GIVEAWAY from Sally Smith O’Rourke!!!

Original painting for cover

It’s dark when I head out for the hospital every morning, and one day last week I was taken by the waning moon on the western horizon. Pin points of light and the pale yellow crescent against the midnight blue of the morning sky reminded me of a Maxfield Parrish painting.

The Dinky Bird

tn_P&PcvrAs some of you know, my love of Jane Austen began with the gift of Pride and Prejudice from my mother. At 15, I had just completed the third book report for English class. The teacher was partial to Dickens, and so, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and Oliver Twist became the required reading for the semester. My mother gave me P&P so I would know that not all classics were dark and foreboding, in fact some were light, witty and engaging. Years before that, mom tried to interest me in reading (I was a tomboy and preferred playing outside to being quiet with a book) by giving me what had been her favorite book as a child, Poems of Childhood by Eugene Field. It worked to a degree, as I became a lover of poetry.field cover

While titled Poems of Childhood, in retrospect and reading it as an adult, it wasn’t written for children, but about them and the things that frighten the,, things that go bump in the night or hide under the bed or in the closet, and death, there is quite a bit about the death of children. I found out as an adult that Field and his wife lost a young child before writing most of the poems in this book. But I digress. The book is illustrated by Maxfield Parrish, I have been a fan ever since. One of the poems is The Dinky Bird about a land over the sea where the Dinky Bird sings in the amfalula tree. I loved the freedom the painting represented and still do. But mostly I love Maxfield Parrish.


Mike (my late husband) and I once sent a Christmas card with the Parrish painting called Christmas, later we found a print of it which hangs in my living room, even now.

The Moon

The morning that I saw the moon and stars in the dark blue sky, reminding me of a Parrish painting, I also realized that my love of Parrish was what drew me to the painting used on the cover of my latest book, Days of Future Past, mostly the color palate I suspect since the painting looks a bit more like Monet.

The Stars

Now that I’ve rambled one about absolutely nothing, I will leave you to your day. However, if you’d like to win a signed copy of Days of Future Past (for domestic readers) or an electronic book for your eReader if you live far, far away, please leave a comment and let me know how you like the painting and cover (designed and executed by Janet Taylor) and which Maxfield Parrish painting you like most. Or just say hello.

I’m hoping that I will be able to schedule my time to include a regular post for the blog, at least once every two weeks or so. I’m already working on the next one.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win Days of Future Past.

Original back cover design

Original back cover design

Original painting for cover

Original painting for cover


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12 thoughts on “GIVEAWAY from Sally Smith O’Rourke!!!

  1. schilds says:

    I love the cover for your book. It is hard to stop staring at it. I am a Monet fan my self I love to see vibrant colors. Thank for the chance to win a copy of Days of Future Past. I would love to have the paperback.

  2. Janet T says:

    Thank you, Sally, for the nod and link to my website. You know I love the painting that you chose to allow me to work with on your cover. Of the paintings by Maxfield Parrish, I believe my favorite here is the one entitled, ‘Christmas’. It is lovely and peaceful.

    No need to enter my in the giveaway. I am just stopping by to say hello! :)

  3. Judy Cox says:

    I love your cover it is so serene and calming. I am a cover person, so I would pick this up and read the cover. There are not too many covers that surprise me , by not being a good read. Thanks for your opportunity to win a copy.

  4. Lynn Bischoff says:

    The cover is lovely. Very calming and relaxing. Thank you for a chance to win an ecopy of Days Of Future Past, as I have enjoyed your other books.

    • It’s encouraging, as I write my next book to have someone let me know that you enjoyed my other books. The new one is a ghost story set in San Francisco. Hope you enjoy Days of Future Past.

  5. Pamela Hunter says:

    I love both cover designs. So pretty! The back cover design makes me want to get out the ole needle and thread and start cross stitching it. :-). Unfortunately, my eyes just can’t see well enough for that anymore.

    I’d love to win either copy of your book….ebook or physical copy. Thanks for offering the chance to win!


    • The back cover is beautiful, isn’t it? Janet did that entirely, the original photo (which she took) is a solid wall, no doors or windows and much of the plant life Janet added. It would make a wonderful embroidery or needlepoint, although it would be very intricate and time consuming. Glad you stopped by.

  6. SGH says:

    Love the cover for your book and the Parrish paintings. I’ve seen his work but hadn’t known his identity, so thank you for enlightening me.

  7. Nicole The Reading Rebel says:

    The cover is beautiful. It looks like a pretty place to sit with a good book and some nice English tea or even have a small book club party there. Thanks for the chance to win.

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