I had the most fun yesterday. Really, I did. On Tuesdays I go to Little Rock for my shopping. I generally go to Sam’s just to get foods to prepare for the Wednesday Night Alive dinner at our church. (That is part of my “Give Myself Away” activities.) Any. Way.
Before I left the house, I received a e-Valentine from Christa Allan. She is a friend. A mentor. Someone who loves books as much as me!! Plus, she is an author. We met last summer via SKYPE. My book circle read her first novel and she graciously contacted me. We have emailed each other ever since.
Anyway, I was thrilled to receive a Valentine from Christa. She is sweet that way! LOVE HER!!
Like I said I was in Little Rock and thought I would stop in at LifeWay bookstores. It had been a couple of weeks since I hit the clearance aisle and I needed a real bargain fix. I followed my usual route looking for those 75-90% off sales. Then I saw it……
Christa’s new book!!
I literally squealed! I danced around!! Her book was up front and center on the New Arrivals shelf.
I snapped a photo on my phone! I danced some more. I was so happy for her!! I snatched up a copy like it was gold and paraded around the store like a newly engaged gal with a big old diamond.
Just so happens…. I saw a former student there. I quickly said my hellos and preceded to explain this book I was showing off.
“Oh, Mrs. Dettra, you just love books!”
“Yes, but I. Know. This. Author.” I proudly signed.
My former student seemed happy in one sense and maybe I needed to be committed in another.
Oh well. I was having a little party.
I took my prized possession up to the check out counter. “Oh, Regina. Glad to see you today.” (sigh) Yes, she knows me by name.
Her eyes lit up. “I didn’t know a new one was released. I’ve read every book…..”
I cut her off. “You’re a Christa Allan fan?” I rattled off questions about her books.
“No, I have never read Ms. Allan’s work.”
I was puzzled.
She pointed out the series title. “I’ve read all in the series.”
“Oh, well, let me tell you about Christa’s work. She’s has three books……” Right there I gave a sales pitch. In which I ended with, “I know her!”
I danced right there at the counter. I explained how we met and without noticing a line had formed behind me. I had a captive audience. So I had to proudly announce that Kindle is offering her first novel for free. Go get it. It’s free and a good read!!
Christa, I am so excited about your new release. I wish you the best, girlfriend. You inspire me. Your strength encourages me. I am so honored to be your friend. May God continue to bless your work!!
Now if you are wondering……
This week we walked 51.12 miles. We are still in Canada and ended up
somewhere near Magog, QC. We’ve walked a total of 318.89 miles and
have completed 9.42% of our journey.