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Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:10

In Love with Book Clubs

From my first book, When Death Comes Stealing, to my latest, The Moon Tells Secrets, members of book clubs have been my best cheerleaders and staunchest supporters. When I wrote that first Tamara Hayle Mystery so many years ago, I didn't know much about book clubs. It was all about the writing then—creating the best book I could, exploring the boundaries of a new and challenging genre, creating characters—and a main character—who had never existed before. On my first book tour—in Dallas as I remember-- I was invited to discuss my book with members of a marvelous book club and a whole new world opened up for me.

How often does one get the chance to sit with a bunch of smart, savvy women over a glass of wine, punch, tea and discuss writing, reading and the books that we all love. There is always food—and it is always terrific. Someone (maybe me when I get some time) should collect and share favorite recipes from book club members. I did a reading recently at a wonderful book club in New York City and we had a fantastic kale salad made by a member named Sondra that none of us could get enough. I'll asked her for the recipe and I'll pass it on as soon as I get it.

The list of book clubs that have supported me is a long one. Members of book clubs have helped me get up when I was down, given me that spark of inspiration when I most needed it, presented me with awards that have touched to my heart. I treasure the awards from the Go-On Girls book clubs, the trips with the Literary Sisters and Avid Readers, and sippin tea—and a bit of champagne—with the lovely Sisters Sippin Tea. I have so many memories—so many good times.

Each and every book club that I have met with has contributed to my growth as a writer. And they all have my love, blessings and gratitude.

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Book reading in Newark, NJ for NPS' Lunch & Learn youth initiative. #summer #learning #books #summerslide 8/4/15

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I am so excited about attending the National Book Club Conference in Atlanta this weekend. There is nothing like a stimulating discussion with enthusiastic readers to get me revved up and eager to finish my new mystery and the children’s book I’ve been working on.

When I wrote When Death Comes Stealing, my first Tamara Hayle Mystery, so many years ago, I didn’t know much about book clubs. It was all about the writing then—creating the best book I could, exploring the boundaries of a new and challenging genre, creating characters—and a main character—who had never existed before. On my first book tour—in Dallas as I remember--I was invited to discuss my book with members of a marvelous book club and a whole new world opened up for me.

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