The New Book Review and Other News

Happy Sunday. Hope you are having a relaxing day filled with goodness and light. Me, I can’t remember the last relaxing day I was able to enjoy. So kick back and relax and enjoy yourself for me, OK?

Relax and refreshRight now, I’m sitting on our screened porch with a glass of lemon-ginger soda trying to finish up guest posts for my blog tour. Argh! Let me tell you something…writing guest posts for someone else’s blog is much, MUCH more difficult than I expected! I can write any old thing I want on my own blog…or just post silly pictures of the Fuzzies. Out there, hopping around from blog to blog, I have to write posts that stick to topics and follow some reasonable logic and have fully formed thoughts…all of which reminds me of how much I loathed writing high school English essays.

Zoinks! I am a weird and geeky fiction novelist. I regularly ignore reality to live in the fantastical worlds of my imagination. Who do I think I am to be spreading all of this writerly advice and wisdom all over the internets? Makes me feel a wee bit like a pretentious git. But it is called marketing. And it is necessary. Because everyone says so.

Moving on…Just wanted to check in with a few updates:

  1. Crystal Otto’s review of NSLA, NSFA is being featured today over on Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s New Book Review. (Which is an absolutely awesome blog where folks can submit a book review that was previously posted. It was named one of 101 Book Blogs You Need To Read by Online Universities, and 100 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers by Masters in English and won a Sassy Award. So check it out!
  2. There’s still 11 more stops on my blog tour, including at least 5 more chances to win a FREE copy of my book. The full tour schedule is posted on my “Come See Me” page but I’ll always post a reminder with a link right here at home.
  3. The event last night at Avid Bookshop was fun. Dark skies are being blamed for keeping away the hoards of readers we expected, but I love that bookstore. Again, I highly recommend a trip to Avid if you are anywhere near Athens, GA.
  4. Hey look! I’m finally posting a few pictures from my book event in Newark last weekend (6/22/13):
Hey look! What's that up on the Midland marquee?

Hey look! What’s that up on the Midland marquee?


It’s me, it’s me, it’s ME!!!!

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Book Signing Event @ Avid Bookshop – Athens, GA

I am so excited! Tonight is my very first book signing event in a real, brick and mortar independent bookstore!!

Avid Bookshop_Athens GA

Avid Bookshop – Click on the photo to visit their website

First, here’s the details for my event:

WHEN:     6:30 – 7:30 PM today

WHERE:   Avid Bookshop @ 493 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601

Now I simply must write a few things about this wonderful place. This bookstore is everything an indie bookstore should be. It’s a friendly, cozy sort of space filled with a great selection of books. The staff is friendly without being overly chatty (which can ruin my book buying zen happiness). There are lots of handwritten shelf-talker cards from staff and customers in case you are the adventurous, omnivorous sort of reader who is always in search of new authors/titles (like me). There’s a great children’s section located in the back 1/3 of the retail space. (Yay, no tripping over kids while reading the back cover copy on the latest thrillers!). And all of this is located in a beautiful historic building.

Right next door, there’s a funky, friendly, fabulous salon called Model Citizen that is on just about every “Best of Athens” list. (Michelle at Model Citizen is responsible for my author photo look). The Grit, which is one of my most favorite restaurants in Athens, is within easy walking distance (two short city blocks). In other words, you can buy a stack of books, get your glamor on and stuff your gut in one trip.

Seriously, when visiting Athens, don’t stick to the campus/downtown area. This little section of Prince is worth a quick side trip or an entire afternoon.

Once upon a time, I dreamed of owning an independent bookstore…OK, I still indulge in that fantasy from time to time even though I know that it’s a 24/7 kind of career where the monetary profit margin tends to be lean (if at all) and where success requires catering to the public (ugh) and doesn’t allow much time for the actual reading of new books (zoinks!). Maybe someday I’ll figure out how to live in a bookstore without actually being responsible for running the place. Hmmmm…..

Anyhoo, whenever I used to visualize my fantasy bookstore, it looked A LOT like Avid Bookshop. It is truly the perfect little neighborhood bookstore. That’s why I’m so happy and grateful that somebody was willing to put in the work to make it a reality. And now I get to have a book event there!

Read These Books and Use Them – Yet Another Chance to Win a FREE Book


Margo L. Dill is a freelance writer/editor as well as a former elementary classroom teacher, writing teacher, and TITLE I teacher. She believes books can start conversations that children otherwise might not want to have. Which is probably why her blog is called Read These Books and Use Them!

I think it’s a pretty wonderful idea, don’t you?

Margo was kind enough to host the 4th stop on my blog tour today. Please check it out (and be sure to enter for a chance to win a FREE copy of my book).


This is NOT a picture of Margo, but I think it’s fun and it kinda, sorta fits with the theme of her wonderful blog..

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Lingo Lounge Tomorrow Night – May the Force Be With You In Publishing


Lingo_Lounge_June_27 copyNOTE: I will donate $2.00 to Lingo Lounge for every copy of NOT SO LONG AGO, NOT SO FAR AWAY sold during this event (event purchase price = $20.00)

Decoding Rejections + Another Chance to Win a FREE Book

Whenever I talk to other writers about the writing life, the discussion usually turns to submissions and (gulp) rejections. Why was I rejected? How can I avoid rejection? What can I do to stay motivated after rejection. Yep, this is where all the writerly fear, anger and loathing tend to boil over a bit. Well, I say rejections are a normal and healthy part of the process.

Today, I’m decoding rejections over Bookish Musings. Please check it out. Also, comments = love so be sure to comment on Holly’s blog…especially if you have a rejection story to share.

While you’re over there, check out Holly’s review of NSLA, NSFA (5 hearts! Woohoo!) and enter to win a FREE copy of my book (which saw its fair share of rejections before making it to publication).

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Cathy C. Hall’s Review – Another Chance to Win a FREE Book

medium_3115431483_TSCathy C. Hall called me a rising star! Woo hoo!

Check out her full review, including my interview (May the Fource Be With Us), by clicking here.

Did I mention that she is giving away a FREE copy of the book? All you have to do is comment on her post for a chance to win.

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WOW Blog Tour Starts Today!! Win FREE books!

Greetings from Newark, Ohio…where the weather is balmy and the wireless is not so easy to access. (Which is my way of apologizing for not posting updates and photos from my latest book event at the Midland Theatre. It was a great event. My name was on the marquee!)

Just a quick update that my blog tour starts today. Why should you care? First and foremost because most of the stops on my blog tour include a chance to win a FREE copy of Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away. Second, because every blog stop features new posts and/or commentary from yours truly.

The first stop is over at The Muffin.

The rest of the blog stops are listed, with links, on my Come See Me page.

Now go check out the fantastic review and article over at The Muffin….GO!

Coming June 22 to the Midland Theatre in Newark, OH…

What:    My One and Only Book Signing and Celebration in Ohio
Where:  Midland Theatre, Newark, Ohio
When:   June 22, 2013 5 – 8:00 PM
Why:     The Midland Theatre was the inspiration for the Bixby Theater in NSLA, NSFA. It’s an amazing, magical, inspirational place. Come check it out…and enjoy plenty of free 1970’s snacks while you’re at it.
NSLA_June-22_Newark Event Poster

Book Signing Video from June 8 (Dahlonega)

Top 10 Reasons You Should Come to Dahlonega Gallery Walk Tomorrow (June 8)

Number 1

My book event and 1977 party! NSLA_event_poster_June-8_web-1 copyFeaturing artwork by my amazing illustrator, J.B. Jones, in addition to many other talented artists at Awakening Fine Art Gallery. I still have free Millennium Falcon gift soaps to give away with purchase. And there will be an outrageously unhealthy array of free 1977 party snacks. After our event, there’s a Spoken Word open mic that’s always a good time!

But there are MANY other reasons to visit my hometown for one of our Gallery Walks (Second Saturday of every month). Here’s nine additional reasons (in no particular order)…

  • There’s my friend Grant Searcey’s gallery. I swear, I can’t walk into that place without spending money. My credit card jumps out of my purse and starts hugging beautiful creations as soon as I walk through the door. The mixed media exhibit that he created with his mother is incredible! Grant kindly gave me permission to post an image of one of his pieces here, but now I can’t pick just one. So click here and fill your eyeballs with love! (PS – Grant also created 3 pieces of licensed Star Wars art.)
  • Naturally Georgia Wine Tasting at Bleu Gallery (I love the Tiger Mountain reds! Can’t remember which one was my favorite…which means I should probably go back and taste them again.)
  • You can also mix your art appreciation with a little wine tasting at the Carriage House Shoppes.
  • But don’t get stuck in one place for too long, because you could win a raffle if you visit every gallery on the walk.
  • In addition to savoring art and wine, you might want to build your own box of chocolates at Paul Thomas Chocolates.
  • If art, wine and chocolate is not your thing (Oy! Who are you?), we also love the beer selection and the cheese slice over at Gustavo’s Pizzeria (and they have live music from 8 – 11).
  • Or there’s the P.E.I. Mussels at Shenanigans (just about everything on their menu is delicious, but we love their mussels above all else!) Oh, and they have live music on Saturday too. Tom and Juli will be playing before the Gallery Walk and Hannah Thomas is playing after. (We went to see Tom & Juli on our first date and we’ve been to their show for many dates since then.)
  • Speaking of live music, there’s nothing quite like a concert at The Crimson Moon. This Saturday, it’s Robin Bullock “Celtic Guitar God.” (During a break in the music, check out to upstairs bar and balcony. Not only is it a wonderful place, but you might have an encounter of the supernatural kind. According to a former bartender, they have a ghostly resident up there.)
  • If all this art and wine and food and music inspires you to get creative, check out Mug Me Pottery. They’re open until 9:00 on Saturdays.

So why wouldn’t you want to come to Dahlonega for one of our Gallery Walks? And why not tomorrow? Seriously?

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