To Say Goodbye Review

27 08 2012

To Say Goodbye introduces two mysteries which harness the lives of the protagonists who together support each other in their search for the resolution of their personal problems. The way they work through their search and ultimately resolve it draws them together and solidifies their relationship. The title, To Say Goodbye,  signals the book’s ending–saying “goodbye” to the past in order to build an unlimited future. ~Richard C. Kagan, The Chronicle, June 2012
Read the entire review here





MIDDLETOWN AUTHOR CELEBRATES

14 04 2012

Members of The Novel Group (TNG), a community of unemployed or underemployed writers who meet in the Middletown area, celebrated the recent publication of one of their associates’ novel. Friends and colleagues surrounded Beth Lapin, author of To Say Goodbye, on Saturday, March 31 at the Cypress Restaurant. Read more about it here.





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





Kev Richardson interviews Beth Lapin…

20 02 2012

On the heels of publishing To Say Goodbye, Kev Richardson has interviewed me about my writing goals, styles, and quirks. Kev, a sixth generation descendant from Australia’s First Fleet, now devotes his life to writing on not only the truths of his country’s convict history and general fiction with an Australian flavour, but biographies of significant people. Read his interview with me.





A published author!!!

17 02 2012

I  am so excited–my first novel has been published! A grown-up coming of age story, it addresses the question: can a middle-aged couple join forces to overcome their individual pasts, risk loving again, and build a new life together?

I’d love to give you all a copy, but I guess that’s not possible, so I want to tell you how you can purchase one. First of all, e-book versions are available at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. So, if you have a Kindle or Nook, download away!

Paperback versions are available by purchasing directly through me or online at Amazon. If you want me to autograph and save a copy for you, let me know (the price will be $16-17, plus any shipping costs if you aren’t local). Yip-pee!!! (All versions are available at Wings ePress.)

It’s been quite a process and I thank everyone for their support over the years.

My best to you in 2012,

Beth