Sunday, May 13, 2007

PRAISE THE LORD, my book-signing was not only a success, we had a blast! Because of the news article that went in Thursday's paper, all the personal invites I sent out, and just plain word-of-mouth, there were a ton of wonderful people who came out to see me, buy books, and just hang out. I can barely believe it; we sold out of all of B&N's inventory and the 20 or so extra books that we threw in the trunk "just in case".

Aren't these ladies precious? (right pic) They go to my church, and I just love them. They are big supporters of my books. Janet and Arlene...

Below (left) is Kim Fritz, a writing buddy. So glad you could make it, Kim. That meant so much to me. The pic to my right is a precious couple, dear friends of Cecil's and mine, Mike and Terri Metzger. They are both treasures from Heaven, and I'm not kidding! Not only that, they traveled through horrendous traffic to get to my signing. A trip that normally would have taken them 15 minutes took about an hour and a half! ROAD CONSTRUCTION!!! UGH!

This is my precious husband, Cecil. Isn't he the cutest, sweetest, handsomest thing you've ever laid eyes on? Whoa, baby. I love this man so much.
This is Marcia and Duane Tisdel (below, left), my daugher's inlaws. They are special friends of the family. I just love them and am so glad Krissi married their wonderful son. Marcia and I joke that this makes us "sis-in-laws".

The pic above right is Terri, Kendra, and my precious grandboy, Dylan. Grandpa was trying to get a smile out of him, but to no avail. He was a bit perturbed because someone took him out of Grandpa's arms. Hm. He's definitely Grandpa's boy, that's for sure.

I'm sorry I didn't get more pictures, but these were taken toward the end of my signing after things had slowed down.

Here's a great story I'd love to share about my day. One woman approached me in tears. She brought Through Every Storm out of her purse, having already read it, and wanted me to sign it. Then she proceeded to tell me what a blessing the book had been to her, the story itself, and all the Bible verses I had included throughout. It was just what she'd needed, she said, telling me God had put that book before her eyes for a reason, and after reading it decided it was time for her and hubby to go back to church. I was so humbled that we hugged and got weepy together. Her name is Janette, and I will be praying for her as God brings her to my mind. After we finished hugging, she snatched up Loving Liza Jane, and said, "Here, sign this one, too, before you run out of copies!"

Thanks to everyone who made it to my signing. It was a blessed day!

Today is Mother's Day, but that's another post...

Love, Shar


Rich & Darcie said...

I am totally loving your book! It is so good. I haven't finished it because I only get small chunks at a time to read it. You are such a great author.

Love you,

Rich & Darcie said...

I just finshed the book last night and I loved loved loved it! I'm so looking forward to the 2nd book in the series.

Love you,

Staci Mihalek said...

Wow! I just finished Through Every Storm and I loved it! I started it last night and finished it this afternoon. This is the second book that I have read of yours and every time I find myself not being able to put it down. When it ends I'm always happy, but disappointed because they are such wonderful novels. I am excited though because I'm starting the book that Darcie just read. Thanks for sharing your heart through your writing! Keep writing!

Sharlene MacLaren said...

You are such a doll for leaving a comment. I don't know if you will check back on my blog or not, but I just wanted to thank you for reading my book. (I don't have your email address, or I'd have written to you.) Anyway, I'm glad you liked "Storm". Hope you like Loving Liza Jane just as much.

Love you, sweetie!


Michelle said...

Nice pics, Shar!

Meri Beth said...

thankyou for sharing God's love for all of us through your characters Sarah and I are a lot alike as we don't take much from someone without a snappy come back she is such a spit fire and Rocky is alot like my husband, big and strong sometimes playful but full of self doubt, just like Rock..he recently found the love of God and was baptized a couple of years ago so our life is going down God's path. With an occasional veer off if you know what I mean. I have only read yor hickman creek series but I am looking forward to finding others of your books. We are almost neighbors by the way. I live in the Whitehall area of Michigan. Your nephew speaks highly of you ever time I am in Hage's. Thank you again and I pray God continues to bless the gift he has given you. Forever your faithful reader. Meri Beth

Sharlene MacLaren said...

Hi, Meri Beth! I don't know if you will check back here again or not, but I just wanted to say thanks so MUCH for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! Wow, you do live close to me. Whitehall can't be more than a half-hour or so away. It's always fun and exciting to find out where my readers are from.

So you have met Philip, my husband's nephew. He is such a fun-loving character. We can always tell if he's working that day by the sound of his laughter. It carries through the store. haha.

So glad to hear the wonderful news that your husband has made a decision to follow Christ.

Come over to my website for latest updates if you get time. My address is simply:

I'm expecting the 3rd in my series, Courting Emma, to hit shelves around early/mid-March.

Do take care, and may God bless you, Meri Beth!
Come again!