*cyber confetti* *cyber balloons* *cyber cake* *cyber wine*
A BIG congratulations to Tara Taylor Quinn and Tim Barney on the launch of their newest, and most special, book! It Happened on Maple Street hit stores and e-readers on Friday, April 1, 2011.
And it’s no April fool’s story either.
Nor is it one that you will forget.
If you are a new reader, or an ongoing fan, be sure to join along on the blog tour. Tara and Tim know how to celebrate. When the four books of The Chapman Files series were released last fall, they took readers on an 80+ stop blog tour culminating with the first annual Tara Taylor Quinn Charity Skate and a simultaneous real-life and cyber launch party for The Fourth Victim that was amazing. As were the books! During that tour, Tara urged support for Strengthen Our Sisters and raised awareness about the issue of domestic violence. It was good work. With this tour and this book, that work goes very personal, as Tara has become a spokesperson for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
The blog tour started almost a week ago, March 28, and celebrated the launch of the book on Friday with six stops! Yes, six! You don’t want to miss a single one, as Tim and Tara walk through the process of how It Happened on Maple Street came into being. A full schedule of their blog stops is available on her website. As is a list of their upcoming appearances.
One of Tara and Tim’s upcoming appearances is especially close to the heart. They’re coming back to the campus where they met, where part of this remarkable story happened! And I couldn’t be more delighted, because that is where I work. In yesterday’s post, I wrote about how archival collections can be an excellent source of research for writers. And how partnering with an archival institution might also be a possibility for promotion. Special Collections and Archives at the Wright State University Libraries is very proud to be hosting a book signing with Tara and Tim on Saturday, April 16, 2011, from 2-4 p.m., in our reading room, located on the fourth floor of the Dunbar Library. It is free and open to the public, with plenty of free parking in front of the library. It Happened on Maple Street will be available for purchase as well. Their visit coincides with the celebration of the American Library Association’s National Library Week (April 10-16, 2011), the theme of which is “Create Your Own Story @ the Library.” As part of that celebration –of their visit as well as National Library Week– there’s an exhibit on the first floor of the library, and on that Saturday, there will also be an exhibit highlighting Wright State’s history with materials from the University Archives collection.
If you are new to Tara’s books, please join along on the blog tour and go get any one of her books, but especially this story, their story. If you are a long time fan of Tara’s books, as I am, you’ll love her even more after this one. Plus, you’ll get to know her real-life hero, her husband, Tim Barney. His story is here as well. Your faith in the power of love, in the reality of happily-ever-after, will be renewed.
If you can, please come visit during their upcoming stop! We’d all love to have you there!
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