Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Because There Will Never Be Enough Words

What we do as book bloggers, one of the things I hope gets celebrated next week during BBAW, is we love books. We love books and authors even when they might not be the authors talked about in mainstream media outlets or selling millions of books.

Beth Kephart, one of my favorite authors, has a new book coming out You Are My Only. Sometimes I feel like all I do is talk about Beth, and her books and how wonderful she is. And then I'll find a friend that has no idea how I feel about her books and I realize I can never really talk enough.

Beth is a true friend. She emails me when I fall off the face of the earth, she thinks of others no matter how hard things are for herself, and most of all she gives us all the gift of her observations and writing.

I wrote on Sunday a little bit about what You Are My Only meant to me. Last year I did an interview with Beth during the release of Dangerous Neighbors. Beth has shared some ideas about the evolution of writing, she has shared about what O Holy Night means to her, and I've talked about the Beth Effect.

Beth put her faith in me to help promote her books online last year. We no longer have any sort of professional relationship for those who might be wondering. She is just one of my favorite authors and people I've met in this online world. She sees the good where you might be surprised to find it, she cherishes the moments in life we often overlook. She is generous in spirit, gifted with words, and in my opinion one of the most underrated authors of our time. I will never understand how her books get overlooked or ignored. But she has a wonderful group of devoted fans and I'm grateful for that.

I wish there was a way I could get the world to pay attention to You Are My Only. When I read it, I fell deeply in love with it, I was encouraged in my heart of hearts, I was dazzled by the beautiful language, I cried, and most of all, I was thankful to be alive. But I have only this little blog here and its limited reach.

Maybe together we can make a difference? You Are My Only releases October 25th. For two weeks if you help spread the word about You Are My Only, you will be entered to win a prize! All the details are at Chick Loves Lit right now. This little project is organized by There's a Book, Bookalicious, Chick Loves Lit, and myself.

I hope you'll join in! I don't think you'll regret it, You Are My Only is a treasure of a read, the kind that sticks with your for a long while.


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