For the month of April, everyone who responds to my Blog or Facebook page will be entered into a contest to receive an autographed book.
I’ll be giving away one copy each of Lizzie Borden, York’s Moon, The Northwoods Chronicles, Black Leather, The Alchemy of Love, Suspicions, and When Darkness Loves Us. (Winner to be determined by random drawing)
Let me know which of my books was your favorite, and which book you’d like to win!
Contest ends April 30, 2013 at midnight. Winners’ names will be posted here and on the Facebook page. I’ll contact you privately for your mailing address.
Last night I was the featured guest at a local book club. About ten women who had all read The Northwoods Chronicles asked me to join them for a couple of hours of book talk and refreshments.
It turned out to be a delightful event, hosted by my friend Virginia Prudell. These smart, savvy, well-read and highly intelligent women asked probing questions about creativity, my particular process, plot, and a couple of the characters in the book.
I tend to think of myself as a writer, and travel comfortably in the company of other writers, but I often forget how stimulating it is to be in the company of other readers, talking about our favorite books, and to listen as they chose their book for next month’s discussion.
Last night’s event took me out of the solitary business of Facebook, writing and back into the gratitude of book clubs, of person-to-person interaction and the love of the written word.
So thank God for that. And thanks to the book club members.
One of the golden moments of an author–there are quite a few, actually–is the big hometown booksigning/reading/talk/party that launches a new book.
Last night we had a fairly decent turnout, despite competing with the first Presidential debate, and we all had a good time. I read a story from The Northwoods Chronicles, Alan M. Clark presented me with a matted print of the cover art for the same book, we ate, drank and made merry. Lisa Alber even came down from Portland with her adorable little pooch.
After the party, seven of us came back to our place to watch the debate. Anticlimactic, to be sure. The crock pot chili that we ate while watching the debate was definitely the highlight of that event.
In addition to everyone who went out of their way to come help me celebrate, I received literally dozens of cards, emails and phone calls from people who couldn’t make it to the party for various reasons. All of which made me feel good. I have lots of friends, lots of fans.
What a great evening. Thanks, everyone.
The Northwoods Chronicles is out, and Tsunami Books is helping me celebrate. I hope you will, too.
There will be food and drink, although if you want to bring something for the snack table, please feel free, and if you want wine or beer, you’ll have to bring that as well.
Regardless, bring a friend and let’s kick this book off right.
Friday, September 26 – 6pm – at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St., Eugene, OR 97405.
See you then!
Copies of my new book, The Northwoods Chronicles, arrived in the mail today.
There are many golden moments in the life of an author — when the call comes that a book has sold, when there is a line at the bookstore waiting for you to arrive for a talk, when that first check shows up that tells you that it’s not a dream after all.
Don’t get me wrong: there are plenty of sucky moments in the life of an author, too, but we won’t go into those today.
But of all the golden moments, opening that first carton of hardcovers, to see what the book actually looks like and feels like in your hand has got to be one of the most sublime.
That’s a good day.