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On Tuesday, Sept. 21, I’ll be participating in my first “-palooza” event.
     Barnes & Noble in the Town Square Mall, Vestal, N.Y., is hosting a local authors event called “Authorpalooza” that evening at 6:30. About 15 authors will be sitting at café tables around the bookstore selling and signing their books. (Books are bought at B&N checkout.) It should be a fun event with special drawings for guests.
     I think my new novel, 317, will be published by then. I’ll let you know.


     You can now order my books direct from Barnes & Noble’s web site. Go here for The Cyber Miracles, and  here for its sequel, A Sudden Gift of Fate.
     Right now, both are selling for $18 there, that’s $2 off the list price!

Barb Merritt, Mike Foldes and Maggie Agutter with their signed copies.
Barb Merritt, Mike Foldes and Maggie Agutter with their signed copies.

Wow, what a turnout at Barnes & Noble tonight!

It was a great crowd and it so good to see so many old friends and coworkers as well as meet new readers. Thanks Lu Anechiarico, Community Relations Manager at Barnes & Noble, for hosting such a great event!
Thank you to all who stopped by!

Tonight will be my third book signing/meet & greet. But this event will be quite different; it will be held at Barnes & Noble. I’m thrilled by the prospect of my novel being exposed to a whole new potential audience. At the same time, I look forward to meeting some strangers who have already purchased the book.
     Had my book been able to be picked up by a major publisher, a good deal of the promotion work would have been done for me. The reality is no one ever read a single word of my novel. I sent out many queries to book publishers that responded with a form letter, and I wondered if they even read my query at all. A friend who is also a writer gave me a lead on an agent who represents my genre of fiction. Again, the same treatment. I can take, and welcome, criticism of my work. But to not even have the opportunity for anyone to read one word was quite disheartening. It was like trying to break down a brick wall with a plastic fork.
     Then at a friend’s party, I met Roy Space. He told me of a new form of publishing available at Unlike the vanity presses of old, in which an author puts up thousands of dollars to start, this online publishing venue lets you upload your content and cover and will provide you with a proof and ISBN number for a very small cost. It sounded intriguing to me, so I went right home and checked it out. Then I Googled for reviews of the service and found out had one called I weighed the advantages of both, and after hearing rumblings that Amazon might buy lulu, I went with CreateSpace.
     My experience with CreateSpace has been extremely favorable. I couldn’t believe how soon after I submitted the copy that I had a paperback copy of my first novel in my hands! It was a thrilling moment.
The downside is that I have to do all the marketing myself.
     The response, so far, to my novel has been very good from a wide ranges of ages, teens to octogenarians. As you can see on the left side of this page, the book has crossed the border into Canada and the Atlantic to Ireland and Northern Ireland. Someday, I dream it will travel into bookstores across America. Right now it cannot unless I have a distributor (another one of those plastic fork/brick wall scenarios).
     For now, your opinions and word of mouth will help carry the tale of Maeve, Andy, Brídgeen and Fergal even farther. (By the way, the sequel is chugging along nicely.)
      So, can’t wait for the big night. Hope to see some of you there from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble in Vestal, NY. I have a special giveaway I think people will enjoy.

This brief ran Tuesday in the Books section of the Press & Sun-Bulletin:

Mary Pat Hyland plans book signing

     Local author and former Press & Sun-Bulletin writer/editor Mary Pat Hyland will sign copies of her debut novel, “The Cyber Miracles,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Town Square Mall, Vestal.
     The novel’s heroine, Maeve Kenny, leaves New York City and returns home to Binghamton, where she learns by accident what happens when faith and modern technology collide.
     For more information, visit the novel’s official blog at
     The bookstore is hosting the event for local authors who are either self-published or published through small press houses.
     Genres range from children’s books to local history, drama to mystery.
     Other participating authors are Constance Watkins, Carol Anne Gendle, Jen Bokal, Paul Juser, Emory Titus, Claude Sheffield, Elaine Sullivan and Dwight Kemper.
     Their books can be purchased at the event, and the authors will be available for one-on-one discussion and for readings.

From today’s Press & Sun-Bulletin:

Barnes & Noble to host local authors

     Nine local authors will showcase their work during a meet-and-greet event scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Vestal.
     Authors will be available to meet the public and to give readings. Books will be for sale.
     Local authors include Constance Watkins, Carol Anne Gendle, Jen Bokal, Paul Juser, Emory Titus, Mary Pat Hyland, Claude Sheffield, Elaine Sullivan and Dwight Kemper.

From a link on WBNG TV-12:

     Barnes & Noble in Vestal is pleased to welcome several newly published local authors on Friday, August 29th at 6:30 PM.
     Come find out what your friends and neighbors have been writing about!
     Barnes & Noble is pleased to welcome several local authors who are either self-published or published through small press houses. This is an opportunity for them to showcase their work to the public.
     Genres range from children’s books to local history. Fiction, drama, mystery…there will be something for everyone at this event. Participating authors include: Constance Watkins, Carol Anne Gendle, Jen Bokal, Paul Juser, Emory Titus, Mary Pat Hyland, Claude Sheffield, Elaine Sullivan, and Dwight Kemper.
     Their books will be available to purchase at the event and authors will be available for one-on-one discussion and for readings. For more information about the event or the participating authors, contact Lu Anechiarico, Community Relations Manager at 770-9505.

After my book signing on the 5th at Divine Devotions, Lynn Coyne has kindly decided to start carrying my novel on a regular basis. Her hours are a bit in flex right now, as her family adjusts to the loss of her father, so you might want to call to see if she’s there: (607) 621-3886.
     On Aug. 26, I will be part of Barnes & Noble’s Local Authors Night at the Vestal, New York, store. The event is tentatively scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A lot of people have been asking when the book will be available there. NOTE: This is a one-night event, until I can get the national chain to pick up the book.
     Remember that books are always available at Riverow Bookshop, 187 Front St., Owego, New York. You can call them at (607) 687-4094. And if none of these venues are near you, order here from my E-Store or on (See links to your left.)

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About the book

Maeve Kenny's life was going exactly as she'd planned. At 30 she was dating a soap opera star and had an exciting public relations career with an Irish-owned firm in Manhattan. Then three sudden events turned everything upside down, and Maeve found herself fleeing her Queens apartment for sanctuary back home upstate in Binghamton. As she tries to readjust to the dramatic changes in her life, Maeve says she needs a miracle to turn her life around. Who would have thought the whole world would be watching when it happens?

What readers are saying…

"Rollicking fun!" "A delightful read." "Leaves you feeling good." "Highly recommended!" "Your book would make a hell of a movie!"

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Listen to an interview on the Isabel-Rose Show on Blog Talk Radio here. Listen to an interview with the author on Bill Jaker's Off The Page show on WSKG FM Radio here.
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