Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Handfasting Blog Tour

Ten years had passed since they joined hands at the high altar of the old abbey church, ten years since they were hand fasted, engaged to be married. It had been ten years in which Katherine had finished college, completed med school, and become a doctor. For ten years they had not seen each other, had not spoken, and had not written.
    It was what they had agreed.
    “I’ll find you,” Steven had told her. “In ten years, when we have finished school, when we are able to marry, I’ll find you. Whenever you see a yellow rose, remember me. Remember I love you.”
    For a decade, she had been waiting, hoping, and praying.
    Today, on her birthday, a vase of yellow roses was waiting when she arrived at home.
    Although the action occurs primarily in New York City, psychologically, the story is set in a small town in Virginia. Change came slowly to the rural South in the nineteen-seventies, and attitudes toward women were most resistant to change. These attitudes threaten to destroy Katherine and her chance for the life for which she yearns. The Handfasting is a story of love: love renewed, a suitor spurned, a vicious attack, and a struggle for healing. 

Katherine’s Bio
Name: Katherine Lee Jackson
DOB: August 20, 1949
Hair Color: Blond
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 5’6”
Weight: 120 lbs
Parents: Alive and living in Hamilton, Virginia, a small town near Richmond. They live in the house where both my mother and I grew up.
Siblings: I am the oldest of three children. I have a sister, Mary, and a brother, Thomas, Jr.
When I grow up: It’s depressing to think about growing up!
Favorite Color: Sky Blue
Best friend(s): Sara and Becky. We were friends in college at the University of Virginia and now share an apartment in New York. Sara is an incurable romantic. Becky is a bit cynical.
Relationship status: Engaged. To someone. This really gets to the heart of the story
Katherine’s Self Introduction:
What can I say? I grew up in a small town, and I’m seeking fame and fortune in the big city? Well, I did grow up in a small town in Virginia in the nineteen-sixties. I finished high school in sixty-seven, went to college and med school. I live in New York, now, sharing an apartment with two friends.
I’m not really seeking fame and fortune in the big city, though. I’m here because, well, first, I found a job in the emergency room of a large hospital. Growing up in the sixties, we were taught it was our responsibility to make the world a better place, and I found a job in which I felt I could do just that, one in which I could “make a difference.” Then, too, my best friends were here. I thought it would be exciting to live in New York. Finally, I wanted to prove myself, to show everyone ─ family, friends, myself ─ that I could make it on my own.

Author Bio:

David Burnett lives in Columbia South Carolina, with his wife and their blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. The Reunion, his first novel, is set in nearby Charleston.

David enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches.
He has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, a Native American powwow, and his grandson, Jack. David and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen. In The Reunion, Michael's journey through England and Scotland allows him to sketch many places they have visited.

David has graduate degrees in psychology and education and previously was Director of Research for the South Carolina Department of Education. He and his wife have two daughters.


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