have happened had she been alive? That’s where the idea for Summer’s Child came from. Eleven-year-old Daria Cato kicks over a horseshoe crab shell on the beach and discovers a baby who changes her life and the lives of many other people in Kill Devil Hills, a town on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Summer’s Child was originally published in 2000 and I’m so pleased it’s getting this second life. It’s the third of my older books to be reissued recently (the other two are Breaking the Silence and The Courage Tree). Other reissues will be coming in the next couple of years, so those of you who’ve been struggling to find my older books are finally in luck.
Readers have asked me if the reissued books are exactly like the originals. The answer: it depends. In Summer’s Child, I did a little updating of styles and technology. The story, though, is untouched. The “packaging” is totally different, however. Summer’s Child was originally published in mass market (grocery store size) paperback. Here’s the old cover. I thought it was pretty, but definitely not coastal North Carolina! The new cover got it right and it’s also a more readable, attractive and sturdy trade paperback size.
You can read chapter one of Summer’s Child on my website here, as well as read a little about the research I did and some nice things reviewers had to say about the book. Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy. (If you’ve already bought Summer’s Child, leave a comment anyway. You can give your copy to a friend and keep the autographed one I send you!)