Sunday, February 26, 2012

Brownies, Blog Tours, Book Parties & More

Okay, so I took my camera to my Hometown Book Launch today and forgot to take even one picture to share with you, my cyber friends and neighbors. I could have at least taken a picture of those brownies I baked for my reading friends. But I was too busy talking to think about pictures. So you get a picture of Spring instead. Soon we'll have flowers like this blooming in the warm sunshine. March is mere days away and the flowering time of the year won't be far behind.

It was fun having a book party with my hometown friends to celebrate Words Spoken True. I started doing these hometown book events when The Scent of Lilacs was published in 2005. Since that book's setting was my hometown back in the 1960s, I thought the least I could do was have an event for my local readers and friends. We might not be able to actually go back to the Sixties to party, but we could gather in the antique portion of the public library and celebrate me having the book published and Lawrenceburg getting a little book time. Of course, I did change the name of the town to Hollyhill. As I tell my Lawrenceburg friends, the Lawrenceburg series just doesn't have that pleasant roll off your tongue sound that Hollyhill has. 

Once I started the book party tradition, I enjoyed it too much to stop. Before The Scent of Lilacs was published, I wrote for several years without any publishing success, so now I want to celebrate every time I'm blessed with a new novel out for readers. Plus, it's just plain fun talking about my books with friends. Where I used to quake and tremble at the thought of standing up in front of a group of people and talking, now I love it. I feel as if we're having a conversation. I do end up doing most of the talking, but I'm always ready to pass the microphone off if a friend has something to say.

I had some new friends show up today and some of my regulars, who have shown up for nearly every book party I've had, didn't make it. Maybe they've heard my story enough. Words Spoken True did have an interesting path, and a long one, to publication. Maybe that can be next week's post.

As I told you last week, Words Spoken True has been flying around the internet gathering reviews like my little cockerspaniel used to go out on the farm and pick up sticktights. The reviews have flooded in. Most of them have been positive. Some have withheld a few stars.

Here's one of the nice ones. I have a couple of reasons to like this one. First she says nice things about my book. Second, in these days when authors are often pushed to establish their brands, she doesn't mind my books being different. I've always wanted my brand to be "storytelling."

Ms. Gabhart has seemed to carve a nitch for herself in writing
 deeply moving and emotional stories that touch on faith and on
 your soul. WORDS SPOKEN TRUE is a beautiful and enlightening
 read that I highly recommend.”
                     —Marilyn Rondeau, CK2s Kwips & Kritiques

So at my book party today, we ate the brownies. We talked books.
I enjoyed seeing friends and family.  I looked over some of the 
reviews coming in when I got home. I wrote this blog post. I 
counted my blessings and you're in the number. 
Thanks for reading.


  1. Ann, my best friend used to tell me that I had a "knack with words". She died several years ago and I miss her encouraging words. I certainly don't aspire to having a book published but I try to use my words to uplift, encourage and perhaps inspire people in the notes and cards I try to send.

    Your success as an author hinges on your being able to offer those uplifting, moral and encouraging thoughts in your stories. So, if you just want to be a storyteller you have succeeded and if you one day want to be a successful author, I believe that you have succeeded there also !

    So happy for the good time you had in your hometown because those are the people who have encouraged you over the years, just as my dear friend was able to encourage me.

  2. Connie, I think being an "encourager" is one of the very best things we can be. Thank you for your encouraging words to me. And I do love telling stories even when they're hard to drag out of my head.

  3. I found you through Fresh Fiction and I am so impressed! In a world where faith seems to have become a dirty word, you are celebrating it in your books! I am so excited to read more! Congratulations on your new book and your signing. I wish you much success and happiness.

  4. Hi, Maureen.

    How nice that you came over to check out my journal from Fresh Fiction. Faith, Hope and Love are never dirty words. They are words all of us need to hear and I do want each of them to shine through in my books even though the stories are not all sweetness and light.

    Hope if you get a chance to read one of my books, you'll enjoy the story. Thanks so much for your comment and good wishes.

  5. How exciting all the great things about your books.

    I must admit, I am a little disappointed that your not doing any signings out here in Northern California :-) We would love to have you for a book signing :-)


  6. California or bust. Isn't that what they said when they were heading that way to make their fortune in the gold fields? My hero in my next book, The Gifted, is feeling the gold rush fever, but instead he sticks around to fall in love with my Shaker girl.

    A California booksigning would be nice. I'll pencil you in for my first nationwide tour. LOL.

    Thanks for your comment, Belinda.


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