It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for information on the Valentine’s Giveaway some author friends and I are offering. 🙂
In mid-January, I received a lovely email from a reader/book club leader. Here it is (slightly abbreviated):
I just finished reading My Stubborn Heart and loved it! Your characters are so real I believe they exist!
I’m hosting book club at my house for February and wanted a romance. I just googled and found you — and I believe God had a hand in that. I know there are tons of Christian romance novels, but He led me to this one, yours.
Any time you want to write about Kate and Matt again will be just fine with me! I’m wondering what they’re up to these days!
By the way, I live in Carrollton — close to you, I’m guessing, so please feel free to join us for book club!
Thanks for writing this — please keep it up!
My best to you on behalf of GGs (God’s Girls Book Club),
First, I’m astonished that Peggy found my book on Google. I’ve certainly never prided myself on my stellar SEO.
Second, I responded to Peggy to let her know that I’d be more than happy to join her for her book club meeting.
On the appointed night, I drove thirty minutes due north to reach her home in Carrollton, Texas. As planned, I arrived after the ladies had finished dinner and just before their book club discussion.
We had a wonderful conversation about My Stubborn Heart, writing, reading, and publishing.
I was already flabbergasted by Peggy’s thoughtfulness. Then she presented me with two gifts. One was a paper tree dangling ornaments on which each member had written me a note. The second gift was this gem….
If encouragement is to writers what gas is to cars, I left that meeting with my tank full. I was so touched. I spend the lion’s share of every work day at home, alone, penning my books. I feel more than a little hermit-like at times. It was so inspiring for me to change out of my yoga pants and visit face-to-face with women who’d read one of my novels.
Readers can have such a positive impact on writers!
Before I go, here’s the Valentine’s Giveaway I mentioned at the outset. The winner will score: 6 novels, 2 gift cards, a movie, fuzzy socks, coffee, and chocolate. To enter, click here or on the image below.
USA only. One winner will be randomly selected on February 15th. Best of luck!