I’m finally getting my bearings after a whirlwind trip to upstate New York promoting my book Heaven Shining Through, and making presentations to the library here in Dover-Foxcroft, ME, and the five libraries in Seneca County, NY. And it was a whirlwind! Six presentations in nine days.
But it also was a trip worth taking. I was able to connect with a number of old friends I hadn’t seen in awhile and share the publishing process with a host of new friends. I was able to peddle a few books as well.
More important — and one of the reasons I planned the trip — was to get the book into circulation at the local libraries. Hopefully others in the communities will read the novella. I hope they see the what Samantha understood — there was Someone bigger than her, which ultimately led to her own restoration and a deeper relationship with her mother. It is the story of two strong women and one daughter’s self-realization and recognition of the presence of God in an ordinary and sometimes messy life.
I’m tentatively planning a trip to New Jersey, probably in late June. Northern New Jersey and the Jersey shore are the backdrop for the story. While it won’t be as formal, I do intend on presenting the book to the Borough of Totowa Public Library since I grew up in Totowa and the Paterson Free Public Library. If there is interest, I would also make myself available probably two nights in my hotel lobby in northern New Jersey and one night around the Jersey shore. Details are being worked out and I’ll keep you posted.
There are a couple of take-aways from the first “tour”. I discovered how much my penmanship has deteriorated over the years. I discovered I enjoy sharing my life and experiences. I discovered there is nothing more satisfying than knowing friendships never fade despite time and distance. I discovered how blessed I am.
Heaven Shining Through is available online at Xulon, Amazon and Barnes and Noble, or directly from me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The book is also available at Chloe’s Collections & Florist, Dover-Foxcroft, and The Mustard Seed Bookstore, Bath, ME.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: You will never love anyone more than your child, and no one will love you back more.