Ten Thousand Villages

ImageOn Saturday, March 8, 2014, I’ve been asked to participate in the International Women’s Day celebration at Ten Thousand Villages in the Cedar-Fairmount area of Cleveland Heights. This is another great opportunity to meet people and let them know about Branches and Lake Effect: a love story..

From 10 am to 8 pm, Ten Thousand Villages is having activities such as a yoga demonstration at 4 pm with Karen from Green Tara Yoga, samplings of their Women’s Bean Project goodies, and four raffle baskets filled with hand-made items from their female artisan groups! Of course, you all know that Ten Thousand Villages is a great place to shop for hand made gifts.

It’s such an honor for me to be able to show off my literary babies and to show folks that it is truly Never Too Late!

If you’re in the area between 11 and 3, please stop by and say hello.

Update on my journey…

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I happened to be in the vicinity of Barnes & Noble at Case Western today so I decided to stop in to see if Branches was still on sale (see March 11 blog entry CWRU Bookstore to carry Branches). Voila! there it was in the S’s. Sometimes one needs a jump start to keep up the good fight and seeing Branches just sitting there on the shelf (unfortunately sitting and not sold) under the sign Fiction and Literature gave me a much needed shot in the arm.

My journey with Branches is now approaching its first year anniversary and though I have not always followed through on the “do something outside my comfort zone every day” plan, I’ve certainly grown and become more confident and outgoing and pleased with my travels. Highlights have been my interactions with the Cleveland Heights University Heights Parents’ Book Club, the reading & signing at New Bo Books in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the chatting & signing at Appletree Books at the Cedar Fairmount Summer Festival. 

And all the while I’ve been trying to promote Branches, I’ve been reading a ton of Michael Connelly and Robert Crais and also working on Lake Effect which I hope to launch in December. Though I just found out today that I can’t get a Library of Congress number until the government shut down is settled. Since I don’t go to national parks, I thought I was immune from that calamity but alas! it appears we need government in more ways than anyone can possibly imagine. 

So, yes, I haven’t done all the things I thought I’d do and Branches is not yet on the New York Times Bestseller List, but it’s not over. And it’s not too late to get back on track unless I stop trying. And that’s something I don’t plan to do.

Return visit to book club “a great evening”

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Parents' Book Club at Boulevard Elementary School

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Parents’ Book Club at Boulevard Elementary School

Branches, Angela and I had a great evening at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Parents’ Book Club at Boulevard Elementary School. We initially met them on Feb 25 when they each got a copy of the book from the group organizer, Jane Harris. At that time, I promised I’d return after they read the book.

Tonight there were 12-15 of us and it was a lively discussion with everyone talking about the book and sharing their own stories of family secrets. I know my being there may have influenced their critiques but they said they loved the story, the characters and the writing. Their warmth and enthusiasm seemed genuine and I was truly honored. One of the ladies has shared the book with her sister in Columbus and asked if I would consider going there to discuss the book with her reading club. So Branches is branching out and I couldn’t be happier.

Interview to appear in Case Western’s The Daily

Today was another good day for BRANCHES: I was interviewed for The Daily, Case Western’s eNewsletter. Every Friday, they do a story called Q&A-5 Questions where they feature a faculty, staff or student profile. My interview plus my answers to 5 generic questions will possibly be in the March 8 edition. I had emailed the editor over a month ago to tell her about BRANCHES but only heard late last week that she was interested in doing the Q&A feature on it. I’ll post the interview when it goes live.