Gifts To Go was a bit quiet on the blog during July 2011 because I were consumed with running the day-to-day operation at The Barnaby Street Shoppes and hosting the AZ Authors Weekend on July 15 and 16, 2011. I’ve previously shared that I was working on a labor of love which it was. I absolutely loved having twelve authors attend the weekend event.
So, let’s catch up. I’ll start by sharing who was here and what they write about. The entire weekend sprang from an idea that Ann Goldfarb shared in April 2011 that Barnaby Street use the space that is currently vacant to provide authors a brick and mortar venue in which to meet people, talk about their work and perspective as well as sell some books. Thanks to Ann for the concept, encouragement and tireless efforts in promoting the event. Last year, Ann published her first time travel book for the teen audience, The Face Out of Time. And, just before the weekend event, Ann’s second time travel for teens, Ripple Rider: An Anguillan Adventure in Time, was released. And coming next year Ann’s third book, The Last Tag, will be available. Check out Ann’s website at http://www.timetravelmysteries.com/
Ann’s first two books are available for purchase at Gifts To Go’s retail shop and soon will be available through my overhauled website.
Early on Ann Goldfarb connected with Toby Heathcotte, President of the Arizona Authors Association http://azauthors.com, on behalf of the proposed event. Toby was quick to put out a call to authors soliciting their participation in the weekend event. I’m grateful to her efforts because that’s when things started to get exciting and the event really started to take shape. Toby’s works, also for sale at Gifts To Go, are intended for adult readers (meaning mature, skilled readers; does not mean ‘adult’ content). She has five books within her Alma Chronicles series. In Toby’s words, “souls, in the Alma Chronicles, bound together in a circle of love, passion, betrayal, and murder, reincarnate lifetime after lifetime from the ancient Celtic world through twenty-first century America.” The series starts with Alison’s Legacy followed by Lainn’s Destiny, Angie’s Promise, Luke’s Covenant, and The Comet’s Return. Each work is a standalone book but an important component of the series.
In addition to the Alma Chronicles, Toby Heathcotte has made three non-fiction works available at Gifts To Go.
- Program Building – A Guide for High School Speech and Drama Teachers (blogger’s note to self: why didn’t I know about this work when I was building the Somerset County (NJ) Park Commission’s outdoor Therapeutic Recreation Theatre Works program ?);
- Out Of The Psychic Closet: The Quest To Trust My True Nature – “A self-help handbook that will show the reader how to step out of the psychic closet, to rise above anxiety and distrust, and to incorporate psychic abilities into a more honest model of personal reality.”
- How I Wrote My First Book: The Story Behind the Story – Toby is one of “twenty authors (who) tell amazing stories about the efforts that went into writing their first book.” Toby’s story is called “The Manuscript from a Mystifying Source”.
Enough Who’s Who for today but before I depart I want to once again extend a thank you to both Ann and Toby for all their work, for being the truly interesting people they are and for dedicating some many hours to this event.
Next update will introduce the both Susan Krueger and Floyd Allen.