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The Hope Chest Launches on March 21! I’m so, so proud of my latest novel, which is deeply personal. The Hope Chest is about three people – Mattie, a fiercely independent woman battling ALS, Don, her devoted husband who is facing a future without his one true love, and Rose, their caregiver, a young single mother trapped in her life – who have lost a part of themselves and seemingly lost all hope until one woman’s heirloom hope chest is rediscovered, along with its contents and secrets. A beautiful story about the unconditional love and support family, The Hope Chest will remind readers that hope can be found where and when you least expect it. Like my debut novel, The Charm Bracelet, The Hope Chest was inspired by my grandmothers’ heirlooms, lessons and lives, as well as my uncle’s courageous battle with ALS and my relationship with my father’s caregivers during the final years of his life, strangers who have now become family and guardian angels to me.

PRE-ORDER THE HOPE CHEST NOW & I’LL SEND YOU AN AUTOGRAPHED, PERSONALIZED BOOKPLATE! For an author, pre-orders of a book are the equivalent of first weekend ticket sales for a movie’s release, the first week’s box office for a Broadway play, or opening day attendance for a professional baseball or football team. In short, presales of a book demonstrate surefire support of a book and enthusiasm. I’m hoping that you will consider ordering the book NOW from your favorite bookseller or bookstore, in advance of its March 21 release. AND IF YOU DO … Drumroll, please … I will send you an autographed, personalized bookplate for your book, which you can have on hand to place in The Hope Chest as soon as it arrives! Just message me privately at contact@violashipman.com and send me your snail mailing information and to whom you’d like the bookplate personalized, and I will send a bookplate at no charge! In advance, THANK YOU for your support!

The Hope Chest is A Bestseller in Germany! The Hope Chest (So groß wie deine Träume in Germany, or As Big As Your Dreams) IS A BESTSELLER IN GERMANY! The novel debuted on the Spiegel bestseller list at #13 and is moving up the list! To date, the novel has sold to Germany, Italy and Norway (The Charm Bracelet has now been translated into a dozen languages).

Hangin' in The Hamptons I was honored to be invited to the East Hampton Library's 12th Annual Authors Night in August. It was a fun, fabulous night, sipping wine and signing books, and very thrilling to mix and mingle with Authors Night Founding Honorary Chair Alec Baldwin and other authors including Gwyneth Paltrow, Christie Brinkley, Ina Garten, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Dick Cavett. Personal highlights included chatting and receiving writing advice (and support) from the incomparable Mary Higgins Clark (53 books!) as well as Garth Stein. And best of all, this year's event was the most successful of all time, with over 2,500 guests attending and the Library netting $300,000 for its programming.

Three Months on the German Bestseller List! The Charm Bracelet debuted its first week out in May on Spiegel, the bestseller list in Germany and the equivalent of the New York Times bestseller list in the U.S., and has remained on the list now for over three consecutive months! I am beyond humbled and grateful to the countless German readers who have not only supported the novel (titled Für immer in deinem Herzen, or "Forever in Your Heart" in Germany).

Christmas Angels to Publish October 25! I am excited to announce that I have written a holiday novella — an e-book original — that will publish October 25 in time for the holidays. And it's only 99 cents so it's the perfect gift (and e-stocking stuffer) for all the readers in your life! Rich with the spirit of Christmas and all its traditions, Christmas Angels is a faith-filled love story that will remind readers of the meaning and magic of Christmas, and the fact that Christmas (and guardian) angels are all around, if only we choose to see them. Here are the links to buy from Amazon and B&N for your Kindle or Nook.

International Bestseller! In its first week out, The Charm Bracelet debuted on Italy's Bestseller List at #6 in fiction and #2 in foreign fiction! Grazie!

We're #1! The Charm Bracelet was the #1 bestselling book in Michigan in March and has also hit the Great Lakes Indie Bestseller List three times since its release! Thank you!

Some Sugar from POPSUGAR! POPSUGAR named The Charm Bracelet to its list of must-reads for spring (which includes some amazing books and authors)! The list of "The Best 2016 Spring Books For Women" calls The Charm Bracelet "a sentimental story of family and faith."

Kirkus Charmed by The Charm Bracelet: The Charm Bracelet received a stellar first review from Kirkus, which is notorious for being — ummm — a tad prickly with their critiques, especially of mainstream books that wear their hearts on their pages. Doing my Snoopy dance!

"Three generations of women share the tradition of wearing charm bracelets to honor the big moments of their lives. Debut novelist Shipman—a pen name chosen by memoirist Wade Rouse (It's All Relative, 2011, etc.) in homage to his grandmother—pulls out all the emotional bells and whistles here; his book reads like a fictionalized guide to living the good life (“Live! Love! Laugh!”) and checks all the boxes—family, friends, God, love, and simple living—designed to warm the heart and fill the tear ducts. Smooth writing, unabashed sentimentality."

THE CHARM BRACELET: I am pleased to announce that my debut novel, The Charm Bracelet, has sold to St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books, and will publish March 22, 2016. The novel was inspired by my grandmothers and written under their pen name, Viola Shipman, to pay tribute to them and all our elders. More exciting news coming soon! For more, click here.

INTERNATIONAL CHARM: To date, foreign rights for The Charm Bracelet, have sold in 10 countries, including Germany (book and audio), Italy, Spain, Russia, Brazil, Poland, Norway, Turkey, Czech Republic and Lithuania. For more on the book's initial deal, here is the original Publishers Weekly announcement!

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