Steve Bonenberger is passionate about the dreams and successes of entrepreneurs, and to help them, he’s putting together a great new microfinance project called Angels in Action. He’s a generous man.

And today his generosity extended to me, when he devoted ten minutes of his Business Talk Radio program to my newest novel, The Feast of Saint Bertie.

It was a wonderful time. I hope you’ll check it out, if only to hear me sort out what exactly is my life’s mission – on the spur of the moment, as you listen. (I’d never been asked that before.)

You’ll also hear my advice to aspiring authors (or artists, or inventors), and how I decided a long-cherished bit of writing wisdom wasn’t so wise.

Have a listen:


Let me check my calendar…

Is it September 1st? It is?

Then the day has come! The Feast of Saint Bertie is officially released for purchase.

I’m writing this from a hotel room in Vancouver, Washington. When my first novel was released, I was visiting Ferndale, California. It’s not like I get out all that much, but for some reason I can’t seem to stay home for my release dates. It’s a strange feeling. Like missing the birth of your child.

But it does call for a celebration, doesn’t it? I’ve got some ideas:

  • If you have a reading group and would like to consider The Feast of Saint Bertie for your next book, let me know your address and the name of your group, and I’ll send you a free copy.
  • If you’re one of the first ten to buy The Feast of Saint Bertie within the month of September, I will send you either a second copy to give to a friend, or else I’ll send you a copy of my first novel, To Dance in the Desert. Just let me know where and when you bought the book, your address, and which of the two options you prefer.
  • If you are hosting an event with twenty or more attendees, and would like to include The Feast of Saint Bertie in a prize basket, please let me know the name and date of the event, the estimated number of attendees, and of course, your address.

Care for a sneak peek? My publisher, David C. Cook, has put together a pdf excerpt which you can download here.

If you’d like to know where to buy the book, I’ve put together all the options, here.

I’d love to hear from you. If you’ve read either of my novels and would like to comment, or if you’d just like to say hello, please drop me a line.

You know how on a DVD there are (I always hope) Special Features, the little value-added somethings that extend the pleasure of the film?

And you know how books often have the same sorts of things in the back pages, little interviews and articles and guides for book clubs?

Well, that’s the topic of the hour for my novel, which will release in September. My editor and I had a discussion today, and there will be Special Features in the back of The Feast of Saint Bertie.

If you read the excerpt on my website, you’ll get the very correct impression that cinnamon rolls figure into the story. Luscious, fabulous cinnamon rolls made by my character, India Moon. So here’s the plan: why not feature India’s recipe for cinnamon rolls?

One big reason: I haven’t the slightest idea what it is, and I’m not a great cook.

Are you? Do you have a recipe for cinnamon rolls that’s over the moon? (Get it? India Moon/Over the moon?)

If you will share it with me, and if, of all recipes submitted I choose yours, I will feature it in the back of my novel. With your name.

Please, don’t send anything taken directly from a cookbook. I don’t want copyright issues. This has to be your recipe, and you have to give me permission to use it.

And if your recipe doesn’t end up in the book, it may well find it’s way into one or two or three “Honorable Mention” posts, in September.

I can’t wait to see what you’ve been cooking up. Contact me here.

(Thanks to Alícia Roselló Gené for the image.)

You have read the excerpt, haven’t you? My next novel, The Feast of Saint Bertie, comes out in September. But you can watch the trailer now.