| Dear Friends,
Happy Spring! The weeks have flown by since I hit the road on book tour with Angel. The south was in full bloom while I was there, with delightfully warm temperatures, sun shining and the pollen flying. It was a wonderful two weeks full of book signings, readings, visits to book clubs, high school classes, libraries and a retirement home. I'm happy to say that the entire experience was overwhelmingly positive. I was welcomed by so many friends, old and new, some of whom I was seeing again after many years. So many readers representing a widely diverse audience love the book, and have embraced the story of this family's journey to to the truth, as seen through the eyes of thirteen year old Angel. The questions and discussions were for the most part very engaging and meaningful, which for me, the author, is immensely gratifying. Having said all of that, however, probably the best way to describe this first experience of being on tour with Angel is that it was a whole lot of fun! I'm so grateful to everyone who's been a part of this adventure so far, but here I especially want to thank all those who prepared and planned to have me bring Angel into their groups and homes.
After just a couple of weeks home to catch my breath, I'm off and away again to several events in east Tennessee. Check out "News and Events" on my website for specifics. For those of you in the Atlanta area, note that I will be back in Alpharetta for a signing at Peerless Book Store on Holcomb Bridge Road on May 12th. I'd also like to announce that Angel will be available for a FREE download to Kindle May 1-5.
Even beyond being well loved, the key to the ongoing success of any book is, of course, a matter of exposure. I hope that if you're a fan of Angel, you'll help spread the word. There are several ways to do this. If you're on FB, please "like" my author page, www.facebook.com/maryekingsley. This will send my updates and posts to your news feed. Also, if you are so inclined, you can post a rating or review (or both) on Amazon or Goodreads. A review doesn't need to be lengthy--one or two sentences are all that is needed. No amount of advertising can beat reader recommendations.
Thank you, everyone, for your continued interest and support. I will keep you posted!
P.S. Hands down, the most popular food item served at the book clubs was the Coca-Cola cake. Many people had never even heard of it, much less tasted it. So here is the recipe from my website, the very one we enjoyed in the seventies after it first appeared in a church cookbook. ENJOY!
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May 12th- Book Signing in Alpharetta, Ga
Peerless Book Store
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The Seven Oaks Book Club in Alpharetta, hosted by Susan Davern
Recipe For Coca-Cola Cake
"Absolutely everybody is talking about it!" –ANGEL
1 package Devil's Food cake mix
1 3.9 oz. package chocolate instant pudding mix
4 large eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 10 oz. bottle coca-cola (1 1/4 cup)
Combine first four ingredients. Beat at low speed, set aside
Bring Coca-Cola to a boil in small saucepan
Mix at low speed, gradually pour hot Coke into cake batter. Increase speed to medium and beat 2 minutes.
Flour 13 x 9 x2 inch pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes
1/2 cup butter or margarine
6 T Coke
3 T Cocoa
1 16 oz package powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts
Combine first 3 ingredients in large saucepan.