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Book club with Susan Gregg Gilmore and a giveaway

November 18, 2010

Last summer, I won an auction for six copies of The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove, a pound cake, and a visit or telephone call from author Susan Gregg Gilmore on the Do the Write Thing for Nashville web site .   I was excited to win, but I also had a problem – the only book club I belonged to was online.  I was at dinner with friends just before the books came and someone said, “We should start a book club.”  I thought that was the perfect time to bring up my auction win.  Everyone was excited and we quickly decided that we would give a book club a trial run.  We recently held our very first meeting and were thrilled that Susan was willing to drive to join us.  I have to admit to being a little bit nervous, though.  What if no one liked the book or the  conversation quickly dissolved to idle chit chat while the author sat in my family room with us?  Well, it turned out that I worried for nothing!

Everyone in the book club loved The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove and its lovely author, Susan Gregg Gilmore.  We talked about the book for almost two hours (we had so much fun we met for four and a half hours) and had a lively discussion about civil rights, family dysfunction, and several  characters and plot points in the book.   Our meeting was such a success, we’ve decided to continue with the book club, but I think it will be hard to top our first meeting.  Check out the video I got Susan to make before she left:

While she was here, I got Susan to autograph copies of LOOKING FOR SALVATION AT THE DAIRY QUEEN and THE IMPROPER LIFE OF BEZELLIA GROVE for one lucky reader. To enter to win both books, simply fill out this entry form.  Contest is open worldwide.  I will use to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EST Thursday, December 2, 201o.   Winner will be announced on Friday, December 3, 2010.  Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

39 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2010 6:20 am

    You are such a winner! 🙂

  2. November 18, 2010 6:24 am


  3. November 18, 2010 6:49 am

    I love the video – it sounds like a lovely novel. And how nice to begin a book group because of it.

  4. November 18, 2010 6:55 am

    What a fabulous beginning. Thank you for sharing the video.

  5. November 18, 2010 8:02 am

    I LOVE SGG! I ran into her at a local bookstore a few years ago and she is just delightful. I’m actually headed to the store, today to pick up a copy of The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove. Thanks for this post and video!

  6. November 18, 2010 8:21 am

    Yay! I am so glad that this evening was a success for you guys! I am thrilled that you guys got the chance to meet for so long, and I know everyone just loved Susan, who is a great person, in my opinion!

  7. November 18, 2010 8:30 am

    What a great way to start off a book club!

  8. November 18, 2010 8:35 am

    Congrats on your book club success! It sounds like it was a ton of fun. 🙂

  9. November 18, 2010 8:59 am

    How nice that it all worked out so well! I don’t envy your club having to pick the next book — this great experience will be a tough act to follow, but that’s a good problem to have, I guess 🙂

  10. November 18, 2010 9:26 am

    Hurray, for your new book club, how exciting. I’m keeping my fingers crossed all your meeting are as successful. What a great giveaway, too.

  11. November 18, 2010 10:09 am

    This all worked out so well for you! What a wonderful way to start off your book club! I have read a bit about Susan Gregg Gilmore but your video is fantastic, thank you! Her book sounds so interesting, too.

    ~ Amy

  12. November 18, 2010 10:34 am

    I love how your book club came ot be and I am so glad it was a success! I have been dying to read both of these books and I thoroughly enjoyed the video! Thanks for sharing a piece of your visit with us.

  13. November 18, 2010 1:29 pm

    Wow! How fantastic that you were able to hold this meeting and with the author — I love the video that the author did, it even more so makes me want to read this book! Happily entering the giveaway!

  14. November 18, 2010 2:51 pm

    This is wonderful! Susan sounds like such a great author 🙂

  15. November 18, 2010 3:01 pm

    What a great first book club meeting!

  16. November 18, 2010 3:30 pm

    Sounds like you had a fun time.

  17. November 18, 2010 3:51 pm

    What a fantastic beginning! I’m sure you girls will be able to keep the fun going without special guests. Lovely experience and hope there are lots more exciting meet-ups for you all 🙂

  18. November 18, 2010 4:14 pm

    I’m so glad you found an in-person group to join together with. They all look like good readers – you know what I mean – their eyes are wide open and they look like they would just love to chat for hours about a great story.

    I also like the video. I like how she described the story. I am going to read them.

  19. November 18, 2010 5:25 pm

    Awesome on the book club…picture is so nice.

    Thanks for sharing.

  20. November 18, 2010 6:05 pm

    The book club looks and sounds like so much fun!

  21. November 18, 2010 6:18 pm

    How fabulous, Kathy! This book sounds excellent. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. 🙂

  22. November 18, 2010 7:12 pm

    Kathy how great was that? I am so happy for you and your bookclub. Its nice to see a little peak into your home.

    I have been eyeing her first book for awhile now so please count me in on the give away. Thanks for hosting it.

  23. November 18, 2010 9:13 pm

    WOW! You have set the bar very high for your future book group meetings 🙂 What a blast … 4.5 hours of book group!

    And, although I need more books like I need the proverbial hole in the head, I’ve entered your giveaway for the signed books.

    Thanks, Kathy!

  24. November 18, 2010 9:27 pm

    How neat Kathy! I haven’t even heard of these books before, but am now very interested. Thanks for sharing and I hope your new book club keeps going! Mine is such a joy!

  25. November 18, 2010 9:34 pm

    I wish I lived in the area as your club sounds like a blast!

  26. givingreadingachance permalink
    November 18, 2010 10:00 pm

    Wow, and what did you name your book blog! :o)
    It is so nice of the author to join you guys, I am sure this experience will be the best!

    The video is great too, thank you.

    Please enter me as well.

    givingreadingachance AT

  27. November 18, 2010 11:26 pm

    I think it’s awesome that the meeting went so well. My book club tried an author meet-up once and it did not work out AT ALL. The author began to read from an erotic novel and was very good at reading it (if you know what I mean). I had to leave. I couldn’t keep a straight face.

    No need to enter me in the drawing.

  28. November 19, 2010 5:37 am

    So cool to have her join you! What a great experience 🙂

  29. November 19, 2010 7:43 am

    What a terrific experience. Wow! And although I agree that it will be hard to top your first meeting, you had such a great start I bet the club is a success. I loved your exclusive video — I have Improper Life in my TBR — I guess I should move it up in my list.

  30. November 19, 2010 9:08 am

    What a fun experience! I enjoyed Looking for Salvation–would love to have met Gilmore.

  31. November 19, 2010 1:57 pm

    I’m truly envious of your book club, but congrats on your first one. I just found out our library has one started, so I’m ok now! lol I hope its as fun and interesting as yours sounds.
    I’d love to read Susan’s books and appreciate the entry in your giveaway. Thank you!


  32. November 19, 2010 6:06 pm

    I love when all the pieces come together the way they did for you and your book club. So glad it was a rousing success!

  33. November 19, 2010 8:47 pm

    What a great start to your book club and it will be hard to top that book club meeting! I enjoyed the video and look forward to reading one of Susan’s novels.

  34. stacybuckeye permalink
    November 19, 2010 9:49 pm

    What an awesome way t o start a book club! You really are going to have a hard time topping that.

  35. November 19, 2010 11:10 pm

    This is so good! Love that group photo. I wish for book club like that near my place too. 😀

  36. November 20, 2010 1:38 am

    interesting video! Makes me want to read the book! 🙂

  37. November 21, 2010 1:13 pm

    Now that’s an amazing inaugural of the book club!

  38. December 2, 2010 8:59 am

    What a great giveaway! I would be delighted to win! Good luck to all.

  39. December 3, 2010 10:43 am

    Wow, what a great way to start off a book club! Lucky you!

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