Multi-author Book Fest - July 17, 2010


We are hosting a Booksigning Festival on Saturday, July 17, 2010 from 11am to 3pm at Mardel Christian and Educational Supply, 3300 S Boulevard Street, Edmond OK 73013. This event is designed to promote recognition of local authors and introduce the public to the growing genre of inspirational fiction. There will be door prizes for the first fifty attendees and a drawing for a gift basket of books.

Seven Oklahoma authors will be signing books. They are:

Janet Lee Barton – Janet is a bestselling, award-winning author, whose works include thirteen novels and five novellas. She and her husband live in Edmond, OK in a multi-generational household that includes Janet’s daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters. She writes historical and contemporary romance.

Margaret Daley – Margaret has published more than 70 books, and won numerous awards, including ACFW’s Book of the Year Award, the Holt Medallion, the Inspirational Readers' Choice Contest, and others. Margaret lives in Tulsa, OK with her husband of over 35 years. She writes both romance and romantic suspense.

Darlene Franklin – Darlene is an award-winning author of ten books. She has also been a contributor numerous non-fiction books. Darlene recently moved to Oklahoma City, OK from Colorado, and enjoys babysitting her granddaughter when she can. She writes historical romance.

Linda Goodnight – Linda is a multi-published author who has won numerous awards, including a RITA, ACFW’s Book of the Year, and others. She lives near Seminole, OK with her husband and daughter on a farm full of animals. She writes contemporary romance.

Myra Johnson – Myra’s debut novel, One Imperfect Christmas, released in 2009 and was quickly followed by two other novels, with a fourth released in 2010. Her writing has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Golden Heart Award. Myra lives in Tulsa, OK with her husband, two dogs and a parakeet. She writes contemporary romance.

Vickie McDonough – Vickie is an award-winning author of 18 books and novellas. Her books have won the Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, Texas Gold, and the ACFW Noble Theme contest. The Anonymous Bride, book one in her debut trade fiction series the Texas Boardinghouse Brides, released this spring. Vickie and her husband live in Tulsa, OK. Vickie's books promise An Adventure into Romance. She writes contemporary and historical romance.

Carla Stewart – Carla’s debut novel, Chasing Lilacs, is already receiving accolades, including a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly, a review in the Library Journal, and a 4 ½ Stars review in Romantic Times. And the novel doesn’t even release until June 2010! Carla and her husband live in Tulsa, OK. She writes nostalgic women’s fiction.

Hope you'll help us spread the word!


BOOK REVIEW: Tribes by Seth Godin

Thanks to Erin Young for this review!

Erin’s Summary and Review of Tribes by Seth Godin

Disclaimer: Because I did not anticipate putting my talk into written form, the notes I took on the book did not specify which sentences were direct quotes. My apologies for not having them labeled.

Tribes is a short book about how and why you should be a leader to a tribe—a group of followers. The book is a quick read that isn’t organized by chapters or a systematic argument. Rather, it’s divided into short sections that read like little parcels of wisdom, motivation, and encouragement.

In the book, there is a story about how Seth worked at a software development company to create computer games. Three engineers were assigned to help him, but he knew he needed more. He started a newsletter that highlighted the work of every person involved with the products. He chronicled their quest, talking about their breakthrough ideas and the new things they were doing, and sent it out twice a week. More and more engineers joined his tribe, working on his project in their spare time. Before long, everyone in the department was either assigned to the project or moonlighting on it. These engineers joined the tribe because they wanted to be part of the journey, part of something that mattered. The newsletter spread the word, connected them, and cast the vision.

We can apply Seth’s principles to create tribes of our own.

First, we need to remember that because people want to be involved in something that matters, our writing needs to matter. We need to have something to offer people, and then tell them about it. This will unite our tribe and give it structure.

Second, we need to give our followers a way to connect—both with us and with each other. It needs to be easy for everyone to interact. Some possibilities might be email, Twitter, Facebook, blogging, newsletters, speaking engagements, interviews, contests, or discussions of issues raised in our writing. Or perhaps we can involve our tribe in our writing process by having them name characters, or suggest pets for them, or contribute in some other way.

Third, we have to find ways to track our progress, our journey. Seth’s newsletter did that week by week. People saw movement, caught the vision, and wanted to join. Perhaps we can chronicle what’s happening in our writing process, or in a book’s physical production—the edits, the galleys, the book cover, etc. Or maybe we can share success stories, or talk about what the tribe is doing to raise awareness of an issue, or to contribute to some need.

Lastly, we must be prepared to work with determination and diligence. Leadership requires extraordinary effort.

Tribes want leaders who:

*Are passionate and committed
*Are transparent
*Don’t water down the message by trying to please everyone
*Set out to give, not get

Overall, I found this book helpful and thought provoking. While I did not feel the need to purchase the book to add to my shelves, it was well worth the time to read. The library has several copies available.


Don't miss our June meeting!

On June 26, multi-published, award-winning author Lena Nelson Dooley will be speaking to us on Taking Setting to the Next Level.

We'll also have a time of fellowship before the meeting - so come and meet our group!

We meet at the Mardel Christian & Education store in Edmond, OK from 1-3:00pm on the fourth Saturday of each month.

Hope to see you there!


Darlene Franklin's Prodigal Patriot

Don't miss a new release from one of our authors this month! Darlene Franklin has Prodigal Patriot coming out available June 1!

Darlene's other releases this year include:
Seaside Romance (August)
A Woodlands Christmas
Bridge to Love