Hazel Mackin Community Library Book Club Invites Bobbie Jean to Discuss Writing

The public is invited to hear me talk about the process involved in writing my first
book, “No Longer Afraid”, on December 8, 2015, at 6:30 PM at the library located
in Roberts, WI.

It is heartwarming, to say the least, that my first novel is still being read five years
after its launch. And, of course, I love to talk about it and, especially, about the
development of my characters as they live and breath and solve life’s problems.

I will be dedicating this presentation to a dear friend, Anne Jilek, who passed
away recently. At her funeral, a nurse and colleague of hers came up to me and
said, “So sorry you lost your agent.” I understand that Anne was spreading the
word about my books to everyone she met. I will miss you, dear Anne.

Hazel Mackin Community Library invites Bobbie Jean

This is a special shout out to library director, Brenda Hackman. I feel very grateful to be invited to talk with readers at the Hazel Mackin Community Library in Roberts, Wisconsin, for the third time. The first time I was given a table in the fireplace room to sign my first book, NO LONGER AFRAID, at their grand opening. I was thrilled to be given the chance. The second time, two winters ago, my buddies and I drove there on the coldest evening of the year so that I could talk to the book club about my ventures. Their welcome warmed us right up! The weather should be much nicer when we head that way on Thursday, November 7. This time I will chat about ENOUGH WITH THE SECRETS. All of you are invited to join in the conversation. We will start at 6:30 pm.

Meet Local Authors at Fox Den Used Books

After nine long months that included surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, I’m back in the saddle again. I didn’t have a chance to get news about “Enough with the Secrets” out there earlier, so I’m starting this week. Lucky for me there is going to be a “meet and greet the local authors” at Fox Den Used Books, downtown River Falls, on Saturday, August 17, from ten until two. River Falls has a great number of local authors who have written about a wide variety of topics. Stop in and visit with us. You won’t be disappointed.

Enough with the Secrets is published

Enough with the Secrets is finished…finally. After many title changes and many more edits, it is ready for my readers to enjoy. The print copy is available at lulu.com, and the ebook is ready to go at Amazon.com. Enjoy!

Initially, I was driven to write this book because there was one character in No Longer Afraid who continued to push her way into my consciousness…Maggie’s estranged mother, Claire.

Claire’s character came as an unexpected surprise while I was writing book one. Originally, I had planned for her to live in her daughters’ memories, but she came alive and became a pivitol character in No Longer Afraid. I had no choice but to write more about her. I just couldn’t leave her stranded with no story of her own.

I know you will come to love her. You won’t be able to help it after you read her compelling story. It’s Kate’s turn to have her story told in book three, but I may have to keep Claire’s story going strong. After all, now that she’s the family matriarch once again, she won’t be keeping her opinions to herself for long.

Shelf Unbound

I love my Writer’s Digest magazine and read it from cover to cover. There is so much information for writers, published and otherwise, that it is a “must read”.
For example, this month an online magazine entitled “Shelf Unbound” was advertised. I checked it out and subscribed immediately. It keeps readers on top of the latest trends in writing for independent authors and small presses such as boutique publishers. I have entered their constest for self-published books and am sending book one in for a review.
I haven’t been this excited in a long time. It’s moving me forward with book two “Enough with the Secrets”. Yes, readers, I changed the name again; however, I’m sticking with this one unless a publisher tells me otherwise.
Check out Shelf Unbound; you won’t be disappointed.

No Longer Afraid mentioned in PEO Record

P.E.O. is a philanthropic educational organization which promotes educational opportunities for women and during the last decade, provided $100 million in educational funding for deserving women.
I am proud to say I belong to one such chapter (DW Wisconsin).
Recently, my first book, No Longer Afraid, was mentioned in the March/April P.E.O. Record. It warmed my heart and gave me the incentive to move forward with book two. Thank you.

I belong to the greatest book club in the world

This is probably hard to believe, but I have been a member of the same book club for almost 30 years. We started when some of our children were still in diapers, and now we’re enjoying spending time with our grandchildren. Where has the time gone?
The reason I mention the “Bookmarkers” is due to the fact that they are the most supportive, wonderful group of women I have ever known. They are proving their support once again by having an author’s event for me at the end of the month. They have all read my new novel, “Enough with the Secrets” and are ready to tell me what they think. Since it isn’t published yet, they’ve read the manuscript or the pdf.file. I can’t wait to hear what they have to say. Book club members all over Western Wisconsin have taken my first book to heart, and I want to make sure my next novel is something they’ll also enjoy. I’ll make sure to let you know the verdict on book two.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my friends will enjoy reading more about Claire Holmes. She was hardly a beloved character in “No Longer Afraid”, but everyone will be madly in love with her after they finish reading her side of the story in book two of the “Home to Lake Louise” saga. I promise!


I recently learned about a website that allows an author to upload chapters or completed books so that people can read them for free. Some might think that it doesn’t sound like a smart thing to do, but after a book has been out for awhile, it’s another way to find readers. In addition, readers are linked to authors’ websites and book reviewers take a look at their work and let them know what they should consider changing to maximize publishing potential.
No Longer Afraid will make an appearance shortly, and I hope that I get some good reviews. If I do, I’ll post them on my website. Book two will not be uploaded unless I find that it’s a way to get reviews before I publish it. Take a look at FanFiction.Net and see it there is something there you would like to read.

I Love Teaching Community Education Writing Classes

Tonight I will drive to Baldwin, Wisconsin, to teach a class on the art and science of writing a novel. This is the third semester the class has been offered, and I look forward to it each and every time.
This time is different, however, because I have finished my second book, and I’m a little more savvy about the world of publishing. I have more information to offer my students concerning the use of the internet for marketing purposes, the recent major changes in self-publishing, and everything else I have learned about the writing process itself. I just hope I can inspire my students to move forward with their writing projects. They won’t reap the rewards unless they get up the nerve to try.

Readings from Book Two at Urban Olive and Vine

If you publish independently, your work is cut out for you. You are going to be just plain invisible unless you understand that it’s all about networking.

This past July, an independent bookstore opened in Hudson, Wisconsin, so I put my marketing hat on and headed that way. I met Brian Roegge, gave him a copy of No Longer Afraid, and asked if he’d sell it in his store. He told me that he or his wife would have to read it first since I published it myself.

A couple of weeks later, I got an email from his wife, Sue. She thanked me for dropping off my book, she thought it was a wonderful story, and she offered to sell it in her store.
Needless to say, I was thrilled.

A couple of months later, Sue called to say that Urban Olive and Vine, a lovely restaurant owned by Kay Timm in historic downtown Hudson would be offering afternoon teas on Sundays in cooperation with Sue’s Chapter2Books. Sue would come up with the authors or presentations of interest to women. Kay would offer high tea (tea with sandwiches and dessert) or a la carte menu items to the women coming in for the presentations. A partnership was born.

Sue asked me if I would like to set a date to speak at one of the Sunday afternoon teas, and I didn’t turn her down. The date was set for December 4, 2011 from 2 to 4 in the afternoon. After I got off the phone, I began to worry. Why? Because I wondered if anyone would show up to hear about a book that’s been around for a year and a half, a book that all the book clubs have already read and so forth. I didn’t want Sue to order books she couldn’t sell, and I also didn’t want Kay to lose any money on the deal either.

It was then that I decided this would be the perfect time to start marketing Book Two. I just finished the second book in my series Home to Lake Louise with the working title of Enough with the Secrets. I’m going to spend some time looking for a publisher so it won’t be available for awhile, but I sure would enjoy talking about this project and reading some excerpts to anyone who is interested in finding out why Maggie’s mother, Claire, abandoned her daughters forty years earlier.

Home to Lake Louise

No Longer Afraid
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