Upcoming Event at The Lily Cafe

The Lily Cafe is dedicated to supporting self-published and indie authors and, really, any author. Over the past few months, while I’ve enjoyed doing book reviews and posting guest posts and novel excerpts, I’ve been racking my brain for what else I could do. Since I started blogging again in 2018, I’ve been taking the cafe theme I’ve found myself with, thanks to the blog name I’ve had since 2010, and running as far as I can with it. Over time, it’s become something of a bookish cafe. It asked me a question late last year: if this really were a cafe with books, what would you be doing that you aren’t already doing?

Oh, this puzzled me for quite a while! And then a beautiful memory ebbed back into my consciousness. I remembered the first time I ever encountered an author. My husband and I went to a little bookstore where Katherine Neville was doing a reading and signing. She was so incredibly lovely and I adored hearing the story literally from her voice.

An idea brewed in my head, one that made me a little nervous, very excited, and a little nauseous if I’m being honest. How could I have missed it? Of course, it required a bit of research before I could go through with it, but, when it proved to be absolutely, completely, entirely possible, I took a deep breath and emailed back a lovely author/blogger friend.

Today, I’m very pleased, and perhaps overly excited, to introduce a new sort of event here at The Lily Cafe:

Author Readings

To kick off this new, hopefully lasting, series, is Jennifer M. Zeiger, author of the recently released YA Fantasy novel Quaking Soul.

Jennifer has graciously agreed to do our first author reading and will be here on Monday, January 25th.

Until then, please hop over and check out her website and scope out Quaking Soul.

And a huge thank you to Jennifer for taking the time and taking this leap with me!

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  1. jennifermzeiger

    Thank you so much for thinking of me, Kat! I completely understand the nauseous reaction. I felt the same way when recording the video. There’s a quote from Theodore Roosevelt that I love. It’s a little long but it says:

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

    This reminds me to ‘dare greatly’ as it were, even if my ‘daring’ is small beans compared to others. =)

    • kat

      Despite your nerves, I’m so incredibly glad you were willing to do this! You’ve always been so lovely ever since I first “met” you that I couldn’t think of a better author to start things off with (also, Quaking Soul is AMAZING and I’m so sad I finished reading it, so I’ll be expecting another book soon!).

      That’s a really good quote to keep in mind. It is better to try and strive and still fail than to do nothing at all. As a fellow introvert, I had a pretty good idea of what I was asking of you, and just thinking of it was making me sick to my stomach, but I couldn’t not ask my oldest blogging friend first. This step you’ve chosen to take has me very much in awe of you.

      • jennifermzeiger

        Thank you, Kat 🥲 I’m thrilled you enjoyed Quaking Soul! There’s a new book brewing at the moment but I don’t have a solid timeline yet for it.

        And as a fellow introvert, thank you for helping me out of my shell 🙂 the blogging community has changed since we started but I absolutely love that I still have friends from when I started years ago!

      • kat

        I look forward to it, whenever it comes out. I think my 3 year old will probably enjoy your books when she’s a little older; so far yours is the only one she’s asked for more of when I have to leave her during naptime.

        The changes here sometimes make me sad, but getting into your adventures really takes me back and makes me smile. Really hoping we survive this adventure!

    • kat

      That’s so sweet of you, thank you! Indie authors definitely don’t get the attention they deserve, so I really want to do what I can.

      I recall you blogging about doing a audio version of your book? If you’d be interested in doing an author reading yourself, I’d love to host you.

      • degreesofmaternity

        I count it an honor for you to consider me. I would definitely be interested in doing an author reading whenever it works for you. Just let me know when you need me. How exciting!

      • kat

        Fantastic! Since the first hasn’t posted yet, I’m being cautious about how far I go with this just in case everything goes completely wrong, so I’ll let you know as soon as I can, though I think it would be safe to shoot for sometime in the spring, assuming there are no major problems before then. Fingers crossed, you’ll definitely be hearing from me about it soon!

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