Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday Round-Up - #20

Have you ever attended a book signing? Last Saturday, Mom and I took a ride to Master's Mercantile, at 204 Shoemaker Rd., Pottstown, PA., (610) 705-0130. The bookstore employees greeted us and asked if we'd like to sign up for drawings, which would be held every half hour. They provided tasty snacks to enjoy during our visit. If you live in the Pottstown, PA area, stop in and explore their aisles.

Six authors from a variety of genres showed us their books, gave out free pens, bookmarks, and candy. When they heard I was also a writer, they gave me lots of tips, including a blogging lesson. I now know how to schedule a post for a later publication date. Yay! (Thanks Dionne.)

Meeting fellow blogger and friend, Mike Dellosso and his wife, Jen, was a treat. Mike writes suspense/thriller novels. His debut book is, "The Hunted." At thirty-five with a wife and three daughters, Mike discovered he had cancer. He's chronicled his journey at his blog. He looks great, but still needs our prayers.

Carrie Turansky is an inspirational romance writer. Multi-published, her titles include: "Wedded Bliss," "Along Came Love," and "Kiss the (Cook) Bride."

Gayle Roper is also multi-published and the author of The Amherst Mysteries. In addition, she writes non-fiction titles. Her latest release is, "A Woman and Her Emotions."

S. Dionne Moore has one book out entitled, "Murder On The Ol' Bunions," with "Polly Dent Loses Her Grip," scheduled for release by Barbour Publishing in April 2009. She's also the Tuesday contributor to the famous Novel Journey blog.

Cathy Gohlke is a Young Adult author and winner of the Christy Award for her book, "William Henry is a Fine Name." Her novel is set during the Civil War period. She also has a sequel on the bookshelves.

Terri L. Gillespie has a devotional book entitled, "Making Eye Contact With God: A Weekly Devotional for Women." Don't you love that title?

By the way, Mom won a book in the drawing. I purchased Mike's book, and received another book free of charge.

As usual, my book budget fell short of my Wish List. I've checked out all these websites and can't wait to order more books. Between shop talk with the authors and discussing books with store personnel, they "wowed" us with their graciousness. We went there to meet and be a blessing to these authors. Instead, they blessed us. I hope they sold a ton of books.


Jessica Nelson said...

Yikes! I'm SO jealous that you got to meet these authors. I've actually read Mike's blog a few times and feel for him. Very cool. Let me know how you like his book, as it sounds interesting to me.

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Susan,
It was wonderful to meet you and your mom last Saturday! It's always a joy to meet other writer friends from ACFW! Thanks for visiting my website and mentioning me and my books on your blog. So glad your mom won a book and you were able to learn more about scheduling posts for your blog.
Carrie : )

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Carrie -

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll visit again as time allows. If I can be of any help, please let me know.

Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jessica -

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see everyone. Our local Christian bookstore occasionally has a booksigning, but they're usually during the day when I can't make it.

Mike and his wife, Jen, are so nice. Meeting them makes me want to go to ACFW, so I can get to know all my writing friends from the Internet - like you!

Susan :)

Cathy Gohlke said...

Hi Susan,
What a treat to find your blog in my mailbox this morning! It was a joy to meet you and your mom on Saturday at The Master's Mercantile--a lovely book signing event and a happy day for all of us. It is such a blessing to be with others who love our Lord supremely AND hear voices in their heads (good old story voices) AND have ink stains on their fingers!
Many thanks and blessings on your writing,

Mike Dellosso said...

Susan, it was such a suprise and joy to see you at the store. I so appreciate all the comments you leave on my blog and you're doing a great job with this blog!


Sarah said...

I've never been to a book signing, but it sounds like something to look into. How exciting to meet all those authors and score some free stuff! What is it with me and free stuff? Anyways, have a great weekend!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Mike -

Thanks for your kind words. I've found so much support and generosity of heart in the Christian writing community.

It was a privilege to meet all of you.

Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Cathy -

I'm glad we met. The authors and the Master's Mercantile did a wonderful job with the booksigning.

As I said to Mike, everyone I've met is so willing to lend a helping hand to those climbing this writing mountain. I appreciate all of you.

I hope you'll stop by now and then to say, "Hi."

Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Sarah -

We were surprised at all the freebies. The store employees couldn't do enough for us. I'll be sure to stop in and see those folks again.

I've only been to one other book signing. Wanda Brunstetter was at my local Christian bookstore. I hope they have more Saturday events.

Susan :)

Christina Tarabochia said...

You MUST read both of Cathy
s books! Even though they're labeled YA, they are fabulous reads for adults, too. Plus, they're from Moody, who's one of my top publishers. I love every book I've read from them, especially ones edited by Andy McGuire, her editor. :-)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Christina -

Both of her books looked fascinating. I enjoy reading stories from that time period.

Thanks for the recommendation and the comment.

Susan :)

quietspirit said...

I've been to a few booksigning. One was for a children's bible through the library where I worked.
One of my writing group friends had a table set up at an event one December through the YWCA.

Another writing group friend had her first signing this past August.

But, I never have been to one with as many authors as this one.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Quietspirit -

I've only been to one other booksigning, which featured a single author. The ACFW Conference featured a huge booksigning at the Mall of America.

Wow! I would have loved being there. This 6-author signing was so much fun.

Susan :)