Whoot! It’s the beginning of a brand new week-so many possibilities ahead. Make it a great one. First up as always this year, reader report. Ta-Da-I finished another non-fiction book-Hope Heals. What an amazing story of love, perseverance, grace, and of course, HOPE. If you don’t know the story, click on the link.
I’ve also finished The River Witch, a southern gothic novel by Kimberly Brock, and I’m currently reading Since You’ve Been Gone, by Christa Allan. How’s your reading been this month?
Speaking of reading, I wanted to chat about community. Real and fiction. Real community for readers can include a local book store. It’s where we find books. It’s where we hang out to talk books. There are several indie book stores in the realm of my local area. I was at FoxTale Book Shoppe last Thursday hosting a book club. The folks at FT know how to create community. I’m getting to know many people by attending events at the book store. Just like the writing community, there is a huge reader community. With the vast world of books at our disposal, there is NEVER a lack of conversation going on at a book store event.
So many topics to talk about. So many authors to praise and tell other readers about. Let’s face it, word of mouth is the best advertising, and what better place to tell another reader about one of your favorite authors than your local book store.
Local book stores drive the community in so many ways. I know ours has many authors in for signings and luncheons. Big name authors, beginning authors. They even have something called Emerging Author Night where an author can sign up, talk for a few minutes about their book, then the people attending have a chance to buy books as well.
Our local book store also teaches writing classes. They teach adults, children. And speaking of children, they have children’s authors in as well with story time. Again, a great way to build community! Such a great way in fact, that I decided to put a book store in the novella I’m working on. It’s the 4th in the Single Dad Next Door series, One Summer Sunrise. The series takes place in Devon Park, Ohio. I’ve slowly introduced the town in the novellas, and now I’m adding the book store.
These are the four novellas in my attempt to create community in my town, Devon Park. The series is titled Single Dad Next Door. One Winter Kiss, and One Autumn Love are out now. One Spring Promise and One Summer Sunrise are coming out in the next few weeks. I’ve had fun with these single dads and the women who vow to steer clear of them for one reason or another.
Deena was so busy trying to convince her grandfather he hasn’t fallen in love with his new friend, Faribelle, that Deena wasn’t sure at what point she fell in love with her new friend, Andrew.
Joelle was so busy convincing herself she would never again date a man with a child, she’s not sure who captured her heart first, her handsome neighbor William, or his daughter, Caroline.
Tess was so busy running from a man in her past, she wasn’t sure when she fell in love with the man in her present, Charlie.
Evee was so busy making sure she didn’t lose her heart to little Henry, she wasn’t sure at what point she’d lost it to his father, Trey.
Ah, the dilemmas of love!
I’d love to hear about the way you talk to readers about books. Do you have a local book store you love? Do you have a group of reader friends you just can’t wait to get together with to talk about books?
Thanks for sharing!
Oh, and I’m giving away a copy of each of the novellas to 1 commenter! You’ll receive the first two when I announce the winner, and you’ll receive the other 2 about the middle of July!