Cover Shoot

ETA! Be sure to check out the updates to the Appearances page for upcoming bookings.

The Boy from Willow Bend was my first book. Real talk, one of my lowest moments early in this writing and publishing journey was when The Boy from Willow Bend was pulped by its first publisher. But in time, it found another publisher, found a place on schools readings lists in Antigua and Anguilla, and continues to find new readers and (I’m grateful to read) fans. These images (I haven’t been as active on Instagram as other platforms so I’m only just finding these but) are from bookstagrammer booklempt.gyal.

And a review, describing it as “an enchanting and relatable read”, shared by booklempt.gyal has been added to The Boy from Willow Bend’s Review page – which as you know includes both critical reviews and reader reviews pulled from different public platforms. Read the full review and other reviews here.

Finally, if you zoom in on the artfully presented images by booklempt.gyal, in addition to the bottle of Cavalier and our lovely beaches, you’ll peep some amazing reads in the stacks. Some – like Kei Miller’s Fear of Stones, Marlon James’ Book of Night Women, and Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses by Floree Williams – I’ve reviewed in my Blogger on Books series, others I’ve read – like V. S. Naipaul’s House for Mr. Biswas, Earl Lovelace’s Wine of Astonishment, Jamaica Kincaid’s Annie John, Lucy, and A Small Place, and some are on my wish list – like Kei Miller’s Augustown. Plus a couple of my other books – Musical Youth and Dancing Nude in the Moonlight (the original edition) – got some camera time as well. Feels good to be in good company.

If you’re here for the first time, my name is Joanne C. Hillhouse. I’ve authored some books – I hope you’ll check them out (and if you already have, I encourage you to post a reader review to Amazon or Goodreads, or even here); and I offer freelance services – look me up if you need any of the listed services. Thanks!

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Yes-I, Reader Reviews, Keep ‘m Coming

This one from children’s author and publisher Carol Mitchell, shared to her blog and goodreads is much appreciated and has been added to the With Grace reviews page.

“Written in Hillhouse’s strong poetic voice, With Grace spins a magic-laden story of the universal battle between good and evil. But it is far from ordinary. An involved tale, With Grace takes the reader on a series of twists and turns as Hillhouse explores the limits of human capacity for tolerance and meanness.
Hillhouse skilfully evokes her Caribbean setting and the illustrations, beautifully painted by Barbadian illustrator Cherise Harris, complete the illusion.
Readers, children and adults alike, will be swept away into this fairy-tale and hold their breaths in anticipation of where the story will take them next.”