Tag: Book World

01
Jul

Book Signings & Sight Seeing: An Author on the Go!

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Book Signing at Book World!

Hello, all my lovely readers! Did you miss me? I can imagine your dismay when 7am Monday morning rolled around there was no post from The Open Book. Sorry I didn’t give any warning on Friday. Shane and I went to Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin to visit his grandparents this past weekend and I didn’t know that their cabin was beyond the reach of the internet. We stayed in a cabin nestled deep in the Northwoods, and I savored every second of it!

But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s talk about my book signing at Book World! It was an absolutely gorgeous day outside, but luckily, the store was just as lovely as the sunshine. The Baxter Book World and its staff were wonderful, and I spent a delightful 3 hours meeting new people, getting some new readers, and hugging old friends. I had a fabulous time, and was told by the staff that my book signing was one of the most successful they’ve had! WooHOO!

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Ready for my adoring public!

Shane got some great pics of me chatting up new readers!

Shane got some great pics of me chatting up new readers!

There's my adoring public!

There’s my adoring public!

Thanks, guys! :)

Love these guys!

THANK YOU to Book World and everyone who came to check out Seven Stones and support my writing! If you missed me in Baxter, I’ll be making another stop in the area at the Brainerd Public Library as a part of their Brown Bag Author program! I’ll be there July 13th from 12-1pm reading excerpts from Seven Stones, talking about the writing process, how I got published, answering questions, and–yes!–signing and selling books.

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From the book signing, Shane and I made an obligatory stop at Culver’s for some much needed custard, and drove 5 hours to Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin. Never heard of it? Lake Tomahawk is up near Lake Superior in the Minocqua/Rhinelander area of the state. I gotta tell you, it was some of the most scenic drives we’ve had. Everywhere I looked was breathtaking forest or lake views. We were lucky enough to stay at Shane’s grandparents’ cabin in the heart of the woods overlooking a large pond.

The Lee Cabin

The Lee Cabin

Early morning view from the pier

Early morning view from the pier

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View from my writing spot

Shane :)

Shane 🙂

It was there that I found my perfect writing spot. I wanted to stay out there for hours with my little notebook, but there was so much else to do–and eat!

Minocqua!

Minocqua!

We drove to Minocqua and explored the quaint downtown area. One of the coolest parts of Minocqua are the murals. Painted on old brick buildings all over town, these were really cool surprises that we couldn’t resist taking photos of.

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A French mural we found on the side of an old building.

Shane couldn’t resist “drinking” from the fountain

Our favorite part of Minocqua? The Minocqua Fudge Shop. Oh. My. God.

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This place is where dreams come true

When you walk through the door, rich, buttery aromas practically lift you off your feet and pull you toward the rows and rows of homemade fudge. Just breathing that air made me feel like I gained five pounds.

Where the magic happens

Where the magic happens

Like walking into Honeydukes!

Like walking into Honeydukes!

Then, there was the ice cream. All of it is made at the shop with quality ingredients–and boy, can you taste it. Shane and I tried to practice some self-control by splitting a double-scoop, and THIS is what they gave us.

One massive scoop of Bear Paw and one of Pistachio ice cream.

One massive scoop of Bear Paw and one of Pistachio ice cream.

You can tell we were really heartbroken.

YUM!

YUM!

After another day and too many Euchre games to count, we said goodbye to Shane’s wonderful grandparents and headed back home. But the adventure wasn’t over yet! We stopped in Duluth to stretch our legs on the Lake Walk. We both fell in love with Duluth last September and were really glad to have an excuse to go back to Lake Superior and the rose gardens. We spent two hours walking hand-in-hand along the shore. I guess you could say we take stopping and smelling the roses very seriously. 😉

View from Duluth Harbor

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You know those rare weekends that are so relaxing that two short days feel like five? That was this weekend retreat for us. A book signing, visiting family and friends, and a jaunt in Duluth. It was perfect. I still can’t get the smile off my face.

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Happy Wednesday!

03
Apr

Friday Favorites: Local Edition!

If the past few weeks have taught me anything–and boy have they taught me a lot–it is the awesome power of local. Being an independent artist (and YES, I feel pretty cool writing that. Though to be clear, my visual artistic talents are basically limited to stick figures), it is gratifying, humbling, and inspiring to realize the incredible local support that exists for aspiring writers. It was not something I expected to find when we moved to the Northwoods. So, that got me thinking: how many resources and artistic organizations exist in our communities that we don’t know about? There are probably resources at your finger tips that you aren’t aware of that could help make your passion a reality.

So, for this Friday Favorites post, I thought I’d share a little more about some of my favorite local organizations, booksellers, and people that have made my writing career (SQUEEEEE! I get to say career now 🙂 ) possible. My hope is that perhaps after seeing so many great resources available in my local area, maybe you’ll be inspired to seek out opportunities in your own town!

RiverPlace Press

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My publishers are definitely at the top of this list. Big shock, I know. I love the fact that RiverPlace is right in Minnesota, and is run by two of the best people in the world. Because RiverPlace is a local press, I was able to really form relationships with Chip and Jean, and had a lot of say in the design elements of the novel as well as the editing process (something that does not often happen in the publishing world). Seven Stones was truly a team effort, and the support I continue to get from RiverPlace is unheard of.

Smaller, independent publishing houses and presses produce quality books and promote local artists. If you search for publishing options in your area, you might be pleasantly surprised!

Blue Cottage Agency

Needless to say, I am a huge fan of Krista and her team! She is helping me promote myself better and reach a wider audience. Usually when you think of “agents” or “publicists” you may imagine they all work in swanky skyscrapers in New York City and are far too busy and important to see you. Krista does have a pretty swanky office, but she represents Minnesota authors right from downtown Brainerd. And she is completely 100% fabulous.

Local Booksellers

I could spend hours in a book store–just ask my husband. Local book stores have always been favorites because they each have their own feel and often carry books you can’t find anywhere else. I am proud to say that MY book is on the shelves of several local book stores in Bemidji, with more to come thanks to Krista! Since early March, I started contacting the independent booksellers in town and they have been awesome! If you want to support your local economy, independently owned businesses are the way to do it. Thanks to Big River Scoop, Kat’s Book Nook, Harmony Co-Op, Accidentally Cool Games, and Book World for supporting Seven Stones!

Region 2 Arts Council

I think I made it pretty clear with the last few posts how much I appreciate the Region 2 Arts Council. 🙂 The fact that they offer grants that open doors for local artists is huge. The crazy thing is that I never really knew about any sort of art grants before moving to the area. I was applying for school scholarships at the time and thought maybe there were similar funds for writing. I asked the reference librarian at my local library about art grants, and she directed me to the Arts Council. If you have a project that is on hold due to lack of funds, check out what grants or artistic groups are available in your area.

YOU!

YES! YOU ARE MY FAVORITE! None of this would be happening without you. By reading my blog, spending your hard earned money on my book, liking my posts on Facebook, you are supporting my dream of being an author. You seriously have no idea the power you have as a consumer, and by buying local you are using your powers for good. Thank you. I love you. 🙂

Book of the Week:

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It has been a while since I’ve encountered a good writing guide, and I’ve heard some really great things about this one. Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer seems like it offers tips for writers of all levels. I’m personally looking for strategies on making and keeping writing schedules and always in search of inspiration. I plan on curling up on Saturday with this book, my big fluffy blanket, and a pot of Irish Breakfast tea.

Happy Friday!