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Kimberla Lawson Roby and me

Back in 2008, my book club won a contest to have dinner with Kimberla Lawson Roby.  I volunteered to pick her up from the airport and drive her to the restaurant.  I had just started seriously thinking about writing a novel and I jumped at the chance to have some one on one time with a New York Times Bestseller.  We chatted during the drive from the airport and she asked me what I did for a living.  I told her and added that I really wanted to do what she was doing.   She didn’t laugh.  She didn’t roll her eyes.  She was encouraging and offered to read my first chapter.  When she signed my book she wrote, “Thank you for everything.  Please finish your novel.”  Words that have motivated me to this day.  Needless to say, I’ve been a bit of a groupie ever since.

Our book club went to see her in Augusta, GA the next year.

Tomorrow Kimberla will be in my town for a signing at Books-a-Million.  Her new book, “Secret Obsession” came out this week.  I will be there.  Stay tuned for an updated picture.

Journey Beyond Book Club

What I’m reading now:  “My Soul to Take” – Tananarive Due

What I’m listening to: “All Woman” – Lisa Stansfield


>We WON!!

>What’s Playing on the iPod right now: “Father Figure” – George Michael

I know I’ve been gone for a minute but I have been busy. I have been working on my novel almost on a daily basis which is huge for me. Other then work and family, that’s pretty much been my life since the last time I blogged. But something out of the ordinary did take place.

I think I mentioned that I am a member of a book club, Journee, that meets once a month. I am the recorder for the group. Well, in February, the hostess that month chose the book “Sin No More” by Kimberla Lawson Roby. At the same time, I received an email blast about a contest sponsored by the author. Book clubs could enter the random drawing by purchasing the book and sending in the receipt. We did and I got an email last week saying that we WON!!! Kimberla will fly into Columbia, SC and take our entire book club to dinner. We are waiting for her to let us know an exact date.

We get to dine with an author, we get to dine with an author………(doing a happy dance!)

On another note, I do plan to update the Word-o-Meter this weekend. I have finished making edits to the first part of the book. I changed the focus of my main character so I had to go back and make sure that everything flowed. I do edits in long hand so I have to type the corrections.
Updates coming soon.


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