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  • Hope Gibbs

Hey Y’all!

The new year is off and running, and this past month I’ve been busy writing, reading multiple books, working on my new adventure with Bookish Road Trip, and, most importantly, sitting on some very exciting news. I’m thrilled to FINALLY announce that WHERE THE GRASS GROWS BLUE has a release date—May 16, 2023! It will be available in paperback, eBook, and audio. Mark your calendars! In the next few weeks, I will be able to share another big announcement…my book cover reveal! Yay!


January was indeed a busy and thrilling time in our home. At the beginning of the new year, I celebrated my one year "Birthday" on social media—Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok. It's been an amazing journey connecting with you, and I appreciate all the support. If you’re not following me on those platforms, click here. Let’s connect!


Then, I was able to let out a big sigh of relief. Though I'm not a huge "Dawg" fan myself since I prefer "Cats," I was so relieved the University of Georgia captured another National Football Championship. As the wife of a UGA grad and, more importantly, the proud momma of a current Bulldog, this means I will have peace and happiness in the house... until the fall, when the sky will once again be falling. Go Dawgs! Besides, Harley looks handsome in red.


Hope Gibbs Georgia Bulldog



Three days later, I hosted my first Author Take the Wheel interview for Bookish Road Trip with award-winning, Amazon Kindle best-selling author Karen E. Osborne. She was an absolute delight, and I adored her book, RECKONINGS. If you missed the interview, you can watch it again on Bookish Road Trip's Facebook page. Also, if you haven’t had the chance to join, you’re in luck. You can join here!


On February 9, 2023, I will be interviewing The Paper Lantern Writers to discuss their anthology, UNLOCKED. I have scheduled some talented authors with fabulous books for 2023. Stay tuned.


Hope Gibbs The Paper Lantern Writers


A week later, I joined a reading challenge. Do you participate in them? If so, I have just the one for you—the 2023 Bookish Road Trip Reading Challenge! Start your year off by joining one that will have you shouting, "BINGO!" each and every time you finish a book. Go to https://bookishroadtrip.com/reading-challenge-bingo/ and start your card today!



Hope Gibbs Bookish Road Trip Bingo Card


And finally, when I had free time, I worked on my second novel, ASHES TO ASHES. I’ve made it to the last chapter, and I’m pushing hard to finish before my line edits come back for WHERE THE GRASS GROWS BLUE. So, like I said, it’s been a busy but wonderful month.



Hope Gibbs Ashes to Ashes in progress


New! Three things that I’m obsessed with in the month of January:

1). HBO's The Last of Us – This show has me intrigued. I love a good apocalypse story (just ask my poor husband, who must deal with my fascination with the genre), and this one has a hook that I can’t resist. Plus, Pedro Pascal is one of my favorite actors. This is a must for any television junkie.


2). Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup – I’ve made this several times in the month of January. Nothing warms your body and soul like it. Fresh thyme and chopped Italian parsley are my key ingredients. Maybe I’ll include my recipe in my next blog.


3). Pickleball – Don’t tell my husband or my tennis friends, but I’ve played it a few times this month and it’s kind of addictive. Plus, it brings our family together. My daughter and husband won a tournament on New Year’s Day.


Oh, and did I mention I read six books this month? I stumbled across some incredible ones in January. Each was different, fascinating, and I couldn’t put them down. Click on the tabs below for my reviews.


January Books:

THE SIXTH WEDDING by Elin Hilderbrand

SPARE by Prince Harry

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD by Lisa Roe

THE FAMILY GAME by Catherine Steadman

RECKONINGS by Karen E. Osborne

THE GOLDEN HOUR by Beatriz Williams

Until next time…

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