Saturday, June 22, 2013

Press Release: The Rockin' Chair by Steven Manchester Excerpt and Giveaway!

Steven Manchester's newest novel just hit shelves!

Release Date: 18 June, 2013
Publisher: The Story Plant
Genre: Literary, Family

Memories are the ultimate contradiction. They can warm us on our coldest days or they can freeze a loved one out of our lives forever. The McCarthy family has a trove of warm memories. Of innocent first kisses. Of sumptuous family meals. Of wondrous lessons learned at the foot of a rocking chair. But they also have had their share of icy ones. Of words that can never be unsaid. Of choices that can never be unmade. Of actions that can never be undone.

Following the death of his beloved wife, John McCarthy—Grandpa John—calls his family back home. It is time for them to face the memories they have made, both warm and cold. Only then can they move beyond them and into the future.

A rich portrait of a family at a crossroad, The Rockin' Chair is Steven Manchester's most heartfelt and emotionally engaging novel to date. If family matters to you, it is a story you must read.

Click "Read more" for a sneak peek of the novel, and to win one of FOUR finished copies!


Trapped in his own bitterness, anger and sorrow, John stared at his wife's coffin. Suddenly, Alice's bony finger nudged him hard in the back, causing goose bumps to cover his body. It's her touch, he knew. I'd never miss it. The strong smell of lilac wafted in the air. She's tryin' to tell me somethin'.

As if he'd been blinded for days, his eyes reached across the casket and rested upon his family. He gasped at the sight of them. Quickly studying each face, for the first time he could see the pain—and it wasn't only from grieving the loss of Alice. The entire family was broken. He could feel it as plain as Alice's message on his back. They were all slumped over from the weight of the cross they each carried. How could I have been so blind? he thought, kicking himself for missing it. If there had been a second hole, he would have endured his own grief and buried their pain instead. His concern had already shifted.

John continued to study their eyes. It was clear. The very fabric of their lives had become stained and tattered. The look on the two young ones only confirmed John's beliefs of the world beyond the mountains. Like a cruel dream grinder, it's chewed 'em up and spit 'em out.

Their parents weren't in any better shape. Hank could barely stand, while Elle neglected her own needs—as usual—and tended to him. John felt Hank's pain and cringed over the doubts of being able to heal the one who needed it most. He shook his head. The quilt that Alice spent so many years on is unravelin' at the seams, he thought. No wonder she kept pokin' me until I opened my eyes. While my squaw struggled so hard to remember her own life, her family was all fightin' to forget their own. He felt one more nudge in the back and grinned. "I know, Alice. I know," he said aloud. Others glanced nervously at the outburst. John's grin scared them more.

The preacher had just finished his sermon when John dropped to both knees and spoke to his wife. "I see now, squaw. Seems I still got some chores that need tendin' to." He placed his lips to the frozen casket and kissed her. "You're right, as usual. There's some mendin' to be done. So leave the porch light on for me and I'll be along when I'm through." Standing slowly, he straightened out his back and steeled himself for the chores ahead of him. I still got a few more miles to go, he decided. And it looks like I'll be travelin' all the way to hell to reclaim these kids. It was time to take them back from the evils of society.

About the Author


Steven Manchester is the author of the newly released The Rockin' Chair, as well as the #1 best seller, Twelve Months (2013 San Francisco Book Festival award winner). He is also the author of Goodnight, Brian, A Christmas Wish, Pressed Pennies, The Unexpected Storm, Jacob Evans, and several books under the pseudonym, Steven Herberts. His work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning, and BET’s Nightly News. Recently, three of Steven's short stories were selected "101 Best" for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or his four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing.

Giveaway!


Want the chance to win one of a finished print copy and three digital copies of The Rockin' Chair? Four lucky Books à la Mode readers total will! To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

For FOUR extra entries, answer this question in a comment:
What is one of your most vivid memories? It doesn't necessarily have to be the best or worst—just something you remember in uncanny detail that you still can recount today!
I have really vivid memories of a road trip my family once took with four other families. We all squeezed into two vans and drove from Austin, Texas, to The Grand Canyon! I remember everything on the road—from we ate, how long each of the adults drove (in shifts!), what touristy things we did along the way. What about you?
Don't forget the terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the author—a huge thank you to Steven!
Giveaway ends July 7th, 2013 at 11:59 PM (your time).
Open to internationally—woohoo! However, only US residents are eligible for the print copy.
Although I do select winners, and I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤ Plus you get extra entries ;)
Good luck!