Monthly Archives: April 2018

So many things!

With the release of The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (and Their Muses) only a month and a few days out, it seems like there’s something new and amazing happening daily. I don’t even put them all here! Honest! But this is one isn’t just me crowing. It’s an opportunity for you to win an ARC!

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“DeFino has a unique gift for language that captures the nostalgia and still-sharp wit of her aging artists perfectly. […] the ending of this story packs an emotional punch that proves the success of DeFino’s work overall.” RT Magazine


Coming June 12, 2018


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Das Lächeln früherer Tage

I got this about a month ago, but it wasn’t set in stone. Now it is, and I’m free to share Bastei Lübbe’s gorgeous cover for The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (and Their Muses.)


Bastei Lubbe

Das Lächeln früherer Tage translates to, The Smiles of Former Days. I’m completely in love with this cover. It is so completely different from the William Morrow cover–which I also adore. Whereas the American cover evokes the warm, cozy, magical atmosphere of the retirement home, the German cover picks up the ocean, the seashore, the lighter side of this marvelous old mansion on the Maine coast. Both give off that love of books, words, writing. As far as I’m concerned, both publishers nailed it, in completely disparate ways.

I don’t have a date for this release outside of Fall 2018 or early 2019. The translation takes time, and both my German editor and translator are working very hard to make it fabulous. I have all the faith it will be.


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It isn’t every day…

It isn’t every day a writer gets to share space with one of her favorite writers, let alone with one of the biggest books out in years; color me thrilled.

Bookbub says, “If you liked [Fredrik Backman’s] A Man Called Ove, read The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (and Their Muses) by Terri-Lynne DeFino.”

Well how about that, huh?



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Waking Savannah

The book published (Lyrical Shine/Kensington) in October 2016. I honestly have no idea when this review happened, but I imagine it’s been a while. I’m THRILLED to have a Romantic Times review! So I’m putting it here.

“DeFino brings readers a touching story with memorable characters, Savannah and Adelmo. Adelmo is charismatic, yet genuine, and the romantic connection between him and Savannah feels organic and sweet. The residents of small-town Bitterly make an entertaining backdrop against the love story. Beautiful, heartfelt storytelling expresses a well-developed plot with the perfect blend of tension and emotion.” ~Romantic Times Magazine


Waking Savannah, Book 3 of The Bitterly Suite


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