One of my favorite things to do is attending author events. With no Indie book stores in my town or even in Orlando which is only 30-45 minutes from me, it’s been challenging to find something. Book festivals are great but are bigger and often don’t allow for personal contact with an author.
About a year and a half ago I started making the 85 mile drive to Vero Beach Book Center. Yes it’s a trek, but honestly what I’ve gained is immeasurable. Beyond the authors I’ve made friends with the friendly and knowledgeable team at Vero Books. I’ve met Stephanie Evanovich, Beatriz Williams, and Jane Green to name a few authors.
This past Monday night Jenny Milchman visited Vero Beach Book Center for the second time. I met Jenny when she was on tour with her first novel Cover of Snow. Jenny is now on her second “worlds longest book tour”, promoting her new book Ruin Falls. Jenny is a wonderful speaker, sharing her road to publishing, tales from the book tour, and taking questions about her book and other topics.
Here’s a publisher’s summary: Liz Daniels has every reason to be happy about setting off on a rare family vacation, leaving behind her remote home in the Adirondack Mountains for a while. Instead, she feels uneasy. Her children, eight-year-old Reid and six-year-old Ally, have met their paternal grandparents only a handful of times. But Liz’s husband, Paul, has decided that, despite a strained relationship with his mother and father, they should visit the farm in western New York where he spent his childhood.
On their way to the farm, the family stops at a hotel for the night. In the morning, when Liz goes to check on her sleeping children, all her anxiety comes roaring back: Ally and Reed are nowhere to be found. Blind panic slides into ice-cold terror as the hours tick by without anyone finding a trace of the kids. Soon, Paul and Liz are being interviewed by police, an Amber Alert is issued, and detectives are called in.
Frantic worry and helplessness threaten to overtake Liz’s mind—but in a sudden, gut-wrenching instant she realizes that it was no stranger who slipped into the hotel room that night. Someone she trusted completely has betrayed her. Though she knows that Ally and Reid are safe, Liz will stop at nothing to find them and get them back. From her guarded in-laws’ unwelcoming farmhouse to the deep woods of her own hometown, Liz follows the threads of a terrible secret to uncover a hidden world created from dreams and haunted by nightmares.
Sounds great!! I was able to take Rebecca from Love at First Book with me, we had a wonderful night, and below are some photos I took.
Thanks to Cynthia and all the staff at Vero Beach Book, and Jenny for a fun night!!