What a time of celebration! The book was released on June 4th. Within a day, it reached the Number One Best Seller list in 2 categories, then quickly a third, then a fourth category. And, on Saturday, June 8th there were almost 1800 downloads that day - which moved it to the Number One Bestseller position in ALL Kindle Free ebook downloads. What a rush as the 5 day Free Promotion surpassed my wildest expectations!
On June 15, we celebrated the launch of Rescue 12 Responding. Family and friends joined me at my home. Lissa, my roommate and dear friend, created a very cool food presentation. There was the normal vegetable and fruit trays. She also let the novel lead her choices:
Devil on horseback. Date stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon. It was really a surprising tasty treat.
If you read the story, you will remember David and the bologna. So, to honor that, she had small chunks of bologna and cheese held by toothpicks. (very funny)
Angel Hair Pasta Salad
Devil Food Cake
In honor of Jonathan, there were Cuban sandwiches. Jonathan would have been pleased!
It was so much fun to see her thoughtful consideration of the elements of demons and angels and David and Jonathan in her choices. I am easily entertained, and this thoughtfulness was definitely appreciated!
There was a Slide presentation that ran in a loop that showed the reviews that have come in over these first few days and pictures of my peers, and emergency scenes that were ran on back when I worked the streets as a paramedic. How fun it was to point out Joshua, and other friends that were mentioned in the book. To hear how much he loved the story will always be a treasure. I have included a couple of the pictures from the slide show.
Sunday, June 16, we drove up to Payson and had a book signing event at Church for the Nations in Payson. In the novel, there is a wonderful pastor, Tim McDonald. Well, he happens to be the pastor at CFTN - Payson. It was wonderful to honor my friend in my story. And, it was an honor that he allowed me to share my novel with the church family there. It seems perfect that this would be the place of my first book signing event.
My son, Matthew had flown into town to be with me during these days of celebration. In just under 2 weeks there has been over 4000 copies of my book downloaded or purchased in paperback form. I am in a state of shock and awe! I am so grateful, so amazed and so hopeful for what lays ahead for the novel. The reviews are bringing me to tears of joy as I see how much folks are liking the story!
Thanks to each of you who are sharing your reaction to this story. The reviews, texts, and calls have been so awesome! I am so very very grateful to each of you who have shared your reaction!
If you want to help this book continue to be discovered by others, please consider if you know of any place I can set up a book signing opportunity, or book club or any other avenue. I am committed to get this book out there. It is more than a story for me, it is a message that I want to share with as many people as possible.
Let me know if you have a suggestion for locations or folks I can share this book with. I would like to thank Karen for setting up an opportunity for a book club meeting in July and Bob Moore for the invitation for a book signing in Tampa in September. It will be great to get back to Tampa. I hope to catch up with lots of ol’ friends!
I am waiting to see what doors open up!