Archive for August, 2009

Cabela’s Sporting Goods

August 30, 2009

I walked into Cabela’s with a copy of my book and the Press Release, hoping to talk to the manager about me doing a book signing at their store in East Hartford, CT.  After walking around the enormous store filled with everything imaginable for outdoor activities, I decided that I was comfortable enough to move in for the kill (no pun intended, as I passed guns, knives, and dead stuffed animals).  I paged the manager, then explained to her that The Hartford Courant’s Sunday paper has an Arts & Entertainment section that wants to do a feature story on me and my book, “Strapped Into An American Dream,” but they need me to line up a Book Signing at least 3 weeks out so they can link the book signing with the story.  I told the manager that it would be free advertisement for them in the Hartford Courant.  She asked if Cabela’s sold my book, and I told her that they didn’t…but they certainly could.  She asked me to leave the copy of the book with her and she will run it by her Corporate Office.  I further added that I have a small publisher and have to do a lot of the legwork, and that I thought her store would be the perfect venue for a travel book signing.  She agreed, grabbed the copy of the book, saying that nobody has ever asked this of her.  I did, and i’m certainly glad that I did.  I walked in hoping for a book signing.  Now I’m awaiting an answer on a book signing, which would trigger the Hartford Courant feature story, and perhaps a giant location to sell my book.


Upcoming Journal Inquirer interview

August 29, 2009

On Monday, August 31st, I will be interviewed by the Journal Inquirer newspaper out of Manchester, CT.  This is a long awaited interview that was finally granted by one of the reporters who does not even handle the State News section of the paper.  However, my persistence paid off, and she was granted permission by her editor to do a feature story on me.  She told me that she was taking my book home with her this weekend, and she will be another victim of “Strapped Into An American Dream.”  I will include the story in an upcoming post soon after publication.

WTIC AM morning show interview September 1st

August 25, 2009

I have been booked on the WTIC AM morning radio show on Tuesday, September 1st at 8:50 am.  It’s the Ray Show, but Diane Smith is filling in for Ray.  Let’s call it the Diane Show.  I will be calling in to the show and they will interview me Live on the air for about 7 minutes. People will be driving to work listening to me answer questions about my book, “Strapped Into An American Dream.”  They will then have to slam on the brakes and pull to the side of the road so they can write down my name and the title of my book for later purchase. I hope this doesn’t cause a problem.

Creative book placement (outside the box)

August 24, 2009

There’s a small barber shop in town with the owner being a 50ish firecracker named Diane. I sit in the on-deck circle and she’ll talk to me as she’s cutting someones hair. It’s a little nook, but there’s always someone coming or going, and it’s like a family. This little nook in Wethersfield, CT is now the first physical location where my book, “Strapped Into An American Dream” can be purchased. I placed five books with her to see what she can do, and if she sells them to her customers, then I’ll place more in her store. I have to start somewhere, and my publisher suggested I do this, so here we go. I will place books there as I search for a second location in which to place my book. Meanwhile, my PR person is trying to get my book into the big chain bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Borders.

Other Blog for Author

August 9, 2009

Strapped Into An American Dream now available on Ebay

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Book Review for Strapped Into An American Dream

August 5, 2009

Strapped into an American Dream

Review by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak

Strapped into an American DreamStrapped into an American Dream by Glenn Maynard. May 3, 1992, Glenn Maynard and his new bride Tracy set out in a twenty-two foot 1978 Dodge Rockwood for a year on the road. They left from Connecticut with the goal of traveling through all of the 48 lower states plus into Canada and Mexico in their RV. They were in their 20s, had a dog and little money but this would be a great adventure.

As they leave New England, heading into the province of Quebec, Glenn writes, “…We smiled wide. We sang to the music on the radio. We bounced in our seats. We knew that this was just the beginning…But we had plenty. We had health and happiness. We had each other…”

Along the journey, they had trying times. From the shower not working to more serious mechanical problems to terrifying tornadoes and a propane explosion, they stuck to their plan. They got jobs in Arizona to shore up their bank account and make it to Mardi Gras, one of their dreams.

Their trip took place about the time my late husband Bill and I hit the road. It’s hard to think of this as “history,” but it does speak about a different time in RVing. There were few large RVs, no cell phones or Internet. Making do on an extreme budget was quite possible. You could more readily find f~ree places to park. Living in a small RV is challenging, to say the least, for any relationship! As newlyweds, Glenn and Tracy were just getting to know one another so that adds another element to their adventure.

Sixteen years later, Glenn decided to share his story. It is a step back in time for him and a look at RVing as it was not so long ago. Come ride with them and experience RVing in the early 90s. You’ll get a kick out of it! Available at Amazon.

Having An Elderly Parent

August 3, 2009

It’s not easy having an elderly parent. My father fell once again. He seems to lose his balance just walking from one room to the next. He just recovered from a chipped elbow that put him in a sling. A few months ago he fell down the wooden staircase while trying to straighten a picture he jarred on the wall. He fell on a loose rock wall returning from a neighbors and was sprawled out in our driveway until a neighbor on the other side spotted him. This morning at 5 AM he was just going to the bathroom. The end result was my father being taken to the Emergency room by ambulance. He must have tripped and caught his foot on a sharp object. He landed on his back and ripped apart his foot. My brother was called to help him up and assist in the cleanup of the blood. He lost a lot of blood, and as I write I am awaiting the results of the chest x-ray. I just heard that 12 stitches closed his wound. He’s 84 years old and has been slowing down by the day. It’s not easy having an elderly parent, but it must be a lot tougher being one.