In the nerve-wracking weeks before the Aug. 25th publication of my first book, "After the Fire," I searched the web daily for something - anything - that might give me an idea about how my book would be received. That's when I first discovered the power of the book blogger.
It was sometime this past June, and a blogger who calls herself "Literature Chick" ran a review of "After the Fire" based on an advance copy she'd received from the publisher. "A must read," she wrote. She likes me! I cried to my sister. She likes me! I shouted to my friends. I was so happy. And I was hooked.
After that, I searched the web not once, but five and six times day, hoping another book blogger would weigh in. Then, one day, there it was! Book blogger "Tee" called "After the Fire" "beautiful" and "moving." I called Tee my new best friend. Others followed at a regular pace and finally publication day arrived!
The book has been out for a couple of weeks now and the "official" reviews - from national publications such as Publisher's Weekly, People Magazine and USA Today, as well as regional newspapers across the country - have been unimaginably positive.
It was book bloggers, though, who sustained me during those uncertain weeks before publication and book bloggers who gave "After the Fire" its positive introduction to the rest of the reading public. It is book bloggers I continue go to for feedback and for reading recommendations, too!
I'm so glad I discovered you. Thank you all for helping others discover "After the Fire" and for helping me discover so many wonderful books.
With much respect and appreciation,
I am gratefully yours,
Robin Gaby Fisher
Hachette Book Group is giving five copies of After the Fire away!
About the Book: On January 19, 2000, a fire raged through Seton Hall University's freshman dormitory, killing three students and injuring 58 others. Among the victims were Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, roommates from poor neighborhoods who made their families proud by getting into college. They managed to escape, but both were burned terribly. AFTER THE FIRE is the story of these young men and their courageous fight to recover from the worst damage the burn unit at Saint Barnabas hospital had ever seen. It is the story of the extraordinary doctors and nurses who work with the burned. It is the story of mothers and fathers, of faith and family and the invisible ties that bind us to each other. It is the story of the search for the arsonists--and the elaborate cover-up that nearly obscured the truth. And it is the story of the women who came to love these men, who knew that real beauty is a thing not seen in mirrors.
Hachette will only ship to United States and Canadian mailing addresses. To enter leave a comment and tell me about a book you read about overcoming adversity that inspired you. Giveaway is open until Friday.