Best Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing

Best Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing

It’s Day 343 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m pleased to report that I had the Best Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing! Before it was officially open, a local author bought a book during set up and exclaimed, Gotta support local authors! Then a woman from my Zumba class came in – even though she hadn’t heard my announcement about the signing in yesterday’s announcement (She admits she may have been chatting…). There to meet a friend for coffee, she was delighted to learn about the book because she’s a reader. These two encounters set the tone for a good day! After that, a steady stream of fans, friends, and former co-workers came through – some carrying their paperback copies, others to purchase them and/or a CD. Coaching clients, new readers, Zumba peeps, and even someone who asked me to be a speaker at an upcoming event stopped by. I gifted Seasons of Her Soul Select, a music CD I recorded to complement the book to all who had taken the time to post reviews on Amazon. In that same generous spirit, many of the attendees posted pics and shared their time on social media. And I signed many books, thank you notes for ebook readers, and was on the receiving end of so much encouragement, support, a large chai tea latte, and love that it made for the best Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing!

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Kelly and I were Leadership Coaches at the same agency. Though we no longer work together, her beautiful spirit is still knit together with mine .                                                                                  She brought her sister with her & she has the same sweet heart.
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Me, Pink Collar Coach, right before Coffee & Connect officially began. Table is styled with pink and white and my Swan bookends. I’m in a Calvin Klein pink sheath dress, the same shade as the book cover, a ruffled sleeve cardi, sling backs & a floral bag, which did double duty as a tote.
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Me with a soon-to-be reader, Donna, who purchased the book.
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A group of wonderful women who read the book, loved it and came out to show their support. Two brought their children, who are all readers. At least one is inspired to write after today!
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These two have become dear friends. Zumba brought us together. So much more binds us now. We chatted for almost two hours after the event ended.                                                                     Marina read on Kindle but wanted a paperback signed, which she got today.                                     Angelin is anxious to get started reading. I’m singing for her non-profit – Helping Angels of Peru – event soon, and she’s already let me know how much she’s enjoying the CD she purchased.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author, this day is one I’ll cherish always. I wrote Seasons of Her Soul to be a blessing to women and it’s doing just that. So many ladies took the time to share how I’ve encouraged or inspired them, not only with the book, but with my positivity. I’m deeply humbled by this and always try to give God the glory – another reason the book exists…Still, one of the most profound conversations I had was with a gentleman who bought a book as I packed up. He shared how his daughter has a restraining order on an ex-boyfriend and that a niece was murdered by one. WOW. He teared up as I signed a message of hope and blessings in the book he will give his daughter today – on her birthday. Yes, it was written for women, but it was written especially for this one – who is dealing with domestic violence. If that doesn’t make this the best Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing – I don’t know what would.

Thank you to all of you who have been Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and followed my first book signing journey. You are the best readers!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at 
 
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Couldn’t Check Out My Book Because They’re All Checked Out!

Couldn’t Check Out My Book Because They’re All Checked Out!

It’s Day 338 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and since I had a downtown meeting, I planned to view my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, on the shelves of the main library but couldn’t check out my book because they’re all checked out! An early morning meeting across the street provided the perfect opportunity to pop in and see my novel displayed in the Fiction section; instead, I was given a printout showing me the twelve libraries that carry it along with whether the book is on the shelves or due for return. Learning that nine of the fifteen copies, including the ones the main branch carries are out MADE. MY. AUTHOR. DAY! Still, I would have loved to have seen the book with the Dewey Decimal System code on the spine, however, I made due by having Mackenzie – who was a on break from shelving – take a picture of me with the copy I had in my bag from the previous meeting. Besides, how could I possibly be disappointed that I couldn’t check out my book because they’re all checked out?!!!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, with my proof copy of Seasons of Her Soul, holding it near where it sits on the Inspirational Fiction shelf. Dressed to impress for my meeting, I’m in a Calvin Klein denim wash sheath dress purchased a few years ago with a newer jacket that elevates it to suit status. A silver button cinches it at the waist & dictated I carry a handbag with blue, silver & taupe, picked up by the pumps. All Calvin Klein/TJ Maxx bought over time to build professional wardrobe.

Mackenzie also made the trip worthwhile. I’ve never met an author we shelve!, she enthused as she snapped away. I’m going to read it as soon as it comes back in. I gave her a book card with this website address and she said she’d look for this post. So here’s a shout out Mackenzie! Bolstered by the interactions with her, the librarians and my nostalgic trip down Main Library Memory Lane, where I spent so much of my childhood, I decided to head north to the library in the community where I now reside.

There, I initiated the process of having the West Chester Library carry the book so it can be distributed in its four branches and Library on Wheels program. In addition, I picked up an application to have a table at the Local Author Fair in the fall. Finally, I discovered  the library hosts a writing group once a month, so I might try that out in June! This trip also proved to be worthwhile.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author, there’s no better feeling than to know the book I labored over for twenty years is finally being read and touching women’s lives. This was confirmed yesterday at our Mother’s Day lunch where a family friend with adult twin daughters shared how one read the book and was so moved by it she’s hesitant to have her sister read for fear it will stir up painful emotions regarding being single. Our friend thought I might take the feedback negatively but it’s just the opposite. I want readers to feel something when they read my work. Hopefully that’s the case with all of the copies of my book I couldn’t check out because they were checked out!

Hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and check it out below!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at 
 
Book Signing Flier Feedback Requested

Book Signing Flier Feedback Requested

It’s Day 331 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and since technical difficulties have prevented me from posting pictures the last few days, I’m requesting feedback on a book signing flier I created today. After a weekend with Zumba, church, more Zumba, and an impromptu lunch/coaching session with a client to address some challenges with her staff, I looked forward to a collaboration meeting this morning. I’ll probably share about that in another post…Following that, I met with the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic owner of our local coffee shop to finalize a date for a Seasons of Her Soul book signing. While I’m still on track to have a signing for my debut novel at a local bookstore, I’m just as excited about this opportunity. Coffee Beans & Brew –  www.coffeebeansandbrew.com – prides itself on “Star Quality, Less Bucks!” and feeling like home. And they deliver on both counts. Often my coaching sessions take place in the comfy space and it has been a long time remote working spot fave ever since I relocated to the area in 2006 – soon after their doors first opened. Because I would like the event hosted in the shop I love so well to be successful, I’d appreciate an feedback on this book signing flier.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose new author, I’m still learning things about the marketing side of things every day. That being the case, I sent my first version of the flier to my publisher who suggested some tweaks. When I sent the revised version, she still found room for improvement. Consequently, I’d love to know if you – readers and hopefully a few attendees – see anything else. I’m totally open and believe value is added with multiple perspectives. Writing and publishing the book really are only the first steps in the process. Engaging with readers, including getting your input is ongoing. And if you consider yourself a Seasons of Her Soul fan, the feedback is even better!

Will you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and help a newbie author out with some much needed feedback? Thanks so much!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing – Coffee Beans & Brew – Revised 2

Whirlwind Week and Reunion with a Writing Friend

Whirlwind Week and Reunion with a Writing Friend

It’s Day 321 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and this week has been a whirlwind, including a reunion with a writing friend. Tuesday I had a professional early meeting that took me to my old stomping grounds – Avondale, where I grew up. My nostalgia driving down the main drag –  Reading Road – turned to shock when I turned down the street where I was raised and became completely disoriented. EVERY single house has been leveled to the ground, and I drove up and down a few times trying to place where my mother’s and Aunt Bertie’s house once stood. I’m not sad to see the former gone – the lyrics from Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away drifted through my mind with that one – but the latter broke my heart. Needing to have some balance restored, I drove to Joseph Beth Booksellers for business and pleasure. The store features local authors, so I’m excited to have begun the process to have them carry my first novel, Seasons of Her Soul, and to have a book signing. Having taken care of that, I met with the mom of one of my former 6th grade students – now a writing friend. What a whirlwind day and such such a blessing catching up on fifteen years!

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Cindy is fresh in her black and florals and I brought my A Game in an A line skirt & jacket that pair like a suit but are separates. The blue blouse, shoes 7 bag made it fun. Calvin Klein TJ Maxx.  

Cindy sought me out when she heard I’d published my book to let me know she’s written one, too! She’s such an amazing woman who’s survived abuse, founded a non-profit to support other survivors, and is now sharing her journey through her writing. That being the case, we laid some collaboration plans and can’t wait to see what God will do. And of course I had to get an update on Nick, my adorable freckle-faced 6th grader who valiantly served his country in Afghanistan and is now a husband. Talk about proud teacher moment!

I shared about being in the thick of getting ready for my https://DisruptHR.co > Cincinnati talk the next evening, and Cindy gave me some much appreciated feedback on my presentation. Having experienced many of the Ds (challenges) herself, her input and encouragement bolstered me to have the best time sharing how they derail careers and what can be done to prevent them from knocking women (and men) off of their career tracks. The event sold out and I’m thrilled that my topic was so well received and to have made lots of new connections and potential coaching and speaking engagements. A fan of Seasons of Her Soultold me how much she loved the book, putting the icing on the cake. Dinner on the event organizer and more connecting until 10pm  followed…Good thing today’s coaching session with a client wasn’t until later in the afternoon!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon Purpose life coach, author, speaker, and friend, it really has been a professional whirlwind. Loved every moment of it. One of the highlights was the reunion with an old Fellowship Christian School writing friend. Fifteen years may have passed, but as is always the case with this special group – the friendship picks up right where Fellowship left off…

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about reuniting with old friends from school, church, the workplace? How can you be?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at

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It is also available on Barnes and Noble.com at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seasons-of-her-soul-tammi-ector/1127818446?ean=9780998966359.

 

 

Local Library Lending My Novel, Seasons of Her Soul

Local Library Lending My Novel, Seasons of Her Soul

It’s Day 315 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I was delighted to learn that the local library is lending my novel, Seasons of Her Soul. After a great writing group Mixer last night, where we ate, socialized, won prizes, talked shop, and I got to reconnect with one of my early writing mentors, I was too whipped to blog. Instead I fed my inner writer by indulging in a yummy Katherine Reay novel with tons of food references. But I digress…This morning I awoke to a delightful day to dance and loved teaching Zumba class. Then I had to grab the quickest shower and fly to downtown Cincy – about 40 minutes for me – for a meeting. Ongoing Ds (challenges) with my wasband left me feeling slightly down. That was until I opened a message from Annette, a former school board member/parent of a favorite student from my teaching days who also used to review books for the Cincinnati Enquirer. She asked if I’d checked for my book at the Cincinnati Public Library and went on to tell me they have five copies! She’d suggested they add it to their collection and they did. I’m forever grateful that this incredibly intelligent woman loves my work enough to advocate for our local library to lend my novel, Seasons of Her Soul.

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The Cincinnati Public Library
Growing up in the 70s and 80s, I spent many an afternoon and weekend at the public library. For you younger readers that’s because I had to check out resource books using the card catalog and the Dewy Decimal system and research projects on microfiche – an outdated viewing method. At any rate, I’d have to catch one, sometimes two buses to get downtown, and after all that trouble, would just finish up the rest of my homework. Oftentimes, friends would accompany me and it would turn into simply hanging out. And for a poor girl from the hood, having access to all of those books – for free – well, it just didn’t get any better for a book nerd like me!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic author who has wanted to be published since I was about six, the library was a magical place where I’d dream of the day my books would sit on its shelves – available to anyone waiting to be transported from their lives into those of my characters. Wanting to share that experience with my middle school students, we took a trip to the same library each year around the time I had them write chapter books. For me writing and the library have always gone hand in hand. Annette’s son made that trip when he wrote his chapter book…Now I’m forever grateful that she played an integral part in that same local library lending my novel, Seasons of Her Soul. 
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach
If you’re in Cincinnati, you can visit the public library to pick up a copy of the book.
To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at 
 
Wise Investment in My Work Wardrobe and My Work

Wise Investment in My Work Wardrobe and My Work

It’s Day 307 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I reaped the rewards of wise investments in my work wardrobe and in my work. Though I had a busy day coaching yesterday, it ended fairly early, but I was still too wiped out to post. Today I coached, did a ton of writing, attended my writing group where I served in my new secretarial role,  and am just ending my work day, but I’m invigorated. Knowing it would be a long one, I wanted to be comfortable and turned to an oldie but a goodie gray dress that is several years old but just happens to sport the ruffles that are all the rage right now. One of the first dresses I bought to start building my professional wardrobe back around 2011, I love it just as much today. And our monthly writing group meeting is invaluable and one of my favorite days of the month. The time and energy spent fellowshipping with and learning from other writers is so worth it. Some may look at our writing as a hobby; we view it as the work God has given us here on earth. Considering all of that, it seems my wise investments in my work wardrobe and in my work are yielding some high returns.

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Kristen is writing her first period romance, Angie is holding Book II in her dystopian series, I just published my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, and am working on the sequel, Hold on Her Heart, and Kim has won writing contests every year consecutively for nearly two decades. Me, Pink Collar Coach in gray ruffled dress, black hose, & handbag, all Calvin Klein -TJ Maxx.            Boots Calvin Klein from Goodwill – never worn at $11!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Maxxinista and novelist, there are few things I enjoy more than putting together a great outfit that works as hard as I do at my writing. Being a good steward of my resources, including my money, my time and my talents is a core value. That’s why I buy pieces that will stand the test of time and would rather spend my night immersed in writing than sitting on the sofa vegging. Don’t get me wrong – I do that, too. But not on writing group night – and this month we have two! Next week is our annual mixer – my first –  where visitors from other writing groups will join us. Good thing I’ve made wise investments in my work wardrobe and in my writing work…

How about you? Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and make wise investments on your work wardrobe? How about on your actual work?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Proud of Publication!

Proud of Publication!

It’s Day 249 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and though I haven’t posted in a few days, I’m still feeling proud of the publication of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul. Thursday night, it was a joy to share the book with my Dayton Christian Scribes writing group, which includes my editor. She and I haven’t been together since the publication, making it a celebration. And considering how supportive the group has been during the last leg of my journey to publication, I gave all of them a copy of the novel, which they promised to read and review. Between all that excitement and exhaustion from watching the first night of the Olympics, posting went by the wayside. Then, last night, following dinner with my hubby and a family friend, I finished this post and it somehow got deleted. I’m coming back to it based on my writing group’s positive response, which seems to indicate they’re almost as proud of my publication as I am.

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My editor and me, Pink Collar Coach, in a favorite sweater I threw on over a sheath dress in the peacock teal hue. Both Calvin Klein.

Their enthusiasm was evident in the number of pics they snapped of me signing copies.

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose debut novelist, of course I’m thrilled to have been published. Sharing with you, however, is my attempt to encourage and inspire you to persist with elusive goals or dreams. (Speaking of those – the Olympians are all examples of the power of persistence). The fact that my novel has finally been published is proof that they can become a reality. I thought I’d be published by twenty-five, then thirty, then thirty-five, forty and forty-five. At forty-eight, no wonder I’m proud of publication!

How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic about making an elusive goal or dream come true?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at