Shannon Dittemore
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  • April23rd

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    Did you know tonight is World Book Night? No, seriously. It’s an official thing. The goal is to get books into the hands of people who don’t regularly read or have easy access to books. It’s a very cool initiative and you can read all about it here.

    My publisher thought they’d get in on the action and help spread their love of reading as well. Thomas Nelson is incredibly awesome that way. I was able to partner with them by handing out books. I received my box last week and inside I found 12 copies of my very own, Angel Eyes. After I counted the copies, I knew exactly who I wanted to share them with.

    Koinonia is a fabulous group home program here in Northern California. Before my children were born, I worked with them and so I knew that at any given time, they’d have twelve girls in their care. This is a population I absolutely love working with, and when I made the call, they welcomed me with open arms. THANK YOU, BILL! And Steph! And Lacey! And Allison! And Mindy!

    I got to visit the girls and chat books. Probably my most favorite thing ever. They asked questions and I pretended to know all the answers. They even let me read to them a bit. It was a lovely afternoon and at the end of it, I got to give away twelve books to twelve amazing girls with absolutely no strings attached. I’m thoroughly grateful to my publisher for making that possible.

    So, I was thinking, there’s got to be a way to get YOU ALL involved as well. It’s too late to sign up as a World Book Night giver, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spread your reading love around a bit. The authors at Thomas Nelson and Zondervan are officially celebrating for the next week, so there’s plenty of time for you to participate.

    WHAT IF … and I’m just spit-balling here, but what if you took one (or two, or twelve) of your used books and you gifted them to someone who just might have trouble purchasing a book on their own? OR what if . . . what if you decided to start a little book group? You and some friends. You could read together, and chat books together, and invite along a friend who has yet to be bitten by a bookworm. Maybe your habit will rub off on them!

    There are a zillion ways to spread a love of reading. If you’ve got an idea or would like to share how you plan to celebrate, leave me a comment. I’d love to know what you’re up to.

    And happy reading, friends! Books matter. Words matter. It’s a love worth sharing.

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  • March27th

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    IIsabella3 have such a wonderful, heartwarming story to share with you all.

    My friend, author, CJ Redwine, and her husband, Clint, are adopting a beautiful little girl from China named Isabella Grace.

    You want to read their story. Trust me, you do.

    As you’ll read, things unfolded much more quickly than they anticipated, and they could use a little help bringing her home.

    I hope you’ll consider taking part in their journey. They’ve gone out of their way to make it fun for everyone; when you give, you’ll be entered to win donated items, including books from many of CJ’s friends. But the real excitement here is that a little girl who needs a home is getting a wonderful family.

    Did you wake up today hoping to make a difference somehow, somewhere? This is one of those opportunities. One very real, very tangible, very simple action from you can change so much.

    Click to learn how skipping Starbucks today can

    help bring Isabella home.

    UPDATE: They did it! They raised 15K in two days! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED!

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  • May23rd

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    Angel Eyes Broken Wings Seeing Cinderella Plastic Polly

    On Saturday, June 8th, I’ll be signing copies of both Angel Eyes and Broken Wings in El Dorado Hills, California. My good friend and author, Jenny Lundquist, will also be there with her middle grade books, Seeing Cinderella and Plastic Polly.

    Face In A Book is a fabulous little bookstore that provides a unique and intimate setting for chatting with readers. We’ll be taking questions, about our books and about the wild world world of publishing. If you’re a young adult or middle grade reader come on out. And if you’re not, come anyway! Let us convince you.

    Saturday, June 8th

    11am – 1pm

    Face In A Book

    4359 Town Center Blvd, Suite 113, El Dorado Hills, CA

    Books will be available for purchase.

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  • October15th

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    Hey friends! I’ve got a book signing coming up and I wanted to invite you! If you’re in Northern California, come see us.

    Yes, us!

    The ever inspiring Jenny Lundquist and I will be linking arms with the cutest bookstore ever: Face in a Book.

    We’ll be chatting a bit about books and publishing. We’ll be taking questions of course, and I’ve got an inkling there will be candy.

    This will be a great event for the whole family and I promise, once you see this adorable bookstore, you’ll thank us for introducing you. And now for the details:

    Saturday, November 3

    1pm – 3pm

    Face In A Book

    4359 Town Center Blvd, Suite 113, El Dorado Hills, CA

    Books will be available for purchase.

    Click for more details & to RSVP

    You can read more about my debut novel, Angel Eyes, here.

    And for more info about Jenny and Seeing Cinderella, be sure to visit her site.

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