B&N front windowI got an email last week. My book – Run at Destruction: A True Fatal Love Triangle had shipped early. Could I come into the Green Bay Barnes & Noble to sign copies. This was it! My book was now being sold in an actual brick and mortar store. 

I parked out front of the Oneida Street location, in close proximity to the Bay Park Square Mall. Approaching the entrance, I was drawn toward the front window display. There were my books! Unbelievable! 

Inside the store ,  in addition to this prime location, they were stacked on the information desk adjacent to the sign to pre-order Dan Brown’s new novel. What an honor. I next located some in the True Crime section – after all Ann Rule did endorse it saying it was “Wonderfully written. A must for true crime readers.” I also discovered books on one of the front tables and in the Wisconsin Local Section focused on history and sports. (My book revolves around a terrible tragedy that occured within Green Bay’s close-knit running community in the 80’s. A correspondent for Track & Field News endorsed it saying, “This is the 2009 runner’s read.”)  

I’m sure appreciative that Shirley VerBruggen, the B&N Community Relations Manager had given me such good placement!

One of the employees provided me a pen, and offerred to buy me a Starbucks

Author Lynda Drews

Author Lynda Drews

from their Cafe, while I proceeded to autograph each book that she carried from the various locations mentioned. As she did, we talked about the story and my lost friend, Pamela Bulik. Both of us blinked back tears. During her dinner break that night, she said she was starting my book.  

The two of us had sealed a connection.

Another talk and book signing for Run at Destruction this week!

I got a warm welcome from the PaceSetters. This running club has been in

Kathy Jankowski, the PaceSetters President with Me

Kathy Jankowski, the PaceSetters President with Me

existence for 25 years – both promoting and celebrating health in the Fox Valley of Wisconsin. 

As I explained how I got endorsements from the Best Selling True Crime Author, Ann Rule, and from Sean Hartnett, a correspondent for Track  & Field News the supportive running folks gave me applause. Then as I read excerpts from the first chapter about my best friend, Pam, that continues to bring a sting to my eyes, I watched the audience’s amazing response – they  became mesmerized.

P1020073To detail the extensive research that I conducted – required to tell the right story- I provided an anecdote: In the Brown County Courthouse, for four months, I scanned three massive boxes of court records into my laptop, plugging parking meters every two hours. While doing this tedious job, I listened to books on tape. One day, by mistake, the earphones became unplugged, so I kept turning up the tape player’s volume…. Someone finally tapped me on the shoulder and informed me that the entire office was listening to a suggestive sex scene. Boy – was I embarrassed!

Following my talk – I took extensive Q&A before signing and selling books to nearly everyone that attended.  I’ve always known that runners are special – this talk certainly reconfirmed it!