Thursday, November 15, 2012

Guest blogger Dora Hiers on "Romancing the Library"

Good morning, Seekerville! Myra here, and I'm so happy to welcome my friend Dora Hiers. I first met Dora last year at a Carolina Christian Writers meeting (our area ACFW chapter). As we started getting to know each other,  she graciously invited me to join her and Jennifer Hudson Taylor as panelists in an upcoming library program. Since then, we've done several programs and author events together, and I can tell you Dora really knows her stuff when it comes to "romancing the library"! Please give her a hearty Seekerville welcome.

“So, honey. I could use your help. I need a way to crash a plane,” I said. Hubby and I were eating lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings. I needed his thirty-plus years of experience and contacts in the fire service for plotting my current book.

His eyebrows practically arched off his head. His gaze darted around the room. A couple local police officers sat a few tables away. Hubby nodded at them then leaned back and inhaled, deep and shaky. “Crashing a plane. Hmm.”

“Yeah. Or maybe a poison.” That swirled around in my head for about thirty seconds. “Yeah, poison might actually work better. Just enough of a drug to make the pilot a little woozy, but not enough to kill him.”

Hubby scrunched his face, gave another quick glance around the dining room, and hunched his generous body lower in the bench. In the smallest voice he’s capable of, which would still be booming, he said, “Poison. OK. Give me this afternoon. I’ll make some phone calls and find you something to work with.”

A head from a nearby booth jerked and swiveled in our direction. Frowning, the man leaned toward his lunch partner and whispered, began frantically punching numbers into a cell phone.

Hubby bolted to his feet and held out a hand. “You ready to go?”

Flinging a desperate glance over his shoulder, he offered an apologetic wave to the police officers and hustled me out the door.

I’m thankful for my real-life hero. And that we live in a small town.

Hubby is an integral part of my writing journey, from character development to plotting to marketing.

When our local library contacted me about speaking, I balked. What would I say? Who would listen? Hubby encouraged me, even offered some basic topics to tackle. Thankfully, the library manager allotted me a few months to hammer out a presentation and bolster my confidence. When I stepped to the podium, my knees buckled and my voice trembled. My nerves finally settled, and I actually found that I enjoyed the interaction with readers.

Over breakfast a few weeks later, I mentioned visiting a friend who lived a couple hours away.

“Why don’t you visit the library and donate a copy of Journey’s End?” Hubby asked. “The library gets a new book, and for a minimal investment, you’re getting your book in the hands of readers who may buy future books. The way I see it, it’s a win-win.”

Did I mention how supportive and encouraging my hubby is? His suggestion opened up the door for many library invitations.

Here are some tips on Romancing the Library:

Plan your trips and vacations. Map out your route and check library systems in advance to make sure they don’t already stock your book. I have a better success rate with smaller-to-mid-sized branch libraries, so I target them as much as possible. If you’ll be vacationing, email the local librarians to let them know the dates you’ll be visiting. A librarian in Virginia invited me to speak while we stayed in the area for a fire conference.

Dora speaks at the York County Library

Bring your smile and your one sheet. Your enthusiasm breeds excitement. Smile and introduce yourself, trailing your finger along the book covers on your one sheet as you talk.

Inquire if they are receptive to author events and procure the manager’s email address/contact info. Many library managers complain that their readers aren’t interested in straight book signings, but their eyes light up when you offer information their patrons can use. A skeletal presentation can be expanded to cover many topics, depending on the library’s needs. My presentations include: A Glimpse into Publishing, Social Media for the Beginning Writer, and Heart-to-Heart.

Dora speaks at Steele Creek Library

Request a tax donation form. This will ensure that you receive credit for your investment at income tax time.

Follow up. Email a few days after your visit, reminding the library manager of your donation and your presentations offering. Specify a target time frame, i.e. fall or early 2013. Attach your one sheet so they can remember you.

Recognize that library opportunities take time. You may not hear from a library for months. Don’t get discouraged. Writers know all about waiting, don’t we?

Don’t discount the contacts you’ll make in a library.
A newspaper reporter wrote about a library’s summer reading program and mentioned my program. Another presentation prompted an invitation for a radio interview. In another, a patron invited me to speak elsewhere.

Romancing the Library is a win-win. Hubby was right. Poor guy. He never knows what awaits him on a lunch date. 

If you’re interested in Romancing the Library, make sure you check out Myra Johnson’s great article on What Works and What Doesn’t at Libraries.

What about you?

Does your loved one support and encourage your writing journey?

Have you considered romancing the library?

Thank you so much for allowing me to visit. Join the conversation today for a chance to win a print copy of Journey’s Edge.

About Journey’s Edge:

A Routine Audit? Hardly.

Red flags—including some goon who's following her—raise McKinley Frasier's suspicions that numbers don't add up at the insurance firm. When someone tries to snatch McKinley's daughter from school, she turns to police officer and ex-fiancĂ©, Renner Crossman—the cop who walked out on her a month before their wedding. But Renner's not the same guy who broke her heart ten years ago. He calls himself a "new man." She trusts the new Renner with her daughter's safety...but what about her heart?

Purchase Link for Journey’s Edge

About Dora Hiers:

After a successful auditing career, Dora left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest son didn’t want her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing Heart Racing, God-Gracing books. Dora belongs to the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Carolina Christian Writers.   

When Dora isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, family gatherings, and mountain cabin getaways. She despises traffic, bad coffee, technological meltdowns, and a sad ending to a book. Her books always end with a happily-ever-after!

Readers can connect with Dora:

Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Pinterest

Blog: Seriously Write and Heart Racing, God-Gracing Romance


  1. The timer is set for the coffee pot to brew, but I can't guarantee it's not bad coffee (which Dora hates) because virtual coffee is the only kind I make and I've never tasted it.

    My hubby and grown kids are very supportive. They all answer my questions, even is the answer is, "I don't know." :)


  2. Welcome to Seekerville Dora and thanks so much for sharing with us! I absolutely LOVED the conversation you shared with hubby figuring out the plot in public, you had me smiling BIG over that scenario :)

    I am so blessed by women like you who leave their comfort zone in their writing and in person! You really inspired me with your tips on romancing the library, it's such a great outreach to the local community.

    My parents have been my greatest supporters as I blog and write, they constantly encourage and pray for me on this unconventional journey :)

    I am now a facebook fan and I look forward to getting to know you/reading your book :)
    I also agree 100% on what you listed as enjoyments and what you despise!

    Thanks again for being here, I really enjoyed your comments! And thanks for always writing happy endings, what a gem you are! I would love to win a copy of your book, hugs and blessings :)

  3. Libraries!!!!

    Dora, I love them THIS MUCH!!!

    And more! They were my writing education, my saving grace as a child, my home-away-from-home! What a wonderful way to share your amazing gift. Kudos to you!

    Hey, fresh cinnamon rolls here...

    I'm totally ignoring Dora's sweet question about husband-support because I think Dave thought writing was my eight-year-long PLAYTIME....

    Up until the first contract rolled in....

    And he still has not read one word I've written. But he's clearing our second jungle, so he's doing manly-hero-type stuff...

    And my brother mentioned that he needed to go for testosterone shots after reading one of my books because they were that s-w-e-e-t.

    He's a marine, so I cut him slack. And he's cute.

    I'm settling for that!

    But my kids have been raucous cheerleaders, bandleaders, banner-wavers and rally-round-the-flaggers.

    Therefore they WILL be mentioned in the "will".


  4. Dora,
    Myra's blog about What Works and What Doesn't made me realize I need to befriend the libraries in my area. Your blog drives home that point!

    Thanks for great information about a marketing tool that, as you mentioned, is a win-win for all.

    I write suspense, and hubby is my gun dealer. He suggests the best weapons for my heroes and villains and provides info on fight scenes and attacks. We, however, discuss murder and mayhem at home and NOT in public places. :)

    Thanks for being with us today!

  5. Hi Dora,

    I love the sound of your book. I'll be looking for it.

    Your husband sounds like mine. A real support and cheerleader. And oh, so, SMART!
    We are definitely blessed with the men God gave us.
    Thanks for sharing with us today. We have a terrific library. I'm not published yet, but I'll keep your tips in mind.
    So good to meet you here today. I'll be looking for your book!

    Jackie L.

  6. Hi Dora, Welcome to Seekerville. Thanks for the reminder of how great our libraries are as resources.

    I was at an event last Saturday put on by the Scottsdale Library and our local RWA Desert Rose chapter specifically for writers. They have a whole section in their library that features local authors. So cool.

    And hubby. He is my biggest fan. He always reads my books and helps with research. He comes up with my titles too even though the publishers always change them. He loves when I write because if I'm writing a novel I'm NOT writing a honeydo list. LOL

    So glad to hear your hubby supports you also.

  7. Hi Dora,

    I've done two library programs this year, and am brain storming how I can increase those visits for next year. I always donate copies of my books when the program is finished.

    I'm in the husband doesn't read my books club. He will answer questions if I ask something but most of my books have "girly" shoot 'um ups for me!

    He did help Mary out with a picture of a gun...see I don't write the right type of books for him!

  8. Good morning Seekerville! Thank you, Myra, for inviting me to hang out here today.

    Helen, thanks for putting the coffee on! I'm sure it's just right because of your gracious hospitality. :-)

    Kara, thank you for liking my page. You're so sweet! I write happy endings because I can't stand sad ones. They make me cry! Thanks for your kind words.

    Ruth, thank you! Just because our hubbies don't read our books doesn't mean they don't support our writing, right? Hubby is my loudest cheerleader (whispering here, don't want him to hear). And he makes such great hero material!

    Debby, a gun dealer? Wow! Talk about in-house expertise. That's awesome. You're smart to discuss those types of scenes in the privacy of your own home. In our case, it helps that we live in a small town and frequent the same restaurants. :-)

  9. Thank you, Jackie. Yes, hubby's a sweet blessing that I try not to take for granted~especially when I stumble into the bathroom at 5:30 am and find a frog sitting on the toilet. And not just a tree frog. A stinkin TOAD! Sheesh! Thank God for hubby!!!! Praying God's blessings on your writing journey as well, Jackie.

    Sandra, that's too funny! Mine wishes I kept a honey-do list. That's awesome that your hubby actually reads your books and helps with titles. I would probably faint and fall over if Hubby asked to READ one of mine. :-)

    Rose, congrats on your library visits! After one of my visits, I asked a library director if she had any additional topics she might like to see covered and she offered quite a few. You might start there. Good luck brainstorming!

  10. Seekerville? Honestly? Dora, you are movin' on up!

    Loved your post! With all this library experience, your next heroine should be a librarian, don't you think?

    A toad on the toilet? Hmm...there has to be a way to fit that in.

  11. Good morning Dora and Seekerville.

    My husbands reads my ms and offers advice. I rarely use what he suggests, BUT, his suggestions almost always triggers new thoughts in another direction. Sometimes it helps just discussing the story.

    My mom used to work at the local library so I know the workers. Should be able to get my foot in the door at least one library.

    Great info.

    Connie Queen

  12. Uh, make that husband. I only have one...Really...


  13. Dora, you had me laughing out loud at your diner date with your husband. I could so clearly picture the man in the booth behind you calling 9-1-1. :)

    Thanks for the thoughts on making the library my friend beyond book check out. When I'm at that point wtih my writing, I'll have to consider doing that. I loved your ideas.

  14. HI Dora,
    I love my library :)
    I borrow audiobooks from my local library all of the time.

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  15. DEBBY--I love that your husband is the weapons pro to help you figure out those kinds of scenes. If I ever write a book with a hero/heroine who's a pilot, I'll ask my hubby. :)

  16. DORA--I forgot to answer your question. My husband is very supportive of my writing. He gives me great perspective about my hero. I'm finding my dialogue between guys is sometimes too woman-like. He also helps me get into the brain of my hero.

    My kiddos are my cheerleaders. After I beat my NaNo goals last year, they were thrilled!

  17. Dora, welcome to Seekerville!

    I love the conversation you had with Hubby. Ha, what author doesn't utilize all their resources, and many times, in the most inopportune times and places?


    Great suggestions about using your library for than just a writing reference point. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Dora...i take it that the police know you in a good way? Loved your post...i'll be smiling all day! Thanks. Although i'm not a writer, i have thought that when i get to my library again, i'll take some of the books i've read and see if they will accept them...not many authors come to my neck of the woods. i would lov to win yours.

  19. Thanks for the wonderful post! I've had similar conversations with my own husband, lol. He is so good at helping me plot through my books. And he's so supportive. I hope every writer has that person in their life who can help them wade through their imaginary friends and places.

  20. Dora, I noticed that you don't have a library of congress number in your book.

    Excuse my ignorance but I thought the number was necessary in order for libraries to stock a book. Amazon only allowed a preview of the kindle version. Does the print version have a card number? Or is this no longer required by libraries?

    Oh BTW, I loved the sample pages and Journey's end is now on my TBR list. :)

  21. I'm just beginning my marketing journey so this post is extremely helpful. I have been wondering about libraries. Now I know where to start.Someone asked me lately if putting your book in the library would actually discourage sales. If they can get it in the library, why would they buy it? Any thoughts? Thanks so much.

  22. My hubby encourages me to write a book, because I’m always telling him or rather asking him does he think I can write a book. So he always says yes when I know that I don’t have the writing gene; yes I’m a great dreamer, but to actually put what goes on in my head on paper is another story. My sister is the writer so I’m always encouraging her to pursue her dream and I’m just a voracious reader and very content to be in this role.

  23. Hello Dora, enjoyed the post today and plotting in public about crashes and poisening could get dangerous....
    thanks for sharing today-will check your FB page and would enjoy reading this book.

    Paula O(
    a Ga reader

  24. Rose...


    Another non-reading husband. Thank the sweet Lord a'mighty, I was startin' to feel quite alone here!!! :)

    Dave's an "acts of service" kind of guy...

    So clearing acres of brush so I have a pretty view makes him happy.

    And he makes a great tuna fish sandwich!!!

  25. Excellent post! I love all the practical advice, and your book sounds fabulous!

  26. i've a husband who doesn't understand my wanting to write, but encourages me anyway. i'm sure he wouldn't want to read what i write since "mushy" stuff makes him uncomfortable. *heh* he possesses a wealth of information that he enjoys sharing, even if he rolls his eyes when i tell him why i want to know something.

    i think he secretly likes me writing and picking his brain, but he has this crusty ol' sea salt (ret NAVY) image to keep up. i allow him his illusions (delusions?*grin*)

    i love the public poison/crash conversation. too funny. probably not for your hubby though...

  27. Dora, it's great to have you with us today! Sure enjoyed chatting in person at lunch yesterday, too! I have a church group lunch meeting today that I've got to get ready for, but I'll check back in is afternoon.

    Y'all keep the conversation going! Dora is a real pro at making library connections, so pick her brain all you want!

  28. THIS afternoon. That's what I get for typing on an iPad keyboard!!!

  29. Hey Sandy!! lol. Yes, I think you're right. I love writing animals into my stories, but I'm not sure about the toad. Ewww! Now a librarian is a must! Looking forward to our next McD gab session.

    Connie, you're so right. Sometimes just talking it out with somebody helps trigger an idea. You had me scratching my head on the multiple hubbies. lol.

    Thank you, JeanneT. Glad you found something useful and that I brightened your morning. :-)

  30. Hi KarenK. I love my library, too. So much that I allowed them to talk me into becoming a Friend board member this year. I really don't know how that happened. :-)

    Audra, thank you for the warm welcome. You're so right. It's important to utilize sources whenever you can, and lunch seems to be the perfect time to discuss plots.

    Now, Marianne, I wouldn't go so far as to say that. lol. Hubby's a fire chief, so everybody around here knows him. He spreads the word within the city that I'm a writer. Again, not a reader, but my biggest fan.

  31. Annie, me, too, but I know many writers don't have that family support for whatever reason. Writing is tough and lonely at times. It's important to surround yourself with people who encourage your dreams, isn't it? Writers groups help. Here in our area (the Charlotte area of NC) we have a wonderful, encouraging, friendly group ~Carolina Christian Writers.

  32. I love libraries.
    I ended up getting really involved in National Library Week last year, for the first time.
    I've been writing for quite a few years now. Is National Library Week new? What sparked the interest this year?

    Anyway, I don't like public speaking but I've gained a comfort level with it.

    Also, I only have one speech so it's not wise to invite me back.

  33. And speaking of inviting me back, they've been very accommodating and NEVER INVITED ME BACK!!!

    (I wonder if that means anything???)

  34. Thank you, Bridgett. You bring up an interesting question.

    I've not heard from any of the librarians that my books are missing appropriate numbers, and they are assigned both 10/13 isbn numbers. While I donate books, librarians have also purchased my books, so apparently they have what they need. Perhaps a librarian could weigh in here?

    I just clicked over to Amazon and see what you mean about the preview. Not sure what that's all about because it's available in the print version as well. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  35. Hi Jan. I've heard that, too, but surprisingly, have found the opposite to be true. When I show up for my visits, many times the librarian mentions that they bought more copies of my book.

    With the drastic budget cuts libraries have been forced to cope with, they can't afford to keep up with reader demand for all books. Have you ever purchased a book from a particular author you you discovered from library reading? I have many times. Thanks for a great question, Jan.

  36. DORA!!! WELCOME TO SEEKERVILLE AND WHAT A FUN, FUN POST!! I am actually going to print this puppy out because it's some of the best advice I've seen for working with libraries to promo your books!!

    Your hubby sounds like a real gem, as is mine. Just yesterday in the car, he gave me a twist for my current WIP that took it from ho-hum to ... HOLY FREAKIN' COW, babe, that's a FABULOUS twist!!! I honestly don't know what I would do without him.

    He is also an outstanding artist who not only designs my website, newsletter, some bookmarks and posters, but he just designed the cover of my Christmas e-book, which also has my daughter as the model. Talk about being worth his weight in gold!! :)


  37. Dora I know I find new authors in libraries and then become a buyer.

    I really am slow to buy a brand new book by an unknown author. But I check out authors in genres I love a LOT and if they hit with me then I'll start buying.

    I LOVE libraries.

  38. I also love the Inter-library Loan program most libraries have.

    So I can get my hands on a book the library doesn't have, for free or a very low price.

    I especially love this for research books which I just want a gander at, not knowing what's going to be in them and if it's going to be helpful.

  39. i need to visit my library more often. haven't been there in a long while (since grad school) - i miss the exposure to all kinds of genres of books.

    i want to instill a love of books into my three year old. i just need to make sure he still doesn't want to rip the pages and eat them... *eep*

  40. Dora, welcome! We're so glad you joined us today. Thanks for your advice on visiting libraries.

    I bet you and Myra and Jenn have a great time at these events!

  41. Welcome Dora, and thanks for a great post today! I've always loved libraries, so I especially enjoyed your tips for writers today. ~ Thankfully my husband is supportive of my writing--even buying (and putting together!) a nice desk for me awhile back. ~ Your book sounds intriguing--please enter me in the drawing. Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo pattijomoore(at)yahoo(dot)com

  42. Sorry, I popped over to meet my granddaughter for an Honor Roll Rewards lunch and got behind here. We enjoyed lunch in the MEDIA CENTER. How sweet is that??

  43. Deborah, dreamers make great writers! That's where I get some of my story ideas. Thank God you have an encouraging hubby!

    Thank you for the kind words, Paula. You're so sweet!

    Erica, thank you! Your encouragement means a lot to me. I'm also looking forward to your upcoming visit to Seriously Write. :-)

    LOL, DebH, too funny! My hubby doesn't understand my love for reading and writing, either. He's more of Ruthie's action kinda guy, but he likes that I can work from home. More lunch dates??

  44. I'd love for my library to do more author visits. They seem to cover the children's book authors but never adult authors.

    Love how your husband supports your writing -- and those nefarious conversations that must send tongues wagging. LOL. Too funny!

  45. Myra, thanks so much for the invitation! I sure am glad I read the Seekerville post on Tuesday about your knife, um...issues. Made lunch a little more comfortable. lol. You are such a treasure. Why did it take you and hubby so long to find your way to NC? Now that you're here, we're not letting you go!

    Mary, you are a hoot! I'm sure the library WILL invite you back! How can they not? You're such a joy!

    Julie, thanks for the WARM welcome and the kind words! I'm with you, Julie. I'm not sure I could write romance without my sweet hubby as a role model!

  46. Mary, libraries are the PERFECT way to find new authors, aren't they? No investment except time.

    DebH, our local library offers tons of programs to children. Check yours out. You might be surprised.

    Missy, thank you for the warm welcome. Jennifer and Myra are definitely tough acts to follow! Can you imagine how nervous I was to join those two at the podium?? Such sweet ladies, both of them, and real gems!

  47. Patti Jo/CatMom, thank you!! That is so cool that your husband bought you a new desk to support and encourage you! What a treasure he is!

    Really, Kav? Your library doesn't offer adult programs? sorry to hear that. Maybe they're suffering from budget cutbacks? Great for the kiddos, though. :-)

  48. Back from lunch meeting and a quick foray to the supermarket. Brrrrr, it's cold in NC today!!!

    I'll add my hubby to the mix of supportive spouses. For years he "didn't have time" to read my manuscripts (a nice way of saying "not interested"), but since he retired from the corporate world several years ago, he's shown a lot more interest--even some excitement--about reading my books. Now he almost always reads my "final" draft to catch any obvious typos or plot/character glitches before I do one more revision and send the ms. to my agent or editor.

  49. Howdy Dora, great post. I also ask my firefighter hubby many interesting things to use in writing. Sometimes he just shrugs LOL. I love libraries. I have been honored to present several times and will again in June. Most of my books are e-books, though, which doesn't help much LOL. Keep up the good work.

  50. Dora, wonderful post! Your husband sounds hero-worthy!

    Ruthy, I feel like this is that moment when one person stands up in a stadium and says, "I disagree with the current regime."

    And everyone else has the courage to rally for the war!

    Ok, maybe too dramatic. But my husband has also NEVER read a word I've written.

    And my brother read my book because I used his business's name in there and I wouldn't tell him where. I don't think he enjoyed the book because his comment was, "there were no surprises".

    But as for support: my two daughters (12 and 11) are my beta readers. I know I've got just the right amount of 'romance' when they make little gagging sounds on the keybaord.

    Hey, we take whatever we can get over here...

  51. husband has never read anything of mine kids haven't to my knowledge. Don't know why. It does bother me a little but I guess I don't write for them anyway. I am a bit jealous when I hear other writers say how their husbands support them in that way. He is coming along in other areas of the biz though and helps me run my writers conference. That's something!

  52. Dora,

    Thank you for sharing your expertise in Seekerville today. My library is a great help and resource. They are always interested in the various 'weird' things that I put on hold. When they found out that I was a writer, they took down all of my information to set up a program for me! How sweet of them! I didn't have the heart to tell them that I wasn't published yet, and that it might be years away, but they are very encouraging and helpful. I love the library!

    Virginia, that is wonderful that you have trained in-house beta readers. And my one and only 11 year old son is also at the gagging stage whenever any romance appears in a movie or on t.v. I wonder how long this stage will last....

  53. welcome Dora, Love the conversation at the diner.
    i know our library has had a few events with authors at times (most have been non fiction).
    which reminds me must take some bookmarks there.

  54. Piper, that's so cool that the library set up a research program for you! I need to get around to the library more than I do and make friends with the research librarians. I just get so lazy with Internet research. It's too handy.

  55. Great post Dora, thanks for sharing. I love libraries. We have a new one in town and I was so excited to discover they have a local inspirational authors shelf. (We have some very well known authors hiding out in these woods.)

  56. Myra, you're baaack! It is unusual weather for this time of year, isn't it? You'd think it was winter except the trees are still full with beautiful leaves! It's a chili kinda night...

    Hi Tanya! I sure appreciate your encouraging face and comment. Congrats on last week's release of ANGEL CHILD! Keep cranking them out, my friend!

  57. Thank you, Virginia. What a great ploy to get your brother to read your book. I may have to try that some time. And I'd guess that he just didn't want to admit that he enjoyed your writing. That's what brothers do, right? Smiling as I picture your daughters gagging over the romance. What a sweet gauge!

  58. Piper, I LOVE your name and your smile. Kudos to you for Romancing the Library at this stage! Way to go!

    Thank you, Jenny. :-)

  59. Hey, Dora, if you're making homemade chili, want to send some down my way? All we have around here comes in a can.

    Hmmm . . . that gives me an idea! We need to feed 3 hungry grandsons next week when the fam comes to visit. A crock pot of chili sounds like just the ticket!

  60. Thank you, Jamie. Don't you love it when libraries stock inspirational books? Our NC libraries do a great job of that. What state do you live in?

  61. I'm in Arkansas. An author donated her inspirational books and others followed. They have a local inspirational author section. I hope they'll expand to other authors from out of state.

  62. A can? Eeek! Poor thing. You'll be on my invite list the next time I make chili, Myra.

    Chili works great for a crowd, but our boys never liked soup when they were teens. It ranked right up there with liver and stew. :-)

  63. Jamie, how impressive that your local authors came together like that and donated some books for the library. Awesome!

  64. FIRST we embrace the gagging noises of "tweens" because when they start sighing....

    And showering daily....

    And caring about their hair....

    Oh, sigh.


    Virginia, I KNEW we were kindred spirits and guess what jumped into my hands (and I was DUMB and didn't get a cart and dropped 15 mailing envelopes all over the floor...)

    Two copies of a delightful book by a debut Love Inspired author!!!!!





    I cannot wait to read it! And I bought the extra for giveaways and was mad at myself for not getting there sooner to snag more copies...

    Consider yourself SOLD OUT in my Walmart!

    Mary Connealy, I'd invite you back any time.

    And then I'd make fun of you, but I'd invite you back!

  65. Good night, all! Thanks so much for your kind hospitality today! You've been so encouraging with your sweet comments. :-)

  66. Dora, thanks for visiting! I loved all your speaking pictures. Brave, brave woman. My pics would be of me under the table and a room full of people wondering when I was going to show up.

    Ruthy, what is wrong with you? Don't you know that I have a box of those things?

    But I saw it for the first time in my own Walmart last night. I dont got there much. I had to be a geeky fan girl and snap my own picture with my own book.

    I swore I wouldn't... But then I caved. At least it was fat free and carb free and calorie free. :)

    And it was fun.

    Thanks for the shaky-shaky dance!

  67. Ugh, sorry to be so late today but I made it to Seekerville. Dora, that is so sweet your husband is supportive and a fount of information and aid for your journey.
    Blessings on your marriage and on your writing and speaking. =)

  68. Libraries are full of books & readers - great places in my mind.

  69. Virginia, that had to be a positively giddy, precious, hold-that-sweet-baby-up-to-your-face-and-kiss-it-moment! Congratulations!

    No worries, Nancy. Our golden retriever didn't move his clock like the rest of us. And he just returned from spending 3 weeks with our college-age son who has a completely different schedule than ours. Poor boy's all messed up. He's nudging us to get up around 4:30 right now.

    Thanks so much for your kind words. :-)

    Mary, I couldn't agree with you more. Now if we could only get them to add coffee bars...

  70. would love to win your book Dora!

  71. Dora, it was GREAT to have you visit with us in Seekerville! Thanks, everyone, for making her feel so welcome and keeping the conversation going!

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