I love my readers. I really do. You guys are the reason I keep writing even when everything gets chaotic or hard. I so appreciate your support and friendship and sense of fun.
During my book tours and book discussions, readers frequently ask me how much my life experiences influence the stories and characters I write. I get this question so frequently, in fact, that I created a special feature on my site—“How much of me is in my books?”— to address where I show up in my contemporary novels.
There is a little of me in every book, of course. It’s only natural for a writer to draw inspiration from her own life. Certainly, though, there is more of me in some of my books than in others. What do Shey of She’s Gone Country and I have in common? Read more about She’s Gone Country and some of my other titles here.
Some of you, though, know a lot about me and apparently want to know even more. I’ve been getting so many emails lately asking me to come to your hometown for a reader event that I thought I’d do a very special contest that I’ve never done before. It’s a contest where you get the chance to win me. Or at least, you win the chance for your bookclub to have a night chatting about books and life with me. In person. In your town.
How does that work? You enter your book group in the contest by posting a comment below. The winning name/group will receive 12 signed copies of She’s Gone Country, a dinner in your town with me, and a chance to discuss the book and any of my other books over dinner and drinks. Yes, I will be flying to you. And then driving to you. Surfer Ty and Mac might join me as well as they seem to like adventures. I’ll bring your group fun reader goodie bags and we’ll have a great time. I will join your group for this special event between January and late April on a mutually agreeable date.
Sound good? Think this is something your friends or group would like? Nominate your group! Tell me a little bit about yourselves. books you’ve read this year, number of women in your club, why you think a visit from me would be the thing to do and you’re entered. Contest will run for one week and I’ll draw the winner/winning group next Thursday morning, October 28th and announce the name at the bottom of my comment section.
But wait! There’s more! I will also draw 2 runner ups whose groups will receive 12 signed books from me (could be any of my books, not just She’s Gone Country), 12 reader goodie bags, and a call in from me the night of your book club discussion. And everyone who enters a group will get a little Halloween thank you from me –2 new recipe cards from She’s Gone Country, a Gone Country pen, JP goodies, and chocolates. So nominate your group, tell me why you’d love me to come see you, and then let’s hope you win!!