Happy New Year! Are you someone that does resolutions? Goals? Perhaps you have a word for the year?
I’m writing a little before Christmas because I’ll be traveling and I haven’t quite figured how I should tackle the new year. I can say that wellness has to be on my list. This is the first year I made Christmas cookies and did not give any away (the family had an intervention,) and it was also the first year my husband made his father’s Italian cookie recipes.
I ate way too well.
I remember when I had a gym membership the place was insane the first week of January (one reason I no longer hold a membership, this introvert felt it was too people-y!) However, by the end of the month, the place was back to the familiar faces who had been there year ’round. Resolutions are hard to keep, and that visual sticks in my mind.
If exercise and eating less are part of your 2019 plan, I’m probably not a lot of help today, but I guess I’m in a reminiscing mood. When I released the Surrendering Time Series, I facilitated a book club for each book where I gave exclusive content to participants. They learned everything I knew about the real village of Speculator, NY, as well as secrets behind each chapter. We had great fun talking about characters, plot choices, and other directions I considered for the books.
I tried to do something special with the end of each book club. With Entrusted, someone had the idea that we have a party where we serve all the food that was mentioned in the book. If you’ve read Entrusted, Jenna Anderson is the director of the Speculator Falls Senior Center. They have a daily lunch delivered each day, plus, Jenna and Ben have plenty of meetings at local restaurants. Don’t forget the community-wide picnic for July 4th. We went through the book and listed all the foods. There was plenty to choose from.
My mom always said the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and I think we proved the same for readers.
Our book club had salads, fruit cups, banana bread, moon cookies, ziti, ice cream, and coffee. That’s off the top of my head. I picked a name from random and the winner received pancake mix and pure Adirondack maple syrup from McComb’s Oak Hill Farm. The McComb family are the ones who introduced me to the Adirondacks way back in 1993. That first visit got me thinking about the characters who eventually started what became Entrusted.
I also had a PowerPoint giving them a tour. My book club was in a Youngstown suburb. For many, they had never seen so many trees or even a village without a traffic light. When they heard the census defines the area as pioneer country, that was just shocking! The readers also loved seeing the real grocery store and King of the Frosties, a place I re-named Jack Frosty’s.
Food really connected us that day, and so did the love of reading a clean romance with a message of Christian faith.
The entire series is now available in addition to Amazon. If you know someone who has a Nook or Apple Books, Kobo, or would like to request through their local library eBook lending program, let them know about Entrusted, Entangled, and Engaged. They are also still on Amazon in print and eBook formats.
How about you? Have you ever attended a book club like this? Do you think a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach?
I hope you have s blessed and abundant 2019!
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