Thanks to Cassie’s Closet

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On August 1, Cassandra Gee and her super-sweet family invited me to the Grand Opening celebration of her new store, Cassie’s Closet. The shop is the first of its kind in my little hometown of Walker, Louisiana.

Cassie's Closet Grand Opening 

Cassie has worked hard to make the store child-friendly in every way. She has also carefully selected high-quality consignment items for children, and she has painstakingly chosen several upscale boutique clothing lines to fill the front of her shop. For any of you in the area, I encourage you to swing by the store and give the Gee family your support.

I was honored to be a part of the fun event, and I was overwhelmed yet again by the kindness of the community. The store was packed, and I had tons of fun visiting old friends.

Julie Cantrell signs at Cassie's Closet

Here I am with my cousin Greg, his daughter Alexis, and my daughter, Emily. My cousins and aunt drove up from New Orleans and Mississippi to surprise me. I hadn’t seen them in a while, and I cried when they walked in the door.

Thanks so much guys! You made my day!

Author Julie Cantrell at Cassie's Closet

Big thanks to Cassandra Gee and to all of the wonderful folks in Louisiana who came out to support Cassie’s Closet. Keep shopping!

Hear Julie’s Interview on NPR’s Mississippi Edition

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When I received a call from Lisa Michie with Mississippi Public Radio, I was extremely honored to be invited for an interview on the reputable program, Mississippi Edition. I was packing the car for a road trip to Louisiana and was worried I’d have to miss such a unique opportunity.

Thankfully, the show’s producers were very kind and flexible; and sure enough, on Thursday, July 30, the host, Karen Brown, called me at my mother’s house in Baton Rouge to conduct the interview over the phone.

You can listen to the entire 30-minute program at the link posted below, or scroll forward to hear my Book Club segment at 22 minutes and 10 seconds.

Hear Julie Cantrell on Mississippi Edition radio program (NPR)

Thanks, Mississippi Edition! It was a huge honor to be a guest on your program.

 

Lemuria Gives Rave Review of the Books

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In the madness of summer, I forgot to thank Lemuria books on the blogsite for inviting me to their amazing bookstore for a signing. If you haven’t been to Lemuria, you’re missing one of the greatest bookstores in the nation. It’s a must-see for any bibliojunkie, like me.

I also overlooked their kind review of my books on the stellar Lemuria blog. Take a look at what Lemuria’s pros had to say about God is with Me through the Day and God is with Me through the Night. (Click the link and scroll down).

Julie Cantrell signs at Lemuria

Thanks Lemuria for giving me the honor to visit your store. And thanks to my sweet Aunt Darlene Finch for joining me there.

Child with author at Lemuria

It always brightens my day to see kids’ reactions to the books. Smiles galore!

Insider’s Tip: If you go to Lemuria, swing by Julep’s just around the corner for the best shrimp and grits in the south.

Cheers,

j

Upcoming Signings in Walker and Oxford!

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If you’re in Louisiana or Mississippi, join me at one of the following author events coming soon:

Saturday, August 1
10:30 – 11:30
Cassie’s Closet
9422 Florida Blvd., Ste. B-1
Walker, LA 
 
Sunday, August 9
2:30 – 3:00
Oxford-Lafayette Public Library
401 Bramlett Blvd
Oxford, MS

 

Books will be available for purchase, and I’ll be on hand to sign them. These make fabulous back-to-school gifts for kids starting preschool, kindergarten, first or second grade!

Double the Decker, Double the Fun

 

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Double Decker weekend in Oxford is one of my favorite events each year. I love to lollygag around the Square, tapping my toes to tempting tunes and indulging in sinful homemade ice cream sandwiches the size of a basketball (YUM!).

With my in-laws on the calendar, I was looking forward to my first weekend off since the books were released March 1. Then I was asked to drop in Square Books, Jr. during the festival and sign for a bit. Now – no matter how much I needed a break – that was an offer I couldn’t refuse.

I spent about two hours in the bookstore and really enjoyed meeting people from all around the country. I couldn’t believe how far folks traveled to attend our fabulous festival. Scotland, New York, and Seattle were just a few of the unique areas from which visitors launched their trek to my dear old Oxford. It was wonderful to see many friendly faces drop in for a chat as well. And thanks to all of you, the books were a steady sell — with the bookstore hanging on to the few spare copies, so you can find them there if you’re still searching for a special gift.

I’m happy to say that book sales continue to soar across the south, and it looks like the news is out in other areas of the country as well. I’m hearing feedback from friends in Colorado, New Hampshire, Texas, Maryland, and Illinois that they’ve found the books at their local bookstores.  I’m also seeing additional online sources added each day, including Books-A-Million and other large chains which I assume are stocking copies on shelves as well.

So far, Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, Lifeway, and Christianbook.com have been big supporters. Of course, I am partial to the independent booksellers and boutiques who have played a tremendous role in the success of these little books.  Not to mention the many of you who have promoted these books with a passion I can’t possibly explain. Word-of-mouth has proven to be my weapon of choice — and boy, oh boy, and I glad my friends talk as much as I do (smile). (Please refer to the Order Books tab for a list of booksellers — which I’ll try to update in a few days).

Thanks to each and every one of you —  for your continued interest and for helping these stories land across the country. It’s been an exciting ride for me, and I hope you’re getting to experience the excitement, too!

j

Two Ways You Can Help

Every day, I receive kind offerings from friends and family members who say, “What can we do to help?” I’ve been excited to find everyone so supportive of these little books, and I’ve been brainstorming for something to say when I am asked this question.

If you want to help share these books with children around the world, you can take two simple steps.

First, log onto amazon.com, barnesnoble.com, and other websites where my books are sold. Then, write a review of the books for readers shopping online. I personally rely on reader reviews when I buy books, and I think other parents like to hear how children respond to the books.

Second, if you’re shopping in town, please look for my books in bookstores. If you don’t see them there, please ask the store manager to order them for the store. Usually, that’s all it takes for books to end up on shelves. If you let me know, I’ll be happy to follow up with the store, too.

Thanks so much for asking for ways you can help and for considering these important ways you can contribute.

Blessings,
julie

Signed Books Available at The Bee’s Knees in Denham Springs!

Since the busy Easter week sale of the books across Louisiana, most bookstores have sold completely out of both books. If you’re in that particular area and are looking for signed copies of the books, a few remain at The Bee’s Knees in the Denham Springs Antique District.

The Bee’s Knees A Children’s Boutique

222 N.RANGE AVE. DENHAM SPRINGS, LA.

225-243-5755

http://www.denhamspringsantiquedistrict.com/the_bee_s_knees

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Thanks again for your tremendous support and interest. I hope to post an update from the Barnes&Noble event in Baton Rouge in the next day or two. Headed to Jonesboro, Ark. this weekend for more fun.

Cheers,

julie