I had the pleasure of spending some time on Saturday afternoon with the beautiful bestselling author Beth Hoffman. I met Beth when she came through northeast Ohio (her old stomping grounds) on the Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt tour a few years ago and was charmed by her warmth and spirit. On Saturday she was just as inspiring. Beth told the story of how very close to dying she came and how she knew that something had to change. Cee Cee was born. Like most who read it, I loved Cee Cee and Beth became a bestselling author. Her latest book, Looking for Me, was a much more personal one for her. She considers Cee Cee her heart, but Teddi’s story her legacy. I think part of her legacy may also be how genuinely appreciative she is of her readers, and how great her hugs are :) So if you ever get the chance to hear her speak, do it!!
(Once again I apologize about the quality of the photo. It seems I can only edit photos on this new computer some of the time. The other 90% of the time it ignores my requests. Have I mentioned lately how much I dislike pretty much everything about our new computer? I’ll come back and fix when it lets me.)
I was also able to meet Bonnie from Redlady’s Reading Room (we were the first ones there) and we were able to catch up after the signing. Considering that we live about 20 minutes apart we don’t see enough of each other. I didn’t get a picture of the three of us like I did at the last book signing, but you can hop over to Bonnie’s to see her picture with Beth.
I did get an extra copy of Looking for Me signed by Beth and will be giving it away at a later date.
Last Saturday my mom and I attended the Ohioana Book Festival in Columbus and we can thank Carol for the wonderful day since it was her post that intrigued me. We had a fun time going to a few of the panels, visiting the author tables, and meeting Carol and her husband and daughter. I didn’t even recognize her (she doesn’t post enough pics of herself on her blog) but I knew who Amber was right away. We only visited for a few minutes, but hopefully next year we can work in some more time. She was lovely.
Columbus at 200 with Raimund Goerler, David Meyers, Arnett Howard, Nellie Kampmann
- I grew up about 40 minutes east of Columbus and graduated from Ohio State so I was interested to see what kind of things they would share. Goerler wrote a book about the history of Ohio State that I’m pretty sure I’ll be unwrapping for my birthday in October.
- Kampmann talked about the haunted places around town and her experiences with ghosts. Although I have no intention of reading her book I was most fascinated by her stories.
Fiction:Mystery series with Les Roberts, Casey Daniels, Carrie Bebris
- This is my fourth time listening to Les Roberts speak and it never gets old.
- I was surprised to learn that Daniels has a mystery series set in Lakeview Cemetery, one of my favorite Cleveland places. I am very excited to start this series.
- Bebris writes a series of books that blend Austen novels “in which the married Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice become entangled in intrigue with other Austen characters.” I picked up the first one!
Novel Ideas:Creating Fiction with Karen Harper and Robin Yocum
- This one was fun because you had an author with 20 books and a brand new novelist sharing the way they approach writing. I also thought it was interesting to hear Karen talk about the difference in British marketing and why some of her books are bestsellers over there and not here. (Hint:they add Queen to the title over there)
I only came home with three books, but I am going to make it a goal to read all three plus a few other Ohio authors for the next month or so. I hope you’ll enjoy my Ohio author reading tour!
Regina Brett is a local columnist for the The Cleveland Plain Dealer and a breast cancer survivor. I’m not a regular Plain Dealer reader, but I have read some of her columns and really enjoyed them. One man asked at the signing last week why she felt the need to write about every aspect of her life and she explained that it’s just the way she writes and it resonates with a lot of people, saying, “I can’t be anybody but Regina Brett.” I like that. In her last book, God Never Speaks, she shares some life lessons and my friend Molly is doing a wonderful series of posts on them. If you check out Tuesday’s post you’ll see the most adorable picture of Sammy and Tedy.
I found Regina Brett full of energy with lots of enthusiasm for journalism and bookstores, both under fire and no one is sure what the future of either will be. On her most cynical days she sees her job as “the best seat on the Titanic.” Her new book, Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible, tells about everyday heroes that make a difference. I loved the few stories that she shared and look forward to reading more.
So, who was the big winner of the signed book? Gage chose Kathleen by picking her number out of his bowl. For some reason I can’t find the pic right now (grr). I’ll add it if I do. Also, we had a second book signed for Molly since she is the one who made me think I would like this new book, which is all about everyday miracles. So, Kathleen and Molly, Be the Miracle, is already on its way to you!!
Also, I don’t have this blog connected to my Facebook account for a few reasons and for a long while I thought I would keep Facebook for face to face friends only, but a few bloggers have snuck in there with requests. Jason and I love playing Words With Friends and if you do too, please friend me so we can play :) I look forward to some stiff competition!
I thought we all needed food for energy. Not just adults, but everyone. I mean when you have an infant it is a very big deal that they eat enough. So, why is it that toddlers can take or leave food for days at a time and still run around the house like a whirling dervish?
We have been too reluctant to add lots of things to his diet because we weren’t sure of his allergies, but now that we know we only have to avoid dairy and peanuts I really have to get busy and find some good recipes.
Some days the biggest part of his calorie intake consist of oatmeal, cereal bars, and baked potato fries. He went through a period of resisting soy yogurt but now he likes it again, but is off the chicken. Sigh. Getting him to eat has become the biggest frustration of my day.
Any tips from you experienced mothers out there?
Next Tuesday, local professor and acclaimed author, Thrity Umrigar (The Space Between Us, The Weight of Heaven) will be visiting our local Barnes & Noble to talk and sign copies of her latest book, The World We Found. Bonnie (Redlady’s Reading Room) and I plan on meeting there for the event.
To celebrate a new year (on Saturday Stacy’s Books will be starting year 5!) I’m going to have a copy signed for one lucky blog reader. I’ll have Gage draw a name on Tuesday before I go so that it can be personalized for the winner.
How to enter-
1 entry – leave a comment with your email address
1 entry – participate in my weekly quiz (Writers Lost in 2011) No need to tell me, I have your names.
1 entry – tweet about it (and let me know)
Deadline to enter- January 10th at noon. Good luck :)
I love autographed books. I try to go to author signings and am always happy to receive a signed book in the mail or as a gift. I’m not sure how many I have since I do loan them to my mother, but somewhere in the 30′s. Do authors have good penmanship? I’ll let you decide.
The first picture has 18 of my signed books and only 10 of them are answers. I just need the author’s name 1-10. Each correct answer is worth 10 points.
Here are the rules… 1. Open to everyone. Play once or every week, that’s okay. I’m happy to have you here today.
2. No cheating. No googling, other internet searches or looking at other commenter answers. Yes, we’re going by the honor system
3. Your first answers will be the only ones accepted.
Last week’s Jane Austen Quiz gave us two perfect scores. Well done Nise and Heather!! Current leaderboard here.
1. Harlan Coben 2. Susan Elizabeth Phillips 3. Anthony Doerr 4. Beth Hoffman
5. Mary Doria Russell 6. Diana Gabaldon 7. Mitch Albom 8. Les Roberts
9. Carla Neggers 10. Carl Hiaasen
Tonight I met Bonnie from Redlady’s Reading Room for the first time. We only live about 20 minutes from each other and we decided to get together and meet Beth Hoffman, author of Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt. Bonnie is a fellow Ohio State grad and we had a lot of fun chatting before we headed to the library for the book discussion and signing. I have exchanged a few emails with Beth and knew that she was sweet. However, I think she was even sweeter in person! She was full of charm and warmth and if you have the chance to meet her on her book tour, take the opportunity! (tour locales here) She was truly inspirational.
I should note that before her discussion she talked to Bonnie and when Bonnie introduced me, Beth said, “Oh, Stacy, Max’s Mom!” Well, let’s be honest, I was floored that she remembered to mention him. How cool is that?!
Okay, a couple of photos…
Beth getting ready to speak.
Bonnie, Beth, and me.
Tomorrow I’ll post my interview with Beth, so come back for that.
Okay, now for your chance to win a brand new copy of Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt. Leave a comment with your email address and you’ll be entered to win. You have a chance to earn extra entries by participating in my Tuesday quizzes. Open internationally and I’ll draw a winner on February 1st.