Last night, after a very busy two weeks, I decided I just needed to breathe for an hour or two. No kids. No talking. Just me, alone with my thoughts. There's pretty much only one place to do that. Barnes and Noble.
It is, without a doubt, my favorite place in the world. Ok, maybe that's generous, but understand my deep, passionate love for this store.
I walked around, thinking about books, inhaling the Starbucks and dreaming up new stories...
And of course, I did some very important undercover work as well.
I went into the Christian fiction section, found my book and a few of my friends' new releases and placed them all face forward on the shelf. I like to do my part. And it makes you feel somehow like you have control over whether or not someone happens to pick up a book you love (or have written.)
I'm excited because this week, I'm sharing with you fun interviews from three of my favorite authors...all wonderful women who I consider friends.
And you'll have the chance to win the hot-off-the-presses
releases from all three of them.
First up is my dear, sweet Deb Raney.
I call her "my Deb" which is a funny story for another day. You've probably heard me mention her, but maybe I haven't stressed to you how much grace this woman extends.
After our first meeting, you'd think she would've done one of those pretend-I-don't-see-her-waving-at-me kind of things and run in the opposite direction...but so far, she still talks to me.
Last year, at our writer's conference, my idiocy continued where Deb was concerned...I brought her this sweet little composition book not unlike this one:
Just to thank her for being so nice and answering so many of my writerly questions.
At that time I was highly addicted to Coke. (The drink, not the drug.) It's an addiction that comes and goes (right now it's gone, thank God...) The night before the conference began, I grabbed a fountain Coke and took it back to my room. As I was setting my things down, somehow I got all tangled up (this happens on a fairly regular basis) and knocked the Coke upside down where it promptly tumbled into my purse and spilled all over Deb's gift.
Any normal person wouldn't have given this sticky-gift, but I was so in love with the quote on the front of the notebook, I gave it to her anyway.
Well, as you can see here, she is so gracious, she still has that Coke-stained notebook sitting on her desk (under the old school typewriter)...
I have many stories that celebrate my clumsiness, but I'll spare you.
For now, I have more important things to talk about...mainly, Deb's new book, After All.
The thing I really love about this book is that it drew me right into the character's world, and in many ways, I felt like I made new friends. I found myself completely gripped by their stories and anxious to turn each page and find out more of what would unfold.
This is an author who knows how to captivate a reader, and I cannot recommend this book (and the whole Hanover Falls series) highly enough!
So, in honor of Deb's new book hitting the shelves (truly, I found it at B&N):
(blurry photo courtesy of my iPhone)
So, if you're looking for a great read, I highly recommend this book (and the entire series) and will be bundling it with two more fabulous books for a fun giveaway on Thursday!