Monday, December 30, 2013

Made list of Amazon's most popular authors in literary fiction

Pretty awesome being sandwiched between Danielle Steel and Helen Fielding on Amazon's list of most popular authors in literary fiction. 



The Yorktowne was basis for hotel in 'The Moment Keeper'

There is a scene in my novel The Moment Keeper in which Grandma takes Sarah to dinner at a fancy hotel to celebrate Sarah's 16th birthday. When I wrote this scene, I pictured The Yorktowne Hotel. 

I’ve always thought that The Yorktowne is a beautiful hotel. When I was a teen, I bought a Christmas tree ornament in the hotel gift shop. I still have that ornament and each year when I place it on my tree, I remember going into The Yorktowne and feeling like a princess. I wanted to capture that feeling in my novel.

Novel excerpt

When I turned sixteen, Gram took me to this fancy restaurant in the swankiest hotel downtown. It was in the historic district, built in 1925. I remember looking at the menu and having no idea what most of the dishes were. Names like Assiette d’Agneau, Canard Roti and Bifteck Diane stared back at me.

“There’s no prices on my menu,” I told Gram.

“Shh,” she said. “Don’t worry about the price. This is an extra special day. I’ve been saving a dollar a week for three years so that we could do this. Get what you want. You’re sixteen.”

“But I don’t know what I want because I have no idea what any of these dishes are,” I whispered.

When the waitress came, I asked her to explain the entrees. One was a lamb dish and the other duck. When she said “beef tenderloin” that at least sounded familiar. “I’ll take that,” I said.

I felt like royalty sitting in this dining room with its 20-foot-high ceilings, ornate brass and crystal chandeliers and wood paneled walls. A teen about my age walked around with a cold pitcher of water and it seemed like as soon as I took a few sips out of my glass he was beside me filling it up.

“Do you think we’re dressed good enough?” I whispered. We had worn our best clothes – I had on a blue silk dress that Gram had made and she wore a floral dress that she only wore for very special occasions – but compared to everyone else...

“You’re beautiful,” Gram said. “Only you can make yourself feel inferior. Don’t. Our money is as good as theirs. And, gosh darn it, I’ve saved for three years to eat in this hotel and I’m gonna enjoy it.”

Grandma told me on the taxi ride over (she said she couldn’t afford a limo but a taxi would make us feel just as special) that she had always wanted to eat in this hotel.

“Ever since I was wee little,” Grandma said. “We’d drive by it on our way to market and I’d see all these folks going in there all dressed up in suits and evening gowns. I used to pretend with my friend June that we were attending a ball there. Sort of like Cinderella.”

• • •

When I shared this post on Facebook, one of my readers commented that when she read that part in the book, she immediately pictured The Yorktowne Hotel. For my readers who live in the area, there are often moments like this in my novels where they read something that’s familiar to them. It makes my connection with them even stronger, I think.

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The Moment Keeper has hit best-seller list on Amazon. Pick it up today for only 99 cents.



Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Moment Keeper is Amazon best seller


Wow. I seriously have tears in my eyes this morning. When I went to check Amazon.com, I was stunned to see that beside The Moment Keeper was a "best seller" tag. It hit No. 1 spot in inspirational romance, No. 3 in women's fiction and No. 7 in romance. Plus, it's 104 in Kindle store. It would be awesome to be in the top 100! 

I am humbled and happy that readers are finding this book. Please share so that we can keep it going. The book is only 99 cents, less than a buck. First and foremost, glory to God. He is so great!

You can get it NOW for only 99 cents!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Q&A with Carina UK




Don't miss this Q&A with me by Carina UK, publisher of "The Christmas Violin" and "The Moment Keeper."

Here's a sneak peek:


Can you play any instruments?
I used to play the violin, oboe and guitar. But that was a long time ago. I can bang a pot with my hand. Does that count?



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

'The Christmas Violin' inspires readers

I love that my book "The Christmas Violin" is inspiring readers. I've heard from a couple of you who said how moved you were by the book and that you did something nice for someone else after reading it. I can't tell you how much this warms my heart. 

I really feel that God gave me this gift and when what I write inspires and moves others I know that I'm doing exactly what He wants me to do.

God bless each of you and thank you for reading this very special book. And if you haven't, I hope that you consider adding it to your to-read list. Written like a violin concerto in three movements, the book is a beautiful story of love and loss and the enormous power of the human spirit.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Muse It Up will publish 'Will, Middle Name Trouble'

I'm super excited to share that my second middle-grade book, Will, Middle Name Trouble, will be published by Muse It Up Publishing in fall 2014. Muse is also publishing Freaky Frank in summer 2014.

So mark your calendars for the following releases in 2014 and watch my blog and Facebook page for more announcements.

The Lion Awakens (Prism Books)
Ella's Rain (Prism Books)
Freaky Frank (Muse It Up)
Will, Middle Name Trouble (Muse It Up)
The Yearbook Series No. 3 (Limitless Books)

Available NOW:

The Christmas Violin

The Yearbook Series: Gina and Mike

The Yearbook Series: Sue and Tom 

The Moment Keeper

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Christmas Violin is out today


I'm thrilled that The Christmas Violin is out today. I absolutely loved writing this book. Read about the inspiration behind it. 

Can there ever be an encore to true love?


It used to be that the only woman he could think about was Camilla. When he closed his eyes it was her that he saw. But now, he saw Willow. And it scared him and made him feel guilty. And yet he couldn’t help himself, couldn’t help feeling what he was feeling…


The last thing grief-stricken widower Peter St John expects to find at the cemetery is love. But one evening, as he lays flowers on Camilla’s grave, he is drawn to the haunting melody of a solitary violin player. 
And so he encounters beautiful concert violinist Willow Channing, who has her own grief to contend with. 


A second, chance meeting fuels the fire. And soon Peter knows that as one song ended, another might begin.


Reviews:


5 stars: "One of the advantages of being friends with lots of authors is the occasional opportunity to read ARCs or advanced review copies of soon-to-be-published manuscripts. It’s always fun to read something new and fresh, but it’s especially rewarding when the book is sure to be a winner. Yesterday I read a winner.


The Christmas Violin by Buffy Andrews is the story of three people – Willow, Peter, and a nameless schizophrenic homeless woman – all of whom take a journey from despair to hope. Their journeys begin in separate pits of misery, but their paths converge around a teddy-bear shaped tombstone.

Andrews is a masterful story teller who uses words to paint scenes the reader can see and to create characters the reader comes to regard as friends. If you’re not yet in the holiday spirit, spending an afternoon reading The Christmas Violin is a beautiful way to ignite that spark."


...

5 stars: My toddler has had trouble napping recently, so I've had to revert back to rocking her to sleep like I did when she was a newborn. It was during this rare moments of quiet that I picked up "The Christmas Violin" -- a sweet little mental snack during an otherwise hectic schedule. 

Andrews tells the story of three weary souls whose lives are interconnected by their visits to a cemetery. Two of the characters are grieving lost loved ones and another a life she was denied -- all help pull each other out of darkness and offer renewed hop about what their lives could be. 

If you love all those Hallmark Channel specials this time of year and you're looking for a quick, uplifting read to whisk you away from the holiday rush while reminding you of what the season is really about, then pick up "The Christmas Violin."

...

5 Stars: The Christmas Violin surprised me. I read the cover synopsis and thought it would be about a man and woman who fall in love over a shared experience of loss and love of music. I was wrong. This story is so much more than that. Written to follow the format of a beautiful violin concerto, this story teaches us that no matter how dark life can seem, there is always hope. It teaches strength to carry on in the face of loss and gratitude for what we still have despite our loss. Never give up because there is so much in life to live for, and even the smallest seemingly meaningless part of one person's life can have a profound impact on another's.

Other books available:

The Yearbook Series: Gina and Mike

The Yearbook Series: Sue and Tom 

The Moment Keeper

Monday, November 25, 2013

The writing of 'The Christmas Violin'

"The Christmas Violin" comes out Dec. 2, but you can pre-order now. 
...
I remember the morning as if it were minutes ago. Winter was tumbling into spring and I awoke from a dream that followed me like a shadow. 


I was standing on the stone steps of a cemetery. A young woman with beautiful red hair played the violin in front of a small granite tombstone in the shape of a teddy bear. I was mesmerized, watching her slender fingers dance as the violin bow tickled the strings.  She was playing a lullaby, a beautiful lullaby. 

From my perch, I saw an old homeless woman watching the violinist, peeking out of a cluster of arborvitae bushes. And I also saw a young man, dressed in a suit, watching the violinist from a few graves away. 

That’s the image I woke up with and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. Even when I tried pushing it aside to work on something else, it wouldn’t let me. It had a real attitude and, gosh darn it, I was going to listen. 

So I did.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Check out the Prism Book Group sale

Check out the books at Prism Book Group and receive a 25 percent discount using the code below, just in time for Christmas1

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Yearbook Series: Sue and Tom is available

The Yearbook Series: Sue and Tom is now available on Kindle. WOOT!


This is the second book in The Yearbook Series. The first, Gina and Mike, was released in August.


REVIEW: "The second in the Yearbook Series, "Sue and Tom" will help restore the hope that love can be found again. Like her first book "Gina and Mike", Buffy Andrews pulls you into the story within the first few lines. From there I assure you, you will not be able to put it down! It deals with some very sensitive life issues such as infidelity, insecurity, jealousy, and intimacy. Be forewarned though, it is not predictable and some parts will totally surprise, if not shock you!! It will make you gasp, laugh, blush, cry and at times say "WOW" out loud! You have to read this book!!"



REVIEW: "After surviving the traumatic and emotional story of Gina, I was excited to read about Sue and the sweet character, Tom. Sue is Gina's steadfast friend and Tom provided support to Gina she didn't even know about during the most difficult part of her past. Sue and Tom's story is beautiful: a mix of struggle and the development of trust and love. I was hooked by the simple and straightforward opening line, and I couldn't put it down from that point forward! The characters in this series are consistent and you learn something new about them with every new story. I can't wait for book 3 :)"

Other books currently available:

The Moment Keeper

The Christmas Violin

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Meet Mary Ball, author of 'Stone of Destiny'



Meet my colleague, author Mary Ball of North Carolina, author of "Stone of Destiny."

About the book:

Can a mysterious ring change lives?
 
The sapphire symbolizes mental clarity, faithfulness and truth. For centuries, a legend in the Harrison family revolved around a ring.
Taylor Harrison has given up on everything but her work. The youngest CEO of Mugful’s Beverage Company, her life is complete. That is, until her grandmother asks her to oversee renovations at the family home and find the missing heirloom.
First contact with what she believes is an insignificant ring, lost for fifty years, sends her life spinning. Taylor experiences strange dreams. Feelings surface; she doesn't understand; thoughts that should remain
unspoken, voiced. 
 Taylor’s emotional journey begins, testing a heart as cold as the ring itself. 
Is this a fairy-tale or her soul, reaching out for a life she can only find through faith and trust in God?  

Connect with Mary:

Website 




 
Q&A


Q. Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
A. I enjoy the early morning hours. I do my best writing in my home office when everyone else is asleep. 

Q. Best piece of writing advice. 
A. Never give up your story idea, if it isn't working, just change it around a little.
 
Q. One thing that you would like your readers to know about you. 
A. I live in a small town and enjoy rural living.

Q. Share one of your favorite quotes. 
A. "In my writing, as much as I could, I tried to find the good and praise it." by Alex Haley

Q. When I’m not writing, I’m ... 
A. reading or fishing.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Cause a Ripple and make a difference


I've been wanted to share this for some time. Big hug to my friend, Sharon McGowan Kirchoff, who always inspires me. 

When I first learned about Cause a Ripple, I knew instant
ly that I wanted to be a part of it. I loved the story that inspired the website, product and movement. I’ve always believed strongly in giving back to the community, helping others when I am able. Sharon began Cause a Ripple after listening to a sermon that spoke to her and she shares this story on the website. I encourage you to read the “808 Story.” I know that you will find it as inspiring as I have.

I love the idea of Spreading the Ripple and the gift set is a simple yet profound way of acknowledging those in our life who have inspired us. it’s also a neat way to offer words of encouragement and support.

The stone I was given sits on my desk and is a daily reminder that what I do and say can make a difference. I never take that lightly, and I hope that the ripples I’ve caused will be felt long after I’m gone.

If you are looking for a gift to give someone starting a new job or journey, someone who might be facing challenges in their life and could use your encouragement, someone who has inspired you to be a better person, I encourage you to explore Cause a Ripple.

As our minds and our hearts prepare for the Advent season, you might want to consider giving the stone as a gift to that special someone in your life. It would make a great stocking stuffer as well.

I believe that Sharon has the start of something good, and I encourage you to be a part of it. I think that together, we can make a difference, and Sharon and Cause of Ripple can help lead the way.



Saturday, November 16, 2013

Meet Dan Beard, author of 'Santa's Magic Bootprints'


Meet my friend Dan Beard, author of "Santa's Magic Bootprints.

Dan not only wrote this wonderful storybook but created an entire activity packet that includes 15 reusuable, self-adhesive bootprints; a special "North Pole Air Mail" envelope, a sing and read along disc and a "Christmas Together Instruction and Idea Guide." 

He also created a website for this product that includes videos as well as tips for enjoying the story with your family.

The story:

http://www.santasmagicbootprints.com/images/bootprint_new_gold.png "Santa’s Magic Bootprints" tells the story of how Santa forgets one of his reindeer’s names, and how, in turn, Mrs. Claus discovers a magical dust that ensures Santa will never miss any homes while delivering gifts to children. 

The book is available on Amazon and on the website.

Connect:


Q&A

Q. How did you come up with the idea/concept for this book?  

A. Our first grandchild, Ryan, upon experiencing his first "grown- up" Christmas at the ripe old age of 2, asked me, “Poppi why doesn’t Santa Claus leave his tracks behind?” The idea inspired me to write a rather detailed story- rhyme as to how and why Santa's Bootprints will now suddenly appear in homes all around the world on Christmas morning

Dan Beard's grandson provided the inspiration
 for 'Santa's Magic Bootprints.'
Q. What's your favorite thing about Christmas?
A. Being with all the Family and especially the grandchildren

Q. Favorite Christmas movie? 
A. "Miracle on 34th Street"

Q. Real tree or artificial tree? 
A. Definitely Real

Q. What is something about you that readers might be surprised to learn? 
A. U.S. Paratrooper; Founded the Auto Locator Magazine in 1979


Friday, November 15, 2013

Cover reveal: The Yearbook Series: Sue and Tom


I'm super excited to share the cover of Book 2 in The Yearbook Series: Sue and Tom. I love the cover and I love the book. I hope you do, too. The book will be out this month. As soon as the date is nailed down, I'll be sure to let you know.

Also, to celebrate Book 2 in the series, we have an awesome giveaway. My publisher Limitless Publishing is giving away 5 ebook copies of Sue and Tom. Enter below.



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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

This review made my day

This review for "The Moment Keeper" made my day. Thank you to all of my readers. I am truly blessed. 

REVIEW: I love Buffy Andrews' writing! Once again she has written a story that will pull you in from the minute you start reading! Andrews' imagination and creativity are truly amazing. The premise behind the story made me wonder if Moment Keepers do in fact exist. I loved the main characters Sarah and Olivia. At times it was so heart-breaking to see how unfair life can be sometimes. You are drawn in and feel such a part of each of their lives. There is such a powerful message about life, love and unanswered questions, the ending was phenomenal. I wish this book was available in print! I am not fond of reading electronically and would love to have a copy to keep and re-read many times over, wearing the pages thin! I give this book and A++

Photos from book signing



Monday, November 11, 2013

Meet author Margaret Fieland



Meet fellow author Margaret Fieland, author of "Geek Games." Margaret lives in Millis, Mass.

Books:


When fourteen-year-old Martin lets Tom, a charismatic bully, persuade him to bring down the spaceport computer network, he never considers someone will place a bomb resulting in the death of his friend's father. Nothing will bring Captain Frey back, but if Martin can help locate the terrorists' drug lab, perhaps he'll be able to forgive himself.
Available Nov. 29

Other Books





 Q&A


Q. Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
A. Given my druthers, early morning, either in my room sitting on the bed or at the dining room table.

Q. Best piece of writing advice
Keep writing.

Q. One thing that you would like your readers to know about you
I can write backward and wiggle my ears. I taught my middle son to wiggle his when he was in middle school. His teacher was less than thrilled.

Q. Share one of your favorite quotes.
"Writing is no trouble, you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity enough - it is the occurring which is difficult." -- Stephen Leacock

Q. When I’m not writing, I’m ... listening to music, reading, or searching out more reading material.



Connect:










Sunday, November 10, 2013

'The Yearbook Series: Gina and Mike' FREE today


If you haven't read "The Yearbook Series: Gina and Mike" you can get it FREE today. 

Book 2 in the series, "Sue and Tom," is coming soon.

Also, don't miss "The Moment Keeper" and the soon-to-be-released "The Christmas Violin."


Friday, November 8, 2013

WOW! Read this Moment Keeper review

Check out the latest review for The Moment Keeper.

A tragic end...a new beginning... The Moment Keeper touched my heart, bring back a flood of "moments" from my own life.

Sarah, growing up feeling alone and abandoned, on the outside edges of life, now having to chose between starting over, or dropping out of the race, decides she would rather die than face the future alone.


Olivia, so wanted, so loved, and so privileged...living a life that Sarah could only dream about, finds herself facing the same challenges that drove Sarah to the end of her life.


The story that ties these two lives together is shared with us by "The Moment Keeper". Sarah's life ends...Oliva's life begins. All of the hopes and dreams of these two extremely different girls are shared with the reader in such a unique way, that you are drawn into the story...The reader feels as though they know both of these young ladies personally. I know that that silly old line "I laughed, I cried" has become a punchline for jokes, but in this case, well...I laughed and I cried. I loved the concept of Moment Keepers, and I hope that one day I will be chosen as a Moment Keeper, too. This story of love, life, tragedy and hope, shared with the reader by The Moment Keeper is sad, beautiful, complex, and completely believable.


The real tragedy here is that this book is only available as an e-book. As the owner of a bookstore, there are literally thousands of people that I would love to share Sarah and Olivia's beautiful story with, but alas, bookstore customers are not fond of electronic readers.
To the e-reading public I offer this advice: Download this novel. Read anything that you can find by Buffy Andrews. You will not be disappointed!


To the publishers, I offer this advice: Publish everything ever written by Buffy Andrews in paperback format. You are missing a huge chunk of the reading public by keeping her tethered to electronic publishing. I would love to be recommending her books to my customers...but....

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Meet Muse It Up author Eric Price


Win this T-shirt
Meet my Muse It Up colleague Eric Price. He's super excited about his upcoming release, "Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud," which comes out Nov. 22. 

It’s available to pre-order now from MuseIt Up Publishing.  If you pre-order it, save your confirmation number and enter it into the rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a T-shirt (right) featuring the beautiful cover art by CK Volnek. Eric says he'll even scribble his name across the shirt, if you'd like.

Note: Available in all sizes. For US mailing addresses only, sorry. Non-US readers, if you pre-order, keep your confirmation number as well. I have more giveaways planned for after the release.

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Connect with Eric


Here's an excerpt from his book:

The cool night air blew in Cedric's face. His new beard, now reaching the neck of his cloak, ruffled in the breeze. He hoped the sound of rustling leaves and tree branches would help mask his own sounds as he sneaked behind Argnam's cabin.
With his staff, he drew the outline of a door on the back wall. He stepped away, and the line started glowing faint chartreuse. Within the outline, the wall almost vaporized to dust. It piled on the ground as quiet as a phantom. The chirping crickets didn’t even break from their merry song.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Please vote for me on Goodreads

Please vote for me on Goodreads: Write in "The Moment Keeper" in the debut author category:

And write in "The Yearbook Series: Gina and Mike" in the romance category.


Note that in order to get the write-in box, you have to sign into Goodreads (should be at top of page).

Thanks for your help!

Chance to win free Kindle Fire

Limitless Publishing, the publisher of The Yearbook Series: Gina and Mike (and soon-to-be released The Yearbook Series: Sue and Tom) is giving away a free Kindle Fire. Enter today.


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Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Moment Keeper Release Party

From The Moment Keeper release party at The York Emporium.






Meet Shane Scollins: Author of The Bone Room



Meet fellow Limitless Publishing author Shane Scollins. Shane's book The Bone Room was recently released. 


Here's the skinny:

Detective Roman Stone is working hard to rebuild the career he nearly destroyed. 

When he gets called to Alexandria Bay, NY to help the small town police force find a popular missing teenager, random human bones start washing up on the shores of the St. Lawrence River and one simple case becomes the the biggest mystery of his life. 

Chasing clues leads Roman to local historian Becca Quinn, who is the only one willing to show him around the old castles in the area. Becca heads up the Thousand Island Preservation Society and spends her days working to restore some of the island mansions for a new tourism initiative. The last thing she expects is to become part of the investigation, and for her life to be in danger.



What they find is something no one could imagine...

Something strange is lurking under the murky surface of the river waters, and a powerful local family is hiding secrets that could unravel the entire mystery.


About Shane:


Shane is a freelance writer and Amazon best-selling author. Originally from New Jersey, he now lives in upstate New York with his wife, Heather. He has a degree in computer science and has worked as an automotive service manager, a website developer and a computer network engineer. In his spare time, he enjoys playing ice hockey, riding his mountain bike, and strumming on his guitar. Primarily a SciFi and paranormal novelist, Shane enjoys taking readers on surprising and unexpected journeys that twist reality. 

Connect with Shane:







Q&A

Q. Do you see writing as a career? 
A. I do see writing as a career. I’ve always been a creative person, and for some reason I’ve never quite fit into the regular 9-to-5 life. I’ve had a lot of different jobs over the years, but I’ve never been able to put together a sustained career. I got a degree in computer and worked as a network engineer but for various reasons that didn’t work out either. I always end up coming back to writing. It’s always been there for me whether writing books or articles, writing has always been what I go back to when nothing else seems to work. I take it serious and it is my focus right now. … I’m grateful to be in the position to do what I love doing. The rewards come from my fans enjoying my stories. When I get a good review or a special message from a fan saying how much they enjoyed reading my work, that’s a payment that no amount of money can buy. That’s what a career should be about, it should be about doing what you love. 

Q. Who or what is your inspiration?
A. My inspiration comes from so many different places. I never really know where it’s going to originate. The people in my life inspire me daily. Friends in the flesh and on social media inspire me to create great characters and to be a better person. My fans inspire me to be a better writer. But I’m constantly inspired by the world around us.


Friday, November 1, 2013

The Moment Keeper reviews

Couldn't wait to share the first reviews for The Moment Keeper.


REVIEW: I completely fell in love with the book's main characters, starting with Sarah, the Moment Keeper for Olivia. The concept of each of us having a Keeper of the moments of our lives is intriguing. Who is our Moment Keeper and why are we chosen for each other? You'll see as the story unfolds that even the Moment Keepers themselves don't quite understand why they were chosen until the exact moment they are meant to. Both Sarah and Olivia, with their differing lives, have a great deal of life insight to offer us. Their stories are intense, emotional, upsetting, and wonderful at different times. I can identify with both main characters, as well as others, such as Olivia's mom. If you are interested in a book that really makes you think about life and its many questions, you may very well adore this lovely story about Olivia and her Moment Keeper, Sarah.

REVIEW: I love the concept behind Andrews' novel: That each of us has a moment keeper, a spirit responsible for keeping track of every moment in our lives, even--or perhaps, especially--those moments that seem small at the time but evolve into life-changing memories. Andrews wove this concept into a beautiful story, one that touched my heart and will stay with me forever. I recommend this book to anyone who has questioned faith and fate (so basically everyone). You will fall in love with and root for these characters.

REVIEW: The Moment Keeper is a story of two girls' journey into adulthood, and how the choices they make influence their lives. The book tells the story of Olivia and her moment keeper Sarah, whose own life was cut tragically short. The characters are so relatable, it's easy to recall those junctions where a decision changed your life. THe Moment Keeper is about love, loss, relationships, and how they influence our lives. Share this book with your daughter, your mother, and the other women in your life.

REVIEW: I was instantly captivated by this story and its premise of a moment keeper that stays alongside you, recording and tracking every moment of your life. Sarah is Olivia's moment keeper and the contrast between the character's circumstances could not be more pronounced. Despite this, Sarah lovingly looks on as Olivia experiences moments from her first steps to her first kiss and unfailingly records each moment.

This story will stick with you long after you've read the last word. Andrews has managed to craft characters that are unique yet familiar, it is impossible not to fall in love with and root for both of them. The girls are brought together through a terrible tragedy and as Olivia's moment keeper, we see Sarah continue to evolve and grow into the woman she would have become.

This story is haunting and leaves you thinking about each moment of your life and how it may intertwine with that of another.



The Moment Keeper is now available

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Totally doing a happy dance. The Moment Keeper is NOW available.

Our lives are often connected in ways we never would have imagined...

Two babies; two very different upbringings. 

First there is Sarah: raised by her loving grandmother, but neglected by her own father who views her as the instrument of her mother’s death. She will lead a hard life, searching to belong and to be loved.

Then there is Olivia, surrounded by love, nurtured and adored by her parents, a golden child with a golden future.

When Sarah’s life is cut tragically short and she is assigned to record the moments of Olivia’s life as her Moment Keeper, their lives become intertwined.

Sarah is able to overcome the heartbreak of her own lost years and Olivia is able to deal with a future that isn’t nearly as golden as what she had planned – or is it?

RELEASE PARTY: 7 tonight at The York Emporium, 334 W. Market St., York, Pa.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I will sign your ebook

If you purchased one of my ebooks -- The Yearbook Series: Gina and Mike, The Moment Keeper or The Christmas Violin -- you can now get my authorgraph. Thank you for reading my books and I hope one day to meet you in person.



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3 days until The Moment Keeper is out

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From The Moment Keeper

What I saw brought me great pain and joy. There were days upon days spent in Grandma’s arms or by her side. And days upon days of my dad coming home smelling like he’d bathed in whiskey. I begged Wendy to stop when a moment was too painful, but she just kept going. I began to see how one moment was tied to another and another and how they intertwined to form the tapestry of my life, a life that ended much too soon at my own hands.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Another contract: 'Freaky Frank' finds a home

Freaky Frank ran into my life a couple of years ago. He waved and shouted and did everything he could to make me take notice. We became fast friends, and I fell in love with him and his quirkiness from the start.

Today, I'm super excited to announce that “Freaky Frank” has a home. Muse It Up Publishing will publish the book summer of 2014. It will be part of MuseItYoung, its middle grade/tween imprint. YAY!  



I can’t tell you how excited I am to share "Freaky Frank" with kids all over the world.


Here’s the skinny on Frank:


Freaky Frank has a secret. A big secret. He can read minds. And reading minds can cause problems. Like when Frank says what someone is thinking before they say it. Or answers a question before they ask it.