To say that I’m thrilled to share that my debut novel, A Thousand Miles to Graceland, is now available for pre-order and hitting stands on January 24, 2023 is an understatement. I’ve been working on this story of fun, heartfelt mother-daughter road trip from El Paso, Texas to Memphis, Tennessee for almost ten years, so to release it to the world is nothing short of a dream come true.

Also, it just so happens that the Elvis movie is coming out soon, so talk about perfect timing!

As a way of celebrating the cover release (yay!) and pre-order availability (extra yay!), I’m offering a special gift to those of you who pre-order my novel.

Pre-order A Thousand Miles to Graceland, a novel by Kristen Mei Chase

A little bit about A Thousand Miles to Graceland

Forty-something Grace thrives on predictability—from the figures she balances as an accountant to her perpetually upbeat husband, except that she’s miserable. So when she discovers her husband is cheating on her with a millennial, she does the unthinkable and decides to say “yes” to her Elvis-obsessed mother, Loralynn, who asks her to drive them to Graceland for her 70th birthday.

With her Priscilla Presley wigs and go-go boots, Loralynn turned every moment of Grace’s childhood into a spectacle—as if growing up biracial on a Texas army base didn’t make her enough of a target. While Grace dodged her abusive father and the taunts of kids at school, her mother was too lost in her world of Elvis collectibles to notice. Grace got the hell out of El Paso once she graduated from high school, and has barely come home since.

Now if Grace can survive a week alone with her mom, she may just be able to face everything wrong with her carefully planned life. It will be a week of guilt trips, too much fried food, and a rekindled connection with a hot childhood friend. But when the drive takes a bucket list turn, Grace will be forced to face the prospect of losing a mother she never fully appreciated.

This book is about second chances—not just in love, but in life—and it’s a reminder that life isn’t over after 40. For many of us, it’s only just begun.

I truly hope you’ll enjoy reading this book as much as I loved writing it (whether you’re an Elvis fan or not), and as a way of thanking you for your support (and patience since you won’t actually get to read it for another six months), I’m sending out personalized thank-you gifts (they’re cool, promise), to the first 100 people who pre-order A Thousand Miles to Graceland.

How to get a signed copy

If you’d like to pre-order (or order, depending on when you’re reading this) a signed copy of A Thousand Miles to Graceland, you’ll want to order your copy from my local bookstore, The Doylestown Bookshop. I’ll be signing copies personally that they’ll ship directly to you or your lucky recipient. Hooray for shopping local.

Join Kristen at her book signing!

Kristen will be chatting about her new book and signing copies in person at January 24, 2023 at The Doylestown Bookshop. If you’re in the Philadelphia area, please be sure to mark your calendar and join her! She’d love to see you.

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