Friday, February 4, 2011

Coffee For The Brain Book Tournament - Author Contact - Nancy Etchemendy

I have been contacting the authors once again when their books make it on to Round 3. Here is another author I have heard back from.

Thank you Nancy Etchemendy for taking time to respond.

Here is what I emailed to her:
Good afternoon, my name is Aaron Maurer and I am a gifted education teacher for Bettendorf Middle School in Bettendorf, Iowa. I have operated a blog now for the students for the last two years where I read and review books. This year I was awarded grant money to run a book tournament where students nominated books to be read, we paired them off for judges to read, and they had to make a decision as to which book is better and why. You can find all the details on my blog(posted below).

Anyways, I am contacting all authors that I can to let them know when their book makes it to the next round. Your book has passed Round 2 and is now in Round 3. Congratulations to you and your novel.

I also am contacting you for the fun aspect that if you would like for me to add anything on my blog to help promote your book that I would be glad to do so. The students would to have any author participation in any capacity that they can. I am leaving things open as I know that you are probably super busy, but just wanted to make you aware of what some amazing students and staff members are doing in the state of Iowa.

Have a great day.

Here is her response back.

Hi, Aaron--

I am totally jazzed!  Way to make a writer's day.  :-)  I am, of course, delighted and gratified that the students are enjoying my book, and I hope it keeps on going through the rounds a while longer.  I had a lot of fun writing it.  I had to draw a chart to keep track of the different chains of events in the different "unnings" Gib did.  Complicated, sort of like working a puzzle.  People ask me all the time whether I'm going to write a sequel, and I say that I just don't know yet.  Maybe.  Meanwhile, students might be interested in reading "Unarctica," a blog I kept during a month-long trip to Antarctica aboard an icebreaker.  It features Gib, Rainy, and Ash.  Best place to start is probably

THE POWER OF UN and two of my other books, THE WATCHERS OF SPACE and CAT IN GLASS are currently available on Kindle.  For a list of all of my available books, see my web site at

Keep drinking that coffee!
All best,
Nancy Etchemendy
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