The Book Club Network (TBCN) is
an online site where book club members
and authors do more than just meet. I’ve enjoyed the interaction
between authors and book clubs as they learn from one another. It’s
also where book club leaders can share what they’ve read and the
creative things they’ve done at their book club meetings. Several book
clubs have set up pages on TBCN so members can see what different clubs
are reading and discussing.
Last month I interviewed Brandi
Fitzpartick, the book club leader of Faith in Fiction book club. Listen
to what she has to say about TBCN and why she’s excited to be part of
TBCN. How has this site enhanced or helped you with your book club?
I love TBCN! I’m excited to see
where it is going to take our group. We have several members who are
not living locally right now and this is a wonderful way for us all to
stay connected. It is a great resource for those who come regularly but
may miss a particular meeting. They can still keep up on what we have
been reading and make comments at TBCN for all the members to see. They
can also read what other members thought of the book club selection
What do you
I like the ease of navigation! I
also like the idea of being able to connect with an author whose book
we are discussing. It is another great way to add depth to the
discussion. Other clubs that have connected with authors have given me
the courage to reach out to a few authors. If some authors made
comments at the network, I can respond and get to know them and their
books better. It’s been fun to connect with authors and other book club
and how it could be used in the future?
I trust that we will all think
outside the box on this one. Consider the possibilities of reaching
people. Fiction is an amazing thing . . . authors have an ability to
say things through fiction that we can’t in everyday life. I see how
the message has brought about great discussions in my group and
affected lives. It’s powerful and fun. That’s the beauty of book club.
It’s also a great way for other book club leaders to connect with and
encourage one another.
Thanks, Brandi, for sharing and
encouraging me and others. I have great news for ALL book club members.
Brandi mentions TBCN helping her think outside the box. A contest we
just announced the first of November is very creative and definitely
outside the box. Author of Forget Me Not and a new
book Deadly Ties, Vicki Hinze, and my husband, Fred
St. Laurent, have come up with an exciting contest that will run till
December 31. The winner will be announced New Year’s Day
We’ve asked the book clubs at
TBCN to participate in a secret mission. It’s like a scavenger hunt.
They can do all the items on the list or just pick and choose what
works for their group. Every
mission has a point value. The
the most points wins fifty free books for their group. Yes, you read
that right. Fifty!
Vicki Hinze is giving away
twenty-five copies of her new action-adventure suspense book Deadly
Ties, which is coming out the early part of 2011, and Sandra
D. Bricker is giving away twenty-five copies of her new book Love
Finds You in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, a fun and
lighthearted detective wannabe story.
The club that wins this part of
the mission will go on to the next phase and have the opportunity to do
something really fun and completely different. There’s a cash prize
offered to the winner of the next phase. It will be the biggest prize
we’ve offered yet!
I’m so thankful that authors are
catching wind of fun ways to get involved in book club meetings. I’m
also thankful for book club leaders like Brandi who want to think
outside the box and welcome the opportunity to do fun and exciting
things at their meetings.
If you are a book club member,
you still have time to join the fun. Jump on over to TBCN, and get
The contest is on the front page of
TBCN and so is my interview with Vicki Hinze. We’d love for you to
participate in this contest. If you miss this contest, we have a few
more planned for next year. TBCN wants to help you have the most fun at
book club while growing as a group and making close connections between
members and the authors you love to read.
If you are a book club leader
and would like to be featured on my blog and in this magazine, please
contact me. I’d love to get to know you and your group. Check out the
contest and join in this fun at The Book Club Network. See you there!
Until next time.
The Book Club Network