Tag: Brainerd Public Library

15
Jul

Cherry Street Books & Brainerd Brown Bag Lunch!

Fantastic time at the Brainerd Public Library!

Fantastic time at the Brainerd Public Library!

WOW!

What a crazy, fantastic, scary, wonderful, amazing weekend! It all started on Saturday while I was on my way to Cherry Street Books in Alexandria for a book signing. I was about an hour out from the book store, when I got rear-ended while pulling over for an ambulance. I’m okay, the car can still drive, and the other driver’s insurance is covering the damage to the bumper (it’s pretty much falling off). Waiting for the sheriff and state trooper to arrive and document the accident took about an hour-and-a-half, so needless to say, I was late to my book signing.

At Cherry Street Books!

At Cherry Street Books!

By the time I got to Alexandria, I was a little frazzled. Then, I turned the corner and saw Cherry Street Books. Oh my goodness! It is such a cute, inviting, comfy shop with so many great books and gifts for book worms. Kathleen sat me in a big, cozy chair and I ended up having a wonderful afternoon, meeting new readers and spreading the word about Seven Stones. Afterwards, I got to have dinner with a friend and made it back to Bemidji without any more excitement. So, a day that started out a bit dodgy ended in a very positive note. I am very grateful to the awesome folks of Cherry Street for hosting me and graciously invited me into their store. I will definitely be back! If you are in Alexandria, check out this independent book store (and feel free to pick up a signed copy of Seven Stones while you’re there!).

Beautiful!

After a brief rest, Shane and I were off to Brainerd on Sunday for Shane to shoot some sports highlights, attend a wedding, and prep for my Brown Bag Lunch. What we didn’t plan for was the CRAZY storm! You’ve probably heard by now, but it was SCA-RY. The storm ripped up trees, toppled power lines, threw trees on cars, tore roofs off buildings, and caused more damage than I can describe. There are–as of now–no reported injuries, however, so that is something to be grateful for. Shane and I spent the storm huddled in an equipment room under a desk. I was quaking like a scared little rabbit. Shane fell asleep. During a tornado. Can you believe that boy?

I had so much fun!

I had so much fun!

The next day, I made it to the Brainerd Public Library unscathed and excited for my Brown Bag Author event at noon. I used to work at the Brainerd Library (I LOVED IT!), and used to dream of being a part of the Brown Bag program someday. Because of the storm and clean-up, I was afraid that few people would be able to make it. But as I set up and chatted with friends, people just kept arriving! I had a full room! AMAZING!

Thanks to everyone who made it out to see me!

Thanks to everyone who made it out to see me!

I started off talking about Seven Stones, doing a few short reading excerpts, then talked about my writing process, my publishing experience, and the sequel in progress. The audience was AWESOME! Before the event, I was nervous about filling up a whole hour without being boring, but I had SO MUCH FUN! People kept asking really great questions, and even made some touching comments about my writing. We talked about everything, from my early writing inspiration, Ojibwe & Celtic research, cultural identity, and what house I’d be in at Hogwarts (Hufflepuff Pride)! We had such a great energy buzzing in the room that my talk ran a little over an hour! 🙂

The line for my book signing!

The line for my book signing!

After the presentation, there was a line of people waiting to buy my book and say hello. INCREDIBLE! It is humbling and gratifying to know that people are connecting with my story and with my journey as a writer. I am still smiling from the warm reception, avid readers, and all-around awesome people of the Brainerd Public Library. A HUGE thank you to the library and the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library for inviting me to be a part of their wonderful program.

The Seven Stones dream team!

The Seven Stones dream team!

My publishers and I got to have a celebratory lunch at–where else?–Prairie Bay! I got the new Thai Curry Pizza (YES! TRY IT!), and we had a delightful time toasting the success of the Seven Stones book tour!

Next, I’m off to Eagan for the Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games! I’ll be there ALL day so stop by, grab a signed copy of Seven Stones, and say hello! I’ll be driving all day Friday, so I’ll see you next on Monday with pictures from the event!

Minnesota Highland Games: July 18th!

Happy Wednesday!

10
Jul

Friday Favorites: Five Year Anniversary!

The radio interview this morning was AMAZING! A HUGE thank you to the folks at KAXE for inviting me on the show and letting me spread the word about Seven Stones. I was a teensy bit nervous (read: really, REALLY nervous) about going live on the radio, but Heidi and John were so easy and fun to talk to! Thank you to ALL for listening!

I am off to Cherry Street Books in Alexandria to sign books from 12-2pm tomorrow, then to the Brainerd Public Library on Monday from 12-1pm for the Brown Bag Author Program. I hope to see you there!

All these things are reasons to celebrate. But the REAL reason I am celebrating July 10th? It is Shane and my FIVE YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!

Five years!

Five years!

I can’t believe it. It feels like we just got married yesterday! Our wedding was an absolute fabulous event, and the marriage that has been taking place since then has been a dream come true. Shane is my best friend, partner in crime, confidant, cheerleader, and the love of my life.

Look at those chops!

Look at those chops! Such cute Freshmen.

Having him as a husband is the best part of my life, and gives meaning to everything else I do. There is no way I could be doing what I am doing without his constant love, support, and encouragement. He makes me want to be a better person, and is always there when I need him with a hug or ice cream 🙂 (there have been plenty of both in this relationship!). These past five years have been some of the best of my life, and I can’t wait to see what the next five brings!

What a good looking couple!

What a good looking couple!

Tonight, we’re celebrating by grilling, a bonfire, going through our wedding photos, reading our vows, dancing, and plenty of delicious treats! To mark the occasion, I changed out of the fuzzy purple robe I conducted my radio interview in and put on my wedding tiara, Irish necklace I wore for our wedding, and a fancy dress. 🙂

Here's to the next five years!

Here’s to the next five years!

I’ll see you guys on Monday after I get back from the Brown Bag program with plenty of photos and stories. Until then, I’m going to relax and enjoy my anniversary!

Happy Friday!

25
Mar

Author Events!

Taking these bad boys on the road...

Taking these bad boys on the road…

Now that the book is officially released, it’s time to really spread the word! I have been amazed at how many people have been sharing Facebook posts, Tweeting, and telling friends about Seven Stones. THANK YOU! I am very eager to hear what you think about my book. Please feel free to post reviews on the Seven Stones Amazon page and on GoodReads. Word of mouth and personal reviews are an awesome way to get the word out on a good book. 🙂

And in other exciting news: it is time to begin planning THE BOOK TOUR!!!!! We’ve been putting together a schedule of author events and appearances, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve decided to truly kick-off the book tour in May because I’ll be done with grad classes for the semester and able to focus on all things literary (including finishing the sequel by September). I can’t WAIT!!! Here is the list of author events and appearances that I am scheduled for so far. There are some events that are still being worked out (more details to follow), and I’m hoping to add more events as the summer draws nearer! Stay tuned for updates!

Seven Stones Book Tour

Also, I’ve had several people ask me about book clubs. My answer is YES! I would be honored to come to your book club and discuss my book. Just give me enough heads up and I will be there (or Skype)!

And for any of my Minnesota friends who may have missed the book release in Brainerd: my first official book signing will be in BEMIDJI! Even if you did happen to make it to the book release, please feel free to stop by and say hi!

That’s all for now!

Happy Wednesday!

25
Feb

25 Days and Counting…

25 days until the book release party. All aboard the crazy train.

This past weekend was a fabulous blur of travel, family, and celebrations. Shane and I hopped into our car on Saturday morning and drove 9 hours to celebrate a friend’s wedding. We left at 8:30 in the morning and got to Hartford, Wisconsin just as dinner was being served at the reception. Perfect timing! We ate, danced, ate cake, and danced some more. We called it a night around 9:30 and drove to our hotel where we sunk into the hot tub. That time in the hot tub was worth the trip alone.

The next morning, we were up at 8:00. We ran from the hotel to the Sweet Spot bakehouse in Whitewater to pick up the cake for my nephew Ira’s baptism. When my sister-in-law asked if I’d be willing to pick up the cake, I shouted an enthusiastic “YES!” As I’ve mentioned before, NEVER pass up an opportunity to eat at the Sweet Spot. It was the first time I got to see the new bakehouse, and it was fabulous. There was doughnut wallpaper on the ceiling, whisk light fixtures, and, oh yeah, the FOOD. Date-filled cookies, cakes, breads, red velvet brownies, tiramisu cupcakes, peach chai scones…I could eat there forever and it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. Though I would have to buy elastic pants.

ira

Besides getting to eat the wonderful chocolate ganache and raspberry cake, I am now the proud godmother of my nephew, Ira Blaine. He is such a little blessing to our family, and I am so happy to have been there for his baptism. We spent the day with family, ate more food and cake, and then left for home on Monday morning (after a breakfast with friends at the Sweet Spot, of course!).

It was a crazy, wonderful weekend. The itinerary did not, however, leave much any time for writing. I spent the week leading up to the trip finishing two grad school projects and reading ahead, so I am pretty good on the homework front. The writing front is looking a little sad. I haven’t written anything in three days! The goal of this week is to get back into my groove and hopefully make up for some lost time with extra writing. Somehow.

In the mean time, I’ve officially been invited to be a part of the Brainerd Public Library’s Brown Bag Author series! My first real author gig! WOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I gladly accepted the invitation and have been obsessively scouring the internet for “speaking tips for authors” and “how to have a successful book signing.” I’ll post when the official time/date for the event are set!

Until next time!

What do you like most about going to author events/book signings?