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     I’m in the process of contacting book stores and wineries to lineup sales and signings of A Sudden Gift of Fate. If you go to the Spring (W)rites Literary Festival in Ithaca this weekend, be sure to look for my ad in the official program. Look for the Events calendar to be updated soon!

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     Are you an author with a blog who would like to do a reciprocal virtual book tour? I will feature you on my VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR  page for a week or two with the agreement that you feature information about A Sudden Gift of Fate on yours for the same period of time. Each time a new author is on the page, I’ll also blog about it on the home page of this blog.
     This is FREE and done in the interest of helping other writers and myself get the word out about our work.
     Please visit my new page, VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR, for more information.

     Last night I discussed A Sudden Gift of Fate with a delightful crowd at the George F. Johnson Memorial Library in Endicott. The Friends of the GFJ Library sponsor these books reviews on Tuesdays twice a year, for the months of April and October.
     Afterward, I had the opportunity to speak with a woman who was a member of a book club that read the novel as their second selection. It was great to get her feedback on what they thought of the book (most had not read the prequel, The Cyber Miracles) especially in terms of the characters and their actions. (Can’t divulge too much here, lest I spoil the plot for others.)
     I appreciated getting her frank feedback, and welcome it from other readers of the book. If you’d like to share yours, or if you have any questions about the plot and characters, please send me an e-mail here.

The Atlantic Monthly has a video that will give you a nice sense of Doolin, County Clare, Ireland, where my novel opens. Have a peek here.

     As part of the Friends of the George F. Johnson Memorial Library Book Review Series, I’ll be discussing A Sudden Gift of Fate on Tuesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the basement meeting room. Come at 7 p.m. for free refreshments. I’ll have copies of the novel for sale ($20 + $1.60 sales tax) and signing.
     The talk occurs during National Library Month. Fitting. I owe so much to this library. I took my first book out there (Horton Hears A Who) and learned a lot about writing and editing through other books I checked out.
     Hope you can join us!

Novel related:
Well, I was disappointed to learn that my novel did not make it into the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough novel Award. Still, I’m very proud it made it into the octofinals. I plan to start up a spring/summer promotion campaign soon. Will let you know the details. 

Lunch at an organic gourmet cafe on Seneca Lake. Wine from winery down the road.

 

FLX-related 

Did you know there are two new trails in the Finger Lakes Wine Region? They don’t involve wineries, that is, directly.
     One is the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail that consists of eight cheese producers. The selection is wonderful, from traditional cheddars to goat cheese to herb-infused. The other is the Seneca Lake Cuisine Trail where organic meals inspired by the local wines are often on the menu.
     These trails, in fact, are actually not that far off from the story line in my novel. I’ve sampled from both, and must give thumbs up for regional, organic foods.

My novel takes place in the heart of Finger Lakes wine country in upstate New York. Today, Finger Lakes Wine Country released a FREE iPhone app that can be your official guide to this beautiful region. The app includes suggestions on how to explore the Finger Lakes with links to Wineries, Accommodations, Dining and Things to Do. It includes maps of the wineries, reviews and related Twitter updates.
     The app is available NOW at Apple’s app store. Applications tailored to BlackBerry and other mobile devices will be released soon, according to the press release.
     If you’ve enjoyed my novel, there’s no better way to celebrate completing it than spending a lazy day exploring the Finger Lakes and trying to find locations in the story.
Be sure to quench your thirst with a glass of fine FLX wine. By the way, May is Riesling Month. Search the app for more info…
   Hmm, perhaps you can even  find Loughmare Winery on this app… ;^)

A SUDDEN GIFT OF FATE has just made it through the first round — the story pitch — in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award. WOW! The novel joins 1,999 other works selected from a pool of 10,000 entries.
     In the second round of judging, Amazon editors and Amazon Vine Reviewers will be reading an excerpt of the novel (roughly the first 5,000 words). They’ll narrow the field down to 500 quarterfinalists to be announced around March 23.
     This moment is HUGE. Last year when I entered THE TERMINAL DINER in the contest, it failed at the pitch stage. That was so frustrating because no one read a word of my work. Not this year, buíochas le Dia!
     So say a few prayers, light a candle or raise a glass of Finger Lakes wine and send good thoughts toward my novel.

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Bill Jaker will interview me on his WSKG FM radio program, “Off The Page.”  Bill interviewed me last year after I released “The Cyber Miracles.” We had a fun time. I look forward to returning to his show.
“Off The Page” airs at 1 p.m. and repeats at 7 p.m. that day. You can catch the live stream of the show here. Learn more about our planned interview here. The show will be archived on WSKG’s site 24 hours after broadcast.
The program call-in number is 888/359-9754 and they also take questions by e-mail to OffThePage@WSKG.org.

I found out today that another book club in Binghamton has selected A Sudden Gift of Fate to read.

I’m thrilled to hear this, and if any members of the group care to send me feedback on the group’s reaction to the novel, I’d love to hear from you.

You can send an e-mail here.

If you know of any other book clubs carrying the novel, or if you want to know how you can get your local bookstore to carry the novel, please send me an e-mail.

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$20
Available NOW at my e-store (Amazon.com),
Amazon.com;
Barnes & Noble;
Powell's Books
What readers are saying:
"This endearing foursome, that so many readers of the first book fell in love with, face new challenges with Irish wit and a generally upbeat outlook on life. They're a group of friends that anyone would want to hang out with."
"After finishing it, I kept thinking of the characters and wondered how they were doing. I had to remind myself they weren't real and had to let them go..."
"I couldn't put it down."
"Pure dead brilliant!"

The Prequel

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Cost: $20

The story

Irish couple Fergal and Brídgeen Griffin get an intriguing wedding gift: the chance to manage a Finger Lakes winery. When they move to Keuka Lake from Queens, see the rundown winery and meet its surly winemaker, they realize it will be quite a challenge getting from grapevine to bottle.
Meanwhile their friends Maeve and Andy face a challenge of their own, separation as he pursues experimental therapy for his paraplegia.
As the two couples face the challenges ahead, will they be able to keep hope alive?

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A Sudden Gift of Fate: Sequel to the novel The Cyber Miracles

Podcast Interviews

* Listen to my interview with Bill Jaker on his WSKG radio show, "Off the Page" here.
* Listen to my 10/21/2009 interview with Morgen McLaughlin on her BlogTalk Radio show, "Finger Lakes Wine Talk" here.

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