Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Somerset Blitz, Plus Giveaway

I’m always delighted to pass along information about authors, books, and upcoming events, especially when a giveaway is involved.

somersetIf you’re familiar with ROSES and TUMBLEWEEDS, then you’re in for a treat as author Leila Meacham’s prequel – SOMERSET - once again brings back Gone with the Wind--but this time with a dash of The Help.

One hundred fifty years of ROSES' Tolivers, Warwicks, and DuMonts! We begin in the antebellum South on Plantation Alley in South Carolina, where Silas Toliver, deprived of his inheritance, joins up with his best friend Jeremy Warwick to plan a wagon train expedition to the "black waxy" promise of a new territory called Texas. 

Slavery, westward expansion, abolition, the Civil War, love, marriage, friendship, tragedy and triumph-all the ingredients (and much more) that made so many love ROSES so much-are here in abundance.

To celebrate this fantastic novel, Grand Central Publishing is hosting a pre-launch day blitz through February 3rd! In addition, one winner will win a prize pack featuring a flower bouquet from 1-800-Flowers and a copy of SOMERSET


Leila Meacham writes of East Texas with authority. She has lived in Texas all of her life with the exceptions short sojourns out of state with her Air Force husband and her birth in Minden, Louisiana, because her father could not get her mother across the border of the Sabine River into Texas for her to be born. She says that as far as she knows, it's the only regret he ever had of his daughter.

Leila graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor's Degree of Arts. She married a pilot in the US Air Force during the war years of Viet Nam and served in numerous capacities of volunteer work as a military wife before resuming her teaching career in San Antonio. She taught high school English until her retirement from that profession, developing the gifted and talented program still used in the tenth grade curriculum of Converse Judson. She was twice elected by her peers as Teacher of the Year.

She came to her love of writing late, she says, even though she dabbled briefly into the process when she wrote a romance novel in the mid-eighties that she never expected to be published. It was followed by two others because she was under contract, but the experience and genre left her with a desire never to pick up a pen again.

"That changed when I ran out of things to do after retirement," she says, "and one day I sat down and wrote ROSES."

For more on Leila and her writing, connect with her on Facebook and Goodreads.
SOMERSET is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Use the widget below to enter for your chance to win the fun prize pack featuring a flower bouquet and a copy of SOMERSET.  

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Thanks for stopping by today. Have you read ROSES and/or TUMBLEWEED? Aren’t the covers striking and catch your attention?


  1. Mason - Thanks for the information. Historical novels can be so rich can't they? When they're well done, they just draw the reader into the saga.

  2. Gorgeous cover! I haven't read either book, but am interested. Leila is a new author for me. :-)

  3. what a truly stunning book cover that is! LOvely!


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