Mother’s Day Wishes

If you celebrate, Happy Mother’s Day! 🌺

For some people, this can be a day of memories. In our household, we’re remembering my mother-in-law, for whom I dedicated Orchid Blooming: “to the best mother-in-law, who brightens the world with her art and lights up our lives with love.”

If she were here, she’d encourage me to celebrate my news. In fact, maybe her kind karma had a hand in today’s excitement.

I woke today to an early morning email, to find that Always Orchid has been shortlisted for the Hawthorne Award for best fiction! Last year’s Hawthorne Award winner says:

“A powerful, emotional story, Always Orchid follows the welcome reunion of lovers Phoenix and Orchid only to have the demons of his injuries and the ghosts of her past drive them apart again. Carol Van Den Hende’s artistic gaze is unflinching in the depiction of Phoenix’s recovery and Orchid’s ongoing PTSD. Propulsive and richly detailed, this third book in the Goodbye, Orchid series is an absorbing read. Absolutely gripping!””
Jeannée Sacken, award-winning author of Behind the Lens and Double Exposure
This fall, look for Jeannée’s beautiful book The Rule of Thirds!
This excitement is on top of learning that Orchid Blooming won a 1st Place Award in Chanticleer International’s Chatelaine Awards!
Bookish by NetGalley interviewed me about the beautiful Always Orchid cover (read the article for behind-the-scenes insights). Please save and share the wonderful book cover graphic that Stephanie Anderson made for me – above. I love artists’ creativity!

Pre-order here (you can read Always Orchid as a standalone)

While you’re waiting for the final book to release, pick up the prequel here:

Read and review Orchid Blooming here:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Apple Books | Google | Bookshop

Visit me at an event! 


Saturday June 3rd 9am-12pm ET
Harmony Brookside Author Event
Brookside, NJ

June 6th Pulpwood Queens Interview 7pm CT/8pm ET
Join Kathy L. Murphy and I to discuss International Book-of-the-Month Orchid Blooming

Saturday June 10th 11am-4pm EST 
Passaic County Book Fair: book signing and panel
Weasel Brook Park Clifton NJ 

I loved meeting readers at Bay Books Coronado CA (see photos) and hope to see you soon too

What are you reading? I’m fortunate to have met Fiona Davis when we both spoke at a Junior Women’s League lunch, and featured her gorgeous The Spectacular cover in my DIYMFA cover trends article (here in case you missed it!)

Follow me on GoodreadsAmazon, or Bookbub for more recommendations!

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’ve partnered with other authors to recommend giftable books to readers:

Check out Sweet Inspirational Romances here!

I’ll end where I started, by wishing you and mothers everywhere joy, meaning, and orchids!

Carol Van Den Hende

Award-winning author

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