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:

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Houston, We Have a Cover!

If you receive my email newsletter, this is old news to you. If you don’t, you should! Those folks all got entered in a drawing to win an Advance Reader Copy of the book months before it actually comes out. (Don’t worry. There will be more opportunities to enter giveaways. But if you’re on my newsletter list, you are automatically entered into every giveaway I do.)

ANYWAY, what I really want to tell you is that we have a cover!

AND the book is already available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Indiebound, and CBD. Pre-ordering is an excellent way to support a new author. It helps a book gain visibility in an online marketplace of millions of titles. And it shows retailers that there is an audience waiting for your book, which encourages them to take a chance on stocking a book from an unproven author.

When you pre-order, you will not be charged until the book is shipped. It may feel silly ordering a book six months before you can actually read it! But if you know you’re going to check it out anyway, it’s a simple way to lend your support.

 

Here is what the book is about:

When Detroit Free Press reporter Elizabeth Balsam meets James Rich, his strange request—that she look up a relative she didn’t know she had in order to deliver an old camera and a box of photos—seems like it isn’t worth her time. But when she loses her job after a botched investigation, she suddenly finds herself with nothing but time.

At her great-aunt’s 150-year-old farmhouse, Elizabeth uncovers a series of mysterious items, locked doors, and hidden graves. As she searches for answers to the riddles around her, the remarkable stories of two women who lived in this very house emerge as testaments to love, resilience, and courage in the face of war, racism, and misunderstanding. And as Elizabeth soon discovers, the past is never as past as we might like to think.

Take an emotional journey through time—from the volatile streets of 1960s Detroit to the Underground Railroad during the Civil War—to uncover the past, confront the seeds of hatred, and discover where love goes to hide.

 

Here’s what a couple bestselling authors have said about it:

We Hope for Better Things has it all: fabulous storytelling, an emotional impact that lingers long after you turn the last page, and a setting that immerses you. I haven’t read such a powerful, moving story since I read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school. This book will change how you look at the world we live in. Highly recommended!”—Colleen Coble, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Rock Harbor series and The View From Rainshadow Bay

“A timely exploration of race in America, We Hope for Better Things is an exercise of empathy that will shape many a soul. Erin Bartels navigates this sensitive topic with compassion as she shifts her readers back and forth between past and present, nudging us to examine the secrets we keep, the grudges we hold, and the prejudices we may help create even without intention.”—Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Perennials

 

Remember, you can pre-order through Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Indiebound, or CBD.

I can’t thank you enough for your support!