Time to par-tay!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Hey everyone---
The news is finally out! My publishers have been working hard to come up with a fun event to promote the release of Winter Garden. And I have to say that they have definitely done some out of the box thinking.

How about 1,ooo parties, happening all at the same time, all across the country? What a rockin' idea. Women getting together to talk about books and life and everything in between. What could be better--and who doesn't need a good old fashioned girlfriend party after the stress of the holidays?

If you'd like to host a party--and I would LOVE it if a lot of fireflies were able to do this--you have to sign up quickly. We've been really surprised by the number of people who signed up before the news was even officially announced. Each party will get 12 copies of Firefly Lane, a few True Colors and an early Winter Garden. How cool is that? So if any of you are interested, please follow the link and sign up. Tomorrow I'm going to be filming some internet interviews that I'll be posting on the site sometime soon. I'm going so high tech. Can you stand it?


Check it out and sign up! I can't wait to hear how this all works out. Boy, I wish I could show up to all the parties.




Blogger Erin said...

I wish I could do that! But I only know one other person (face to face)that has read Firefly Lane and I'm pretty sure I'm too young :(... Sounds fun though!! We're all so proud of you for going high tech! Yay Kristin!!!

PS. I'm still Erin but I have a Blogger account and my registered name is Twigal.

December 1, 2009 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...


That's the great thing about the party--you don't have to have read the book. They'll send copies to the 11 people you invite and they can read the book before the get together and then come to the party! All you need is eleven people whom you think might enjoy the book. :)

December 1, 2009 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Kimberly Fisk said...

This is SOOOOOO cool!! Since I won't be there tomorrow while they're filming, please, please post and tell us all how it went.

December 2, 2009 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger Kerry said...

Kristin! This is so exciting. I had both of my bookclubs read Firefly Lane and have had countless Friends read it as well. I'm campaigning for Winter Garden to be another read, if not when in Hardback then, I'll have to choose True Colors since it's in paperback now.

I just registered with House Party. I'm crossing my fingers that I get to be a hostess. I've been anxioulsy awaiting Winter Garden. It will be so nice to get to read about the area I grew up in... :)


December 2, 2009 at 1:20 AM  
Blogger princessapr said...

I registered. I'm not positive I have 11 friends, but my bookclub is possibly half of that and my sister. I'm sure if I added alcohol, I could convince a few others to show up though. I have a long-standing tradition of not winning things so I won't stress or anything. Ha.

Very exciting.

December 2, 2009 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I'll cross my fingers for you, April. I wish I was the one choosing the hostesses. :) The cool thing about this is that you might make some new friends. I would think a flyer at the library or the local bookstore might round up a few women interested in trying a new book and meeting some other women who like to read. Who knows? Good luck!

December 2, 2009 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Patricia T. said...

I already registered. Going to a book store or library to round up some fams or new readers is a great idea and a bonus. You have fans out there -- it's a matter of networking to reach them.

I also hope some of the people signing up for parties may live near one another. When your publisher selects the 1,000 individuals, it would be nice if those not selected might be put in contact with those sponsoring parties near them. Just a thought.

December 2, 2009 at 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I'm all registered on House Party!

YAY !!! Wish me luck !!

December 3, 2009 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Chasing Inspriation said...

I entered! I know my book club might be interested and I have at least 11 people I know who I could sway over for a girls night book party. It's about being creative, right?

If I hold this at my church, at B&N or Borders or some neutral location (read, not my house), I think I would advertise this at the library. I don't like the idea of strangers knowing where I live...at least not the first time I meet them. :)

Very exciting and a cool way to spread the KH love!

December 4, 2009 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger princessapr said...

I linked the House Party to Facebook, and I'm finding out some of my FB friends have read the book, friends that don't usually share my taste in reading. How exciting!

December 4, 2009 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger princessapr said...

Speaking of holiday cooking, the husband's family and I cooked 210 sauerkraut pierogi and probably over 300 potato/cheese pierogi (haven't had time to freeze those to do an accurate count). Tomorrow, we do chrysticki (spelled wrong), nut bread and bapka (also spelled wrong). We'll eat them all for Christmas Eve dinner. Well, not ALL but a lot. :)

December 5, 2009 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Chasing Inspriation said...

Wow, April, that's a lot of cooking. I made cheesy chicken enchiladas that I'm freezing because we're going to be without a kitchen in a week. Does that count? :)

December 5, 2009 at 11:30 PM  
Blogger Patricia T. said...


Even in the deepest moments of grief, can we find the greatest of blessings. Our family gathered Friday at Port Columbus to receive our grandson, Greg's, body. He was treated with full military honors as his casket was removed from the plane. The pilot held the passengers on board until his casket was removed. Hundreds of people crowded the terminal windows holding their hands over their hearts as they watched the Honor Guard transfer his casket to the hearse. They didn't know Greg or any of us, but in their great act of compassion they were honoring his life and our grief. It was such a beautiful sadness.

I hope you don't mind my sharing this moment of grace with you. It lifted my heart. We are all doing well. Greg's memorial will be on Thursday.



December 8, 2009 at 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Lynn said...


Thank you for sharing. I'm glad you feel the outpouring of support. I will be thinking of you on Thursday and holding your family in prayer during this difficult time.



December 9, 2009 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...


Good luck with hosting a house party! My fingers are crossed for all of you who entered. And btw, your advance reading copy of Winter Garden is in the mail. Thanks again for your contribution to the Firefly fund!

December 9, 2009 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Naomi and April---

Good luck to you both! And April, thanks so much for linking it to your facebook page. You rock! FYI, Winter Garden has a strong Russian flavor and it's full of pierogies. :) I'd love to try yours.

December 9, 2009 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...


What a lovely post. We can all imagine the moment perfectly--we feel the combination of sadness and pride and loss and love. As always, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


December 9, 2009 at 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am super excited about the house party and really hope I am one of the lucky people chosen to host. Danelle Drake

December 9, 2009 at 10:29 PM  

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