But on a lighter note, my husband and I did spy something pretty ding-dang cool at Notre Dame's Hammes Bookstore. Two somethings, actually; and I thought I'd tell you about that today, because it's Tuesday--and Tuesdays are full of Grace...and Erin.
That's right, it's Book Club time.
Fast-forward to last football season, when my second novel, Erin's Ring, had already been out for almost a year and had received two book awards from the Catholic Press Association: My husband's sister and I were walking past a display of Irish-themed books at the bookstore, during one of our Pearl family get-togethers out in South Bend, and she commented, "Your book should be here!" I told her I'd already gone down that road a few years back, without success; and she said, "But now you're an award-winner. You should try again!" (I just love my super-supportive, always-affirming Pearl relatives.)
So I wrote another email, feeling slightly more confident this time...and lo and behold, last winter, the Hammes Bookstore ordered five copies of Erin's Ring and three copies of Finding Grace! Then in May, they wrote to me again to say that Erin's Ring was almost sold out and they wanted five more copies. And then in August, they requested ten more! I'm still pinching myself here.
While we were out there I just had to see my books on those shelves with my own two eyes. So after we arrived on campus Friday afternoon, the bookstore was our first stop.
|There's Finding Grace, on the bottom shelf, far right.|
I can't help but think that the lovely front cover, chosen by
Cheryl Dickow at Bezalel Books, helps to sell Erin's Ring.
Exclusively online book sales are the norm these days for little-known authors like myself, and unless your books are bestsellers, it's hard to get them on the shelves of real live bookstores; so these sightings of Erin's Ring and Finding Grace at the Hammes Bookstore gave my novels a much-needed shot of shelf esteem.
I was one happy author, I tell you.
We'd had to get up at 2:30 a.m. that day to get ready to catch an early flight,
and had had a long day of travel by this point; thus the epic eye bags!
|The joy of finding Finding Grace!|
If you have any questions regarding either of my novels, please leave me a comment. I'd love to hear from you--and your queries could provide fodder for a little Q and A session at the next meeting of the club, perhaps?
Okay, before I sign off: just a reminder that I'm giving away five free copies of Erin's Ring.
The winners will be picked on Nov. 1. To be entered to win, just share a link to this blog post on your blog, on Twitter, or on Facebook--basically, on any form of social media that you enjoy. Contact me when you do, and I'll throw your name in the hat.