Thanks for inviting me to visit with Lilac Reviews. I’m a huge lilac fan, having acquired fourteen varieties so far. Now I can add “Lilac Reviews” to my collection. 😉
I love connecting with readers, whether in person or through social media. As much as I appreciate and need the Internet and computer, I truly enjoy the one-on-one, or face-to-face, meetings. I wish there were more opportunities, but I do seize every chance I get.
Living on Martha’s Vineyard, we have a high season with lots of tourists, a.k.a. potential readers. With the exception of my Christmas novellas, I release my books in early summer, including my latest, A Dream for Love.
Talking and connecting on a personal level is the best way to introduce my books to all these lovely tourists looking for a souvenir to take home with them. Every Wednesday throughout the summer I set up a table at the Chilmark Flea Market. Hundreds of Island visitors stroll through the grounds, and I’m lucky enough to meet many of them and talk about their vacation, where they’re from, and what they like to read.
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Last summer, a couple stopped by my table. They asked about the three books in my Winds of Change trilogy. The wife wanted to buy all three. Her husband suggested she buy the first one, Shenandoah Nights, and see if she liked it. They purchased the first book, and we said our goodbyes.
Two weeks later, I received an email via my author website. I opened it. Lo and behold, it was from the husband I’d met two weeks earlier. He said:
Hi Lisa – I met you at the Chilmark Flea Market on June 25 where you were selling your books. While I am always interested to meet an author to talk about their books, when I found out they were in the Romance genre I commented they were probably not for me.
You said you were surprised by the comments you’ve gotten from men about your books, and I’ll tell you I am 64 and really enjoyed “Shenandoah Nights.” There is a good balance of Vineyard, history, and yes, romance, but your characters are believable people and Rebecca reminds me of many women I have known over the years, including my wife.
The last series of books I finished are The Game of Thrones, so you see my tastes vary. I enjoyed all of the Phillip Craig mysteries for the Vineyard references, and he also had the right balance of romance when Zee came along in later books.
Anyway, this is a long way of saying I enjoyed book 1, and am sorry I didn’t pick up 2 & 3 while on Island, but will be ordering them to see the further adventures and travails of Rebecca and company.
Keep writing, and maybe I’ll see you again at the Flea Market next year with a new book!
I was flattered when I read his email. Five days later I was overwhelmed when he sent me another letter:
I am enjoying Shenandoah Crossings, which I get to read about 1/2 hour a day on my short train ride to work.
Anyway, I am enjoying the feistiness of Tess and I’m sure I’ll be finishing it soon. We will be coming back to MV in September but I think the flea market is closed by then. Where or when did you say I can find book 3?
Oh, by the way….somewhere in chapter 20, Drew’s truck is referred to as a Chevy, later on a Dodge. I have a career in proofreading ahead of me!!! lol
Seriously enjoying the book!!
I’m so grateful I had the chance to meet “Luke” and his wife, and also grateful he caught the error (which I changed in the new format).
I’ll be setting up at the Chilmark Flea Market again this year, hoping to meet more readers. If you’re in the area, please stop by. If you can’t make it to the Island, I’d love to chat with you via social media. And, if you like prizes, every Friday I run a fun giveaway on my author Facebook page.
I look forward to meeting you! Let me know what you think of A Dream for Love. I’m half in love with Ryan myself!
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Excerpt from A Dream for Love…
When the gavel hit the wooden block at the Possible Dreams Auction, Laurel Simmons sat in stunned silence. Her sister had lost her mind, purchasing a week’s vacation stay for two at actor Ryan Crandall’s beach house on Martha’s Vineyard. And then Tammy announced she was giving it to Laurel as an early birthday present.
A month later, Laurel and her four-year-old daughter Gracie arrive at the luxurious house on Squibnocket Beach ready to swim, play, picnic and enjoy the peace and solitude together.
Laurel’s dream vacation quickly turns into a nightmare when Hollywood bad boy Ryan Crandall shows up to escape he’s latest tabloid headlines. Ryan wants the woman and her child gone. Laurel wants him gone. Fate will bring them together for reasons neither one of them expected, but fate will also drive them apart.
Laurel has a past she needs to keep hidden. Her life and Gracie’s depend on it. Ryan has a past, and present, that’s been food for public consumption for over a decade. Will the past deprive them of a future? Or will they dare to dream a dream for love?