The Many Lives of CeeCee Wilkes

ceecee coversThe Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes is back again, this time as a mass market (small-sized) paperback. Her cover is nearly identical to the trade paperback cover, which I’ve always loved. I’m so happy she’ll (yes, I think of this book as a ‘she’ instead of an ‘it’) have a chance to reach those readers who love the smaller books.

I thought I’d show you a few of the faces CeeCee’s had in the last few of years. The new paperback is in the center. Starting in the upper right hand corner and going clockwise: the North American trade paperback, the Australian version (A Beautiful Lie), the German version, the Finnish version, the French version, The Norwegian hardcover, the Norwegian paperback, the United Kingdom version (The Lost Daughter), and CeeCee’s first incarnation: the North American hardcover.

Meanwhile. . . I’m a little more than a week away from my deadline on The Midwife’s Confession and right now it’s impossible to imagine this book finished with any cover, much less all of these! So I’d better get back to work.


  1. brenda on April 30, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    What’s the date for the new book? May 30 or June 1? I keep getting various dates on different sites…I preordered mine, but I want to decide if I want to do that or wait…sometimes when I preorder, it takes longer. Can’t wait…

  2. Diane Chamberlain on April 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Brenda, I know it gets confusing. The official release date for The Lies We Told is June 1, but books are always in the stores (and Amazon, B and N etc,) the Tuesday before. Since June 1 is a Tuesday, I THINK that would also be the first sale date. Clear as mud!

  3. brenda on May 1, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Can’t wait…
    Have to rec. a little novel-a fast read but so meaninful…BETWEEN FRIENDS by Kristy Kiernan-really liked it-will loan it to friends. One problem-my usual-getting used to the different voices…sometimes difficult to tell between the two women-but a powerful message in the book. Am reading Elizabeth Berg’s latest-it arrived yesterday…it is good so far…

  4. Diane Chamberlain on May 1, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    This is the biggest problem I’m having with The Midwife’s Confession, Brenda–differentiating between three women’s voices. Very difficult, because they are all of a similar age with similar backgrounds. Different personalities, but it’s still very challenging to make them READ differently. Working on it. . .

  5. Diane Chamberlain on May 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Brenda and everyone: I just learned that the on sale date WILL be May 25th, the Tuesday prior to June 1. Hope that helps.

  6. brenda on May 1, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Great-a week early.
    Diane-are you speaking in NC this summer or fall???

  7. Diane Chamberlain on May 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh on June 3rd. Cape Fear Author’s Luncheon on June 10th. You can always keep up with me on the events page on my website. 🙂

  8. brenda on May 1, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Alas. I am still in school on those dates…Just NOW found the eveents page…can’t believe it. I have this BLOG in my favorites…not the events page-sorry.

  9. Margo on May 1, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I treasure my hardbound copy of CEECEE WILKES and ‘she’ sits proudly on my ‘Diane’ bookshelf…love the book and have given many copies as gifts.
    Brenda and Diane, I can’t wait for THE LIES WE TOLD!!…so glad its out in time for the long Memorial Day Weekend…I know what I’ll be doing for those 3 days!! (-O:

  10. Diane Chamberlain on May 2, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I hadn’t thought of that Margo (TLWT being out in time for Memorial Day Weekend). Cool!

  11. Margo on May 2, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Diane, as soon as I get my copy I’m starting it for the 3 day holiday…what a great way to spend Memorial Weekend, curled up with a Diane Chamberlain novel!! (-O:

  12. brenda on May 2, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I hope the book is in one of the bookstores around here-I cancelled my online order just in case. I am going to go to the mall and get it to have for the weekend. Now, Margo, you know if I buy that book on Tuesday, I won’t keep it until the weekend-maybe my second read will be that weekend. I am excited too.
    Finished Berg’s book last night-interesting because it was about a 40th reunion, and I am doing our school’s ALL ALUMNI reunion again this year (sponsored by my class (our 45th)…however, there was little depth in the book and too short to have so many characters…oh well…I still enjoyed it.

  13. Margo on May 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Lol Brenda…I know you so well…if the book is out the Tues before the 3 dayer, I know you’ll read it immediately…who knows, I might be doing the same thing, altho it sounds perfect to me to wait for the 3 days and do nothing but read THE LIES WE TOLD.
    I finished reading CAUGHT by Harlen Coben and loved it!…am now reading a book Brenda recommended SEASON OF SECOND CHANCES…I picture Brenda as the main character because she’s a professor. (-O:

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