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Fiction Friday!

  • July 23, 2012

For those of you who have read On the Island, Anna has a best friend named Stefani. Here is the real Stefani (and the inspiration for that character). She has been a wonderful supporter of me since the beginning of my publishing journey. Plus I’ve known her since we were like 5 and she’s awesome.

But now that I’ve put her in one of my books, she somehow thinks I have to put her in ALL of them. Or at least someone related to her. Or her, you know, DOG.

Meet Tucker, y’all! You’ll get to read about him in Covet. Originally, there was no dog in Covet. But Stefani thought there should be and when I explained that I would now have to come up with a fictional place to board a fictional dog in one of my scenes she did not seem to think it was a big deal. So I wrote Tucker into the story. But look at that face? Stefani keeps promising to send him to me and I check the mailbox every day but there’s no Tucker and I’m starting to think that she lied.  

On the Island’s Book Birthday Pictures

  • July 12, 2012
Hello everyone,
On the Island hit bookstores across the country on Tuesday! I didn’t realize just how awesome it would feel until I saw the trade paperback sitting on the shelf. This picture is from the Barnes & Noble at Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines. I sure do like their sign!
I went to Target next and there on the shelf, sandwiched between Elin Hilderbrand’s Summerland and Kristin Hannah’s Home Again, was my book.
My last bookstore was another Barnes & Noble. I almost didn’t stop, but it was on my way home so I thought, “Oh heck, why not.” While I was standing there taking a picture of the display with my phone, I overheard someone say “On the Island” so I totally started eavesdropping stood there, all nonchalant, and a woman and a B&N employee walked over. The customer was looking for On the Island. But she wanted to make sure it was the book written by the woman who lives in Des Moines. She questioned the B&N employee and the employee responded that she wasn’t sure but would find out. I couldn’t take it anymore because I was literally standing right there so I opened my big mouth contributed helpfully to the conversation. “Yes, that’s her,” I said. “I mean, I’m her. It’s me.” The customer looked shocked but then gave me a big smile despite my deranged grin. I explained that the book had just been released and that I wanted to stop in and see it on the shelf. She was buying a copy for herself and her daughter and I offered to sign them because I just happened to have a Sharpie in my purse. She was so nice and she made my afternoon. For the rest of the day I told that story to anyone who would listen.

And now, here are some of the wonderful people who helped celebrate my book birthday. Thank you all!

Release Day!

  • July 10, 2012

Good morning everyone!

Today is the day I’ve been dreaming about for a long, long time. On the Island is on bookstore shelves across the nation. You should be able to find it everywhere with the exception of Costco (it will be available there on 7/16).

If you are out and about and happen to see On the Island, take a picture of yourself in front of the display and send it to me. I’ll post it on my Facebook fan page which is right here.

And once again, because I can never say it enough, I want to thank all of you for making this happen, especially those of you who have been following this blog since the beginning. A special shout-out goes to Elisa Abner-Taschwer, Penne Heede Pojar, Keri Stokstad, Bryan Stokstad, Julie Elsner, Missy Pomerantz, and Monica Shadowens.



Book Signings!

  • July 9, 2012

Happy Monday everyone!

Here’s a list of where I’ll be in the next couple of weeks. I sure would love to see you, so stop by and say hi!

Tuesday, July 10th

I will be on the radio at KAZR 103.3 “The Morning Moose Show” tomorrow at 8:50 a.m. Tune in and hear me talk about On the Island.

Thursday, July 12th

Live interview, in-studio at Iowa Public Radio “Talk of Iowa” radio show. 10:00 a.m.

Beaverdale Books
2629 Beaver Avenue, Suite 1

Reading and book signing: 6:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, July 17th

Clive Public Library
1900 N.W. 114th St.

Reading and book signing: 6:30 p.m. 

Thursday, August 2nd

Barnes & Noble
333 Collins Rd NE, Bldg 1
Cedar Rapids, IA

Reading and book signing: 7:00 p.m.

I’ll post more dates and events as they become available.

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