Tuesday, May 5, 2015


This is a HUGE RED LETTER DAY for a fellow Blogger,  Designer and Friend.  I have admired Kristy and her Mom, Beth Woodson's  blog Design Chic for years.  Kristy has written her first book which is being launched today, May 5th.  It has received numerous,  fabulous reviews.  I preordered my copy and can't wait for it to arrive!  I am also excited to be able to attend one of her book signings next week in Winder, Georgia.

I wish to introduce you all to these two gracious ladies.  I highly recommend their blog, it's classic content is above all.  And....today I highly recommend Kristy's book Dear Carolina.  

Here is a small summary of Kristy and the book.



Welcome! It’s so nice to meet you. I can’t wait to get to know you! I’m Kristy, wife to the boy whose eye caught mine across the restaurant nearly a decade ago. I pronounced him my husband and haven’t looked back since – or doubted my intuition ever again! We have the most incredible two-year-old boy that is pure joy. (And, yeah, the occasional tantrum.)
I’m a Southerner through and through, a North Carolina girl who loves all four seasons – especially fall in Chapel Hill, where I went to college (Go Tarheels!) and summer in Beaufort, where we spend every free moment. (I’m sitting at my desk in Beaufort in this picture!)
I blog at Design Chic about how creating a beautiful home can be a catalyst for creating a beautiful life. And I’m blogging right here about absolutely everything else!
My first women’s fiction novel is forthcoming from Berkley (Penguin Random House) in Spring 2015. My dream of being a published author is finally coming true and I. Can’t. Believe. It. What’s your dream? (You know, that one you’re afraid to say out loud?) I just know it’s about to come true!
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Buy the Book

Available from:
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, Kobo and your local bookstore!
A moving debut novel about two mothers—one biological and one adoptive—from a compelling new voice in Southern women’s fiction.
One baby girl.
Two strong Southern women.
And the most difficult decision they’ll ever make.
Frances “Khaki” Mason has it all: a thriving interior design career, a loving husband and son, homes in North Carolina and Manhattan—everything except the second child she has always wanted. Jodi, her husband’s nineteen-year-old cousin, is fresh out of rehab, pregnant, and alone. Although the two women couldn’t seem more different, they forge a lifelong connection as Khaki reaches out to Jodi, encouraging her to have her baby. But as Jodi struggles to be the mother she knows her daughter deserves, she will ask Khaki the ultimate favor…
Written to baby Carolina, by both her birth mother and her adoptive one, this is a story that proves that life circumstances shape us but don’t define us—and that families aren’t born, they’re made…
“Characters with rich, complicated lives…beautifully shows how a family comes to be.”—New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas
“Dear Carolina is Southern fiction at its best. Lovely and lyrical, with the strong voices of the two female narrators taking us deep into the heart of what being a mother is about. It shows us that love is not without sacrifice, and there’s little in life that doesn’t go down easier with a spoonful of jam. Beautifully written.”—New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge
“Dear Carolina is like the Southern women within its pages and those who will love this book, sweet as sweet tea on the outside and strong as steel on the inside. The dialect of the south is so entwined in these pages the reader is  transported to a place where women and children are treasured and family rules all. Kristy Harvey is a natural.”—Ann Garvin, Author of On Maggie’s Watch and The Dog Year
Southern to the bone and full of engaging characters, Dear Carolina is a strikingly beautiful story of love and sacrifice. Kristy Woodson Harvey’s debut novel captures your heart and doesn’t let go; her keen insights into a mother’s love will stay with you long after the last page. — Kim Boykin, author of Palmetto Moon and The Wisdom of Hair

Happy Birthday, Dear Carolina!

It’s here, it’s here, it’s here!! After all of the talking and thinking and dreaming… It’s launch day! DEAR CAROLINA is officially out in the world, and I couldn’t be more excited! 
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This is also the launch day of the e-book version of the Dear Carolina Companion cookbook! Buy DEAR CAROLINA between May 5 and May 10 (pre-orders count too!) and send a photo of the receipt, order # or some sort of proof of purchase to readdearcarolina@gmail.com to get your copy of the gorgeous e-cookbook, my DEAR CAROLINA printable quotes AND be automatically entered to win a $1,000 SHOPPING SPREE at Shop Design Chic! We’ll have some fun giveaways in the weeks to come, but I think this one is the best! *If you bought a book at a signing, just send me an email to be entered and get your goodies! 
Here’s what else is going on today:
9:30-11:30: Signing at the Kinston, NC Farmer’s Market
2:30: Facebook launch party in conjunction with the Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association!
4:30-7:30: Launch Party at Buy Local Gallery in Kinston, NC! Come have margaritas, tacos and a really good time!
Don’t forget to check out my Tour Schedule. If I’m coming to your area, I’d love to meet — and if I’m not coming to your area, I’d love to come. I have so many fun tour stops in the works and will be adding constantly! If you want me to chat with your book club (or speak at your event), please let me know. If we can’t work out a date, I’d love to Skype of FaceTime with you! 
Your support and love over these past months means THE WORLD to me! If you get a second today and want to share DEAR CAROLINA on your social media or tell a friend about it, I would so appreciate it! We have all these fancy ways of getting the word spread now, but the very best is still good, old-fashioned word of mouth. 
To get your copy, visit your local bookstore or order from: 
 Here we go… Thanks again for everything!

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  1. I am so flattered - this post is amazing, Patty!!! We just got in from the launch party and then this…what a wonderful day. Thank you so, so much for your friendship and can hardly wait to see you on the 11th!!!