Amy Clipston's Bakery Bunch is a group of readers who enjoy Amy's writing, are eager to support and promote her work in creative ways, and are becoming good friends as a result. I'm excited and honored to be a part of this group!
It's not a one-way street either, because Amy is always reaching out and encouraging us also. For example, one of you will receive a copy of a very special book from Amy, entitled A Gift of Love - details are at the end of this post. And then there's this little something that started around a month ago at Amy's house (click on images for a larger view) . . .
The surprise box arrived in December and it was so much fun to open it under our Christmas tree. Book, shopping bag, luggage tag, tumbler, bookmarks, pens - I thought for sure that Ebony would detect the scent of Amy's cats and want to check everything out . . . but NO! He went for Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus instead.
Oh well! Now let's see how all these items can be used to promote Amy's writing as I journey through my week . . .
First of all, there was an ARC of Amy's new YA novel, which will be released in April. Most readers, like me, probably associate Amy with Amish fiction . . . Who knew?! Although I haven't had time to read Miles from Nowhere yet, I did read the first couple of chapters last night - BIG mistake! It's the same high standard of writing we've come to expect from Amy, and very hard to put down. I will enjoy reviewing this one soon!
I love my library! The librarian appreciated Amy's bookmarks and was glad to have her picture taken. Amy's books are so popular that there was only one on the library shelf!
The LifeWay store in Morrow, GA is always a good place to visit and several of Amy's books were in stock. They must have some strict policies, though, because I wasn't allowed to place bookmarks in Amy's books nor to take a picture. However, the clerk did say that the bookmarks would be displayed for customers.
The tumbler, truly a traveling cup, goes with me almost everywhere - from working on my blog, to practicing a piano solo, to relaxing with my computer jigsaw puzzle game. It's also a great way to work on those 64 ounces of water the health experts say we need each day. By the way, I loved the computer blog photo on Zac's post, so he gets the credit for that idea. Thank you, Zac!
From Wednesday morning Bible study, to Thursday night worship rehearsal, and finally worship on Sunday . . . What a great conversation starter! Lots of my friends read and most enjoy Amish fiction - but not everyone is familiar with Amy's books, or knows that she has a new one coming out soon.
The luggage tag Amy sent will be used in the future, but right now it's kind of lonely. My daughter has lived in Germany for six years, where she leads a campus ministry, and every visit during those years has resulted in the taking of more luggage over there, where it somehow manages to stay. So now whenever I visit, I have to borrow a friend's luggage. But wait! I can write her a letter . . .
Wow! I wasn't sure I could ever pull all this together. But it's been fun, I learned a little more about my Smartphone, and this has helped me realize how we can do more to creatively support the authors we enjoy. My thanks go to Amy and all who shared in this project.
The Gift of Love is a heartfelt book in which Amy shares her story of almost losing the love of her life to kidney disease and the ultimate sacrifice that kept their family together. If you'd like to enter to win a copy, please leave a thoughtful comment drawn from one of these ideas:
Do you enjoy Amish fiction? Are you familiar with Amy's books? If so, do you have a favorite book or series?
Do you enjoy YA stories? Have you read any of Amy's?
Are you a blood donor? Have you or a loved one benefited from someone's donation?
Don't forget to leave your e-mail address in a safe format. Contest ends on Wednesday, January 28, US addresses only.