Hurrah, Hurray, It’s Book Release Day!

All That We Carried is available now, everywhere books are sold, including these fine establishments:

Baker Book House

Schuler Books & Music

IndieBound

Barnes & Noble

Target.com

Amazon

Christianbook.com

 

Catch me talking about All That We Carried (and taking your questions) tonight and Thursday. Both events are free but require registration to get the links.

JANUARY 5
Book Launch Event for All That We Carried – Online – 7:00pm EST
Hosted by Schuler Books & MusicRegister here for this free event. You must register by at least 2 hours prior to the event.

JANUARY 7
Book Launch Event for All That We Carried – Online – 7:00pm EST
Hosted by Baker Book HouseRegister here for this free event. You must register by at least 2 hours prior to the event.

 

You can also hear me talking about the book (and about writing in general) as the first guest of a brand new podcast for writers from author Ginny L. Yttrup. Click here to hear the first episode of the Words for Writers podcast.

Awards Season?

I was thrilled to find out yesterday that my second novel, The Words between Us, is a finalist for the 2020 Christy Award.

 

Last year, We Hope for Better Things was a finalist as well. And a couple weeks ago We Hope for Better Things won the 2020 Star Award from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association in both the debut and general categories.

So it has been an exciting couple of weeks!

But probably the most exciting thing? I don’t have to buy a new furnace.

Awards for a job well done are a great boost to the ego (and hopefully to sales as well) but when it comes to endorphins and good feelings coursing through your body, nothing beats being told that you will not have to shell out $4,000-$6,000 dollars just yet.

I’m going into the weekend warm and toasty, inside and out.

My Next Book!

I am excited to announce that my next book has a title and a cover, and it’s available for pre-order now!

Ten years ago, sisters Olivia and Melanie Greene were on a backcountry hiking trip when their parents were in a fatal car accident. Over the years, they grew apart, each coping with the loss in her own way. Olivia plunged herself into law school, work, and an atomistic view of the world–what you see is what you get, and that’s all you get. Melanie dropped out of college and developed an online life-coaching business around her cafeteria-style spirituality–a little of this, a little of that, whatever makes you happy.

Now, at Melanie’s insistence (and against Olivia’s better judgment), they are embarking on a hike in the Porcupine Mountains of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In this remote wilderness they’ll face their deepest fears, question their most dearly held beliefs, and begin to see that perhaps the best way to move forward is the one way they had never considered.

Michigan Notable Book Award winner Erin Bartels draws from personal experience hiking backcountry trails with her sister to bring you a story about the complexities of grief, faith, and sisterhood.

It’s an honor just to be nominated…

Yesterday I received some pretty exciting news.

We Hope for Better Things is a finalist for the 2019 Christy Award in the General Fiction category! That’s amazing!

I don’t think I have a chance of winning (and that’s not false modesty–if it were in the First Book category, I would think it had a chance) because it is up against books from some pretty hard hitters in the Inspirational Fiction world, people who have already won multiple Christy Awards, are bestselling authors, and who’ve even had a novel made into a movie. But to even be a finalist is incredible.

Winners will be announced November 6th in Nashville.

 

Just stopping in so John Steinbeck can say…

My second novel, The Words between Us, is coming out September 3rd!

You may be wondering how you can get the book, support me as an author, or see me in person, so each day for the next four weeks on my Facebook page some literary luminaries from the past are going to make it easy for you. The first is John Steinbeck. Head on over to Facebook and like my author page so you don’t miss any of the rest of them!

And without further ado, here are some ways you can be part of this next book launch!

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Join me at one of my book launch events:

Sept. 3 @ 7pm at Baker Book House on East Paris in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Sept. 5 @ 7pm at Schuler Books & Music in the Meridian Mall in Okemos, Michigan

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Preorder at your local indie bookstore or online:

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780800734923

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-words-between-us-erin-bartels/1130543157#/

https://www.amazon.com/Words-between-Us-Erin-Bartels/dp/0800734920/

https://www.christianbook.com/the-words-between-us/erin-bartels/9780800734923/pd/73492X

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Add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43838303-the-words-between-us?ac=1&from_search=true

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Rate and review the book on Goodreads, Bookbub, or Amazon:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43838303-the-words-between-us?ac=1&from_search=true

https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-words-between-us-by-erin-bartels?bookstory=3196583

https://www.amazon.com/Words-between-Us-Erin-Bartels/dp/0800734920/

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Join my email newsletter list:

https://erinbartels.us12.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=2d2e97b860f739e577bc95eeb&id=c3578997bb

First Booksigning Is in the Books

Last night was my first live event to support the launch of We Hope for Better Things.

Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was a perfect venue. Not only is it the retail arm of my publishing house, it is a fantastic space with lots of room for events like these.

I didn’t count, but I would estimate that there were around 50 people who came to listen to me jaw on about the importance of knowing our history in order to improve our future.

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There was family — my mom and dad, my aunt, my husband and son, my mother-in-law and father-in-law.

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There were dear friends — girls who were on my Little League softball team and stood in my wedding, and fellow writer-friends I met through WFWA who actually made the trip from Chicago (with two more of their friends) to surprise me (and boy I was surprised!).

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There was a sweet old lady from the church I attended in my early twenties when I lived in Grand Rapids. There were members of my publishing team and people I’d worked with for well over a decade. There were fellow writers I met through my involvement with the Breathe Writers Conference and the Capital City Writers Association.

And there were lots of people I’d never met before. Several of them grew up in Detroit during the 1960s, which is where the book is partially set. One of them actually went to the same high school as my mom did in Detroit at the same time she was there. Those who had already read it said they really enjoyed seeing their childhood come alive in the book. That was really gratifying to me because it means I not only did my research but I got it onto the page in a compelling way.

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All in all, it went well and I know I’ll be less nervous for my next event coming up on January 24th at 7:00pm at Schuler Books & Music in Okemos, MI.

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Also, I want to take a moment to point you to a new page on this website. This events page is where I will be putting information about where I will be in the future, just in case you want to connect in person. You can also find it through the media page in the header of the website, along with pages that link to reviews, interviews and articles, and resources for book clubs.

Thanks for reading!!

Snow Day, More Podcasting, and Looking Forward to Release Day

It’s the first snow day of the season today. Rain turned to snow overnight, making for nasty driving conditions. We woke up to about four or five inches, and it’s still snowing. We managed to get the patio furniture covered and get some firewood inside before it all started coming down.

Sleeping in, fresh cinnamon rolls for a late breakfast, and a snug day inside our little brick house. Snow days aren’t so bad. And now that the boy is ten, I actually get some work done as well.

This weekend I edited and scheduled the next several weeks’ worth of the Your Face Is Crooked podcast (including this week’s episode). Today I will record a new outro to add to the end of each episode. We’re just about five weeks away from the release of We Hope for Better Things, and starting in January, I’ll no longer be telling people about how they can pre-order it. Instead, you’ll actually be able to buy it outright! (A great use of all those Amazon and Barnes and Noble gift cards you’ll be getting at Christmas.)

I’m excited and nervous (mostly about my two live events which I’m kind of dreading). I’m trying to decide just what to do on release day to keep my mind off it and avoid constantly refreshing Amazon to see where it ranks. Since it comes out on New Year’s Day, I guess I’ll be taking down the Christmas decorations and cleaning the house. It’s a glamorous life, but someone needs to live it.

For today, I’m working. And writing. And cooking my own Thanksgiving dinner because every year we go to someone else’s house and so I never get any leftovers. If you find yourself at home today because of snow (or if you’re one of those unfortunate souls stuck at an airport because of it) you might want to check out the Your Face Is Crooked podcast. Each episode is short and amusing and maybe they’ll brighten your cloudy day a bit.

Here’s this week’s ep:

We Hope for Better Things on Urban Book Reviews

I’m excited to share both a review of We Hope for Better Things and an interview with me on Urban Book Reviews. Here’s a little taste of both:

The Review

“We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels is a one astounding read. This literary debut novel holds so much intensity. I felt the pain, loss, love, and hope. It was like a fresh battle wound that would not fade. A constant reminder of what never died. Still wounds like these exist, today.”

Read more here.

The Interview

We Hope for Better Things blends family drama, mystery, and romance into one intriguing story. How did you come up with the plot for your debut novel?
It started with the idea of the photographer—the invisible presence whenever we look at a photo. From there, the story grew . . . a lot. Once it was clear that race relations was going to be part of Nora’s story, I began to think about how quickly a family’s legacy might change. How long would it take to go from brotherhood to bigotry and back again? How long does it take a wound to heal?

With so many great elements, who would you say is your target audience?
My target audience is thoughtful readers who are troubled by the times we live in and are looking for sense in what seems like chaos. People who want to know they’re not the only ones who yearn for meaning in the midst of what often feels like an incomprehensible world.

Read more here.

 

We’re now just nine weeks away from the release date! It’s hard to believe after working on this for so long, it will actually finally be out in the world for people to read!

If you want to pre-order a copy, the buy links are on my Books page.