Gwen Reyes // Book Club Coordinator
The summer sun continues to blaze away, so I took the opportunity to stay inside
with some friends and warm conversation at our monthly book club. Although Fresh
Fiction hosts a number of them each month, our Wednesday book club is one of my
favorites because we almost always have an author call in through Skype to chat
with us. It’s the perfect treat for any reader.
This month Julie Anne
Walker called from Chicago, causing quite a stir among our book club. We are
all huge fans and look forward to any opportunity to talk with an author many of
us consider a “rock star.” Julie was gracious, charming, and most importantly
funny! Since we had a first timer with us, Julie started off introducing herself
before diving into stories about bikers, military men, and deep sea treasure
hunting. I instantly wanted to hop on a ship and explore all the hidden secrets
below — with a babe keeping me company, of course.
Julie has a way of making any reader feel included and special, a talent that
draws in loyal fans and keeps them coming back for more. DEVIL AND THE DEEP is out now.
Once Julie left us for some NyQuil and a good night’s sleep, the book club
launched into the name game. We play every time, but it’s not how you remember
in college! Here’s the rules: everyone goes around the table saying her name,
the book she is currently reading, and a current TV show she enjoys. A bonus
question adds to our little activity — this time I wanted to know about
everyone’s favorite in-person author experience. The stories were great, but
nothing could top Sara E.’s story about spending the afternoon with Nora Roberts
during one of her Dallas book signing appearances. The entire table erupted with
squeals when Sara E. told us Nora went out of her way to accommodate those who
weren’t able to attend her signing by signing all the backlist from a competing
Next month we’re welcoming two authors to our book clubs, Susan Wiggs and Madeline Hunter. I’m
already counting down the days!
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