My friends came together last night for my first ever BOOK CLUB as a FUNdraiser for OakLeaf (FL) Relay For Life 2013, and I am happy to tell you that we raised $155.00 in the fight against cancer. I’ve been touched by cancer in many ways and this cause has a special meaning to me. I want to thank Jennifer, Donna and Paula for a wonderful meal that went with some of the story line in the book, as well as BEAUTIFUL, and SPECIAL decorations. I also want to thank those who attended and helped make the evening a success, Lynda, Patty, Ashley. Jennifer, Chrissy, Lynne, Rhonda, Tessa, Robin and Crista. (I think I’ve got everyone.)
I’ve never attended a BOOK CLUB before so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but we talked, laughed and shared thoughts on Rock and Roll Never Forgets. I got some very valuable feedback and I think we all enjoyed learning how Andy and Bethy came in to my life. Thinking back on the experience I would have asked more questions, but for some reason I was nervous about it. (I am not the flaming “E” (extrovert) personality that people assume… 🙂 ha!)
I don’t want to give anything away here for someone who may read this who has not finished the book, but I loved the questions on names and how I chose them, (and I SWEAR that Andy came to me in the middle of the night!) I loved that we talked about how some of the story came about, sharing with you some of the “places” where the story came from and how it evolved. It’s been a piece of my heart for so long, but I wish now I’d anticipated the questions better so that I was more prepared. LESSONS LEARNED for next time….
One thing that I did ask the group was about the cover of the book. It was important to my cover designer (Jeff Manalo) as well as ME that the cover accomplished what we wanted. Everyone said they “got it” as they read the story and someone (forgive me for not remembering) said that they found that they flipped to the back of the book as the read – exactly what we hoped for! (HEADS UP JEFF – they asked if book two will have the same memory board idea – we got some thinking to do my friend! ha ha ha!)
This has been such a special experience and I am so glad that we did it to SUPPORT RELAY. I’m posting some pictures so that you can see what a beautiful evening it was!
I want to update a few thoughts here – the next book (shooting for Christmas) Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under will NOT be book two. This is a quick read, stand alone so that I can continue to learn my craft. The second book in the Rock and Roll Trilogy, When I Look to the Sky, will hopefully be ready for publishing in the February 2013 timeframe. Also, I am only going to update the blog when I have something important to share. I will post little messages and updates on the FB author page, so LIKE me there for updates. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barbara-Stewart-Author/352239824808537
Thank you for believing in me and following me on my journey!