Joshilyn Jackson

Far From Here releases three weeks from TODAY! Insanity. Releasing a book is a bit like having a baby, and I’m definitely at the point where I’m feeling not-quite-ready for the arrival of my literary infant. Just like real babies, books require lots of time and attention in the beginning… They need to be held and coddled, they love to be cooed at, and the more nice things you say about them, the happier they are. I’m gearing up for a very busy season. 😉

But I am happy to say that Far From Here will enter the world with lots of love and well wishes… I’ve been incredibly blessed to receive some amazing endorsements for Far From Here, and the absolute best part of it for me has been that several of the authors who endorsed are my literary heros and all-time favorite authors. How lucky am I? So in an effort to say “thank you” to everyone who has already thrown their support behind my book, I’m going to spend some time in the next few blog posts spreading the love and introducing you to these amazing people.

I had the privilege of meeting Joshilyn Jackson at the Festival of Faith and Writing nearly two years ago. I went to one of her sessions and was completely smitten by her spunk and sassy outlook on life. We shook hands afterward, and though I’m sure she didn’t remember me, I took the liberty of emailing her a couple of weeks later after I had read her debut novel gods in Alabama. To say that I loved her book would be a bit of an understatement — there is something about her lyrical voice that hit me like a shot of whisky and honey. Strong but sweet and lingering. I quickly went out and bought the rest of her books (Backseat Saints is my personal favorite) and became a devoted Joshilyn Jackson fan. (I’m also a fan of her hilarious blog Faster Than Kudzu which regularly makes me laugh out loud. I suggest refraining from consuming a beverage of any kind while reading Joshilyn’s blog. A near fiasco involving a post about an empty house and a cup of lukewarm tea has taught me this little trick of the trade.)

Anyway, a HUGE thank you to Joshilyn for her amazingly kind words about Far From Here“Nicole Baart is a huge talent who has both a big voice and something meaningful to say with it.  Far From Here is a gorgeous book about resilient people living in a broken world, finding ways to restore hope and even beauty in the pieces.”

I’m blushing. No, seriously. I am. To know that someone I respect so much had that to say about my book…? Well, it kind of defies description.

I’m going to leave you with a plug not for my own book (though you should buy Far From Here, too!), but for Joshilyn’s newest release A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. It just came out, and though I haven’t had the pleasure of reading it yet, I can’t wait to. Booklist had this to say about it in a starred review: “Jackson’s most absorbing book yet, a lush, rich read with three very different but equally compelling characters at its core.”

I hope you check it out! I bought it for my coffee table — I think the cover is that pretty. But you can bet it’ll be scuffed up and dog-eared in no time at all. 😉

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