Small victories and Annie Bloom’s

Annie Bloom's bookstore.Do you shop at your local bookstore? If you want to support local businesses, it’s the way to go. I’m pleased to say that my novel is now in Annie Bloom’s, a beautiful, independent bookstore in Portland’s Multnomah Village.

It’s a wonderful place to shop for books and cards and everything in between–now add to that signed copies of The God of Sno Cone Blue. (Psst–Don’t tell anyone, but the price is lower than what you’ll pay online.)

It’s a small victory for self-published authors like myself to get their books on bookstore shelves. The publishing world has been turned on its ear by the digital age of online shopping, not to mention self and indie publishing–all of which makes it more challenging for ‘brick and mortar’ bookstores to thrive. So, if you haven’t been to Annie Bloom’s or your local bookstore in a while, pay them a visit. You’ll find something you love and gain the satisfaction of supporting commerce in your own neighborhood.

Small victories keep us going

Writing, like many endeavors, always takes longer than you anticipate. You know that dinner recipe that promised a preparation time of 20 minutes, then really took 40–or 60? That’s what writing feels like. I’m in love with the story of my second novel, and the chapters are falling into place–If only I could get them to fall faster! Alas, one of these days I will finish that final scene.

The God of Sno Cone Blue.In the meantime, small victories with Sno Cone Blue keep me inspired. More than a hundred reviews on Amazon so far give it an overall rating of 5 stars. And the novel continues to be a favorite with book clubs. Hard to believe, but I’ve had the pleasure of making more than 50 author visits to book clubs to date, and I continue scheduling them. Somehow we always manage to have a blast. Wine, women and great conversation–what’s not to like? If you’re interested in scheduling an author visit (or Skype for long distance), drop me a line on my Contact page. I’d love to hear from you!

Back to bookstores for a moment and one more small victory. For my readers who are local, I’m the featured author at Jan’s Paperbacks in the Aloha/Beaverton area this month. On Saturday, February 27th, I’ll be signing copies and chatting with readers from 11am to 2pm. I’d love it if you could stop by. Come get a signed copy for less than the online price. Bring a friend–or a whole book club!

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Help me find the girl on my cover!

The God of Sno Cone Blue with BRAG Medallion.

In all likelihood, she’s years older and has no idea she’s there. How cool would it be to find her on social media? Please share this–or if you recognize her, let her know I’d like to connect. I’d love to send copies of the novel to her, and if she’s willing, post an interview. Wouldn’t you like to know if you were on a book cover?

She modeled for the photograph and I bought the rights to use it, but it’s doubtful she knows it ended up representing the main character on a book cover–with one of her eyes changed to blue!

 

Who is she?

It’s been a year since the novel was published and many people have asked that question, so I thought it’d be fun to try to find her based on the photo, (especially since I don’t know her name!) She’s on the cover of the novel, The God of Sno Cone Blue should be on her bookshelf.

Besides sending her complimentary signed copies of the book, I’d love to request an interview (keeping her privacy and safety in mind). Who is the real person behind the representation of my main character, Grace? Is she a reader? Where is she now? How much older is she? Did she have any idea she was on a book cover?

An update on the novel

The God of Sno Cone Blue continues to be well received: 64 reviews so far on Amazon for a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars–yay! And I’m still making author visits to book clubs, 30 so far and counting. (Leave a message on my Contact Page if you’d like to schedule a book club visit or Skype session.) However, because I’m self published and the sole marketer, a limited number of people know about the book. And, while it’s available on Amazon worldwide, the majority of its readers are in the Pacific Northwest. So, sharing this post not only helps find the girl on the cover, it will also help Sno Cone Blue find a broader audience.

Speaking of signed copies

Based on requests from readers (particularly for Mother’s Day), I’m also offering signed copies of the novel (along with a matching bookmark). If you’d like one (or more) please share this post and send a check to the address below, made out to yours truly in the amount of $12 per copy (US only). Provided you live in the United States, I will cover the cost to mail the book (signed to whomever you’d like) to your address. If you are outside of the United States, drop me a note on my Contact Page first and I’ll check the additional mailing cost and get back to you.

Marcia Coffey Turnquist

PO Box 205

North Plains, Oregon 97133

Thank you

With any luck this post will go viral and we’ll find “Grace.” In the meantime, thank you so much for supporting this effort! It will be interesting to see if we’re successful and how long it might take.