Donna Everhart’s Latest News


Latest Publishing News from Donna Everhart

Latest Publishing News





Welcome to all new subscribers! I am very happy you’re here!
THE FORGIVING KIND 2019 Tour (so far)




o   January 7th, 11:00 a.m., Author Stories Podcast (link will be provided once produced)

o   February 5th, 7:00 p.m., book launch at Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh NC

o   February 9th, Trio 2019, time TBA, Foggy Pine Books, Boone NC

o   February 12th, 11:30 a.m. Broad Street Deli and Market, Dunn, NC

o   February 14th, 3:30 p.m., Thursday Afternoon Book Club, Dunn NC

o   February 15th, 11:00 a.m., venue TBA, sponsored by Litchfield Books, Pawley’s Island, SC

o   February 19th, details forthcoming, Ye Olde Town Arts Club

o   March 1st, Trio 2019, time TBA, Downtown Books, Manteo NC

o   March 9th, 2:00 p.m., FoxTale Book Shoppe, Woodstock GA

o   March 28th, 7:00 p.m., Tea and Topics Book Club, details forthcoming, Lillington, NC

o   April 9th, 7:00 p.m., “In Conversation,” Flyleaf Books, Durham NC (along with Anna Jean Mayhew, author of THE DRY GRASS OF AUGUST, (2011) and the forthcoming, TOMORROW’S BREAD, Kensington, March 26, 2019)

*If would like me to visit your local book club, contact me. (scroll down to fill out a form)

I’m happy to speak via Skype, or maybe even face to face if you’re in North Carolina.

Event Pics!




I always love to include a few of these. I met a lot of dedicated readers this past year, and their love of books was evident when I spoke to them!

The first two are taken at the Women’s National Book Association, Charlotte Chapter’s “Bibliofeast.” I love the look on the faces of the two ladies I’m signing books for.

The one where I’m standing next to that stately gentleman was taken in Greenville, SC, at the Southeastern Library Association’s (SELA) Award Ceremony. (more on that below)

The last two are the beautiful displays done for a book club event I attended in Cashiers NC in August. The quilt is representative of the one given to Wallis Ann by Joe Calhoun. The beautiful fiddle (as it’s more often called when playing bluegrass/folk tunes) is representative of Laci, Wallis Ann’s mute, musically gifted, older sister.



As mentioned above, I traveled to Greenville South Carolina on November 2nd to pick up an award. This was such a prestigious honor, and I am actually still floored about receiving it! The Southeastern Library Association (SELA) gives out a biannual award in fiction and non-fiction. For 2018, I was chosen as the “Author of the Year in fiction, for THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET. Here is a link to their site where you can see past winners as well!
Library Binding
(simply put, I love it)





Latest Work
or . . . ?

My fourth book, working title SHINE MOUNTAIN, is finished. It ended up at 120,000 words, and after editing out what seemed like a ton of “filter” words, and other nonsense, I was able to get it down to a respectable 105,000. It has been sent off to my agent to read and provide feedback.




Meanwhile, I’m having an internal argument about the title. My editor liked SHINE MOUNTAIN, but not as much as the titles I’d given my other books – which I’ve been lucky in that all of them were kept. We got to talking about it, and one particular sentence stuck out to him, “I didn’t want to be known as the moonshiner’s daughter.”

So, the title became THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER, which I love, but . . .

Then, I began to notice (all of a sudden) many other books with “daughter” in their titles. I am a curious sort of person, so I went on a little search. It appears this has been a topic of discussion for years, and not only for daughter, but wife and sister too. The latest article I found was this one, which states right off the top the numbers. It’s from 2016, and the market continues to show plenty of titles with a mix off all these nouns.

Of course, I want my book to stand out as unique. I think the story is, in of itself, so maybe that’s enough. But for me, it’s the meaning behind the title that is so important, and here’s why:

o   SHINE MOUNTAIN stands for three things:

§  It’s a fictitious place where the Sasser family lives

§  It’s representative of what they do, make moonshine and the location happens to be the Brushy Mountains of NC.

§  Most important, my main character, Jessie Sasser, is conflicted over this legacy and to me, this particular title symbolizes the personal conflict she has, the mental mountain she must climb in order to resolve her feelings.

On the flip side, when my agent and I discussed this, he liked SHINE MOUNTAIN, but when I mentioned THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER, he said, “that would make me want to pick the book up.” In addition, he said that SHINE MOUNTAIN sounded like it might draw in the wrong audience.
The good news is, once he and my editor read the manuscript, I know we’ll get another chance to talk about it. Besides, if this manuscript is accepted for publication, it won’t be out until sometime in 2020, and two things can happen. Either there will be a boatload more titles with daughter, or this trend will have subsided.

Want to weigh in? Drop me an email at! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

In closing, I’d like to wish everyone the brightest and merriest of holiday seasons!
Mister wishes you the same!
Barnes and Noble




Booksamillion (BAM)

Happy reading!

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I would be ever so grateful.

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