Shannon Dittemore



On Saturday, we celebrated the launch of my debut novel, Angel Eyes, at our local Barnes and Noble.

Except for that two-minute span when I overheated and started yanking at my clothes right there at the signing table, the day was perfect. People I’d never met bought my book and then they asked me to sign it. They wanted me to write in their book! So stinking weird. But you know what the best part of the day was?

My friends. My family.

They didn’t just show up on Saturday. They SHOWED UP big.

Deep in the recesses of my insecure little heart, I’ve always wanted to be surrounded by friends. And not just the kind of friends who pat you on the back and say good job, but the kind that’ll fight for you. The kind of friends who will do whatever it takes to make your dreams come true. And who will celebrate like it was their dream when it FINALLY happens. Cause that’s the kind of friend I want to be. I want to link arms with my crazy homies. I want to throw on matching bandannas (cause that’s what my pathetic little brain interprets as a sign of unity), and I want to walk around the block showing the peeps how bad our posse is!

On Saturday, my family and friends did that for me. They showed up and watched me sign books. They dragged friends and acquaintances into the store. They paid money for a book many of them have already read. They stood in line to talk to me. Is that crazy? And, of all things, some of the guys even bought MATCHING shirts! Talk about posse!

While the release of my first book is an amazing, amazing thing, the awesomeness of my friends far surpasses any writerly accomplishment and I am so thankful. And teary. And overwhelmed. And dedicated to supporting their dreams just as they’ve supported mine. In big, gigantic, inspiring ways. With bandannas and t-shirts and ridiculous acts of fist pumping.

Everyone should have friends like mine. Cause with friends like mine, bring on the enemies!

In honor of their awesomeness, I’m giving away a copy of Angel Eyes and one of the t-shirts the guys designed and wore to the launch. Don’t worry. They didn’t actually wear this one. It’s an extra, and it’s highly possible no one will appreciate it as much as I do, but that my friends actually ‘like’ me, is an awe-inspiring thing. Click on the pic to see a close up of the shirt. The back of the shirt reads

To enter, all you have to do is let me know what you’re wishing for. Leave me a comment telling me what that big dream of yours is, and on Friday I’ll pick a winner.

OH! And go enter Jill Williamson’s giveaway too! She’s giving away a copy of Angel Eyes AND her novel Replication which I’ve started and am enamored by! Go. Enter. Hurry!



  • Comment by Bwyatt — June 5, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    That’s so awesome! Those guys are so sweet. Wish I could have been there! I had the opportunity to read an e-galley for the blog tour and it is FABULOUS! Loved it!

  • Comment by Cordelia — June 5, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    Who doesn’t wish they can have such dedicated friends like yours!
    I can’t wait to read this book!!!

  • Comment by Frank — June 5, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Wishing for anniversary trip with my wife of 20 years.

  • Comment by Elizabeth M Thompson — June 5, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    I’m wishing for that level of support and encouragement for all our writers.

    I’ve been to tons of book signings and thought I had seen everything. Your “posse” took it to a new level. Way to go guys!

  • Comment by Karen — June 5, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    Would like to see Maui once again before your Dad and I are too old to enjoy it:)

    So very proud of you and your family and of the wonderful friends you have…they made this mommy’s eyes tear up a little too…

  • Comment by Lacey — June 5, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    It was such an awesome day Shannon! Ruined my makeup once or twice, but it was totally worth it. So proud of my amazing friend! 🙂

  • Comment by Monica G Lopez — June 5, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    Your friends sound incredibly awesome. One of my biggest dreams to become a doctor, politician, and/or an author. AH! So many things I want to do and I wish I can accomplish all three of those 🙂 Save lives, help change the country for the better, and write down everything non-boring on paper? TRIPLE THREAT! 🙂 Congratulations on your debut novel!

  • Comment by Jill Williamson — June 6, 2012 @ 6:11 am

    I’m wishing for one of those awesome T-shirts, but don’t really enter me. I want one of your new fans to win. What a fun blog post, Shannon.

  • Comment by Cheri — June 6, 2012 @ 6:16 am

    I am wishing for my five children to be godly and my marriage to continue to be strong and God-honoring. I would love a trip away with my husband without the kids!

  • Comment by Emily — June 6, 2012 @ 6:16 am

    I wish to go back to Asia someday.

  • Comment by Alyson — June 6, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    That’s so cool : ) Barnes and Noble is like my second home. I am wishing that I can get my book published before school starts up again. We’ll see if it happens.

  • Comment by Julian Hernandez — June 6, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    Congrats! I’ve been hearing a lot about “Angel Eyes.” Lots of good things. I’m looking forward to reading it. I find it inspiring that you have so many family and friends willing to support you in such an awesome way. I’m really happy for you, because it sounds like you deserve all the praise and support.

    The manuscript of my debut novel is currently with a publisher for editorial review. While I hope I hear good news, my dream is that the positive response of the book will draw my sister back to Christ. She’s a hardcore atheist now, but we both grew up in church together. I’m hoping that the book will help soften her heart, and give her a nudge back toward Christ. That would be the greatest reward for writing my book.

  • Comment by Noa Towner — June 6, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    I wish for all to know God! and know the peace the passes all understanding.

  • Comment by Teddi Deppner — June 6, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    After reading all those comments, I’d say give the goodies to one of those amazing folks!

    But just because I finished the book today and TOTALLY LOVED IT, I just want to participate and say,

    I wish that when my stories come out, they impact someone and inspire someone the way your book ‘Angel Eyes’ has inspired me. You make the impossible seem possible.

    So happy that you’re out there sharing the good news via fiction. Keep up the awesome work, Shannon!

  • Comment by Carol Gehringer — June 7, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    Haven’t read your book yet but it’s on my list to get — esp. after reading the reviews! LOVE finding good reads for my students (I’m a K12 librarian).

    I wish . . .that my children would enjoy this summer as we build our new house and sell our old one. It will mean a temporary stay (we’ll be homeless for 3 weeks or so) but it will be worth it.

    God bless,

  • Comment by Jessie Andersen — June 8, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    Congrats!!! There’s nothing better than a support system/cheering section of your friends and family. My wish/hope is that my book that comes out next week touches the lives of young people. I pray that God uses it to change lives and capture souls for his kingdom.

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