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The Fortune Teller Launch Party

Yesterday was the launch of The Fortune Teller & I’m thrilled to have the book out into the world. Thank you for all the good wishes online and for everyone who came to the party & to Book Soup for hosting. It was a wonderful day. Here are a few pictures to share the evening.

Love the Wonder Woman poster looking down on the store!

I was tickled to pull into the lot and find this sign. A first.

Here is Jennifer from Book Soup – many thanks to her and the Book Soup team for being such wonderful hosts.

We put these balloons by the front door. Love that smiling Sun!

A view through the window on the street and then inside while I’m reading the first few pages of the book.

The book cookies were a hit & they did look like cards.

Here I am signing a book and wearing a bright yellow Tarot t-shirt with The Fool on the front. I couldn’t resist that t-shirt. In Tarot, The Fool marks the beginning of a journey and yesterday was definitely a beginning.

And here is Vanina, the wonderful tarot reader from The Green Man store in Hollywood who came to give everyone a reading. I had the chance to sit with her at the end of the night and she read my cards. If you’re in LA go see Vanina at The Green Man!

Cheers & many thanks! I hope you enjoy The Fortune Teller.

Upcoming Book Events for The Fortune Teller

The Fortune Teller launch date is almost here and I have some book events scheduled for June & July I want to share. All the dates, times and links are listed below. I’ll be in Los Angeles, San Diego and Houston, and also I’ll be doing two discussions online – one with the Goodreads group The Life of a Book Addict, which is open for anyone to participate, and the other will be an online interview with The Tarot Guild’s show Tarot Insider. You’ll need to download the Zoom app to participate, but if you miss the interview they will be uploading it to YouTube afterwards.

So if you’re in the neighborhood please come and join me!

Tues. June 6 – The Fortune Teller Launch Party! At Book Soup in Los Angeles 7pm

Sat. June 10 – Reading & Signing at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore San Diego 2pm

Sun. June 11 – Online chat with the Goodreads group The Life of a Book Addict 12pm-1pm PST/ 3pm-4pm EST

Sun. June 11 – El Segundo Library’s Annual Authors Fair, Panel discussion at 3pm & Signing  4pm-5pm

Tues. June 13 – Online Live Interview with Tarot Insider 11:30am PST

Fri. June 16 – Barnes & Noble, Torrance Del Amo location, Reading & Signing at 7pm (link coming soon)

Fri. June 23 – Reading & Signing Brazos Bookstore, Houston TX 7pm

Tues. June 27 – Reading & Signing Redondo Beach Library Author Talk at 6:30pm

Wednes. June 28 – El Segundo Library’s Book Club Discussion of The Fortune Teller

Fri. July 14 – Book discussion/Tarot Salon at Mystical Joy in Redondo Beach, 7pm

Sat. July 15 – Book discussion & signing at Indigo Alliance in Pasadena

Sun. July 16 – Ladies, Lunch & Literacy Smart Summer Reads Author Event, 3-5pm – 6 authors in one house in Manhattan Beach! (tickets required)

The Book Trailer for The Fortune Teller!

I’m thrilled to share with you the book trailer for The Fortune Teller!

Watch it on YouTube:

The Fortune Teller book trailer, a tarot mystery

Infinite thanks to authors M.J. Rose, B.A. Shapiro, Kelli Estes and Nancy Bilyeau for providing a quote for the book. Click on Picador/ Macmillan’s book page to read the full text, which will be on the cover.

Special thanks to Sam K. Yano for editing the trailer with music from Pond5 and images from Pond5 & iStock.

 

Read an Excerpt of The Fortune Teller!

I’m thrilled to share an excerpt of The Fortune Teller.

Click here to read the opening 2 chapters, which follow the first 2 tarot cards of the Major Arcana in a tarot deck: The Fool & The Magician

The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack

The Fortune Teller will be published on June 6, 2017 and is now available for pre-order. I look forward to you reading the story!

 

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: The Fortune Teller ARC Giveaway!

Saturday 4/22 I’ll be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books doing a signing for The Memory Painter and a giveaway of advance reader copies for The Fortune Teller

I’ll be at the RWA Los Angeles Chapter Booth #937 from 12-2pm and then the SoCal Mystery Writers of America Booth from 4-5pm. Stop by and say hi and grab an advance reader copy. 

If you aren’t in the LA area but would still like a peek at an early copy of The Fortune Teller, there are a few Goodreads Giveaways that will be happening between now and June 6. Picador is holding one this week for 10 advance reader copies. The giveaway ends 4/15. Click here to enter.

Behind the book: Writing Tools – Using Pinterest

Inspiration Boards for The Memory Painter and The Fortune Teller

I wanted to share my experiences using Pinterest, because I love it so much. There are a million ways to use Pinterest. I use it as a visual inspiration board as well as for research while I’m writing a novel. I started doing it with The Memory Painter several years ago to find images that inspired me and it became a valuable writing tool.

When I began working on The Fortune Teller, I used Pinterest even more because I started a board right away at the beginning stages of creating the story. I would plug in search words like “tarot,” “divination,” and “ancient oracles,” for example and get a ton of images to sort through. Anything that struck me in a powerful way I would save to the board. I also found some great websites and resources on ancient maps and libraries, as well as historical pictures for some of the lifetimes I was writing, particularly with the Romani. The wonderful thing too is when you’re all done you can look back at your board and see your writing journey. It’s like a personal visual scrapbook you can share.

Here’s my journey on Pinterest while writing The Fortune Teller.

One other neat feature that I accidentally stumbled on is you can create secret boards! So I’ve got one for the next book I’m writing that already has 104 pins. Now whenever I start researching a story I’ll create a Pinterest board right away. It’s like my official greenlight to get going. I look forward to sharing that board too in the future.

So if you’re a writer and you’ve stumbled on this post and are looking for some added inspiration I do recommend trying Pinterest out.