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Beauty Pageant Mom Issues Party Invitation

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Dear Kay,
At this point, I am a total pageant mom with regard to my book.
Yes you are, precious book. You may only be six days old, but you are just a precious precious girl–SHOULDERS BACK! Remember the Walk!
It is a daunting experience, in the extreme, to see my characters wander across the pageant stage. You go, Angus Donald! Don’t be too weird–wait, be even weirder! I didn’t make you weird enough!
Thank you all for giving Bowling Avenue a look. I appreciate your interest so much. All y’all who have taken the time to help spread the word, please know that you will be getting into heaven 30 minutes early. There’s an EZ Pass lane for people who help out authors with new books. It is a flat-out gift. I can’t properly express how much it means, so I’ll go with THANK YOU SO MUCH.
Book Party Next Monday
You are all cordially invited to come celebrate Our Little Miss Precious 2012.
Parnassus Books
Monday, June 18
6:30-8 pm
3900 Hillsboro Road
Nashville
Please give the good folks at Parnassus a call or email if you’d like to reserve a copy. Actually, it might be easier to email them at parnassus[at]parnassusbooks.net.
Remember, girl–it isn’t the most talented girl who wins the talent competition. It’s who has the best stage presence. BE THE CROWN! You ARE the crown!
Love,
Ann

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  1. WISH WISH WISH I could be there! My sister and I are talking up the book on Long Island!

  2. I’m so excited. I got an e-mail from Amazon.com yesterday and will be ordering your wonderful book from them. I figure it will be “better together” with “Knit Red” (Ysolde Teague’s hat pattern called to me). Not that it needs the extra support, of course. It can stand on its own. Amazon is good, though, no? National attention, and all that? “Bowling Avenue” looks like my kind of story [even if you weren't a personal friend of mine:)]. I can’t wait to get started. Congratulations, Ann!

  3. WISH WISH WISH I could be there! My sister and I are talking BA up on Long Island!!

  4. Wish I could be there. This is a rare instance in which Beauty Pageant Mommy-ness doesn’t freak me out. Knock ‘em out!

  5. I am love, LOVE, LOVIN’ your new book! Downloaded it Friday, and plowed through about 1/4 of it this weekend, even with precious little reading time. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out…but I also don’t want it to end!

  6. I started your book yesterday morning. Finished at 11:30 last night. I can’t REMEMBER the last time I did that. Posted it on my FB. Three friends already downloaded. You rock.

  7. I received the book from Amazon on Friday and have been reading off-and-on all weekend. I have to make myself put it down, because I am enjoying it so much and don’t want it to end. This may be a dumb question since I don’t know how this book ends, but you are working on the sequel, right? I want more!

  8. Dear Ann,
    How I wish I could be there! Rats on the Star Trek folks for not inventing personal teleporters yet! And its not like North Carolina is so far away, not like Alpha Centauri!

  9. So sad to be missing the pageant. Ordered the Amazon version so I have the full “published” variety along with the pdf.
    I’m sure she will do very well in the swimsuit competition (because of the practice from the flood).

  10. You need to open a branch office of your book party in Toronto!

  11. Your baby is waiting in the wings on my Kindle. As soon as I finish Robert Caro’s biography of LBJ (I’m halfway through volume III), she’s up. In fact, I may have to read her between Vol III and Vol IV.

  12. Congratulations, Ann! I devoured your book on a Kindle this weekend–I prefer print books but just couldn’t wait another minute to read it! It was simply un-put-downable. I may have to read it again just to spend some more time with your wonderful characters on Bowling Avenue. So happy for you!

  13. Too bad I live in OHIO! I love, love, love the book, and am sad as each chapter I read is over. I don’t want it to be finished. You better be writing another book! I’m hooked. Wish I could celebrate your success with you, but I’ll just thank you and hope for another great story from you soon.

  14. I love that your book party invite says “Knitter Friendly!”

  15. I haven’t finished the book yet. But it is so good, I’m already telling other people to buy and read it. I’ve been so tempted to sneak peeks further in the book to see if things are ok. That maneuver is a little harder to do casually with a Nook than a hard copy. But I want to know what happens now! I always knew you guys are a hoot to read, but an absorbing novel is something else. I hope you have a follow up in mind! Thanks for the great read.

  16. I haven’t finished the book yet. But it is so good, I’m already telling other people to buy and read it. I’ve been so tempted to sneak peeks further in the book to see if things are ok. That maneuver is a little harder to do casually with a Nook than a hard copy. But I want to know what happens now! I always knew you guys are a hoot to read, but an absorbing novel is something else. I hope you have a follow up in mind! Thanks for the great read.

  17. I loved your book! Congratulations on a great accomplishment. I hope you’re working on another!

  18. A “look” you say? I’ve done much more than given your baby a look. I’ve lived with her, let her into my heart and mind and now I’m grieving on seeing the back of her.
    I love Delia and Henry as I love Bennet and Darcy.

  19. The book is wonderful! Definitely pageant ready. Enjoy the party!

  20. Oh, I’m loving this book. Aunt B called this morning and I made her write down the title, and even led her through downloading Kindle for PC so she can get it faster. Wish I could be there too.

  21. Downloaded my copy Saturday night. Kept checking the iPad Kindle app to make sure it was there. Opened it up a couple times but kept saving the actual reading until Sunday evening when I had, you know, TIME.
    Yummy. And Angus just went home after the alarm. Can’t wait to fall into it. Thanks Ann! Keep ‘em coming.

  22. Novels and Tiaras? I do so hope you have one to wear on Monday night!
    I wish I could be in attendance, I’ll be thinking of you and Little Miss WonderfulBook.

  23. Posted the party for the little darling on the CCC listserve. You may be swamped next Monday by women who are looking for that perfect summer read and hoping that there’s a bit of them in the book. LOL. Do I get to jump line in heaven now.

  24. I was so bummed when I missed scoring a preview copy of Bowling Avenue but there was something oh-so-thrilling to order two copies for me and my mother and know that they would be printed and bound and shipped out all shiny brand new just for me!
    Congratulations on the launch, Ann! I’m so happy for you and Miss Precious!

  25. I got my copy on Kindle late last week and I was so greedy reading it over the weekend. Beautifully, achingly written. Every sentence. I am going to get me a physical copy because I want it on my shelf and maybe some day I’ll meet you, and you wouldn’t be able to sign my Kindle.
    It was wonderful. And I say that the way you’d say “death by chocolate cake.”

  26. Loved, loved, loved the story. The characters were so real and fully fleshed out — people you really cared about. And you made great use of The Flood. Read it on my kindle at the beach this weekend every chance I got — didn’t want to put it down and was sad to see it end.
    But, oh, your post about your baby Bowling Ave. makes me think of Toddlers and Tiaras (horrors!) and spray tans, God help me!

  27. Wish I could jet down to Nashville for the party. I will be there in spirit. Loved the story. I think Bowling Avenue is more Honor Roll and less Beauty Pageant. So it’s okay to brag. Just step away from the spray tans.

  28. Wish I could jet down to Nashville for the party. I will be there in spirit. Loved the story. I think Bowling Avenue is more Honor Roll and less Beauty Pageant. So it’s okay to brag. Just step away from the spray tans.

  29. I LOVE this book! Most memorable sentence so far, “We pause to mourn Moon Drugs.” That just struck me as so funny, and so true. And it has a wonderful cadence.

  30. Yay! Just got my copy on the kindle. Can’t wait to start it! :) Congratulations!

  31. I’m desperate to get this book! No Nook! NO Kindle – Amazon won’t let me download from Thailand – have only a non-brand-name android! How can I get this book. HOW? Please!!!!????? HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!

  32. Hope you have a wonderful party and are truly able to enjoy it! I’ve got my Kindle version all loaded up and am looking forward to diving in! Congratulations!!!!

  33. Happy happy book party, Ann! I am having so much fun with “Bowling Avenue” which I downloaded on my Kindle this weekend. The plan was to save it for a long transatlantic flight next week, but I just couldn’t resist. Such a delicious read — not to mention the best twist on the boyfriend-sweater ever.

  34. How I would love to be there, but happy vibes are winging their way over from the English Lake District to you – I downloaded your fabulous book the day it came out and completely love it! I’ve never been to the US, but felt I was right there due to your great writing.

  35. I read the first chapter and am definetly going to get the book as part of my summer reading line up! Congratulations and much success on your novel!

  36. I’m about 70% through Bowling Green. I bought it because someone I know wrote it, but it wasn’t long before I forgot that fact and simply got engrossed in the story. Dang, you have written a fine novel — I am thoroughly enjoying it. You will be writing more, I hope.

  37. I got the Amazon email, downloaded Bowling Avenue to my glorious, magic book (I love you Kindle – mwah!) and am halfway through. I am enjoying it very much, and will talk it up Big Time in the Detroit area.

  38. Your book is terrific! I am reading it on my Nook. Has been the perfect travel companion this week. Wish I could be at your reading. congrats!

  39. “You are just a precious precious girl–SHOULDERS BACK! Remember the Walk!”
    LOVE that! Aside from the T and T reference, it reminds me of a card a friend posted to her grown sons on Facebook for Mother’s Day:
    “I plan to give you love, nurturing, and just enough dysfunction to make you funny.” That IS the Mason-Dixon Knitting parenting motto, isn’t it?

  40. Ann, I read your Miss Precious this past weekend, during a weekend beach getaway. I stayed up late the last night because I didn’t want to put it down, and then I slept badly. You know how a story can get under your skin? And then keep you awake because bits of it are floating right on the surface of your brain? I’ve got some terrible mixed metaphors going here, but what I’m trying to say is, it’s a powerful thing when a story can do that. Not always comfortable, but powerful. Yeah, you could say that some bits resonated with my life….. Anyway, I’m so glad you put this out in the world, and I am looking forward to your next!

  41. Looks like your pageant beauty is a winner! A used copy of her is selling on Amazon for $999.00! That’s enough for a very nice crown, right? Looking forward to reading her! Congrats!!

  42. Only the best stories leave the reader wanting more. Must have more! When can we expect a sequel?

  43. I reviewed it on my blog – hope you like what I wrote :)
    I deleted the bit where I said, after the excerpt, that if it doesn’t make you smile, or nod, or say “yeah….” there must be something RONG with you.
    Now that I’ve looked up that bit, I may have to re-read the whole thing….

  44. I am so pleased I have just found out your book is available in print here in the UK – thank goodness for Amazon! Having read the reviews I am eager to get my copy – delivery due tomorrow – when I will sit down with a cup of tea, some ginger biscuits and a good book – bliss!

  45. I just finished your book yesterday (downloaded the ebook). LOVED IT! When’s the movie coming out? I can see Anne Hathaway as Delia… Seriously, I really enjoyed being allowed to inhabit a bit of Nashville with your characters. You made me cry. And laugh. Really.

  46. I’m sorry to miss the party at Parnassus Books. However, I’m bringing a tiny bit of the party here to Oregon by ordering Bowling Avenue through a local independent bookstore!

  47. What the Thailand poster said. I’m in Canada so NO Kindle. We don’t do Barnes and Noble so now i have to search to sort out just what kind of file this is. Epub Anne, go plain old EPub.

  48. Well, happy days. I’m glad third-world Thailand isn’t being picked on by itself, sorry you can’t get Kindle in Canada – but at least I have “first-world” company!

  49. Just started your book – loving your humour already!!

  50. When I told my husband the premise of this book, and that the sister comes back to Nashville to sell the house he, sitting there in his khakis and a button-down shirt, asked if that was where she’d learn to knit. :)

  51. When I told my husband the premise of this book, and that the sister comes back to Nashville to sell the house he, sitting there in his khakis and a button-down shirt, asked if that was where she’d learn to knit. :)

  52. “Knitter friendly.” Is that like “Se habla espanol?” Maybe “Nos gusta las tejedoras” ?? Real Spanish speakers, how would you translate “knitter friendly?”

  53. I just finished Bowling Avenue on this iPad last evening. I LOVED it. I can’t wait for more.
    I hope you have plans for a sequel or series.

  54. I just finished your wonderful book and already miss Delia and the rest of the family. Good job!

  55. Just got to the hushpuppy cooking , and realized I really love and care about the people in this book, I am well and truly hooked! Please write more stories, I don’t want this one to end.
    Thanks!

  56. Just got to the hushpuppy cooking , and realized I really love and care about the people in this book, I am well and truly hooked! Please write more stories, I don’t want this one to end.
    Thanks!

  57. Got the book today – I’m not sure I can wait to read it next month – might have to start tonight!
    Thanks for the fun!

  58. Of course you can get kindle in Canada, that is how I am reading the book.

  59. Just picked up my copy at Parnassus Books! What a great shop. When I mentioned I hadn’t been in before, the man at the counter asked if I had come because I was a fan of Ann Patchett.
    “No,” I said (although I loved Bel Canto), “I’m here because I’m a fan of Ann SHAYNE. ”

  60. I am loving the book! Wish I could attend the book party.

  61. Just finished your book. What a delightful read. I loved the pace of the story. Just right for a nashville setting. The characters were solid and real. I loved the sister’s relationships, how insightful!! The only thing that would have made it better is for it to be an audiobook, so I could knit and listen! Thanks!

  62. Wish I could come to the party, but New Orleans is a bit too far to drive…so am sending my sister instead (she lives in Nashville!). She’s not a knitter — but she IS a reader! — so ya’ll be nice to her, okay?

  63. Loved your book! I rarely read new novels–am a dedicated mystery buff and usually confine my novel reading to English novels of the 19th Century. However, as a dedicated Mason/Dixon blog reader, I decided to try your book, and I am so glad I did. Your characters were real from the first pages, and your using the Nashville floods in the storyline was inspired. Do count me in when you publish your second book!

  64. Loved your book. Great characters. Couldn’t put it down! Have recommended it to anyone who will listen. Are you plottingl book #2 yet? Please do!

  65. Just finished on my Kindle…wonderful book! I could not put it down. Visiting my sis,and just ignored her all weekend. The characters are so real and well developed, and Nashville is the big star. Great job!

  66. Downloaded it over the weekend and found myself reading it in the middle of the night on my iphone. Love it!

  67. Popping in to say good luck tonight! I’m sure it will be a delightful evening. Wish I were there.

  68. I really enjoyed your book. I read it so quickly! I liked the story line and I liked how you made the characters come to life. BRAVO!

  69. Have fun tonight. I dropped the Kindle in the pool on St John. New one soon come.

  70. Have fun tonight. I dropped the Kindle in the pool on St John. New one soon come.

  71. Finished the book last night – read all day and couldn’t put it down. I love the characters and so many poignant sayings – I am writing out lines I want to remember. Okay – I’m ready for the sequel – have to know more about these people and what is going to happen to them now. No pressure:)

  72. Ann, how I wish I could have been at your book party! I hope you’ll post details/photos about it. I finished the story last night and thoroughly enjoyed the story line and setting, characters, and your superb writing. There were many laugh-out-loud parts and sentences worthy of highlighting. Congratulations on your achievement!

  73. A most entertaining story!
    (Canadian fans: yes, you can obtain an e-copy here; for example, there is a Kindle app for iPads and you can download the e-book from Amazon.com)

  74. Bot the book on Kindle and it was amazing! Very very well written, am leaving a comment on Amazon for you !