Book lovers gathered at Barnes and Noble in Pittsfield, MA to “Meet the Author” and have their books signed by Stephanie Abrams as she chats with those waiting for her to sign “RUMORS.
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It started with a marvelously successful Meet the Author book signing event in Barnes and Noble book store in Pittsfield, Massachusetts for my first novel, RUMORS, where the store’s management described the event as drawing the “biggest crowd into the store since Christmas,” a great review of RUMORS by critic Peter Bergman published in the Berkshire Eagle, the regional newspaper for Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts, which described the book as containing “fascinating stories. . . .curious people caught in some deliciously intriguing situations. . . .a quick read. . . never drags or bores. . . .a story that is compelling.” With a constant thread in RUMORS of the lyric, “Who can ask for anything more,” I pose that very question. . . but more continued to arrive!
Stephanie Abrams at Barnes and Noble in Pittsfield, MA. Photo image copyright 2013 sabrams.com. All rights reserved.
At the book signing event at Barnes and Noble on March 23rd, Donna, a medical assistant at a local medical practice remarked that she is an avid reader and read RUMORS 3 weeks ago. Since then, she’s read 2 more books and RUMORS “is still out in the lead as the best!”
On Sunday evening, sitting at Gate 23 at JFK Airport at JetBlue’s gate area waiting for our flight to San Francisco, I got online to pick up my email that I hadn’t looked at yet that day. One of the earliest emails to arrive on Sunday, March 24th came into my email inbox marked 3:07am as the arrival time. The email was from Pat Gormalley, who, with his wife, Marie, a retired elementary school teacher who taught for 41 years in Lee, Massachusetts, attended the Saturday event at Barnes and Noble. Pat and Marie left the book store with “RUMORS” in hand on Saturday and then headed for St. Joseph’s High School’s fundraiser event where local restaurants were serving their very best pasta and sauces. They arrived home late that evening and Pat decided he’d read a bit of RUMORS before calling it a day.
It appears that RUMORS was not a contributor to Marie’s search for a good night’s sleep as you’ll see below in her email to me:
“Well…it is now 2:45 a.m. and I just finished reading RUMORS…it has been a long time since I have picked up a book and not been able to put it down!!!!
This book holds your interest and the only way your mind wanders is by saying…”What next??”
As the story unfolds I found myself saying…”uh” or” Oh, no!” out loud.
I did not expect the story to end the way it did. I kept thinking…this story has to have a sequel.
Great job, Stephanie…great read. Can’t wait for your next book! Will the pass the recommendation along to friends.”
Marie also mentioned specific sections of RUMORS that touched, awed, and surprised her and parts that she’ll remember forever, especially every time she takes a quarter from her pocket, which relates to a specific scene in the book.
I hope to hear your feedback when you’ve read RUMORS and hope you’ll take it with you in eBook form in Barnes and Noble Nook or Amazon’s Kindle format or in print. And don’t be surprised if you’re sitting beside a pool, on a beautiful beach, in an airport or on a plane and I notice you and offer to sign your copy! What a great introduction that would be. Take a close look at my photo above so you accept no offers from some imposter! Ah, the germ of an idea for another intrigue! And there will be another book in the series with the next one titled, “SECRET.” You will have a wonderful romp with that book too!