April Tea Party Winners

Six Year Blog Anniversary WINNERS: Carla Gade - Pattern for Romance audiobooks go to Andrea Stephens and Megs Minutes and winner of Love's Compas is Terressa Thornton, PEGG THOMAS's signed copy of The Pony Express Romance Collection is Debra Smith, Janet Grunst's debut book goes to Kathleen Maher, Carrie Fancett Pagels' winner's choice goes to: Connie Saunders, Denise Weimer's print winner of, Angela Couch's winner's choice goes to Susan Johnson, Debra E. Marvin reader's choice of any of her novellas or a paperback of Saguaro Sunset novella -- Teri DiVincenzo and Lynne Feurstein, Jennifer Hudson Taylor's "For Love or Country" go to: Lucy Reynolds, Bree Herron and Mary Ellen Goodwin, Shannon McNear's winners are Becky Dempsey for Pioneer Christmas and Michelle Hayes for Most Eligible Bachelor, Roseanna White's winner for Love Finds You in Annapolis is Becky Smith.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Nashville, Reader's Retreat, Writing Conference, Book Release Party & Labor Day

It's been a whirlwind two weeks. Thirteen days ago I left my home in Minnesota and flew to Nashville, Tennessee where I attended the first Christian Fiction Reader's Retreat (CFRR). There, I met several readers and writers, visited with old friends, snapped pictures with some of my favorite authors (Carrie Pagels included!), and shared my heart and love for writing.


One of the many highlights was meeting Laura Frantz in person. She's been a long-time favorite of mine and getting a hug from her was something I had looked forward to for four years.


It was fun to sign books, participate in an author panel discussion, and dress up in a Edwardian Era gown. Bravo to Carrie Booth Schmidt, Annie JC, and Bonnie Roof for their hard work and dedication to bringing CFRR into reality.


After CFRR, I attended the 2016 ACFW Conference. There, I sat in workshops, listened to the keynote speaker, Ted Dekker, visited with friends old and new, and met with my editor. ACFW is a yearly highlight for me, and this year it was especially fun to be in Nashville. On the last day, I rode the trolley around town with two of my writer friends and we saw all the sights. We also visited the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum and saw some amazing memorabilia.



I flew home and had one day to clean my house and go shopping, then I returned to the airport and picked up Alena Tauriainen and Lindsay Harrel (and Lindsay's son, Elliott). They came to help me prepare for my release party and stay on for a brainstorming retreat afterward at my house.


My debut novel, A Mother in the Making, released on Thursday, September 1st and I was privileged to have a release party at a historic estate in my hometown. Dozens and dozens of people attended, so many so, I wasn't able to get to all of them! I tried to visit with everyone, but unfortunately, I missed a few. It was fun to read a scene from the book and then answer questions about my writing, about my book, and about the history of my hometown (where the book is set). After that, I signed more books. It was an incredible night.


A Mother in the Making

After the party, Melissa Tagg and Susan May Warren came to my house and we visited, brainstormed Susie's next series of books, and enjoyed lots of laughter. Susie went home the next day, but Melissa stayed with Alena, Lindsay, and me and we relaxed, had a campfire, went to a movie, visited local sites, and brainstormed more stories. We also took the boat onto the Mississippi and spent several hours relaxing in the water.


Everyone went home yesterday and today I'm catching up on all my work! I loved the past two weeks, but I'm eager to jump back into my writing and switch gears as school starts tomorrow for all my children. Autumn is upon us, and with it, many more memories to be made.

Happy Labor Day! I hope you've had a marvelous summer and I look forward to hearing what you have planned for the upcoming fall months.

Gabrielle Meyer
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1 comment:

  1. What a busy, fun time you had Gabrielle! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Congratulations on your book release!
    Blessings, Tina

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