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Sunday, March 05, 2006


SMILE OVERLOAD
Denise's husband owns Windows, Doors and More in Ft Wayne. He rented some spaces at the Ft Wayne Home Show this past weekend and had a spot he offered to us to get out there and promote our books. Great idea, passing out bookmarks, greeting people, showing off our books, generating name recognition to the 32,000 or so who were going to flow through the Coliseum. One thing we didn't count on. Sixteen hours of being "on."

Is my smile cracking? What is there about being "ON" that's so exhausting? I'm outgoing. I like people. I love to talk writing and books. But I hadn't realized quite how hard it was going to be to smile for that many hours. By the end of the day on Saturday we all felt like we were in some kind of nightmare where we would be forced to smile for all eternity. I could feel the wrinkles affixing themselves permanently around my mouth--not the kind of thing a woman my age is eager to see happen. I was so tired I felt like I was in some kind of fog.

One thing really surprised us all--SO MANY people were readers of Christian fiction. They told us they didn't want all that smut. I have to admit I wondered if people would walk away when they discovered what kinds of books we wrote, but it just didn't happen. People were thrilled to take our bookmarks, look over our books, talk to us, tell us the other writers they liked. That made up for the pain smiling caused after about eight hours. LOL

The smiling marathon gave me a new appreciation for my friends at Thomas Nelson who go out every day to sell my books. You're my heroes. I bow at your feet. And if my face is cracked and haggard the next time you see me, you'll know the reason. I'm trying to help all I can, even if it means more wrinkles.

Will we do it again? Ask me next week when the pain fades. LOL
Colleen Coble  
posted at 9:21 PM  
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5 Comments:
At 9:53 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

ROFLOL, Colleen! You summed it up perfectly. And I'm pretty sure I noticed new lines around my mouth today.

 
At 12:32 AM, Blogger eileen said...

Awww, but what cute wrinkles those would be! Great idea and awesome promotion "outside the box."

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

This reminds me of the ending to Toy Story 2. At the end the Barbie doll is on camera smiling really big saying "Okay, bye bye...bye bye, now...bye bye...Are they gone yet, oh my gosh, my cheeks are killing me."
LOL.

Anyway, you girls look great. Glad you had such a nice response.

 
At 5:06 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Hi Colleen! Just won your book Alaska Twilight over at Pamela James' site. Sure makes me, uh, smile :-)

 
At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Sunday said...

Ah, I'm very sad. Ft. Wayne, as in Ft. Wayne, Indiana? I'm a mere hour away. I could have brought my collection for you ladies to sign! :*(

 

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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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