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TBCN CELEBRATING MONDAY JUNE 13th - YOUR INVITED






Nora St. Laurent'S BIO: Nora runs two face-to-facebook clubs near the Atlanta area and is the  ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers)On-Line Book Club Coordinator. She currently writes a Book Club Column for Christian Fiction Online Magazine. You can read her reviews and author interviews on her Finding Hope Through Fiction blog, http://www.psalm516.blogspot.com,  The Christian Pulse Mag, Title Trakk, Novel Reviews, and Suspense Zone. She is also contributor to Novel Journey blog. Nora and her husband run The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org

Want to start a book club that reads Christian Fiction and don’t know how or where to begin looking for books? Are you a Christian Fiction or non-fiction author and want to speak to book clubs but don’t know where to find them?

Search no more TBCN is the place for you! 

The Book Club Network connects authors with book clubs and leaders with their books. Authors can post their book signing, giveaway opportunities along with other book events at TBCN for all to enjoy. Authors have joined and started their own book discussions at TBCN answering and asking book clubs' questions on the book club's page.

 I work at a Christian book store, and when my boss asked me to start a book club at the store I was overwhelmed at the task of selecting books for our group to read. I wanted a meaty book that had more for us to say than,” Wow, that was fun.” What would we do with the rest of the time allotted for book club?

I looked at the rows of books and didn’t know where to start. I only had so much time and the library only had so many books. Hence the birth of The Book Club Network, it grew out of my desire to learn more from other book clubs as to what books worked really well for their meetings.

It also grew from my desire to connect authors with book clubs. I saw how books didn’t have a long shelf life. How were the book clubs going to find out about great, moving novels if they weren’t on the shelf? Where do you find Christian authors? The task seemed overwhelming!

My husband and I started The Book Club Network one year ago in hopes that authors would connect with book clubs, and book club leaders would feel empowered to interact with authors or other book clubs. We realized this would help facilitate authors speaking to book clubs on the phone or with the computer via Skype!

The Book Club Network began in June of 2010 and now is over 1,000 members. I’ve enjoyed watching the authors and book clubs interact. Reading discussions where authors have asked book clubs what discussion questions work in a book club setting, and which ones don’t. Answers to these questions were interesting and both parties are learning from the other. Exciting to watch!

Book Clubs have set up their book club pages
 and many of their members have joined their page. A few book clubs are actually having their meetings on-line at TBCN. The leader has put up the questions for the author and the club members to answer and interact. It’s been great fun to see and learn from their discussions.

I've enjoyed watching book clubs
interact with one another. I've seen leaders ask other leaders if a certain book worked for their club. I've also seen book clubs share the list of books. Book Clubs are also sharing ideas about the fun things they’ve done at their meetings and what they hope to do in the future! I’ve learned so much.

People email me asking where to find book clubs. They’ve always wanted to be apart of one but didn’t know how to find them. At TBCN we have a member map. It shows where book clubs are located across the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia, helping members connect with a reading group. Other members were moving and wanted to join a book club in their new location. The member map has been a helpful tool for both book clubs and book club potential members seeking a face-to-face or on-line meeting.

We are celebrating in a big way at TBCN. Our first birthday party is on Monday, June 13th at 9 p.m. EST.  TBCN will be having a huge giveaway party with authors and readers in attendance for this “live” event.

We asked authors who are at TBCN, and have been our biggest cheerleaders, to participate in this event. Thanks to everyone for helping get out the word. We also thank them for helping get the word out about TBCN to the book clubs they speak to and for giving away such great prizes.

Thanks to B & H http://www.bhpublishinggroup.com  or supplying books and helping get the word out too.

Thanks to Vicki Hinze, Kathi Macias, Creston Mapes, Ginny Yttrup, Sandra Bricker, Brandilyn Collins, Julie Carobini, Anita Mellott, Mary Connealy, Julie Lessman, Meg Moseley, Melanie Dickerson, C.J. Darlington, Sarah Sundin, Alice Weisler, Graham Garrison, Missy Tippens, Kimberely Woodhouse, Julie Carobini, T.L. Higley, James L. Rubart, Janet Dean, Tina Radcliffe, Glynna Kaye, Cheryl Wyatt, Ronnie Kendig, Tricia Goyer, Gina Holmes and Novo Inc.to contributing some really great prizes. We have over $225.00 in gift cards to be given out, lots of books and our grand prize is a Kindle.
So, check out the fun we’ve been having at The Book Club Network – sign up today and be up on all the latest news about the party TBCN Check out TBCN on facebook where authors and bloggers post giveaways, author book signings, interviews and exciting book fun news. Join our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/home.php?sk=group_146903260542 . If you’d like your book club featured on the Christian Fiction Online Magazine  http://www.christianfictiononlinemagazine.com/contact me at TBCN or on Facebook.

The event will last about an hour. I hope many of you can be there. In celebration of our party I’d like to help book clubs and readers find great books and give them away at your meetings. I have a box of books I’d love to give one person for them to enjoy and share at their book club meetings.

Can’t wait for you to join us in celebrating our first birthday.We are giving away one book a night leading up to our big birthday party Monday June 13th 9p.m. Eastern Standard time! The GIVEAWY STARTS at 9p.m. Eastern Standard time.


 TONIGHT'S GIVEAWAYS At TBCN www.bookfun.org.  New books by Alice Weisler, Kathi Macias, Tricia Goyer, Sara Sundin, and Robin Caroll - Stop by at 9p.m TONIGHT and join the fun!

 Looking forward to seeing you there!

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org

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