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National Indie Excellence Awards

I’m in happy shock! WHAT’S LEFT BEHIND is the Winner of the National Indie Excellence Award for Women’s Fiction, anda328f_f76ae4a077a242b09d8edcfd8b5af27d~mv2da328f_c92aa325ff7540d78a786eb0ca77640e~mv2d A MEASURE OF HAPPINESS is a Finalist. Excuse me while I pinch myself silly.

A Measure of Happiness in the Sunday Union Leader

I’m not sure what I was expecting when the husband insisted I get downstairs right away, but I wasn’t expecting this: a stellar review of A Measure of Happiness on the front of the NH Life section of the Sunday Union Leader. Thank you, Erin Dodier’s Granite State Reads and the New Hampshire Union Leader!

Hand to heart, at first I thought my husband wanted me to read about falconry, or that we knew the falconer. Then I said, “Oh!” Then I had to take a seat.

Link to Review: Erin Dodier’s Granite State Reads

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A Measure of Happiness Is A Finalist for Outstanding Work of Fiction

A MEASURE OF HAPPINESS is a Finalist for NH Writers’ Project’s Outstanding Work of Fiction! Who knew? I didn’t.

I went to their site to check for the date when they announce the winners. For some reason I hadn’t even considered that they’d first announce finalists.

More good new. The placement is for the judged portion of their contest. The Readers’ Choice voting is open till the end of the months, so there’s still time for YOU to vote for A MEASURE OF HAPPINESS! Please vote and spread the news!

NH Readers' Choice Awards Nominee

Can you believe I almost missed this? A Measure of Happiness is a fiction nominee for the 2016 Readers’ Choice Award, part of the NH Literary Awards! What’s Left Behind is also a nominee, but I don’t want them to take votes from each other. Oh! I feel like a bad parent!

You get one vote in the fiction category. If you enjoy my novels, please vote and SHARE the excitement with friends/family/random folks. Thank you SO MUCH for your support.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHLitAwdRC2016

 

A Measure of Happiness – More Launch Party

I’m nursing a cake-and-muffin hangover from yesterday’s The Toadstool Bookshop, Milford Launch Party for ‪#‎AMeasureofHappiness‬! The solution? Hair of the dog, baby.

Photos: Book cover cake; me with cake artist Carole of Carole’s Cake Creations, the cake, and Celeste’s Wild Blues. FYI, you’ll find the blueberry muffin recipe at the back of A Measure of Happiness, along with a recipe for Katherine’s Zesty Lemon Bars. Also of interest, yesterday’s batch of Celeste’s Wild Blues were baked by Shannon Duncanson at Bookside Cafe at Toadstool Bookshop.

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A Measure of Happiness - Launch Party

Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday to cheer me on at The Toadstool Bookshop, Milford Launch Party for A Measure of Happiness! The venue, the treats, the books. So many memorable moments! But THE PEOPLE made the event!

Photos: A line of beautiful readers; before the festivities with dear friend Liz Butler; back at home after festivities with best friends from college Cheryl Aldrich and Ilene MacDonald–and my mischievous husband, Bill; signing a pile of books.

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A Measure of Happiness – Bookmarks

When the bookmarks arrive for your upcoming release–A Measure of Happiness, 8/25/15–it’s perfectly normal to have a photo shoot with the newbies and their bookmark siblings. Right?

Top to Bottom: box full of A Measure of Happiness; A Measure of Happiness front and back; Equilibrium, A Measure of Happiness, What’s Left Behind.

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What’s Left Behind — Turkish

I’m delighted to announce that Turkish rights have sold for WHAT’S LEFT BEHIND (Kensington Books, 2014), for Turkish release in 2016.

Anyone speak/read Turkish? I can’t wait to see the new cover!

A Measure of Happiness - ARCs

Oh happy day, and happy dance. The ARCs (advance release copies) for A MEASURE OF HAPPINESS have arrived!

When the doorbell rang and the FedEx truck drove away, did I rush out the front door to retrieve them? Nope. I peeked out the window, made visual contact with the box from Kensington, and opened the door slowly. Then I brought the box inside and stared at it for a few minutes, delaying the inevitable joy.

Do you tear open gift wrapped presents? Pull up the Scotch tape tabs to keep the suspense going? How do you stretch out your happiest moments?

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Newburyport Literary Festival

I’m back from the Newburyport Literary Festival, happy-exhausted from presenting the Raw, Risky Business of Writing Fiction with two amazingly talented authors Holly Robinson and Kristin Bair O’Keeffe. I met so many authors, writers, and readers–thousands of book enthusiasts crowded the streets and mobbed the venues.

Here are the two best pics that the hubby took. One pic of the trio, and one of me reading from What’s Left Behind, and attempting to rock the reading glasses.

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