June 15, 2009

Barnes & Noble (Store #2939) Bestseller!

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May I just say that my husband rocks?! For those of you who didn't receive the email blast (or see this post about his new release), Rod participated in our local Barnes & Noble author event with seven other authors this past Saturday. It was exciting and stressful and great fun! And, we both want to send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support Rod on this very special day. What a thrill to see so many friends and family (some of whom we haven't seen in years!). To think we were worried nobody would show up -- halfway into the signing, I was worried we'd run out of books! And we nearly did!

But the biggest thrill of all was when I walked into work this morning and was informed that Rod's book was our store's #1 seller for the week. Yep, he beat out Jodi Picoult (My Sister's Keeper), Stephenie Meyer (Eclipse), Mark Levin (Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto), William Young (The Shack), and Dean Koontz (Relentless)!
Whoohoo! :)

We also want to thank Hilary Sire (B&N Community Resource Manager extraordinaire) for putting on such a fantastic event. Rod says it was truly an honor to be part of such a memorable day.

Rod & Pat

Pat & Kim

Rod & Katie
(Rod's editor while freelancing for Smart Computing)

Rod, Jen, Maddie & Emily
(adoring nieces & sister-in-law)

Rod & Shirley-Mom

Sarah, Brent & Rod

Mary Kate, Josh & Rod

Rod & Dave

Daniel & Rod

Rod & Alison

Rod with Bob & Miss Linda

Rod with Barry & Lynn

Apparently, not everyone was impressed with Rod's book. We'll give her time. I'm sure she'll come around in a few years.


  1. Anonymous7:30 PM

    To quote some of the blogger - WooHoo and then some! What a great accomplishment. We're so proud of Rod
    Mom and Bill

  2. What a wonderful signing you had! And a big congrats to Rod for the having your store's #1 book of the week. (You DID take a picture of that too, didn't you?).


  3. Good on you, Rod. Just wish that we could have been there with you to celebrate (and get our picture taken with you). Obviously, a great and successful docking!
    Mike & June (en route southern California to Seattle)

  4. We wish we could have been there!!! Congratulations!

  5. Anonymous4:06 AM

    Thats FANTASTIC how Congrats on #1 !

    from Diane in MA (OTPS)

  6. Number 1? I'm not a bit surprised! Congratulations to the handsome and talented Rod, and to his wife who inspires me with talents of her own. You are an inspiration as a couple, a writer and a reader. Let the joys of this beautiful time surround you forever.

  7. Awesomenss! I'll have to see if we got some in at the book store I work at. Congrats!

  8. How Great! Congratulation to Rod on his success as an author.

  9. How exciting! Definitely a moment to be proud of. :-) Thank you for sharing the experience with us, Lesley.

  10. Congratulations to Rob on such a successful turn out, and how great is it to be #1.

  11. Wow!!! That is so awesome for your hubby and your family!! Loved all the photos and wish him much continued success!!!

  12. Woo Hoo is right!! Congrats!!

  13. How cool are you guys!! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Looks like a good time was had by all!

  14. Lesley, that's so fantastic!!!


  15. So, so thrilled for Mr. S.!! And you, of course. Our local independent bookstore's top sellers are most often the local authors' books- just as it should be! Congrats!!

  16. You're not only married to an author, but a best-selling one at that! Terrific stuff.

  17. Hey, thanks to all for the congratulations and good wishes. The signing was a great success, thanks to lots of friends and family, and to my ace publicity agent, of course!

    Now, I'm pretty sure that Dean or Jodi could have topped me, if they had been standing there hawking books, as I was. :)

  18. How exciting...you're right, he does rock!

  19. Wow, how fantastic! I'm thrilled for you guys and I think it's awesome that he beat out all those other writers.

    You may have mentioned this before but is Rod already at work on a new book?

  20. Anonymous11:58 PM

    Congrats! Geez, Rod, didn't you always tell me that you had "no sense of direction" --hmmm? Yet, you not only write about navigating the high seas, but also manage to find your way to #1 at the coolest bookstore in Lincoln. Very impressive! And thanks so much for sharing this experience and posting these pics online, Lesley --it was wonderful to see some familiar faces again. Kim Fitzke

  21. Dr. Bert12:42 PM

    Dude, this is like the most awesome-est thing ever. And a numero uno #1 best seller to boot! This is totally like to-die-for. Wish I could have been there. Maybe for the next one. We're very proud of you.

  22. Fabulous! I bet that was one special day to remember. :) Congratulations, Rod (and Les)!

  23. Mom & Bill - Thanks! It was such a fun day. Wish you could've been here to join in the festivities.

    Maudeen - No picture, but I do have a print-out showing the #1 status. :) Thanks for popping by with your comment. Hope all is well with you!

    Dad & June - We'll just have to work on a Pacific Northwest book tour! :)

    Pat - I'm trying to talk Rod into a Hawaii book tour! We'd love to meet you in person. :)

    Diane - Thanks so much! Hope all is well with you.

    Bellezza - Isn't he handsome? :) Thanks for your sweet comment. You're a wonderful friend.

    Diamond! So good to hear from you! Let me know if you need any publisher info to get some copies of the book in the store. That would be wonderful if you could.

    Tara - Thanks for the kind words. I know Rod appreciates the nice comments.

    Literary Feline - Yes, I'm very proud of him. He worked extremely hard on this project.

    Ladyslott - Thanks for the congrats. I remember when your hubby was just starting out as a published author. Now he has several books! I see them at work all the time. :)

    Staci - Yes, it's pretty awesome, to say the least. Glad you enjoyed all the photos.

  24. SuziQ - Pretty exciting! And, there's a possibility of an Oregon and/or Washington signing in the future. I'll keep you posted. It'd be great to get a chance to meet you in person!

    Stephanie - It was a great time. It almost felt like a party at the store. :)

    3m - Thanks! It's been quite an exciting few months.

    Nan - You're so sweet! Thanks for your nice comment here.

    Booklogged - He's pretty terrific. :)

    Bybee - Thanks! It was a great event.

    Iliana - Well, as he said, had they been signing books at the same store, things might have turned out a little bit differently. ;)

    Nope, no work on a new book. At least not as of yet. He might be tossing around some ideas, but nothing firm at this point.

    Kim - So nice to see your comment! Thanks for writing. And making me laugh. Yep, that would be my husband. No sense of direction. But that's what GPS is for, right? ;)

    Hope all is well with you. Take care!

    Dr. Bert - Sure do wish you and Sarah could've been here for the big day! It was very awesome!

    Joy - Definitely one we'll never forget! Thanks for the congrats.

  25. Linda9:10 PM

    congrats to Rod and so enjoyed the pics! Wished we could have been there but will try to get Rod to sign a copy for Bill

  26. Linda - Thanks! Glad you enjoyed all the pictures. Wish you could have been there in person. Give me a call and we can work out how to get a signed copy of the book to Bill. I could use some fresh eggs, so maybe we can work out a deal. :)

  27. That is so cool! Congratulations on the book and the huge sales success!

  28. Thanks, Sheila!


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