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Bowling Avenue Is HERE!

Dear Kay,
Just in time for summer reading . . .
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There’s a new website for the book, annshayne.com. You can read the first chapter there, order a copy, see a really scary photograph.
Ordering information here, too.
Needless to say, at this moment I am feeling very excited to share all this with you. All Likes, Shares, Tweets, Status Updates, Pinterests, GoodReads, Amazon reviews, airplane banners much appreciated.
I really, really hope you enjoy it.
Love,
Ann

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113 Comments

  1. Off to hire a plane!
    Just in time–finished a disappointing novel last night and am ready for a GOOD one!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS Ann! I saw the Kindle ebook on Amazon yesterday and downloaded it, so I hope I was one of the first! This is very exciting, and I can’t wait to get started on it!

  3. Ann,
    I saw the book on Amazon, downloaded and
    started it last night.
    Jane from Boston

  4. Just bought it for my Kindle!!! Goodies for the weekend!

  5. Just bought it for my Kindle!!! Goodies for the weekend!

  6. Just bought it for my Kindle!!! Goodies for the weekend!

  7. Just bought it for my Kindle!!! Goodies for the weekend!

  8. Toot-Toooooooot!

  9. Just bought my Kindle copy. So excited – I have a long plane ride coming up and now I know I will be able to endure it!

  10. Word of mouth. Isn’t this how My Big Fat Greek Wedding got started? You are off to a great start – I can’t wait to read it.

  11. Love the piccie of Tammy Fay.
    Word of Mouth. Isn’t that how My Big Fat Wedding got started? Congratulations, I can’t wait to read it.

  12. Just in time for our first trip of the summer! This is the second book I downloaded on my brand new Nook….Anne Lamott beat you out as first simply because I didn’t realize your book was ready.
    I’m excited to read it. Congratulations!

  13. BIG congratulations, Ann!!
    (I am irresistibly drawn by the promise of a “scary photograph”…off to peek!)

  14. Okay, first of all, kudos on the use of the word “prurient.” I keep hoping to hear someone use that word in conversation (normal conversation, not the kind of chatter that goes on during a game of Scrabble or an English Department faculty party) but using it on your New(!) Book(!!) webpage is petty good, too.
    Second, in response to the prior tweet (prior to the tweet about your New(!!) Book(!!!), no. Don’t do it. Eggs (and authors) deserve better.
    Love you, author-lady!

  15. Yikes!
    You weren’t kidding about the scary picture. I’ll have nightmares for a week!
    Congratulations!

  16. Okay, first of all, kudos on the use of the word “prurient.” I keep hoping to hear someone use that word in conversation (normal conversation, not the kind of chatter that goes on during a game of Scrabble or an English Department faculty party) but using it on your New(!) Book(!!) webpage is petty good, too.
    Second, in response to the prior tweet (prior to the tweet about your New(!!) Book(!!!)), no. Don’t do it. Eggs (and authors) deserve better.
    Love you, author-lady!

  17. Serious question: Ann, will you be recording an audiobook? Please say “yes.”

  18. Will it be available in an audio version soon, or must I get the text version?

  19. I am thrilled for you. Congratulations. I leave for St John Saturday. Not sure I can get it in time but I can’t wait to read it.

  20. I got mine. It’s on my Kindle all ready to entertain me between customers at work today and while I knit tonight. Loved chapter 1 on the website. Yay, Ann! Congratulations.

  21. I posted too soon. It is on my Kindle now and ready for the flight.

  22. Congratulations, Ann, your book is finally here, there, and everywhere! It’s loading onto my Nook right now, but I’ve got to finish another book I began reading two days ago before I can stroll down Bowling Avenue.

  23. Congrats! Looking forward to having this for vacation reading!
    But hey, it took me way way too long to find the option to buy link on your webpage and I was seriously looking for it. I’m so accustomed to internet marketing that subtlety is completely lost me (demographics: 30-34 over-educated female who’s cheap college student debt is more than a years salary)
    You need to put the ordering options front a center, make that cheddar honey!

  24. O happy day! Congratulations!

  25. Congratulations! I’ve been reading the .pdf version in between work, knitting, etc. Loving it!

  26. Wait!
    But!
    *I* am Ginna! And I’m not dead!
    How alarming.

  27. Oh boy!! Just spent part of my lunch break ordering it. Congratulations!

  28. Yippeee! I was one of the readers so I have a vested interest…..it really was the best book ever. It’s gonna sell a boat load, I can tell already.

  29. Hi, I tried to order through local bookstore, Chester County Book Store, West Chester, Pa. And they were unable to locate info on publisher to order the book. They are a great store and I am disappointed I can’t get in through them. But I loved the first chapter thanks for sharing

  30. What great timing! You were kind enough to send me a freeola copy for preview, and just last night I lay down with the whole ream of paper I printed it on for my bedtime stories. I only read the first chapter then set it aside…because it was sooooo good, I knew I wanted to order a real, honest-to-goodness hard copy for my own library. I’m ordering right now and will tell all my friends. I’m so excited for you!

  31. To all who enter here: I was the lucky recipient of an early copy of this. Get it. Read it. Girl can write!

  32. Woohoo! So excited for you Ann. Congratulations! I can’t wait to get my copy.

  33. Oh happy day! I’m thrilled you’ve launched Bowling Avenue. I loved it! I finally managed to read it on a quick get away to the beach — and I couldn’t put it down. Terrific writing, great pace, and wonderful characters. We have a winner, folks!

  34. Awesome accomplishment, Ann! I can’t wait to read it….but I’m still at work, so I guess I will have to wait. :(

  35. yayyyy! and perfect timing, my bookgroup decided to take a longer break between meetings, freeing up my reading schedule. Can not wait!

  36. Oh my, how very exciting!! I cannot wait… Congratulations!

  37. Congratulations!! Can’t wait to read it!

  38. Hurray! Anne this is a huge accomplishment. So proud of you for persisting in spite of family, knitting, and geothermal wonders!

  39. I adore the cover. What a wonderful design. I really want a print copy but am too impatient so I bought an e copy just now. Maybe I will have to order a print copy also….

  40. Yaaaaaay! Its on my Kindle now… spending the rest of the afternoon in my yard reading it! Congratulations Ann.

  41. I read it. I loved it. I recommend it.

  42. congratulations! downloaded to my kindle just in time for my trip to nashville next week!

  43. Congratulations! I can’t wait to get a copy, especially with the great reviews from those who have read it!
    We will be headed to the Greenhills area on Sunday for an end of season soccer party so will stop by Parnassus Books to get a copy. I just called to make sure they had copies and they said you would be bringing them later in the week. Don’t disappoint.

  44. Congrats! The cover is delightful. I went directly to my local independent book store here in Santa Cruz, CA. They were unable to order it, so I have contacted Parnassus by email.
    Such an exciting time for you and all your loyal followers of M/D Blog.

  45. That’s so exciting! I can’t wait to read it!

  46. Can’t wait to see how it has changed from the “freeola” version.
    Am on the road but will post a review on amazon when I’m back home, any other way I can figure out how to help I will (non-blogging, tweeting, I don’t have much reach but will try!)

  47. Downloaded to my Nook this morning. Now, must find time to read it.

  48. As you know, I purchased it for my Kindle this morning, but had to wait until I got home to download it (thanks to my work’s “enterprise” wireless network, which doesn’t like Kindles). But watching the download go through was the very first thing I did when I got home! Can’t wait to begin it!

  49. I got a freeola copy and love it love it love it. I may even order a copy for my nook to carry with me. So far I have read it on my computer which limits where I sit. No matter the book is still great.

  50. Loved the book – wishing you much success!!

  51. Just let my Facebook friends know how wonderful Bowling Avenue is. Best of luck from Bon Aqua!

  52. Nookless! Kindle-free by choice! Stuck waiting on my Amazon one-click order!
    Oh wait–I’ve read it! But I need the touch — the feel — the fabric of our lives and also the paper of the cover.
    People: This is a book to make a hardhearted woman cry little croaky sobs. No I’m not going to tell you the page number. Read it and find out.
    xo Kay

  53. OMG!!! Congratulations for the book and best wishes!

  54. Both links this evening say error in establishing a data base connection. :(
    Maybe tomorrow it will work. I just gotta say that I haven’t commented on your book yet and the back cover makes it sound very interesting. The title did not pull me in at all when I first read of it. All I could imagine was a bowling alley even though I knew that wasn’t what you meant.

  55. About to head out of town for a couple weeks, but I wish I had this for airplane reading! Almost tempted to order it delivered to me in North Carolina so I can read it on the plane back home . . .

  56. About to head out of town for a couple weeks, but I wish I had this for airplane reading! Almost tempted to order it delivered to me in North Carolina so I can read it on the plane back home . . .

  57. Congratulations Ann!!. Love the graphics – great print job.
    I too was a recipient of Bowling Avenue a little while ago – a freeola copy, that is. Although for some reason I kept thinking it was Bowling Alley and kept waiting for the whole cast to head down to the lanes!! I couldn’t put it down. The story made me laugh and cry. Get a copy and read it. It is a great story and told in a way that puts you right there with all the characters. I loved how Ann developed the characters throughout the book and how she takes you down one path and then suddenly, there is an abrupt turn. Don’t take any part of the story for granted!!

  58. Congratulations!! Kindle and an e-version came through for me all the way here in New Zealand! :)

  59. Congratulations Ann! Heading to Parnassus asap!

  60. Bought it! 60% through. Dang, but I have to work.
    Ordinarily I don’t like the first person voice, but you’ve made it work. I especially enjoy how Delia is revealed to herself, and us, over time.
    I’m astounded that you could just one day say, “Hmmm.. I think I’ll write a book.” and then turn out something so good at the first go. Don’t you have to write crap for years before you get a good book? Where’s the angst? the sweat? You make it all look so effortless. Which in my head I know is the sign of some good technique, but my heart just doesn’t believe it. This book seems like it just poured out in one go.

  61. Yay! I am going to the beach this weekend & downloaded it to my Kindle. Am looking forward to reading it.

  62. Yay! I am going to the beach this weekend & downloaded it to my Kindle. Am looking forward to reading it.

  63. Just something that makes you smile. I’ll start an ad campain, you’ll make The Hunger Games look like small potatoes.

  64. i can not find your book on a powells search
    is this the kind of book
    that gives elderly women the vapors?
    how very lovely for you do you have
    a pattern for a knitted cover for
    the book and kindle you should you know

  65. Congrats! Loved Chapter 1 and am off to order the book!

  66. bought it immediately after reading your post – am already thru chapter 3.
    L O V E it!
    Congratulations!!

  67. I’m loving it!

  68. Hate to be a whiner, but is there an ipad version? I will order it on Amazon if I have to!

  69. I’m so excited to read this! It will be my first ebook on my brand new iPad. Best wishes Ann, Lori Wat

  70. I’m so excited to read this! It will be my first ebook on my brand new iPad. Best wishes Ann, Lori Wat

  71. I’m so excited to read this! It will be my first ebook on my brand new iPad. Best wishes Ann, Lori Wat

  72. wooooooo weeeeeeeeeee Just in time! School’s out next Friday and we are heading into Summer!!!!!!

  73. I will not have time to read anything until June 16, but I will buy your book then and then devour it. I noticed on Amazon that at the end of the review, the list of authors that other customers purchased includes Clara Parkes, Elizabeth Zimmerman, Wendy D. Johnson, Charlene Schurch. I can see the complete befuddlement now.

  74. Congratulations!! Went to the website and read the first chapter while standing at the kitchen counter and drinking coffee. Loved it and cannot wait to read the rest!

  75. Congratulations!! Went to the website and read the first chapter while standing at the kitchen counter and drinking coffee. Loved it and cannot wait to read the rest!

  76. Congratulations!! Went to the website and read the first chapter while standing at the kitchen counter and drinking coffee. Loved it and cannot wait to read the rest!

  77. So sorry about the multiple posts. I’m still half asleep and didn’t realize the comment posted even though the screen didn’t change! But I did love the first chapter enough for 3 comments :)

  78. I was skeptical, Ms.Shayne. Forgive my frankness, but the plot looked like everything and the kitchen sink.
    To be a fair curmudgeon I read the first chapter and found I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters as my day went on. Sold! Not since reading Patricia Neal have I laughed so much.

  79. The cover looks like fabric!!! I couldn’t resist or wait for a library copy so Amazon is shipping to me right now! Can’t wait to read – I am having surgery in a few weeks & will look forward to reading this while I am recovering – something positive to think of instead of scary surgery!

  80. Thanks for sharing the first chapter – I am hooked, line & sinker! =) Now to impatiently wait until next Tuesday when I receive the book from Amazon!

  81. vvvvvv excited off to buy it now – I will let you know!

  82. vvvvvv excited off to buy it now – I will let you know!

  83. Best paragraph in the story so far: “I pass Bennett’s former closet, now absolutely stuffed with yarn. Circular knitting needles dangle from the tie rack. Too funny. Man treats you like crap? Stashing well is the best revenge.”
    Don’t you LOVE IT??!!

  84. The first chapter is very engaging. The cover looks like “Nancy Drew” blue. I’m wondering if you’re friends and family are going to be asking accusingly, “Hey, is that ME in your book?” I will see if my LBS (local bookstore) can get it in.

  85. I love the way you included the theme from one of your songs into your book. What a hoot! I’m loving it.

  86. I read it and I loved it. Give it a try!

  87. I read it and I loved it. Give it a try!

  88. I look forward to reading your novel! How can I not???..my name is delia too!!! Best wishes for continued success, Ann.

  89. I look forward to reading your novel! How can I not???..my name is delia too!!! Best wishes for continued success, Ann.

  90. OMG – if you don’t have this book, get it! I’m about halfway through and have laughed and cried and seen portions of myself and had to say hm…
    Great read, go get it!

  91. OMG – if you don’t have this book, get it! I’m about halfway through and have laughed and cried and seen portions of myself and had to say hm…
    Great read, go get it!

  92. OMG – if you don’t have this book, get it! I’m about halfway through and have laughed and cried and seen portions of myself and had to say hm…
    Great read, go get it!

  93. Yay you! It’s going on my summer reading list!

  94. Yay!!!! Will send around to the Doha knitters :)

  95. Couldn’t wait for a paper copy (though the cover looks delicious), and am halfway through it on my Kindle. I’m torn between wanting to read it all in one sitting, and wanting to spin it out – to make it last like a box of exquisite Belgian chocolates. I just KNOW I’m going to miss these characters when I’m through!
    Congrats. It’s wonderful.

  96. Couldn’t wait for a paper copy (though the cover looks delicious), and am halfway through it on my Kindle. I’m torn between wanting to read it all in one sitting, and wanting to spin it out – to make it last like a box of exquisite Belgian chocolates. I just KNOW I’m going to miss these characters when I’m through!
    Congrats. It’s wonderful.

  97. Couldn’t wait for a paper copy (though the cover looks delicious), and am halfway through it on my Kindle. I’m torn between wanting to read it all in one sitting, and wanting to spin it out – to make it last like a box of exquisite Belgian chocolates. I just KNOW I’m going to miss these characters when I’m through!
    Congrats. It’s wonderful.

  98. I’m enjoying your book but can only read it on rainy days. See, I am also trying to sell a house and it’s been a challenging market in the Atlanta area. Reading about Delia’s struggles makes me anxious about my house.
    However, on rainy days, no one’s out house hunting nor could my (unreliable) landscaper go out and mow the lawn. Thus, I can read Bowling Avenue only on rainy days.

  99. Hey…great read….I almost hated to go to work and stop reading….and I work in a yarn shop….I really have enjoyed ir

  100. Hey…great read….I almost hated to go to work and stop reading….and I work in a yarn shop….I really have enjoyed ir

  101. Hey…great read….I almost hated to go to work and stop reading….and I work in a yarn shop….I really have enjoyed ir

  102. Hey…great read….I almost hated to go to work and stop reading….and I work in a yarn shop….I really have enjoyed ir

  103. Hey…great read….I almost hated to go to work and stop reading….and I work in a yarn shop….I really have enjoyed ir

  104. Hey…great read….I almost hated to go to work and stop reading….and I work in a yarn shop….I really have enjoyed ir

  105. Just started it this weekend and love it so far! Thanks for transporting me once again to my home town – my best high school friend from St. Bernard’s (back when they had a high school!) lived just a couple of minutes away from Ginna’s house, on Wilson, so lots of good memories!

  106. Just started it this weekend and love it so far! Thanks for transporting me once again to my home town – my best high school friend from St. Bernard’s (back when they had a high school!) lived just a couple of minutes away from Ginna’s house, on Wilson, so lots of good memories!

  107. hi Ann – I love how you are promoting your book via social media. FYI – someone mentioned your book in a comment on NPR’s FB post on “What new fiction books are you looking forward to reading this summer?” Momentum building!?

  108. I just ordered it! I can’t wait!! After reading all the positive things people had to say about, I read the first chapter online and had to order it! Congratulations!! I think it’s going to be great!

  109. I just ordered it! I can’t wait!! After reading all the positive things people had to say about, I read the first chapter online and had to order it! Congratulations!! I think it’s going to be great!

  110. I just ordered it! I can’t wait!! After reading all the positive things people had to say about, I read the first chapter online and had to order it! Congratulations!! I think it’s going to be great!

  111. I’m up to Day 15 in the book, and loving it! Alas, the incurable editor in me spotted one thing I do want to mention, for the big re-release of your book when you’re a famous author: It’s pied À terre, not pied de terre. I know, it’s the teensiest, most picky thing in the world, but it just sat there in my obsessive brain, while I kept saying to myself: “Self, you are an idiot! It’s a well-written, addicting book, and you’re really enjoying reading it, so why are you letting a mistake of a single letter bug you?”
    Anyway, all of my stupidity aside, I am really, REALLY impressed at your authorial skills. I’m already looking forward to your next book!

  112. If anyone besides Ann actually reads this far, ignore my last comment! I was completely wrong, and Ann so kindly explained to me why she wrote it the way she did. I should have realized immediately that a book so otherwise literate and well-written wouldn’t have such a small inconsistency in it!
    Ann, you are not only a good author, you are a really nice person. :) And now back to the rest of the book, which has me totally hooked!

  113. ANN, I bought your book for my Kindle and I love the story. I can always tell if the book is good if I like the characters and I love this family. I love the way you got them all together. So much to enjoy and think about. I do have one negative comment. I’ve never understood why authors feel the need to include the F-bomb in their writing. Honestly I think it limits who will read it. I know that I have friends that I just can’t recommend the book to for this reason. My book club has requested no books with offensive language no matter how good the book. I would think an author writing especially for the market you have would be able to express whatever emotion you want to without the F=bombs. Sorry. I still love the book.