Launch Party and Giveaway: THE BOOK STOPS HERE by Kate Carlisle

The Book Stops Here and champagneBreak out the bubbly! Release the balloons! Today is THE BOOK STOPS HERE release day, and we are going to par-TAY! No party would be complete without gifts, so read on to find out how you could win an autographed copy of THE BOOK STOPS HERE.

In THE BOOK STOPS HERE, Brooklyn Wainwright is hired as the book expert on This Old Attic, an antiques appraisal TV show, so we’ve got a TV crew here in the Lair today to film this celebrity event. The cabana boys are showing off a little, hoping to get noticed in Hollywood. Whoops! There goes Sven’s shirt! Yeah, he’s noticeable, all right, especially with the Golden Rooster sitting on his shoulder like a demented pirate’s pretend parrot.

The Book Stops Here on balloonsThe boys have been kind enough to set up a microphone for me between two palm trees strung with fairy lights. I’ll ignore everyone’s cries for karaoke (and you’ll thank me for it!) and instead, I’ll say, “Welcome to my book release party! Thank you for celebrating this very special day with me.”

The chants of “Excerpt! Excerpt!” are impossible to ignore, so I’ll do a quick reading with the beach band as back-up. (You’ll understand why the paragraphs are numbered in a minute.)

1. My mother always warned me to be careful what I wished for, but did I listen to her? Of course not. I love my mom, really, but this was the same woman who liked to recommend espresso enemas to perk me up. The same woman who performed magic spells and exorcisms on a regular basis and astral traveled around the universe with her trusted spirit guide, Ramlar X. Believe me, I’m very careful about taking advice from my mother.

2. Besides, the thing I was wishing for was more work. Why would that be a problem?

3. I’d been in between bookbinding jobs last month and was telling my friend Ian McCullough, chief curator of the Covington Library, that I wished I could find some new and interesting bookbinding work. That’s when Ian revealed that he had submitted my name to the television show, This Old Attic, to be their expert book appraiser. I was beside myself with excitement and immediately contacted the show’s producer for an interview. And I got it! I got what I wished for. A job. With books. That was a good thing, right?

book-stops-here-web-198x3004. Of course, I didn’t dare tell my mother that I considered her advice a bunch of malarkey. After all, some of those magic spells she’d spun had turned out to be alarmingly effective. I would hate to incur her wrath and wake up wearing a donkey’s head—or worse.

5. “Yo, Brooklyn,” Angie, the show’s stage manager said. “You look right into this camera and start talking, got it?”

6. “Got it,” I lied, pressing my hands against my knees to keep them from shaking uncontrollably. “Absolutely.”

7. “Good,” the stage manager said. “No dead air, got it?”

8. “Dead air. Right. Got it.”

9. She nodded once, then shouted to the studio in general, “Five minutes, everyone!”

10. I felt my stomach drop, but it didn’t matter. I was in show business!

11. This Old Attic traveled around the country and featured regular people who wanted their precious family treasures and heirlooms appraised by various local experts. The production was taping in San Francisco for three whole weeks and I was giggly with pleasure to be a part of it.

12. And terrified, too. But the nerves were sure to pass as soon as I started talking about my favorite topic, books. I hoped so, anyway.

Want to win an autographed copy of THE BOOK STOPS HERE? We’re going to play a little game. Go to the paragraph that corresponds with your month of birth and choose one word. Tell me what word you chose and then use it in a sentence that tells me something interesting about yourself! I’ll choose the winner at random from everyone who plays.

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  • flchen1 says:

    How cool, Kate! Happy release day!!

    I always feel *nerves* before a performance–stage fright isn’t something I’ve yet outgrown despite my decades of experience 😉

  • Jane says:

    Happy Release Day, Kate. Sven and the other boys are in fine form. My word is nerves. I’m full of nerves as my favorite team is going to the Cup finals.

  • Cathy P says:

    “Absolutely” I use the word absolutely a lot.

  • Kate, huge congratulations on your new release! Here’s to another wonderful success for you! And what a fun game. OK, here goes.

    I chose paragraph 8, and my word is ‘dead’. Hmm, you make it hard for us August gals! Here’s my sentence: You wouldn’t be dead for quids when you’ve got a new Kate Carlisle to read! By the way, not sure quid is known in the US – it’s an Aussie word for pounds sterling and it’s still used in terms of money. So basically I’m saying you couldn’t pay me to miss out on Kate’s latest!

    • Awwwwww!!!! Thank you!!!!! You’re always so sweet and supportive, and I feel the same about your book. (Quid pro quo?)

      Yes, we are familiar with the term “quid” in America (or at least I am), but it sounds charmingly exotic as it’s not a term we use in regular speech.

      • Kate, it always surprises me what is familiar in the States and what isn’t – I’ll use a word I think is completely usual and people will query it and I’ll put up something like ‘quid’ and you’ll know it! Sheesh, I just can’t win! 🙂

  • Mary Preston says:

    Paragraph 4: I’m a very down to earth person, so as a general rule, a lot of malarkey just won’t sit well with me at all.

    • I’m anti-malarkey as well, Mary. Unless it’s my own malarkey, in which case, I just want everyone to pretend they agree. 😉

      Thanks for playing my release day game!!! This is really fun!

  • Amy Conley says:

    #1 “Believe me, I am very careful about taking advice from my mother.” And my word would be ADVICE. Although the entire sentence fits, I don’t take advice well. I am still full of teenage ‘know-it-all syndrom. 🙂

    • I have a bit of that myself. I have a friend who is totally open to advice from others, and I respect and admire that in her. Not only is she open to it, but she *seeks* it… meaning that she’s willing to admit she doesn’t know something. I aspire to be like her, but I’m not there yet. There’s real power in humility.

  • Helen says:

    Hi Kate

    Woohoo and crongrats on the release can’t wait till I can get it over here in Oz 🙂 I am loving this series.

    I have no 4 and I choose Marlarkey

    I don’t normally spin a lot of marlarkey but I could if I tried LOL

    Have Fun

  • Maureen says:

    Congratulations Kate on your book launch day! I was born in October and chose stomach: My stomach drops when I have to speak in front of a group of people.

    • They say that a fear of public speaking is more common than a fear of death, so you’re not alone, Maureen. I get nervous, but mostly, I don’t mind. Good thing, since I’m going on book tour starting this week!

  • Laurie G says:

    Another January birthday-
    1)mother My mother has a tendency to give me advice which drives me crazy. Our personalities are quite different, but I love her anyway.

    My mom will turn 90 on the 19th of this month.
    My two siblings and I are throwing her a party to celebrate her life.

  • Shannon says:

    September birthday here. Studio. I’m thinking of downsizing and moving into a studio so that I can afford someone to clean my house, that I can afford a few more luxuries, and that I cannot let clutter build up.

    • So you can afford small luxuries? 😉 Downsizing does have appeal, doesn’t it? Sometimes we fill our lives with so much stuff that we make life more complicated.

      Thanks for playing the game, Shannon!

  • Mozette says:

    Paragraph 10: my word is ‘show’ … I always feel as though my life is on show as I don’t have a private life when my folks around. I can’t keep a boyfriend a secret without them knowing it, but my brother can keep a girlfriend a secret for up to 6 months… because he’s always late to things; but I’m not. The minute I’m late, they suspect something.

  • sandyg265 says:

    My word is stomach. I like to cook and make everyone happy with a stomach full of good food.

  • Susan Sey says:

    Happy release day, Kate! What a fun book this sounds like, & what a fun game you’ve chosen to celebrate it! You’re so good that way–you always have a fun activity lined up!

    So, I’m an August baby, which means my line is the one about no dead air. I’m going to pick AIR, as in HOT AIR, as in reference to the fact that I talk. A LOT. Like a LOT a lot.

    Interestingly, I don’t talk a lot because I’m an extrovert. I talk a lot because I’m an introvert. The better I know you, the more I calm down when we’re together, the less I feel the anxious need to entertain & be approved of. And the less I talk.

    But until we’re nice & tight? You’re going to have to work like heck to get a word in edgewise. 🙂 I get very nervous.

    • That really is fascinating, Susan. I hadn’t thought about talk being a cover for shyness. I might just have to explore that idea in a book one day!

      Thanks for joining the party and for playing my little reindeer game. 😉 To me, games and parties go hand in hand, and I like these as a nice ice breaker. Today’s is working great! I love all of these surprising little insights.

  • catslady says:

    # 11 “treasures” – treasures can be different for everyone but some of mine are my children, cats and books plus when I “traveled” I picked up many “treasures” and as a child I liked to dig for “treasure.”

  • Debbie says:

    #10 stomach
    My stomach is growling, do you want to go out to eat?

  • Laura says:

    #6 (same month as your new release!) “Absolutely”
    I am absolutely an awesome juggler; a wife of 21 years, a mother of 3 teens (and no suicide or homicide yet!), I have interesting part time work, I have an active spiritual life, I am learning ASL and I am a voracious reader in my “spare” time.

    • You *are* a good juggler! I imagine free time to read is a precious commodity in your life. When you’re reading THE BOOK STOPS HERE, try not to get any ideas about murdering your teenagers. 😉

  • marylouh says:

    Happy Release Day. I can only imagine how excited you are. I’m excited just being able to get my hands on the book. Can’t wait to read it. Congratulations.

    • marylouh says:

      Forgot to play the game. My month is August so there weren’t a lot of words to use.

      If I could use two I’d say Dead Air. But I’ll just pick Air.
      The AC is not running so I don’t have any moving air until it cycles on again.

  • Paragraph 7 for me. I am entering a new *stage* of life as an empty nester.

  • Tina M says:

    #2 Wishing. I’m still wishing on stars at night.. Some times my wish comes true!!

    • I make a wish every time I see a shooting star! And the first star of the night, if I happen to catch it. I thought everyone did that. 😉

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    2. Work- I don’t work now, but at one time or another I’ve worked at a bank, a daycare, a doctor’s, a lawyer’s, and a video store!

  • I’m paragraph 9 – my word is everyone – I agree with everyone that this book is fantastic!! Would love to win it!!

    • LOL!!!!!! Is it immature of me to love that the Pink Panther seems to be shouting that he loves my book? 😉 Thanks for playing the game, Robin!

  • Kathy Lowrey says:

    Can’t wait to start the new book. My word is nerves. My students were really getting on my nerves, so I am truly enjoying my summer break!

    • LOL, Kathy!!!!! I suspect that sentence is true of every educator, whether they’ll admit it or not. Especially because kids get more and more squirrely as summer approaches.

  • Amber Stevens says:

    Happy Book Release Day!

    My birthday is in February. I “work” in a large-chain bookstore.

  • Sue Farrell says:

    paragraph 3 – name – My first name is Suzan –just a little strange spelling that my mother did to appease her sister that didn’t want me named Susanna, my rich great aunt who my mother just adored. Thanks for the contest.

    • What an interesting background to your name, Sue! Families… go figure. Today’s comments really are inspiring me. I think these little details are the kinds of things that make readers love characters, so this is a good reminder to me to be sure to include very specific background when appropriate.

  • Austyn says:

    I’m a May baby, and I chose “camera!”

    I took photography in high school and have forgotten most of my skills, but since being gifted my grandfather’s old camera, I can’t wait to learn it all again!

    Love your books, and can’t wait to read this one!

    • Oh, what a great gift, Austyn! I hope you have fun playing with it. Sounds like a creative way to enjoy the world.

      Thanks for playing! I’ll pick the winner tonight, so be sure to check back.

  • Congrats Kate!

    Pour me some of that bibliophile bubbly!

    I’m October so I’m choosing “stomach” from paragraph ten.

    My stomach is growing – leaps and bounds growing. I’m quite sure it has to do with hormones. My mother always told me to lose weight before I hit menapause because it would be impossible after. Did I listen to my mother? (Does anyone listen to their mothers after a certain point?) So I’m having stomach issues. I think if my stomach dropped, there’d be a new crator in the floor. 🙂

    Good Luck with the release, Kate! Wishing you mega sales.

    • Hormones are a bear. (I was going to use a different “b” word but decided to stay classy.) Turns out, our mothers knew what they were talking about… dang it.

  • Ronnie Eastwood says:

    #12 – After The Cookbook Conspiracy, I hoped that the Brooklyn series would continue for many more volumes. Thank you for writing another book in this series that I know I will enjoy. Kate, I’m looking forward to many more…

  • Raquel M. says:

    2. Work

    I rather read than go to work.

  • melanie says:

    Air! I can not take breathing for granted because my heart and lungs conspire against me. Air is a precious thing, unless, of course, you’re giving yourself airs, in which case, it’s nasty…

  • Susan Burgdorf says:

    Heirlooms – I love finding, cataloging & preserving my family’s heirlooms. We are cleaning out my Dad’s house & have found tons of old family histories, photos & my grandfather’s journals.

  • Vivian says:

    The only thing better than reading “dead” authors is getting the opportunity to read works by living authors. Can’t wait to read this latest installment.

  • Micky Cox says:

    Congrat’s on the release of your new book! I can’t wait to read it!

    I’m a #1-January
    My word is espresso! I need to grab a copy of your book so I can head to the coffeehouse and read it while I enjoy an espresso! Books and espresso, there isn’t anything better!

  • Melanie Benedict says:

    I’m a Sagittarius and the word is book.
    I grew up in a house full of books. My mother was a dealer of rare books and passed her love of them to me. Three days after my mother passed away, 2 1/2 years ago, I started my present job in as a librarian’s assistant. A book and a salted chocolate bar is my weakness.

  • Kim Sams says:

    With an April birthday, how could I NOT choose the word “malarky”?

    I don’t put up with any malarky from my kids…no excuses, no crap, none of that stuff.


  • Sandy Todd says:

    I’m a July baby and my word is “good”. The good I do is good, the bad I do is legendary. (We’re vendors to motorcycle riders and have sold many patches with this saying on it). Congrats on your launch today!

    • That. Is. FABULOUS. Kind of a tweak on a Mae West quote. (By the way, Mae West plays a bit of a role in absentia in THE BOOK STOPS HERE. 😉 )

  • Jo Robertson says:

    You always have the most hilarious parties, Kate!

    Hmmm, #2 is really short on words, so I’ll use “thing.”

    Here’s the thing about Jo, she really lucked out on having the best daughters in the world — evah! Luck, she says b/c she had nothing to do with how great they are. Maybe the babies were switched in the hospital?

    Congrats on this exciting new release!

    • LOL, Jo!!!! I love that you take no credit for your daughters’ awesomeness. I suspect you did have a little something to do with it, but good for you for honoring their own contributions.

  • Rita Wray says:

    #3 Books. I have loved books ever since I discovered reading when I was 11 years old. I can’t imagine a life without books.

  • Renee W says:

    Paragraph 5 and my word is “stage”. I have a very talented niece who majored in stage management in college who now works in New York City.
    Thank you for the fun and congratulations on your book release! This is a great series.

    • Stage managers rock! They have a million details to stay on top of, and they have to do it amidst the drama of high emotions backstage. (There are always high emotions backstage!)

  • Ronna Lord says:

    10–“show”. I played in orchestras for lots of musicals shows during my time in high school and collage. Perhaps the most memorable one was “Oklahoma” in high school. There was a terrible flash thunder storm that caused the electricity to go off about 10 seconds into our overture. But–we continued playing the entire number in total darkness. We were so well rehearsed that we knew it by heart. We got a LONG standing ovation afterwards–the school generator eventually kicked in and “the show went on”. Great memories!!!

    • Ronna, I *love* that story!!!! See, you just never know what fun things you’re going to hear when you pose a question like this. I am having such a great time!!!!

  • Linda Kuzminczuk says:

    Paragraph 10 – my chosen word is business. I retired from the HR business, which I enjoyed because of the interactions with all the different personalities. Congratulations on your book debut!

    • Thank you, Linda! Now that you’re retired, do you find that you miss all of those interactions? Or do you find other ways to interact, such as volunteering?

  • What a fun idea! I started writing book reviews about a year and a half ago. I figured it was a great way for me to share my thoughts about what I was reading with more people (whether they wanted to know or not!). I began as an associate reviewer on an already established blog. But, shortly thereafter, having been sufficiently bitten by the blogging bug, I *got* a site of my very own!

  • Sheila K. says:

    Congratulations on the new release, Kate (and many more)! My February word is “work.” One of the greatest joys in my life is that I have been engaged for many years in work that I love, as a textbook editor!

    • Lucky woman! Not everyone can say that. Congratulations on finding a fulfilling career. (And thanks for the congrats on the release of THE BOOK STOPS HERE. This game today is a fun way to distract myself from nerves.)

  • Linda Kleback says:

    “business” I am in the genealogy business, tracing my family history and that of others, too.

  • Judy Sescil says:

    Terrified. I am terrified of heights!

    • Did you see on the news last night, where a guy was standing on the shoulder of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil, taking a selfie? It gave me the willies!

  • Susan Frank says:

    Donkey’s. I ended up being an English Literature Major in college due to Shakespere’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” with fairies and a man with a donkey’s head and wonderful fantasy I fell in love with literature.

  • Sue Foster says:

    Camera. One of my greatest pleasures is the pictures I take of my great niece with my various cameras. I love your series. The people have such interesting personalities.

  • Leslie Adams says:

    I’m so excited that the new book is finally out! I can’t wait to read it!

    My word is “stomach”. I get to listen to a lot of stomachs in my line of work as a nurse. Some of them are quite talkative! 🙂

  • Elyse Cramer says:

    Kate, what a great contest idea! My birthday is in March so my paragraph is 3. I choose the word “name”. When I was a child, I dreaded the first day of school because my teachers could never get my name right. I can’t tell you how many times during roll call they would call me Elsie. It wasn’t until the television show “Family Ties” that people finally got Elyse right. Oh my, I used 2 words from your paragraph, does that count as 2 entries?

    • LOL!!! Little Elsie trying to game the system. 😉 I love the name Elyse. It sounds lyrical to me. I think when we’re kids, we just want to blend in, but as we get older, we appreciate being special.

      • Elyse Cramer says:

        I think you’re right. I complained to my Mom for giving me an unusual name. She said she loved it and if I hated it that much I could always change it later. I wouldn’t change it for the world now. It’s who I am and I like being different! BTW, I was only kidding about the 2 entries.

  • Deb F says:

    Love all your books . My word is from 5. It is talking.
    My Grandkids say I am always talking, talking about everything with them.

  • bn100 says:

    Dead- odd word
    Don’t like to read about dead people

  • Sue P says:

    I’m mostly business, but still loads of fun.
    Love you, Kate!!

    • Just saw something about a mullet (the hairstyle that never should’ve been), and was reminded of the saying, “Business in the front, party in the back!” LOL Your comment made me think of that. 😉

  • Doris says:

    Word – Wish

    I wish I could afford all of the books I’ve missed since 2013 🙁

  • Kate, how clever! I’ll go with 5 and “camera” because I’m the one behind the camera for most of our vacation photos.

    Congrats on your new release! My copy is on hold at our local indie store,mand I can’t wait to read it!

    • Thanks, Nancy! I hope you’ll love THE BOOK STOPS HERE. 🙂

      Sometimes it’s hard to find mom in a picture because she’s always the one holding the camera! It’ll mean a lot to your kids someday, though, if you make a point of getting in front of it from time to time.

  • Pam Richard says:

    #10 Drop – I always drop what I am doing to read and read and read until the book is done!

  • Millie Swank says:

    Very cool! What s great game! Good luck and enjoy your book release party! Work…I am unable to work due to being on disability, I try long and hard to stay in the work force, but my body just couldn’t do it any more. I miss it everyday, the customers, the getting up and having a sense of purpose. But, I am blessed, I know there are people who are in worse spots then me.

    • I’m so sorry to hear you had to go on disability, Millie. Have you thought about volunteering? Maybe your body could handle an hour or two a week, so you’d still get some of that interaction you miss so much.

  • Julia David says:

    Hi, my name is Julia and I am a “book” a-holic. No surprise there. My husband thinks there should be a 12-step program for people who read as much as I do. I bet there are many others who would be at the meetings with me.

  • J Jones says:

    Congratulations Kate on your new book! I can’t wait to read it! My word is wishing. I am wishing for and hoping to get a better and brand new job this summer. I have done daycare for many years and it is time to move on. 🙂

  • Becke says:

    I hope your book does as well as your question for comments. I have a finger cramp from scrolling down. Woohoo for your and your latest. Loved the excerpt.

    8. “Dead air. Right. Got it.”

    Of course the word has to be dead.
    My second pony foaled a beautiful little appaloosa filly that I named Snazzy Britches. The mare foaled early so I carried the filly over 2 miles to save her. I was 8. Snazzy Britches died the next day while resting on my lap.

  • Barbara Marquart says:

    Malarkey. When people say I read too much, I tell them that’s s bunch of malarkey as there is no such thing as reading too much.

  • Katreader says:

    What fun! What isn’t fun are my “knees”. I had to have surgery in December for a tear in my left knee. I also have arthritis and both of my knees give me issues. I need new knees!

  • Karin says:

    Just once I would like to pick a month other than my own – like 8, or 7, or 6 or…
    They all had better words than mine 🙁

  • Pen Mettert says:

    I suspect I might be good at business, but I don’t want to find out. Did enough bookkeeping over the years. 🙂

  • Liz Straw says:

    I chose the word – DROP

    I thought I would drop by and offer congratulations on the release of your new book. I enjoy the series and look forward to reading it.

  • Cyn209 says:

    I’m choosing ‘wishing’ from paragraph #2…….

    I’m wishing for more time to do things that I enjoy, like being with my family & friends…..wishing to do more adventurous travels…..wishing to have more time to read, go to the movies & enjoy more things that make me happy………wishing health, happiness & love to all those near & dear to me, but also to only everyone in the world………….

    • I wish that for you, too, Cyn. Now what can you do to move from wishing to reality?

    • Cyn, you’re the winner!!! Congratulations! You’ve won an autographed copy of THE BOOK STOPS HERE. Please send your mailing address to me at kate (at) katecarlisle (dot) com, and I’ll put your prize in the mail.

  • Vickie Williams says:

    I am an August baby, so I chose “right”. We Leo’s always believe we are right even when we are wrong. It just takes me a while to accept the fact that I just may be a little bit wrong! LOL!

    • Vickie, LOL!!!!! I’ve known a few Leos in my life, and you nailed it. But you’re ahead of the game because you admit it, at least. 😉

  • Vickie Williams says:

    As an August baby, I chose the word “right” because Leo’s claim to never be wrong, and it takes me a little while to admit that I may be a little bit wrong. Little bit are the key words here…LOL!

  • Susan Clarkson says:

    San Francisco – that’s one word right? I lived & worked there for 7 years – until my second son was due & we couldn’t afford the rent for a bigger place. It’s a great place to live. I walked or biked everywhere. No need for a car. Hard to park if you had one. Weather the best in the world. I know that’s more than one sentence. O Well.

    • Hey, I have no problem with more than one sentence! I adore San Francisco, too. One of the main reasons I set the Bibliophile Mysteries there is so that I could justify frequent trips. World-class everything, in a place that feels like a small town in many ways.

  • gamistress66 says:

    congrats on the new release! month 11, word traveled — I haven’t traveled many places but do enjoy going as long as it isn’t overly planned. I tend to enjoy having time to relax & “soak in” the atmosphere & am pretty flexible as to what sight seeing I do which has been known to drive some travel companions (ones who are related anyway) a little nuts. I sometimes find that to be an enjoyable part of the trip too 😉

  • Donna Kauffmann says:

    Oh great, the paragraph with only 5 words in it! 😉

    I love reading about Brooklyn and her family, always laugh about her parents and their experiences as “dead”heads.

  • Tricha says:

    #3. I began a new “job” last year in the legal field after working over 20 years in banking.

  • Wanda Wilder says:

    July – Dead…..someone always ends up dead in a murder mystery….. good that it’s not you or me!

    Love your books….keep on writing and we’ll all keep on reading!

  • Thanks so much for playing this little game with me today, everyone! The winner, chosen at random, was Cyn209! Congratulations, Cyn! Please send your mailing address to me at kate (at) katecarlisle (dot) com.

  • Jennifer k says:

    Work – because I have a perfect job for a bibliophile – I work for a book distributor and get to read when I’m
    Not busy!

  • Pissenlit says:

    Yay! Happy release day, Kate!

    Woo! Shirtless Sven the Pirate!

    August – Right
    I’m right-handed but for some reason, I can’t seem to snap my fingers on that hand.

  • Judy G says:

    Paragraph 2 – word = more

    I’ll never know whether my becoming a Jeopardy champion was due more to smarts or more to luck.

    Congrats on your book release!

  • Susan Carter says:

    Paragraph 4 for The month of April
    The word “spells” to celebrate the recent National Spelling Bee. In 1966 I was fortunate to represent my city at the Bee.

    Susan spells a ton of words, but comes up short of the championship.

  • Jamie says:

    My number is 11 and my word is “family.”

    I played half of a giant role in keeping my family busy as I was growing up; I have a twin brother who teamed up with me to help keep parents and grandparents on their toes.

    Happy book release :o)

  • Katie McDonald says:

    Since I was born on a holiday when people throughout the world celebrate love, I think it is in my blood to live my life passionately, but I still catch myself every day “wishing” I could spend even more time involved in hockey, helping animals, and of course, all things writing and books!!

    Congrats on Book Release Day, Ms. Carlisle!!

  • Lynn Grier says:

    My husband uses the work quid. He is from Scotland.