Winter Whirlwind

With the release date of It Was Always You scheduled for American Thanksgiving, the last few weeks have been a beautiful frenzy of book news and events, along with family time and a little travel thrown in for good measure. All while Fall semester at Penn State rushes towards finals week. Phew! I’m a little exhausted, but also energized with all the good news I have to share.

I was lucky to be asked again by the Mid-State Literacy Council to participate in their holiday shopping festival at State College’s Barnes and Noble branch the weekend before Thanksgiving. Even though my book wasn’t officially out yet, Bloodhound Books made sure I’d have a stack of early edition copies for the event. Writing is such a solitary activity in many ways, so having the opportunity to interact with readers and writers in support of such an important organization in our community was thrilling. And the staff at Barnes and Noble couldn’t have been more helpful or supportive–such a great time!

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Then–before I knew it–we were at publication day for It Was Always You. We were traveling for the holiday to visit family back in Youngstown, OH (where my novel is set–how fitting!) and we made sure to bring a few of those early edition copies with us to share with family and friends back in our hometown. Everyone has been so supportive throughout this entire process, and I was excited to share the final product with my loved ones.

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It Was Always You has been out for a little over a week at this point. Like any other author, I’ve been anxiously waiting as reviews come in. . .

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This morning, I woke up to see that my novel was the #1 New Release under Women’s Detective Fiction!  When you’re a writer, there’s nothing quite like seeing readers enjoying your hard work. It makes all of the long nights, burnt dinners, and self-doubt worth it.

I hope you enjoy It Was Always You. And if you do, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads. As a new author working with an independent publishing house, reviews are incredibly helpful in connecting us with new readers who might enjoy our books.

Now I’m off to go work on edits for book three, The Anniversary, which Bloodhound Books will release in Spring 2020.

But don’t let the title fool you–it’s definitely not a romance 😉

Happy Reading!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Wrap-Up: Readers Coffeehouse Giveaway

This past week I was able to participate in the big Readers Coffeehouse Great Big Book Giveaway. If you’re not familiar with Readers Coffeehouse, you can check out all their fabulous reader and reading posts on their Facebook page. With over 13,000 members and founded by a powerhouse group of authors (including Laura Drake, Kimberly Belle, and Catherine Ryan Hyde), it’s a meeting place online for anyone who loves books, loves talking about books, and loves to talk to other people about the books they’re loving right now (sounds like a perfect fit for the likes of you and me, right?)!

When I found out the Readers Coffeehouse was offering authors a chance to participate in their annual Giveaway, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to interact with so many passionate readers. All the instructions offered to authors mentioned the importance of turning OFF your Facebook notifications for the day, as the response to the Giveaway is so strong that you’d be driven crazy by the constant pinging of likes and comments flooding in. Even with this reminder, though, I wasn’t prepared for the overwhelming (and awesome!) response offered by Readers Coffeehouse members to the Giveaways posted by myself and many other authors.

I decided to offer two giveaways: One for my first novel (A Flash of Red), and a second for my upcoming thriller out in November with Bloodhound Books (It Was Always You). For both, I received several hundred comments and likes, which was just incredible. Seeing them stream in over the day was such an affirming experience. Anyone who writes knows that it can often be a lonely and defeating slog, so having a day where I was able to interact with hundreds of readers who were excited about my novels was an absolute joy. Readers Coffeehouse is truly a special group of book lovers!

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After contacting the winners (chosen randomly) at the end of the day, I prepped my packages to send out to the lucky five readers. For my debut thriller, A Flash of Red, I’ve included a signed copy of the novel, a bookmark, and a personalized note for each winner. Is there anything more fun than getting book mail ready to send?

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I’m off to the post office to send them on their merry ways, heading out to Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New York, and North Carolina (even South Africa for one excited winner). I want to give a big thank you to Readers Coffeehouse for this opportunity to connect with readers–what a treat it has been!

I’ll definitely see you next year for the Big Book Giveaway…until then, Happy Reading!

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