Cover Reveal, THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE


UPDATE!!! I found out today THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE is available for pre-order on Amazon. If you’re so inclined, hop over to the “Books” tab in the upper right hand corner of the blog here, and click on the Amazon link!

A huge THANK YOU to an unknown source who threatened me bodily harm, and a good chompin’ if I didn’t get ON IT, quick. *Some* of you probably know who I’m talking about…

I will let this speak for itself, but suffice it to say, I am over the moon in love with my cover!Β  Below this, I’ve also included the back/flap copy.

Cover DIXIE DUPREE

In 1969, Dixie Dupree is eleven years old and already an expert liar. Sometimes the lies are for her mama, Evie’s sake-to explain away a bruise brought on by her quick-as-lightning temper. And sometimes the lies are to spite Evie, who longs to leave her unhappy marriage in Perry County, Alabama, and return to her beloved New Hampshire. But for Dixie and her brother, Alabama is home, a place of pine-scented breezes and hot, languid afternoons.

Though Dixie is learning that the family she once believed was happy has deep fractures, even her vivid imagination couldn’t concoct the events about to unfold. Dixie records everything in her diary-her parents’ fights, her father’s drinking and his unexplained departure, and the arrival of Uncle Ray. Only when Dixie desperately needs help and is met with disbelief does she realize how much damage her past lies have done. But she has courage and a spirit that may yet prevail, forcing secrets into the open and allowing her to forgive and become whole again.

Narrated by her young heroine in a voice as sure and resonant as The Secret Life of Bees’ Lily or Bastard Out of Carolina’s Bone, Donna Everhart’s remarkable debut is a story about mothers and daughters, the guilt and pain that pass between generations, and the truths that are impossible to hide, especially from ourselves.

Let me know what you think!

Β 

 

Advertisements

57 Comments

Donna, I missed a few days of Reidership and came back to find an Amazon link to your BEAUTIFUL debut. I have a deep love of southern flavor in writing. We Kentuckians are deeply southern at heart, at least natives to the area. I’m excited to read your book, and may need to talk to you: one of my WIP has a significant part of the story set in Alabama. Good luck with your debut! You must be thrilled.

Liked by 1 person

    Thank you so much, Sherry! If you read my Reflections On Writing – it will show you we have the same love for, well for me, all things Southern, right on down to our little witticisms, “bless our hearts!”

    Although DIXIE DUPREE is set in Alabama, my knowledge of the state is limited to research. I literally only travel through it when we go to my in laws farm in Mississippi. (that’s how I know it’s beautiful!) I chose Alabama over NC when I wrote this story to be sure to separate my life from it b/c of the parallels with my own southern/northern heritage (my Dad’s family is from NC, whereas Mom is from Maine).

    Still, I’m happy to talk to you about it!

    Thank you again – yes I am beyond thrilled! Like John Frain said, smiling for days. πŸ™‚

    Like

Your book sounds like it’s in a similar vein to a couple of my favourites – To Kill A Mockingbird and the Liar’s Club. I can’t wait til my copy arrives! Congratulations on a huge achievement.

Liked by 1 person

YAY! I’ve just ordered your book on Amazon!!!!!!!!! + !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€ ❀ ❀ ❀ γ€€

Liked by 1 person

    P.S. I want to add many more hearts and smiles: ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ :D:D πŸ˜€ ❀ ❀ ❀ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ ❀ ❀ ❀ + lots of rainbows and stars ❀ ❀ ❀ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ ❀ ❀ ❀

    Like

    Thank you so much Lilac!!! ((((((((((((hugs))))))))) galore!!!!!!!!

    And some of these… ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ too!

    Like

Oh, yes, that is a lovely cover. Glad someone pointed it out in the newsletter on Carkoon or I would have missed it. May you have many pre-orders.

Like

Hell yaaaaassssss!

When do you quit smiling, mid-March?

Liked by 1 person

Congrats on the debut! The cover looks awesome. I wouldn’t worry too much about “men/women” audience. I’ve read your flash fiction and know it’s going to be captivating enough to sell widely! I will be sure to pick up a copy.

Like

Beautiful! Congrats, Donna!

(I don’t know how I missed this earlier.)

I can’t wait to read it!

Like

Wow, Donna. This is awesome!!! The cover makes me think of a spirited young girl with some tomboy qualities. After reading the cover it seems to fit very well with the story! I think it will stand out on the bookshelf, too. I am so excited for you!

Liked by 1 person

    I have to say Wow too, Lennon – because you are exactly right! She’s a tomboy through and through.

    I’ve always been drawn towards certain covers, and that’s why I’m so happy with this one. It’s exactly the sort I would gravitate to if I saw it on a bookshelf. I mean that yellow just glows, and I think it will draw people to it. And hopefully pick it up. and hopefully purchase it… ! πŸ™‚

    Thank you so much!

    Liked by 1 person

The softness and light are so promising, and next to that first sentence of copy making the hairs stand up on my neck … and the chilling promise that her survival strategy of lying will be her obstacle – harrowing. It’s a pretty perfect counterpoint.

Liked by 1 person

    That the cover/copy is giving many that very reaction is a good thing! And you nailed it – her history of lying backfires becoming the very thing that stands in the way of help.

    Thank you Diane!

    Like

I saw the cover on your twitter feed. Chills up my spine. I love it. The yellow is warm, inviting, but the hands intrigue me. I’m so excited for you. Add more !!!!!! to Colin’s and everyone else’s.

Like

    Thank you so much Angie! Yes, I can’t have enough !!!!! because there are no limits to the excitement I felt when I saw it. Interesting what you say about the hands…there was a bit of conversation about them between myself, agent and editor. πŸ™‚

    Like

It looks amazing. Like one of the books that just belongs in the stacks on the tables of B&N. I cannot wait to hold one!

Liked by 1 person

Love the cover. Can’t wait to read it. Congrats!!

[It wouldn’t post my first comment. I’ll try this one.]

Liked by 1 person

A release date that allows it to make a splash for Christmas, cool.

I hope this post will be the jacket copy. It makes the book seem infinitely more readable for me. It also might give it a chance to be one of those wonderful books that appeals beyond one age group. Hope it can do that for you.

The cover is lovely and the yellows will make it shine even across the room.

I’ll be checking the Publisher’s marketplace best sellers and will toast it for you when it gets there. Congratulations.

Liked by 1 person

    That’s exactly what I thought too, Craig. (Christmas time frame) And yes, what you see is the jacket copy – done by Kensington copy edit dept. Every single thing they’ve laid their hands on, I’ve been left with goosebumps. It almost seems surreal.

    And very astute about the age group thing. Yes, certainly women have loved it…but it was this book that got me my agent, John Talbot. He LOVED it. And now, the editor in chief at Kensington, John Scognamiglio. So, not saying it would be “the thing” to appeal to men, but likely some men. And then there’s the junior high/high school age group.

    I love how they chose a picture which clearly has the sun shining down, and that yellow just pops!

    Thank you so much for your encouraging words!

    Like

GORGEOUS cover. And congratulations!! More of your words out in the world. Love it.

Liked by 1 person

So proud of my lovely neighbor. Miss you. Come to Florida! C

Liked by 1 person

Donnaeve! This is so beautiful. I would be drawn to this cover in a bookstore, I think. It’s so vibrant. And the story sounds so, so good. I can’t wait to buy your book.

Have fun celebrating all those birthdays!

Liked by 1 person

    Thank you so much, Lucie! I love how they chose a pic which looks like the sun is shining right down on her, especially since she goes through some very dark times. I am stocked with wine for the celebrating! πŸ™‚

    Like

Donna, that cover is *amazing*. So bright and cheery it’s going to shine on the shelves of stores. (((hugs)))

Liked by 1 person

Love the cover and the copy. I can’t wait to read!

Liked by 1 person

Wooo. How exciting, Donna. I want to read. And I agree. What a gorgeous, eye-catching cover.

Liked by 1 person

    Let’s make it a double woooo shall we? Wooo, woooo! A few more of these are called for…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

    But, seriously, thank you. Kensington did a great job.

    Like

This is wonderful! I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to read the book. Congratulations, Donna!

Liked by 1 person

❀ I'm so happy for you, Donna!!!!! Such wonderful news…Can I also add more exclamation points I stole from Colin? πŸ˜‰ Your book sounds AMAZING, and I can't wait to read it!!!!! Congratulations, my precious friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ❀ πŸ˜€ ❀

Liked by 1 person

    Awwww, thank you sweet friend! yes, please add more of these !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and just a few more…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There. That will hold us till I finish this reply. πŸ™‚

    I hope it will be amazing! Thank you again! ❀ ❀ ❀

    Liked by 1 person

ProfeJMarie (Janet Rundquist) February 19, 2016 at 2:59 PM

Beautiful – and super exciting!

Liked by 1 person

How are we supposed to wait THAT LONG before we can read it? This is terrible!!! =D

Liked by 1 person

OOOOOOMMMMMGGGGGG, this is over the top awesome !!!!!
I am so happy for you. I don’t know what to say except yeehawww !
Love it , love it, love it.

Jumping over to email.

Liked by 1 person

I think it’s beautiful, and the cover copy does it’s job. I can’t wait to read it!

Liked by 1 person

Wooohoooo!!! Congrats, Donna!!!!! Can I add more exclamation points? !!!!!!!!! It’s a lovely cover. When’s it on pre-order? Make sure Janet gets an ARC so we can have a flash fiction fight over it. πŸ˜€

Liked by 1 person

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There, that ought do it for the next five minutes. πŸ™‚

    I’m not sure about a pre-order date yet, just that it will be available Oct 25th, while the “official” release is November 1. I would imagine in the July/August timeframe.

    Haha – I know! I’ll have to see what she wants to do.

    Sidebar, cool deal on the Treasure Chest! I’m not sure if I can participate this go round. I’ve got family coming this weekend for b’day stuff, so my time’s going to be slim to none for it. 😦

    Liked by 1 person

      Thanks, Donna. I hope you manage to find time for the contest, but understood if you can’t. Your b’day? Wow–what a weekend for you! I hope you have a wonderful time. πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

      Not mine, but everyone else’s – Justin, (son) Brooke (daughter), Kyle (nephew) and Abigail (granddaughter) who turned 1 on Feb 8th but was too sick to celebrate! But thank you, and yes, I hope I can…I’ll have withdrawals otherwise. πŸ˜‰

      Like

Donna I’m so excited for you (and for Dixie!) Can’t wait until it’s out in print!

Liked by 1 person

%d bloggers like this: