Saturday, December 10, 2016 / by Lynne Heinzmann

 The Rhode Island Book Launch at the Davisville Free Library

The Rhode Island Book Launch at the Davisville Free Library

And now we’ve had the Rhode Island book launch and it was WONDERFUL!

On Saturday, Chris, Mom, and countless other friends and family members helped throw a fabulous party, celebrating the Rhode Island launch of Frozen Voices. It was held at the Davisville Free Library in North Kingstown, the BEST library in the world, as far as I’m concerned. (I’ve been going there for decades, ever since a friend, Cindi Cady, invited me to join their book club. Thanks, Cindi!) We had some great munchies: we bought platters of food (sandwiches, veggies, fruit, cheese, hummus, etc.), Mom made some yummy appetizers, Jim Kennedy from Confections (Fall River, MA) made a beautiful cake and cupcakes, and Jayna White brought iced tea and helped set up everything. And, of course, Sarah Ornstein and the other folks at the library were nice enough to let us take over the place for the afternoon (Thanks Sarah!).

And so many people came to the launch! Friends and family from all over the area, some of whom I haven’t seen in years. Having everyone there made this special event into something that I will never forget. I sincerely thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Once everyone settled into their seats, I did a brief slide presentation on the history in the novel (Thanks, Sarah, for your technical assistance!), read a short excerpt from one of the book’s chapters, and then answered some great questions from various folks. After that, we all ate and talked and enjoyed each other’s company. Oh yeah…And I sold all the copies of Frozen Voices that I had with me! Actually, some folks wrote down their names and addresses so that I could notify them when I have more books available for signing/selling. Pretty cool!

Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to publish a book. And now I’ve done it! Chris asked me last night, “So, now what?” It only took me about two seconds to reply. Now, I want to promote Frozen Voices so that it reaches as many people as possible. (Read Across Rhode Island?) And then I’d like to find a literary agent and to set up publication of more novels. I have another historical fiction novel and two young adult novels that I’ve written. This whole journey with Frozen Voices has been so fantastic, I can’t wait to do it again!

(I used WAY too many exclamation points in this blog posting…My apologies to my MFA professors!)