Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Book-ish Day in Alvin, My First Two French Books, and A Give-Away!

A Book-ish Day in Alvin

It's a happy day for me when I have not one, but two book events to attend.

In the morning, I popped into a book signing for local author, Sharon Beck. The day was so beautiful that I walked the mile or so to Laid Back Books on Mustang Road here in town. Sharon's daughter, Marla, was on hand, as were many of her other family members and friends. Sharon's book, her first, is Lemons to Lemonade and it is the poignant story of the life of Sharon's son, Randy Beck, born with a serious heart condition, who defied the odds and lived a life that, in Sharon's words, "absolutely made lemonade from the lemons he was given."

I was delighted to see lemon-ish refreshments at the signing.

I bought a copy of her book and had her sign it. Can't wait to read it!

In the evening, I was privileged to introduce Ron Rozelle at Meet the Author Night at the Alvin Library. Ron is the author of one of my all-time favorite books, Into This Good Night, a memoir about his father, a school superintendent who had Altzheimer's. He spoke to a full house at the library about his experiences with writing and read a chapter from his book. His later books include Windows of Heaven, a novel about the 1900 Galveston Storm, and Sundays with Ron Rozelle, a collection of his newspaper columns. I acquired Sundays with Ron Rozelle at the event and plan to spend some time today, Sunday, with Ron Rozelle.

My First Two Books for My Trip to France (and One More...Not About France)

A Giveaway!

I jumped into the Book Blogger Hop on Friday. Mercy, I never dreamed I'd move from 75 followers on Friday to 99 today! Zowie, that makes me happy.

So what shall I do to celebrate?

I thought about a giveaway. How about two ten dollar Amazon gift certificates? I'll give these away to two followers.

How can you try to win? (1) Be a follower. (2) Leave a post here, telling me you are a follower. (3) For an extra chance, tweet about this giveaway.

I'll run this through Easter Sunday.


  1. I'm a follower! Have been a follower! I found the info about the blog hop from your blog and now I have 15 followers. Prior to that I was only being followed by my sister! HA! :) Adding Major Pettigrew to my list and the books from the book events you spoke of.

  2. I'm a follower! Have been a follower! I found the info about the blog hop from your blog and now I have 15 followers. Prior to that I was only being followed by my sister! HA! :) Adding Major Pettigrew to my list and the books from the book events you spoke of.

  3. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. You've been in my google reader for some time now...but I also did the "follower" thing (although I don't really understand how that is different from Google Reader!).

    Major Pettigrew looks interesting!

  4. What fun to have two book events to go to!

    I've been following your blog for a bit and would love to win an Amazon gift card :-)

  5. I'm a follower. I'd love to win an Amazon gift card.

    forwhlz at gmail dot com

  6. I'm a follower! That's great news about the blog hop. I'll have to consider that in the future! I do love getting new followers.

  7. It looks like you had a lot of fun! I haven't read any of those books about France, but recently read My Life in France by Julia Child and loved it.

    For the giveaway - I follow your blog. :)

  8. Congrats on all of your followers! Those lemony snacks look delicious haha.

    I'd like to be entered, and I am a follower. I also tweeted about it here.

  9. I popped over from Karen's Scobberlotch blog to say hello and enter your contest. :-)

  10. tweeted-alterlisa How about two ten dollar Amazon gift certificates?

    I'm a follower--Lisa Richards

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    (='.'=) Happy Easter from Bun!

  11. What a wonderful offer! I love all things French and we'll have loads to discuss. I'm a follower and just discovered your wonderful blog from the post on mine. I've also tweeted the giveaway here:

    Thanks in advance!


  12. I'm a follower- I'd love to be entered!
    The events look like fun, especially the one with all the lemony stuff. i hope you enjoy your french books and major pettigrew- I loved, loved, loved Major Pettigrew!

  13. I'm now a follower on Google Connect (although I already had you in my Google Reader for at least a year!) I also loved, loved loved Major Pettigrew! :--)

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  14. What fun! I haven't been to a bookish event in a long while!

    I'm glad you stopped by my blog--this is my first visit to yours and it's great! I'm now a new follower! :)


  15. I am new to your wonderful blog, and a new follower.

    I am now craving lemonade. :)

    Terrific post and giveaway!

  16. A follower now :)
    How nice of you to stop by my blog and say hello

    Wow, you're going to France, or just reading about it?

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  17. Great choice of French books. I've read both of those (quite a few years ago). I used to compulsively read all those quaint I moved to France books. Because I wanted to move to France so much. I remember both of these books fondly, but only remember liking them not really what they were about. I'm glad you found them. I meant to suggest them. I wasn't sure if Almost French would be available in the US. It was a huge book here, but then Sarah Turnbull is Australian. I want to read Paris to the Moon. And what no kids books this week? Surely that can't be right?

  18. I should have included a review of Rosie's Walk, Louise. I posted a video of it on my library blog so children could watch it and then take a BookAdventure test on it. I probably read it...oh, eighty or ninety times!

  19. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have just joined your lovely blog as a follower.
    It looks like you had a great day meeting two authors in one day. I am so envious.
    Love the picture with the lemonade.


  20. hi, i became a follower too. thanks for the giveaway. are you really going to France or is it a virtual trip? :) either way i am so jealous!!! have a nice day.

  21. Hi,
    I'm a new follower. Please enter me to win.


  22. I'm sure the introduction was as good as the talk! Thanks for doing it.

  23. Don't you just love the Hop? I'm a follower.

  24. Wow, two book events in one day? You are one lucky book lover!

  25. I clicked the "follow" button so I'm all official now. Thanks for the giveaway opp!

    bookishchatter AT gmail DOT com

  26. I'm a follower! It's so exciting to meet local authors!

  27. I've been following you since you first started blogging (I think!), but today I became an official follower. :)

    I read On Rue Tatin a couple of years ago and thought it was very good. I've always wanted to try some of the recipes she included, but haven't gotten around to it. Yet.

    A good friend wrote and told me about Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and said I simply had to buy this book. She included a few quotes from the book in her email and I was instantly convinced. Now to find the time to read it!

    I'm so envious of your trip to France. I can't wait to hear all about it!

  28. I found you on the blog hop and I'm glad I did. I like your genuine "voice":) Congrats on all of your followers! And please, by all means, enter me in your contest! I will tweet about it at

  29. Hi, thanks for taking the time to read and leave comments on my blog :)

  30. +JMJ+

    Hi! I found you last week (also on the Book Blogger Hop) and became an official Follower this week. =)

    I think the "lemon-ish refreshments" are great. I've recently been thinking about using food to increase appreciation of books, and this is another great idea that inspires me. =)

  31. Hee, I've been following your blog for a while ;) But via my feed reader, no google follower -- just one medium for following is as much as I can handle ;)

  32. I've been reading your blog for some time, but now it's official - I'm a follower :-)

  33. I am a follower! Thanks for following my blog. :))

  34. I am your newest follower! Happy you found my cookbook blog. And congrats on the trip to France! Tres Chic! polsen11atcomcastdotnet

  35. Congrats on all your new followers! Isn't the blog hop great?

    I am already a follower (thanks for visiting my blog).

    A super giveaway! Hope I win!

    Have a great weekend!

  36. Those goodies look delicious!

    I have been a follower.

  37. Nice book events! So you are preparing for a trip to France. Wonderful! I am a new follower. thanks for telling me of the giveaway.

  38. I got here through the Blogger Hop and am a new follower. I would love to be entered for the giveaway.

    I am going to France this summer too and can't wait to read all your French themed reviews!

  39. Hi there! I found you on Joann's Lakeside Musing blog.

    I like your blog and I just became a follower!


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