Struggling To Get The Word Out/Public Apology

I’m really struggling in my attempts to get the word out on JERUSALEM STONE.  I’m starting to believe that readers are avoiding it because of the ending of THE KIDDUSH LADIES.  I got a considerable amount of email and reviews from disgruntled readers.

What I’ve learned from the experience is I will never write another tragedy.  I still stand by the ending of THE KIDDUSH LADIES.  It would have felt forced if Becky suddenly woke up, and everything was hunky-dory.  Her decline from sanity was too far gone for her to change.

With that said, JERUSALEM STONE is not a tragedy.  It’s a journey from grief to light, and I hope readers will give it a chance.

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Jerusalem Stone Amazon Giveaway

 

Enter to win 1 of 5 Kindle versions.

 https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/df50d391b005aea2

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From the beaches of Thailand to the Holy Land 

 

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Shaler Library

Thank you to Beth Lawry and The Shaler Library for hosting our Author-Artist talk.  Elaine and I had a great time discussing our collaboration for the cover of Jerusalem Stone. 

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Meet The Author Series

Join Elaine and I tonight at the Shaler Library!

We’ll be talking about the collaboration process between author and cover artist 

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In Stock

 

At last, Amazon has

JERUSALEM STONE in stock!

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07968PVX7

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Jerusalem Stone: Out of Stock

front cover (14)Amazon is currently out-of-stock of JERUSALEM STONE in certain areas of the country.  Pittsburgh is out-of-stock.

You can order copies through my publisher’s website:

 https://black-opal-books.myshopify.com/products/jerusalem-stone

Or, as of yesterday, Barnes & Noble still had copies in-stock.  Hopefully, the Amazon will have more in stock by the weekend.

 

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Jerusalem Stone

So excited to announce 

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is available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Google, Black Opal Books, Kobo and other fine retailers and etailers 

A huge thank you to Pittsburgh-based artist Elaine Bergstrom for a cover that beautifully captures the story.

 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07968PVX7

 

 

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Black Opal Books Features The Kiddush Ladies

The Kiddush Ladies

is one of the November featured books on the Black Opal Books website. Order through them and receive 15% off!

 
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Not A Disney Ending For A Reason (Updated)

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I received this email recently:

“I do want to share, we were picking the next few books for book club.  I was talking about your book and someone explained it so I get it now.

It was an Israeli woman.  She said Americans like Disney endings.  Everyone lives happily ever after.  Israelis like to leave you thinking. Your book leaves you thinking.  It’s memorable.  Any other ending It might not be in my thoughts.”

As an author, there’s nothing I hate more than spoilers.  But, I keep hearing comments and groans about the ending to The Kiddush Ladies, so I will respond.

I wrote an ending that may not be Disney, but it’s the ending needed to emphasize the point of the story.  Sometimes it’s our own irrational thoughts, actions, and decisions that prevent us from living “happily-ever-after.” As humans, we often permit emotional reactions to supersede logic thought.  And, unfortunately, we tend to take out our hurt on the people we love the most.

The Kiddush Ladies explores irrational thought and behavior at the most extreme level, while integrating the role of forgiveness.  Naomi learned to forgive and set herself free to be happy.  Becky couldn’t forgive her mother, which opened the door for bitterness, resentment and a desperate need to be in control.  She was tormented by the false truths she concocted in her own mind, which sent her spiraling into the realm of emotional torment and obsession.

(Huge spoiler alert in next sentence.)

I hope when you reach the final pages of the book that you put it down and think.

What really killed Noah?

 

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New Review

Thank you to The Jewish Lady for this great review.  Please take a minute to check out her cool blog!

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http://thejewishlady.com/books-love-kiddush-ladies/

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