Saturday, September 29, 2007

Fan Mail and 4 Stars!

There are two things authors sweat about after a book is finished and ready to go to press. The first is book reviews. I'm happy to say that I received word from Romantic Times that my book, Cradle of Secrets, available 11/07, got a 4 star review! Here's what Romantic Times had to say about Cradle of Secrets...
CRADLE OF SECRETS (4 stars), a story shrouded in mystery, darkness and confusion, is quite difficult to resist. Tammie Gardner, whose parents were killed two years ago, has stumbled across information about her now uncertain past. Enroute to a small town in Massachusetts, she is stopped by Dylan Montgomery, who's in town looking for his missing brother. Dylan and Tammie become unlikely partners in Lisa Mondello's captivating, and often quite emotional, story.

The second thing authors sweat about is reader fan mail. Since most of the time we live in our own little bubble, not really realizing our books are going out into the world and readers are actually reading the books, it's nice to hear from fans to remind us. This week I discovered that Steeple Hill bookclub fans have already received their shipment of books and I was thrilled to receive some mail from readers who'd sat down and read Cradle of Secrets and enjoyed it. One thing they all asked is, "Is there going to be a sequel?" Rest assured, the answer is YES! In Cradle of Secrets, I introduce some characters that I had no idea readers were going to fall in love with as much as they did. I thought I was the only one! So if you read Cradle of Secrets and you wonder what happens to some of the characters after the book ends, make sure you check back or sign up for my mailing list so I can let you know when the next book is out. You won't want to miss what happens.

Thank you so much to all the bookclub readers who took the time to email me and let me know how much they loved Cradle of Secrets. For those of you who have to wait until the book hits the stands, mark your calendars for November 6th, the official release date of Cradle of Secrets.

Until next time, many blessings! Lisa

Crockpot Chicken Tenderloin
3 pounds of boneless breast of chicken cut into tenderloin size strips
1 can of cream of chicken soup, plus 1 can of water
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 to 3/4 cup Italian style croutons (crushed)

Mix soup together in the bottom of the crockpot dish and place chicken slices on top. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over the chicken and then sprinkle croutons on top. Cover and bake on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. Serve with salad and vegetables.

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