Wednesday, July 8, 2009



by Rebecca Wells


Known for her beloved Ya-Ya books (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Little Altars Everywhere, and Ya-Yas in Bloom), Rebecca Wells has helped women name, claim, and celebrate their shared sisterhood for over a decade. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood held the top of the New York Times bestseller list for sixty-eight weeks, became a knockout feature film, sold more than 5 million copies, and inspired the creation of Ya-Ya clubs worldwide.

Now Wells debuts an entirely new cast of characters in this shining stand-alone novel about the pull of first love, the power of life, and the human heart's vast capacity for healing.

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder is the sweet, sexy, funny journey of Calla Lily's life set in Wells's expanding fictional Louisiana landscape. In the small river town of La Luna, Calla bursts into being, a force of nature as luminous as the flower she is named for. Under the loving light of the Moon Lady, the feminine force that will guide and protect her throughout her life, Calla enjoys a blissful childhood—until it is cut short. Her mother, M'Dear, a woman of rapture and love, teaches Calla compassion, and passes on to her the art of healing through the humble womanly art of "fixing hair." At her mother's side, Calla further learns that this same touch of hands on the human body can quiet her own soul. It is also on the banks of the La Luna River that Calla encounters sweet, succulent first love, with a boy named Tuck.

But when Tuck leaves Calla with a broken heart, she transforms hurt into inspiration and heads for the wild and colorful city of New Orleans to study at L'Académie de Beauté de Crescent. In that extravagant big river city, she finds her destiny—and comes to understand fully the power of her "healing hands" to change lives and soothe pain, including her own. When Tuck reappears years later, he presents her with an offer that is colored by the memories of lost love. But who knows how Calla Lily, a "daughter of the Moon Lady," will respond?

A tale of family and friendship, tragedy and triumph, loss and love, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder features the warmth, humor, soul, and wonder that have made Wells one of today's most cherished writers, and gives us an unforgettable new heroine to treasure.


Rebecca Wells, actress, playwright, and author of two New York Times bestsellers, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Little Altars Everywhere, was born in Louisiana.

After college, Ms. Wells later moved to New York City to pursue her acting career and began studying the Stanislavski method of acting, as well as a depth approach that integrates spirituality and performance with Maurine Holbert. "I live in an actor's body, in which the cultivation of sense memory, active listening, and the belief that the sublime can arise out of the most common character, word, or gesture is somewhat of a religion
for me."

Rebecca's commitment was not only to the stage, but to peace and social justice as well. In 1982, she went to Seattle, Washington, where she performed at numerous professional theaters. She also founded a chapter of Performing Artists for Nuclear Disarmament. Charmed by the beauty and grace of The Great Northwest, she decided to make it her home.

Her writing, however, resides in the heart of Louisiana. While many fans assume her work is autobiographical, Wells maintains that her stories are just that -- stories. "I grew up in the fertile world of story-telling, filled with flamboyance, flirting, futility, and fear. My work, though, is a result of my imagination dancing a kind of psycho-spiritual tango with my own history, and the final harvest is fiction, not memoir." Little Altars Everywhere, which won the Western States Book Award and was a New York Times bestseller, and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the 1999 Adult Trade ABBY Award, have given Wells a dominant place in American literature.

She lives on an island near Seattle with her husband and her King Charles Cavalier Spaniel who is named "Mercy." As Rebecca is fond of saying, "Dogs always remind me why the word 'God' is 'dog' spelled backwards."
© Photo by Susan Rothschild

This video where Rebecca is talking about the novel, talks about how the events, be they illnesses, loss or something else entirely, that knock us down in life are the very things that make us who we are.

Thanks to Kyle and HARPER COLLINS
Publishing Company, I have three
copies of this wonderful book,

to give away.
If you are interested in it, please comment
below and include your email address.
You must be a resident of the United States,
and no P. O. Boxes, Please!

Watch for my review of this book in a few days and it will have a link to return here to add a second comment about my review in order to qualify you to be able to be in the drawing for the copy of this book.

Deadline for entry will be dependent on the date my review is posted but WILL be in July, so don't miss it here at BOOKIN' WITH BINGO!



bridget3420 said...

Count me in! I loved The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood & Little Alters Everywhere.


Darcy said...

I loved the Ya-Yas and would love to read this book!


ChristyJan said...

THE CROWNING GLORY OF CALLA LILY PONDER sounds like a fascinating read! Please enter me in your giveaway to win a copy.


gahome2mom said...

I can't be first. :) I saw your posting at Book Blogs. Great review.

gahome2mom at gmail dot com

Mary said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book. I've read her other books and am a big fan.

meah56 at gmail dot com

PS don't ya just love Kyle?! He's my go-to guy at HC :)

bermudaonion said...

I'd love to be entered. I hope I remember to come back and leave my second comment after your review. milou2ster(at)

shelburns said...

Saw this on the SA newsletter this AM and thought how much I'd like to read it. I am a Ya-Ya fan, so this should be good!

shelburns said...

Sorry, forgot my email.

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

Bingo said...

For all of you who are worrying about remembering to come back for the second comment to qualify, I PROMISE if you drop by you will see a reminder up top when it is time in case you forgot...and you will have about a week to get that second comment in...I wouldn't want anyone who follows and comments once to be left out if they do that much..thanks!

Kelly said...

Would love to have a chance at this book!

Julie said...

Please, Please, Please enter me for this one! I would LOVE to win this book!


Denny, Alaska said...

This sounds like a great book for my daughter!


Kristen said...

I have loved Rebecca Wells' quirky characters since Little Altars Everywhere first came out. Entertaining that this cover is so reminicent of the Ya-Yas! Please enter me.

whitreidsmama at yahoo dot com

wheresmyrain said...

i have read one other of her books and then nothing but always mean to ...this one sounds really good

throuthehaze said...

count me in!
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Matt Gladden said...

count me in

holdenj said...

It's been too long since she's written a book--looking forward to Calla Lily! Please count me in!

JHolden955 (at) gmail (dot) com


Misusedinnocence said...

I would love to read this! :)

tea said...

This book sounds wonderful. I would love to win and read "The Crowning Glory of Calla lily Ponder. Thanks for entering me.

Tea said...

Here is my email addy.

Rebecca Cox said...

I love Rebecca Wells and have this book on my wish list. Can't wait to read it!
rebecca dot cox at charter dot net

Laura said...

I would love to read this. I have been seeing reviews of it lately.

Debbie said...

Love her! This would be great.

jwx4 said...

Enter me please.

jwx4 at yahoo dot com

nfmgirl said...

I loved Ya-Ya Sisterhood! Please count me in on this one. Thank you!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Beth said...

I'd love to read this. Count me in and enter me.

janetfaye said...

I would love to read this book.

Thank you!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Icedream said...

I am also another Huge Rebecca Wells fan and I've been so excited about this new release. I would love to be entered to win.
Thanks for the chance.


Kat Bryan said...

This sounds like another great book.

winterset AT

LoveMyCoffee said...

I love that her new book takes place in Louisiana. This sounds like a wonderful read.


amanda said...

I've heard good things about this author but have yet to read her.. count me in!
oheeyore at hotmail dot com


o please enter me!!! as a daughter of the south, this is so appealing to me!

spvaughan yahoo com

Upper West Side Writer said...

I would love to win this book; I remember reading (and loving!) her past books in high school. Ah, memories. Thank you so much!


Debs Desk said...

I would love to be included in your giveaway. I am a follower.

trishalynn0708 said...

Please enter me. :)


Rose Red said...

I love Rebecca Wells other books! So nice to see something new by her. Thanks for the chance to win. She is such a refreshing writer!

espressogurl at hotmail dot com

Tasses said...

please pick me ... email in Blogger profile. Thanks :-)

Kristi said...

This sounds like a charming book - and since the Calla Lily is my daughter's favorite flower - I would love to win it for her!

kherbrand at comcast dot net

Rebecca N. said...

Oh my goodness!!! Squee!! I am a huge Rebecca Wells fan! I've read her other books and loved every bit of them! They are some of the best books that I've ever read in my life! Please count me in on this giveaway! Thanks!

EllyBean said...

I'd love for a chance to read this one! :)

ellybean (at) connected2christ (dot) com

g.g. said...

Love the Ya-Ya series and bet this one is just as good. Thanks for this giveaway!

Beth said...

This looks fun! Please enter me!

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Dina said...

I am interested! aitmama (at) gmail (dot) com

Emma said...

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder sounds wonderful.Please enter me in your giveaway .augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

CherylS22 said...

Calla Lilly is a wonderful name! I'd love to read this book - please count me in.


Shawna said...

Ya I love her books
count me in.
I saw this giveaway while following you on Google Reader
Shawna Phillips

Wrighty said...

I also loved the Ya-Ya books and I really look forward to reading this one too. Thanks for another great contest!


DCMetroreader said...

I loved YA YA Sisterhood & would love to win this too.


Mermaid-Spark said...

I have read all of the Ya-Ya books and would love to read this book also. She is an amazing author.

espressogurl at hotmail dot com

Roz said...

I loved all the YA-YA Books!! I bought all the copies and now would love to have the latest book from Rebecca Wells, even if its not abour the Ya-Ya sisterhood!!

Thanks again for this wonderful site!!

Young in TX said...

Looking forward to it.

Wrighty said...

Please include me too! I loved her other books and really look forward to reading this one too!


minishoes1 said...

I would love to read this book! Count me in! I love her writing in YA-YA sisterhood! Thanks!

Madeleine said...

Oh! I d love to win this book :D


lag123 said...

I love anything Rebecca Wells writes.

catss99 said...

Please enter me!


Ashley said...

I'd love to win this!

booksrmysoul said...

blair lewis

I would really like to read this book so thanks for the giveaway

JanConsiglio said...

I love her books! Can't wait to read the new one!

heatherzilla said...

As a southern woman, I have of course, read the Ya-Ya books. I can't wait to read about Calla and Tuck.

I loved this quote by Rebecca Wells, "Dogs always remind me why the word 'God' is 'dog' spelled backwards."


Sue said...

I'd love to win this. It looks great! Thanks for the giveaway~
s.mickelson at gmail dot com