Friday, February 24, 2012

When Hearts Conjoin Sampler FREE on Kindle

You might recall the book I wrote several years ago for the Herrin family about their conjoined twins, Kendra and Maliyah. Well, I've now gone high-tech in the world of book promotion. Through arrangements with the publisher, I've been able to use part of the book, as well as two articles I wrote about the girls and published in magazines at the time of the book's release, I've been able to put together a Kindle sampler. That sampler will be available for FREE starting at midnight Friday, February 24th and running through midnight Wednesday, February 29th. Those who download the Kindle sampler are eligible to purchase a softcover copy of the book at a greatly reduced price. I'd love to see the sampler make it into Kindle's Top 100 FREE downloads over the next few weeks. You don't have to own a Kindle to "purchase" the free download. FREE Kindle apps are available for iPhone, iPad, and your PC. Thanks for passing along the word.


Friday, February 10, 2012

The Week in Review: The Newport Ladies Book Club off to a great start

The Robbins household looks perfect from the outside: no dust, no stains, no wrinkles. Yet a glimpse into its heart reveals no laughter, no closeness, no joy. Olivia thinks that if she keeps everything tidy and serves delicious meals on time, family life is bound to get better. But when her husband, Nick, misses their anniversary, she realizes no amount of domestic success will compensate for failure in their marriage, or for her own failure to develop her identity-always busy as a mother, wife, and neighbor, she has forgotten how to be a unique and vibrant individual.

Determined to make a change, Olivia joins a local book club, where she nurtures new friendships and explores new ideas. But her growing confidence falters when Nick declares his independence- and while her new friends lovingly encircle her with support, only Olivia can reach into the depths of her fledgling self to find the faith, hope, and love her troubled family needs.

 What a wonderful way to start of a new year of reading! Olivia, the first book in the Newport Ladies Book Club series, was an absolute delight. Yes, the characters face struggles, yes the book brought on some tears, but the optimism of Olivia, the main character, continued to shine through, despite the difficult times she faced.
I wanted Olivia to be one of my best friends, then I remembers, I had author Julie Wright as a friend, and she is as much like Olivia as anyone can be when it comes to optimism. How lucky can I be?

In the novel, we also meet the women who will be telling their own stories in the books to follow. Daisy, Athena, and Paige are already feeling like friends, and I can hardly wait.

A MUST read for next year's General Fiction category of the Whitney Awards.Why not read it and nominate now?