Monday, February 28, 2011
If you haven't heard about the novel 32 Candles yet, don't worry; you can see it in the theaters as the movie rights have already been sold.
32 Candles is Ernessa T. Carter's take-off on the movie Sixteen Candles, only the main character is African-American, and it's sixteen years later that the main character seeks her Molly Ringwald ending. I came to this book via Twitter that was hot with buzz about Ms. Carter's book. The author held a contest where if you leave a review on Amazon, she'll send you a T-shirt. I did! I sent her my address via Email and she dashed my prize off pronto. The T-shirt has the cover of her book on it, and has become part of my daily wear. I wear it to the grocery store, the gym, the movies, and church. (Ok, kidding about the church. Settle down.)
Also in the Email, I inquired of her whether she had any inclination to attend any book clubs. She said yes, I invited her, she came. It was the largest attended meeting in Book-a-Licious Book Club history. Almost every member brought a guest, which is not only allowed, but encouraged! Thirty people (including two other authors) were privileged to discuss with Ernessa her writing journey and her not-so-circuitous route to publication. She was open with us, and amenable to autographing copies of 32 Candles, and generous to boot, as she brought swag with her!
Having an author visit Book-a-Licious Book Club, Number 119 on my Bucket List. Much love to Ernessa T. Carter!