Friday, September 25, 2009

Off to the Races!!!

Hello all my faithful readers and fans!

I just booked two more book signings. One is on October 2 at BWMC and the other is at the Hard Bean Coffee and Booksellers at the Annapolis city dock on October 11. It is during the sailboat show so it should be a good turn out. I would love to see you if you are in Annapolis that day. I have a new contact for the Lord Baltimore hotel and should be signing books there shortly. Heaven Below is being reviewed by Teri Winslow of The Capital and a story will run in the Pasadena Voice shortly.

Thanks to all my BWMC friends and coworkers who have read the story and are spreading the word. If you loved the book, help me out by sending a blanket e-mail to people on your contacts list. Word of mouth is a powerful way to spread the news and a personal recommendation by a friend or loved one is the best referral.

If you would like me to speak at your book club, church group or other organization, I would be happy to participate. This is a great way to meet and learn about my readers.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Plugging along

A few more nurses bought copies today. It is wonderful to have their support. Their smiling faces and hugs are nice too. I can't wait for a signing at the hospital to see lots more of them (hopefully, a few doctors too.) The only complaint I have heard so far about the story is that my readers want more! I guess that's the best complaint to have.

Thanks everyone,

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Digging In

I spent the day spreading the word. My marine neighbor, Frenchie, bought three more books. He is buying them for Christmas presents and sending them all over the county. One of his readers (a preacher in California) said he couldn't put it down. It took him 5 hours to "eat it up." I sent word to my alma maters (UC and Marshall University) and MAFP. My cousin Julia loved it and put the word out to Marty Bass of Channel 13 and Laurie DeYoung of WPOC says she will give it a read. I also contacted a literary agent in WV to see if she might be interested in representing "Don't Move Lily," my next project. I am digging in a little more each day and selling a few more copies. It is a lot of work to get the word out but it is so much easier with a little help from my friends. If you like the story, please drop me a line. I may be able to use your comment in a future publication or blog post ( If you love it, please post a review directly through The only restriction is that you have purchased something from then online after at least 24 hours. Thanks for your support.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Places to Buy

Heaven Below can now be found at Cottage Chicks antique store in Deale and will soon be found at the Salem Avery house in Shady Side. Hopefully I will get a signing at both places and at the hospital soon. Denise Rostek just finished the book and gives it a big nod. Lots of nurses and techs at the hospital are giving it a read and I haven't had any complaints yet. My neighbor called last night to say she finished it in just 3 nights. She couldn't put it down. In her words, "There's a little bit of everything in there." She loved it.

I worked at the hospital today, but tomorrow I'll be hard at getting Heaven Below on more bookshelves.

Thanks to everyone who is spreading the word.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

My book is on the shelf!

Hello everyone,

The past couple of days have been exciting in that Ukazoo books of Towson and Hard Bean Coffee and Booksellers at the Annapolis city dock have taken some of my books on consignment. Several autographed books are now available in these stores. I have been asked to participate in a new authors' book signing at Barnes and Noble of Annapolis and I am signed up for the Christmas Bazaar at Ft. Meade in December. I have already sold and given away around 80 books and those who have read them are giving me rave reviews. It is really wonderful to share your story with others and even better when they like it. I have also e-mailed around 70 of my contacts and have received around a dozen replies. One of the supervising nurses e-mailed all the nurses and techs in the ER and now there is even more of a buzz in the hospital about the book. (Thanks Donna!)

Next stop: BWMC auxillary for a book signing and getting Heaven Below in the hosptial gift shop.

Thanks for your support,

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Coming home

After a glorious stay in the Florida panhandle, I'm ready to get back to work spreading the word about "Heaven Below." I took the liberty to enlighten a few shopkeepers down this way and will be following up with them next week. The colors down here are amazing and not so different from the cover of the book. I hope to get a book signing at the hospital and one in Pasadena within the next couple of weeks. I can't wait to get the word out on this inspiring, heartwarming story.


Friday, September 4, 2009

Heaven Way Below

Hello everyone,

I'm taking a business/pleasure trip in Pensacola, Florida. The colors are incredible here--so many blues and greens. The water is about 85 degrees and the breeze never stops. I hope to retire here some day. Sean found his heaven on the Chesapeake and I love it too. But I really love the Gulf--as long as you can dodge the hurricanes. I am getting the word out about my book through a couple of small bookstores down here and I've got friends spreading the word. Word of mouth is a powerful way to get the message out. If you know someone who might like the story, please let them know. Thanks for your support and I'll drink a Margarita for you!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Wow, isn't it amazing how summer just falls off into--fall every September?
I just had some great news. My buddy Frenchie, ex-Marine, oohraah, just read "Heaven Below" and couldn't put it down. Quite a compliment from a "manly, man" who doesn't normally read novels. He read it cover to cover in 48 hours. Now he's in hot water with the missus because he didn't get his chores done. That's the price you pay when you get caught up in a good story. He even came by to pick up another copy for his friend and plans to buy more for Christmas gifts. What a great way to share a great story?

Thanks French