New London Native Signs It Away

25 03 2012

Lapin signs book for fellow NLHS classmate Gilda Lancaster Butler with Bobby Montanari, Joanne Pederson, Deb Dembo, and Wendy Golart Wachter (J. Tanzer, photo)

Dozens of family, friends, and customers crowded into the back room of Muddy Waters on Saturday to celebrate the publication of a New London native’s first novel.  Beth Lapin’s book. To Say Goodbye, has just been released by Wings ePress.

“We’re here to welcome a home town New Londoner made good,” said Carol Goldblatt Jones, a friend of Beth’s since elementary years at Harbor School. Carol launched the celebration by adding, “We are so proud of you and your new career.”

Lapin credits her New London roots for some of the book’s development. “I have strong ties to the Connecticut coast, which is where this book takes place. And I got a solid foundation from my New London education.” She told the group about the start of her writing career in 2009, when she lost her formal job, and shared some of her experiences while writing the book. “Ben’s mother just showed up,” she said laughing. “I tried to delete her, but my fingers kept typing her arrival.” She shrugged. “I had no choice but to let her stay.” Beth also described her second book, a historical novel about gypsies in Connecticut in the 1800s. “I’m looking for a publisher for that one,” she added.

“Your mother is up there clapping,” whispered her aunt Connie Horlink, who had traveled from Milton, MA, to attend the book signing. A friend, Sharon Rogolsky, took the train down from Boston; another, Elliott Krinsky, came from New Hampshire.  Alan White, a special high school friend, brought a red rose. Beth’s daughter, Kay Hammerson, sold books.

Beth will be holding another book signing on Saturday, March 31, at 1pm at the Cypress Restaurant in Middletown, where she currently resides. For more information, see www.BethLapin.com or email: Beth@BethLapin.com.





Best Seller!

17 03 2012

My book, To Say Goodbye, was named a best seller! Well, it’s not the New York Times list, but it was the best seller for February releases from Wings ePress! Thanks to those of you who helped that happen.

Hope to see you at either of my two book signings:
· Saturday, March 24 (snow date Sunday March 25) at 1:00 pm at Muddy Waters Café, 42 Bank Street, New London
· Saturday, March 31 (snow date Sunday April 1) at 1:00 pm at Cypress Restaurant, 1265 South Main Street, Middletown

Add your reviews to Amazon’s site; search for To Say Goodbye Lapin, and add your comments. Some new feedback from readers:

I have just completed your book! It was great! Plot moves along nicely and the local color in each place was vivid! Well done! When do you publish the sequel??  ~CH, Lyme, CT

I am really enjoying your book. I’m up to the first day in Mexico City. While not the main point, I’ve particularly enjoyed scenes and descriptions I know are from your own life such as being able to fit the kayak into the hybrid and your brief description of how Carol spent her first days in Philadelphia. Mostly though I find myself involved in the story and actually caring about Maia and Ben and Detective Vic. I am enjoying the story and the descriptions of the situational mental gymnastics that we all go through. I think really you’ve captured the internal second-guessing we subject ourselves to when we’re afraid or uncertain. I’m very pleased and already looking forward with even more anticipation to reading about gypsy horse traders. ~JS, Gaithersburg, MD





What are people saying about To Say Goodbye?

2 03 2012

Here are some comments I’ve gotten about To Say Goodbye. Do you have any to add??

I loved your book.  It was so enjoyable and fascinating!!!  How did you think of the subject matter?  I loved reading about places I know and it was so cool to know the author.  When is your next book coming out?  The writing was awesome. Wonderful book! Thank you. ~D.S. Middletown, CT

I just finished the book. It was pretty good. You should write another. ~ J. Martens, Baltimore Metro Area, MD

… I enjoyed it very much.   I especially liked your comment thanking your former employer for letting you go, which gave you time to write…. As to more general thoughts: I thought you constructed a very strong and interesting narrative. I am impressed w/ the background research you obviously had to do…. I enjoyed it *very* much, and I am impressed at the completion of the project. ~JFE, Ann Arbor, MI