Well, the book signing was a success... at least I think it was. Frankly, I was so nervous that it was hard to judge it because my knees were knocking so bad. Many thanks to my family for showing their support and to my daughter who was alright with my leaving her birthday party to sign books at Borders. The borders staff was wonderful and tried very hard to put me at ease. I really appreciated all that they did... And thank you to all who stopped by to talk with me. It makes the nerves worth it. In case you are wondering who the man is in the picture with me... it's my dad! Much love to the guy who taught me that there are truly men out there who can be called a hero. They don't make them quite like my dad.

New Signing Date!

Thanks to the St. Patrick's Day storm my first book signing for Obsidian was cancelled... this was especially hard for me, not because it was my first, but because it means so much to me to sign for the local people who have supported over the years in my dreams of being published. I owe them all so much.

But thanks to those persistent folks at Borders they have asked me to come in and do a signing for them this Friday night from 4-6 pm on March 23rd. This is a big night for the Borders in Brunswick as they are having a reception for local educators and some Harry Potter events... something for many! So, the weather forcast for Friday is looking good... hope to see some of you there.

Bowdoin College's Hidden Gem...

One of the great things about living in a town the size of Brunswick is that there are wonderful little spots that go missed on a day-to-day basis, but every once in awhile you happen across them and they blow you away and how wonderful they are... the Peary-MacMillan Museum on the Bowdoin College Campus is just such a gem. I went on a field trip today with my son's class to visit the museum and... despite the absolutely frigid temperatures (Very Arctic like) it was a great day. The museum is housed in Hubbard Hall, one of the beautifully maintained buildings set around the college green. We were greeted by a friendly staff who immediately put the kids (and chaparones) at ease. They didn't even mind that the kids excitement was barely contained at times. We split up into group and followed Robert E. Peary and Donald B. MacMillan's voyage aboard the Bowdoin and then eventually, aided by the Inuit, to the North Pole. MacMillan didn't make it all the way there, only Peary and his group. But what they discovered along the way was more than a trek to the frigid North, but a group of people who had adapted to their environment and were gracious in their help. They helped the group adapt as well and this appears to have made the trip successful. I know... I keep going on and on... but it was such a good experience that I can only hope that others will take the time to check it out. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10-5, Sundays 2-5 and closed Mondays and Holidays. For more information call:207-725-3416 or check out their website for more info. I've provided the link above. There is also a wonderful online tour and podcasts available through their website.

4 Hearts!!!!!

I just came across a review for OBSIDIAN at Lovesromanceandmore.com and I was thrilled. I got 4 hearts and great words of praise. She really got to the essence of why I wrote the book and it thrilled me to know that it was so well received. Check out the review and their site at

http://www.loveromancesandmore.com/reviews/Feb07/obsidian_valerie.htm


I'm working on promotion for my booksigning on St. Patrick's Day. I stopped by the library to track down a book I read a couple of years ago called Shameless Marketing for Brazen Hussies by Marilyn Ross. I came across it originally when I was looking for the Guerrilla Marketing Books. Shamless Marketing is all about two things... Empowerment... as in tackling things that may seem out of your grasp and making them work and... 2. Making it easy... great ideas that aren't overwhelming. The book is set up well and it really is geared for anyone out there who has a product that they are trying to market. It gives great tips, suggestions and examples to get your product in the hands of those who will truly enjoy it and appreciate it. For those writers out there who hate promotion... pick it up... it's worth it.

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