On Monday, June 25th, I was honored to be the guest speaker for the West Palm Beach Chapter of the GFWC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs) and it was truly a delightful evening. Mary Evelyn Mitchell, the President of the group welcomed me and did the introductions. This not a huge branch group, but they are outstanding in their accomplishments. Last year the group took top honors in the state for their achievements in philanthropical activities and contributions.

Since this was my first time speaking to this group, I did a reading from Cracks in the Sidewalk and I was delighted with the response. A number of the ladies commented saying that they wished I had kept reading.  As I do at most speaking engagements, I asked how many of the attendees read on a Kindle or Nook. I’m finding that as months and years go by, the e-readers are becoming increasingly popular and for me, that’s marvelous. Not only can you pop in the book of your choice in seconds, but you can download free samples and in many instances, share the book you’ve enjoyed with a friend.  For me the e-book revolution has been awesome. It’s opened up a new world of readers in places where I previously had no distribution – places like the UK and Australia.

Ask me if I read on a Kindle…you betcha, and I read on my iPad as well.


About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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