Yes, it’s true. THE MEMORY BOX turns 1 today! So in celebration of this momentous occasion I will eat an unlimited (and undisclosed) amount of cupcakes, sip unlimited (and undisclosed) bubbly and stay in my p.j.s all day! (Does that combination sound worrisome? Okay, I’ll get dressed.)
Please join me in this virtual celebration. And to make it even sweeter, THE MEMORY BOX Kindle will be available for the never-seen-before crazy ridiculous price of .99 cents!!! (maybe it was .99 cents once before, but it was so unbelievable no one believed it!).
Whoa, I’m a little lightheaded from all this excitement — not just from today, but this entire year. THE MEMORY BOX hit the #1 bestseller spot on Amazon three times this year, and is sooo close once again (last time I looked today). Feel free to help it get even closer by snatching up a copy for yourself, or a loved one, or a friend, or a stranger! Strangers love to read!
Some people will waste a lifetime waiting for the Gatekeepers. I was almost one of them. By nature, I’m a rule follower. Even un-written rules. If there’s a way something is “supposed to be done,” that’s how I’ll do it. When I finished writing my first novel, I queried agents. This was the way it was “supposed to be done.” And, since I had aspirations of being traditionally published, I didn’t give it a second thought.
That second thought didn’t muscle its way in for years. That’s because I typically espouse a “never give up” philosophy. I also clung to “If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will,” through 81 rejections. But my believing in myself wasn’t exactly convincing the Gatekeepers. The options were clear: move on, or self-publish. I had no interest in self-publishing. I had no interest in giving up either, but I’d be lying if I said after those rejections I still believed in myself. read more
Summer is off to a great start! I was interviewed by Hip New Jersey (available on hipnewjersey.com in a few weeks) on the beach in Ocean Grove, NJ this weekend. Then the camera followed me on my Beach Ambush promotion as I surprised readers with THE MEMORY BOX book booty: signed books, beach totes, t-shirts and more! Have you ever seen Sno Balls on the beach?!
Check out this group of women I found in Ocean Grove — they told me they love reading page-turners on the beach and now they all have a copy of THE MEMORY BOX! Bam! Just like that. It was so much fun; I felt like Oprah! They were from Yardley, PA, enjoying a girls weekend. One of them already had THE MEMORY BOX on her book club’s to-read list and was excited to tell them she met the author on the beach. Wow, how did that happen?!? Thrilling for both of us.
A huge shout out to readers who have called THE MEMORY BOX “A must-have beach read,” “The perfect summer book,” “A beach read that caused some serious sunburn.” “If you only have room for one book in your beach bag, make it THE MEMORY BOX,” and “Best book of the summer.”
Will you be on the beach this summer? In New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island, Martha’s Vineyard or Maine? Look out for THE MEMORY BOX Beach Ambush — it might be coming to your beach! If it does, be sure to say “Hi!” Or “Hello there!” or “Aren’t you that author person?” or “Hey, you’re blocking my sun!” Well, not that. But a “Hi!” would be nice.
I was so honored to meet the inspiring Connie Dwyer at the Connie Dwyer Breast Center Annual Spring Luncheon where I was invited to speak about the writing and publishing of The Memory Box and the topics of the day: Perseverance, Gratitude and Women Empowering Women.
The Connie Dwyer Breast Center is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility providing expert diagnosis and treatment of breast disease and the finest breast cancer prevention, early detection, and educational outreach programs to women in Newark and the surrounding areas regardless of their ability to pay. Just last year, over 20,000 women sought out the services of the center. Thanks to the vision and generosity of Connie Dwyer, all of this is possible.