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Entries in Barnes & Noble (2)


Barnes & Noble: Great Falls, MT

Hooray for hometown events! It was such a pleasure to do a book gig less than a mile from my doorstep. No suitcases. No airport security. And I got to sleep in my own bed with my own wife (wait, that didn't sound quite right).Plus more than a 150 people showed up and B&N nearly sold out the 170 books they had ordered.

But without a doubt, the heart smashingly-best thing of all was the appearance of a woman named Margaret who drove 127 miles from Browning, Montana, to attend the event. She waited patiently in line and then said, "Hi, I grew up in the Sacred Heart Orphanage in Seattle."

Margaret's local librarian knew her personal backstory, called her up and said, "You have to read this." (Go librarians!) So she drove for two hours on a very rainy night to share her own experiences of growing up as an orphan in Seattle. Margaret's story was...amazing. She should write a book. I'd buy it.


A gaggle of good news

As I'm idly sipping my tea this morning and awaiting a call from a reporter from USA Today, voila, this appears in my inbox: USA Today's 30 Coolest Books of the Fall Season. Ah, there's no kind of love like book love to nourish my authorly heart.

And in other news, WILLOW FROST has cracked the Top 100 at Barnes & Noble (currently at 62, I do believe), which is tremendous news, especially since the book won't be released until next Tuesday.


I have had several happy emails from readers who took me up on my offer to pre-order from a local bookstore, especially indie bookstores (there's a whole Indies first movement) and many of those stores have my new book now. Early books. A little book karma for those who pre-ordered locally.