I enjoy discussing books. But as I live in a small town, there are no book clubs or readers groups I know of I could attend. Besides, being shy, I often prefer to communicate online rather than in person. So I love several online readers groups, including Christian Romance Readers Gathering. Elizabeth Maddrey is an amazing hostess, and I admire how she comes up with new topics to discuss all the time!
While I enjoy participating as a reader, last year I had the privilege to co-host a Facebook readers group for a multi-author project, A Tuscan Legacy. For a first time co-hostess, I thought it would be scary. Instead, I had such a great time interacting with people. Everyone was so nice, and kind, and supportive!
But when one of my dear readers and online friends, Paula Marie, asked me whether I’d like to have my own readers group, the answer was immediately no thank you. I didn’t consider myself that popular or interesting. The idea was way too intimidating, though Paula Marie kindly volunteered to help.
Some time later, when Autumn Macarthur, Marion Ueckermann, and I discussed our tri-author projects, the topic of a readers group came up. Why not have a tri-author readers group? The answer was an immediate yes. (Okay, I do hope I prayed on it). I know Autumn and Marion are talented authors and awesome people. It was easy to think readers would be interested in their books and in talking to them, and maybe, they’d be interested in mine, as well. Blogger and reader Paula Marie wasn’t only on board, but was encouraging us in every possible way and became an essential part of it.
Three Authors and a Blogger was born, and I’d be thrilled for you to join us, if you haven’t already. We talk about books and many other things (I loved Autumn’s jigsaw puzzle post!) and sometimes ask for help naming a character or a pet. At the Birthday Club, each member not only receives congratulations on her birthday but also a gift–ebook of her choice from each author. There are giveaways exclusively for the members of the group. And you’re the first ones to hear about our new releases, giveaways, and much more! All in all, we just want you to have fun.
I’d be grateful for ways to improve. Are you a member of any readers groups/book clubs? What do you like about them? What do you dislike? What makes you join a readers group or leave one? What was one thing an author did for their readers group that made it stand out? Thank you very much for your input!
Giveaway! One randomly chosen commenter to this post will receive $5 Amazon gift card (the giveaway is open to people with www.amazon.com account) and an ecopy of my book, Love Me. Giveaway is open until 6 p.m. CST June 11th. I look forward to reading your comments!