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A Time to Celebrate
King Solomon, in the Bible, tells us there is a time for everything. A time to celebrate is something we don’t always allow ourselves to do! Before I was published, I’d see some author friends would have launch parties and others did nothing when their new books came out. I thought – with such a momentous occasion, why wouldn’t you celebrate? Then, I learned why, when I ended up having a book release a week before emergency major surgery and another two books release during super busy and hectic times with my family. But with Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter, my first full length Christian fiction that I’d completed in manuscript form, I wanted to do this up right! Since my best friend, Libbie Cornett, and I didn’t get to celebrate my novella, The Steeplechase, (which I dedicated to her) when it released, we got to combine that festivity with the release of this newest novel. My daughter, who was my very first critique partner, joined us!
I’d read about The Jefferson Hotel in an issue of Victoria magazine (one of my favorite periodicals). Initially, I tried to set something up High Tea when my mother-in-law (who was in town from Chicago), daughter, and my best friend and I would go for High Tea. But it can take weeks to a couple of months to get a spot and I’d called too late. But that worked out for my book launch celebration. So we decided to have just the three of us go to celebrate when the novel released in Ebook format (Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter will be out in paperback in July.)
In 2013, my daughter, Cassandra, threw a “Pink Party” for my very first book, my debut novella “Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance (which just re-released under new cover!) That was a lot of fun. But this time, Cassandra was able to relax and let someone else serve her and to enjoy the celebration.
I tease my friend Libbie that it is “all her fault” that I write Christian fiction as she introduced me to the Thoene’s stories and to Janette Oke’s novels, over twenty-five years ago. She also got me hooked on CBD (Christian Book Distributors) and I’m thrilled to say that I have my very first book posted with CBD!!! They have an ebook of Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter and also just put up the pre-order link for Blue Ribbon Brides Collection, which releases in November (I have a novella, “Dime Novel Suitor” in this collection.)
The Jefferson is a beautiful place – a Five Star hotel!!! We looked around some, and also overhead at the stunning stained glass dome that is over the lobby and reception area where the teas are held.
We had fun, too, besides being awed! “Snowed In” a short story in A Cup of Christmas Cheer two book collection (Guidepost Books, October, 2013).
Cassandra and I even “fed” the Jefferson alligator the oversized postcard of the book cover!!! That was a hoot!
I feel so blessed that my daughter and best friend could celebrate with me! We had a wonderful day and made many nice memories!
When my friend, Debbie Lynne, had her debut in Christian fiction, we did up an online party to celebrate. How I wished we could have celebrated in person but we still had a great time!!!
Giveaway: Answer this question – ladies, do you tend to celebrate your own milestone events? Tell why or why not. Winner picks choice of ebook or paperback copy of Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter, which RT Book Reviews gave a 4 Star review!