Middletown CT Celebration November 9

7 11 2014

BookCoverImage Final 09.23.14I’m pleased to announce a celebration of my second novel, The Light Gets In, with a book signing event on Sunday, November 9 at 1:30pm at the Cypress Restaurant.

In this sequel, Ben, Maia, and Tina, accompanied by their faithful canine friends Orion and Stella, continue their adventures from TO SAY GOODBYE. Ben, loyal to his father, obsesses about his widowed mother’s potential relationship with a family friend. Maia is bored with her job until she learns she might lose it. Tina, Ben’s daughter, is determined to keep things status quo and her career on track despite a second pregnancy.

Contrary to everyone’s expectations, life’s events send them all into uncharted territory. British secrets, an abandoned mansion, and Mother Nature challenge Ben, Maia, and Tina to let go of their search for perfection and recognize the value of their flaws. For it’s through the cracks that the light gets in.

Autographed books will be available for $10

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Navigating the Publishing World: Comcast program

5 11 2012

Jen Eifrig (a writing colleague whose first novel, Discovering Ren, will be out soon!) and I were featured on a local cable station talking about navigating the publishing world. Aired on October 19, you can now watch it here (thanks for Michele  Rousseau for the YouTube posting). And feel free to“follow” this blog, www.BethLapin.com, by clicking on the right below Pages.

Many have asked about a sequel for To Say Goodbye. I confess: summer drew me away from the computer and out onto the waters and beaches of the Connecticut shore. I planned to begin writing again in September, then October. Well, it’s November and darker and colder, so I’m hoping…. Meanwhile, you can “like” my Facebook author page, if you haven’t already

During this season of Thanksgiving, let’s all give thanks for all we have – our health, our loved ones – and send our best wishes to those who are still struggling to regain their footing after the storm.

With gratitude,

Beth





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





Cherry and Beth’s hiking adventures

20 05 2012

Cherry and I hiked on Friday for the first time in months. We got rained out of a previous date and then Cherry’s sister had eye surgery, so she wasn’t available. But Friday, sunny with a cool start, was a perfect day for an excursion. We decided to drop frustrating Cockaponsett, at least for a while, and explore Field Forest, owned by Connecticut Forest & Park Association, in Durham.

Wearing newly-delegated-to-hiking pants, Cherry explained her hairdresser had found a tick a few weeks prior, so she was wearing lighter pants. (Interestingly, I discovered a tick the following day on my left calf at my sock line.) Off we went, with much to discuss.

Continue to rest of Blog!





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