Rankings, Reviews and Rewards, oh my

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What a week it’s been for THE MEMORY BOX. To my astonishment and squealing delight, it achieved the ranking of #1 on Amazon Kindle for American Literature! That lasted a few days which provided enough time for me to bask in the sunshine of this incredible honor. Also, at different times this week, it ranked #1 in Psychological Thrillers and Contemporary Women’s Fiction. This, of course, means that THE MEMORY BOX found lots of new readers this week and many have already left their thoughts on Amazon. If you are one of those people, thank you so very much for taking the time to do so. All of them are very important to me. A few from the last couple of days:

“Holy Moly.”

“This book made me paranoid to ever Google myself again.”

“My heart was pounding through the entire book.”

“An ending that will shock you.”

And my personal favorite:

“This book makes you wonder if the author is as crazy as the character in the story.” 

I think I will tackle that in a future blog post!

What more could an author ask for? I was pretty much hyperventilating the entire week. But it was yesterday’s browsing on Amazon which yielded one of the best thrills of the last seven days. On Amazon, there seems to be a ranking for just about everything, so maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that there’s a list titled: Most Popular Authors in Literary Fiction. It was, however, not only surprising that I should find myself on that list, but extraordinary that I ranked #15 right under Harper Lee and Gillian Flynn! Thank goodness I had the presence of mind to screen shot it!

Hopefully this hangover will last a while. I know how fortunate it is to have had a week like this. It’s a wonderful affirmation of the rewards that a combination of hard work, diligence, and determination, bring. (And maybe, just a little bit of crazy . . . )

 

Kindle Book Deal!! Limited Time Offer!

 

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Did you know that today is Think of Someone Special Day? Well, it isn’t really, but shouldn’t it be? I say yes! And while you’re thinking of that special someone, why not go the extra thoughtful mile and get them a Kindle ebook? Just in case you’re looking for a recommendation, look no further. THE MEMORY BOX is on a Kindle Countdown Deal today and it’s only $.99!

What?!?! Can that be true? That’s crazy! $.99 for all those twists and turns? Thrills and chills? Yes. It’s true. Here’s the deal:

3/7 – 3/10 — $.99

3/11 – 3/12 — $1.99

3/13 — $2.99

It’s like a game show, practically! Do you see how that works, the longer you wait, the more it costs. Snooze and you lose, my friend. Delay, and you pay!

So click here and grab a copy for yourself, or someone you like. Nothing says “I like you” or “I was thinking of you today” or “You really should be reading more books” or “Aren’t I fabulous for getting you a gift even though it’s not your birthday” or “See how cool I am that I knew about this great thriller” or “You, too, can be in the fabulous-new-books inner circle of savvy readers” or “Be the hip person in your book club and recommend this one as your next pick” or “I’ve got plans tonight but I really didn’t want to leave you without something to do,” more than the gift of a thrilling ebook.

Do you see what I mean? Buying this book this week at these never-before-seen prices has an infinite ripple effect.

Did I mention you can get this smokin’ deal in the UK, too? Well, you can. Here are the links, you thoughtful cutie-pie, you!

THE MEMORY BOX on Amazon.com 

THE MEMORY BOX on Amazon.co.uk

The Memory Box is the 2014 #1 Bestselling Book at Indie Bookstore in New Jersey

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I just received news from The Town Book Store in Westfield, NJ, that their 2014 #1 Bestselling book (adult fiction and non-fiction) was The Memory Box! Can you believe it? What an honor. Their top ten list is super impressive and includes some of my favorite books, like Gone Girl, Where’d You Go Bernadette, The Goldfinch, The Light Between Oceans and more; but mine took the #1 spot!

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To all the amazing book lovers in Westfield, NJ and the surrounding towns, thank you from the bottom of my heart. The town’s support, and the people in it, has been awe inspiring. Westfield is where it all started and the readers of this community have helped to put The Memory Box on the map! Their enthusiasm in spreading the word is wonderful and it’s working! I’ve met many of them through the book clubs I’ve attended, which to date is over 40, with another 15 planned for the next few months. My book club tour has spread nationally (through Skype) and internationally. Keep ‘em coming — and send me photos please! If any of you know the owner of an independent bookstore, please share this news. I love the indies! May 2015 be a year filled with inspiration, happiness and good reads for all (maybe even a new one from me…) xoxo

The Night I Slept With Kurt Vonnegut

Did I ever tell you this story? No? Here it is in the Huffington Post:

The Night I Slept With Kurt Vonnegut

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It was a nasty night in New Orleans. Torrents of rain–at once pounding and windswept. Filling and rising. We were sheltered, on the floor. The carpet was damp. My clothes were matted beneath me.

That night was unforgettable. But, the best part of the story happened ten years later in New York City, 2005.

It was the first day of the fall semester at The New School. I registered for a writing class as a continuing ed student. It had been over twenty years since I was in school, back then a psych major. I had recently started writing a novel (it chose me, I did not choose it) and it was time to decide what to do with this living, breathing thing that had taken over my life.

I took a seat somewhere in the middle of the tiny classroom and noticed, as the others trickled in, many of them looked like freshman. It would be hard to blend–best not do anything to bring attention to myself. continue reading