Today, my debut novel, Elise’s Choice, has reached the one-month-since-being-released mark. What an exciting month it’s been! A Facebook Launch party, my first book signing, and a few positive reviews have highlighted this month. I can’t wait to see what’s in store during the months to come! Here are a couple of events I’m looking forward to in October:
October 4 - Local Author Event hosted by the Poplar Bluff Public Library: This event is open to all local authors and illustrators. I am excited about autographing books and making connections. It’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and support the local talent!
October 28 – Author Spotlight on http://www.becausereading.com/. I am extremely thrilled with this opportunity: my first spotlight! Thanks, Michelle, for agreeing to host this event.
I have events scheduled in November as well, and I will provide information about those in a later post.
If you haven’t checked out Elise’s Choice, please feel free to explore the following links:
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/elises-choice-rachel-m-stiber/1120146690?ean=9781500816582
If you have already read it, please leave a review.
Thanks to everyone for such making this a happy, happy month!
As readers have finished my debut novel, Elise’s Choice, they have asked three questions: Is there a sequel? Will it be a series? When can we expect it? The answer to these questions deserves a detailed explanation.
When the idea for Elise’s Choice birthed, the village of Petheralm captivated me. A small village surrounded by a supposedly Enchanted Forest, a large mountain range, a gently flowing river, and vast meadows, it felt like home and I wanted to spend as much time there as possible. Its cast of colorful characters begged for their individual stories to be shared. Therefore, I entertained the idea of creating a series entitled Maidens of Petheralm.
An avid reader, I am currently suffering from series burnout. I long for a complete story that doesn’t require me to immediately purchase or borrow the sequel. And that’s what I wanted my series to be: a collection of stories with roots in Petheralm. Stories and characters related to each other, but not necessarily entwined. I wanted readers to be able to choose to read one or all, and to feel content with each story whether or not they read the entire series.
Then I wrote Elise’s Choice. Yes, when a reader closes the book, Elise’s story is resolved. But the addition of another character begs for the story to continue.
So . . . will there be a sequel to Elise’s Choice? Yes, there certainly will. For me as the writer, there must be. The additional character pleads for her story to be heard.
Will there a series? Yes, I intend to follow my original idea and tell the stories of the maidens in Petheralm. Ingrid and Areya are two that beg for release.
When can the sequel be expected? The answer is simple: I honestly don’t know. It is my current writing project. But here is the deal: writing is not my only career. I am also a teacher. A teacher with 120 essays and 50 paragraphs waiting to be graded. And that’s simply a week’s worth of work from my students.
So, this is my promise to you. I will work diligently on the sequel, but I will not compromise the detailed descriptions and the fascinating characters, things that readers have declared made Elise’s Choice awesome, to have the sequel completed quickly. If you travel patiently with me throughout this journey, I promise I will make it well worth your time.
This past Saturday, I had the privilege of hosting my first book signing at the Hastings in my town. A few of my family members attended to show their support, and several friends, coworkers, and students (present and former) stopped by to visit and purchase a copy of my book. I met and encouraged a young, aspiring author and connected with another author hosting a book signing. All in all, the event was a success. Actually, I could get used to having book signings on a regular basis!