Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - Bette Lee Crosby

Kick Off for the TWELFTH CHILD Virtual Book Tour! 

Literary/Southern Women’s Fiction
Date Published: May 2012

Be prepared to be swept away into the life of a girl who will tug at your emotions while never leaving your heart. Crosby has crafted a story that will enchant readers. 
Steena Holmes, bestselling author of Finding Emma

Trust, love and friendship—Abigail Anne Lannigan searched for these things all her life. Now, when she is at the tail end of her years, she teams up with a free-spirited young woman. A nobody from nowhere, who suddenly moves in across the street. This unlikely friendship comes under suspicion when a million dollars goes missing and a distant relative, claims embezzlement. Abigail knows the truth of what happened, but she’ll never get the chance to tell..

Reminiscent of Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes, the unlikely friendship of these two women is sure to settle in the soft spot of your heart.

Strong Female Characters without the “I am woman hear me roar” mentality. Crosby writes in a way that puts readers within the story so that they can visualize themselves experiencing the hurts and joys of the protagonist. A Book and A Review

I rarely give 5 stars for a book, but this book definitely deserves 5 stars! Crosby deals with timely issues such as caring for the elderly, greed, forgiveness, isolation, love, selfishness, and selflessness. If you like novels about strong women and relationships, you would probably enjoy this book. I have already lined up my next Bette Lee Crosby novel. Amazon Review

Bette Lee Crosby is a storyteller extraordinaire. She has honed her craft, and shares it in this well told novel. McGuffy’s Reader - Blogspot

A deeply moving story that touches the core of your heart…Layered Pages

Characters with an emotional depth that compels the reader to care about their challenges, to root for their success and to appreciate their bravery. Goodreads Review.

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Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to works of fiction—the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away.
Born in Detroit and raised in a plethora of states scattered across the South and Northeast, Crosby originally studied art and began her career as a packaging designer. When asked to write a few lines of copy for the back of a pantyhose package, she discovered a love for words that was irrepressible. After years of writing for business, she turned to works of fiction and never looked back. “Storytelling is in my blood,” Crosby laughingly admits, “My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write.”
Crosby’s work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since that, she has gone on to win several more awards, including another NLAPW award, three Royal Palm Literary Awards, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and most recently the 2011 Reviewer’s Choice Award and Reader’s View Southeast Fiction Literary Award.
Her published works to date are: Cracks in the Sidewalk (2009), Spare Change (2011), The Twelfth Child (2012), and Life in the Land of IS (2012).  Life in the Land of IS is a memoir written for Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world’s longest living quadriplegic. 
Crosby newest novel Cupid’s Christmas is scheduled for release in early October and following that, What Matters Most will be released in early 2013. 
Twitter - @betteleecrosby

Reading Addiction Blog Tours MEET and GREET

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

Absolutely! I’ve written for most of my career. I started out in Marketing and Sales
Promotion and ultimately gravitated to fiction. It was a huge learning curve because I had
to switch from a quick-get-to-the-point mind set to one of a slow sweet journey through
the story.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

Editing! Without a doubt, editing.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of
Your Family?

Yes, many years ago, which I was first making the transition to fiction, I belonged
to a local writer’s group and the group leader was a gentleman name Dan Grant. He
challenged me to reach down and pull out the story inside my heart.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

More writing. I always have new stories bubbling in the back of my brain. I have a
completed novel due out in the Spring of 2013 called “What Matters Most” and I am just
about read to start work on a sequel to Spare Change. Following that, I am planning a
sequel to The Twelfth Child. So far, all of my books have been stand alone novels. This
will be my first venture into sequels, but the readers of both books have been asking for

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently

Oh yes. I don’t think you can be a good writer if you don’t absolutely love reading. I
love exploring debut books by new authors and have found some truly great ones. I am
currently reading James Patterson’s “A Christmas Wedding” (our book club pick) and I
am starting Riversong, by Tess Hardwick.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? - iPod. In addition to music, I use it for dozens of other things –
calculator, alarm clock, game board…etc

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? CHOCOLATE! Although I could live with vanilla if it had a
large scoop of hot fudge poured over it.

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Fries, very crispy with lots of salt.

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Comedy. For me drama is real life, comedy is what allows me
to escape that reality. In almost all of my books, even in the most dire of circumstances,
there is always a glimmer of a quirky kind of humor. If you can’t laugh at life, you’re

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Nicholas Sparks – loved The Notebook

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Half and half. Reality is where we live, fantasy is what makes it
livable ~smile~

#7 – Call or Text? Call. I spend so much time on my computer, I enjoy taking a break and
hearing a friend’s voice.

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public School.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate Coffee in the morning, hot chocolate for relaxing.

#10 – eBook or Paperback? E-book. I never thought I would one day be saying that,
but the truth is e-books are just so darn convenient – they give me instant gratification
in downloading and I don’t have to try to squeeze another book onto an already
overcrowded bookshelf.


Follow Along with this tour here:

October 16 - Reading Addiction Blog Tours - Meet and Greet
October 17 - Books, Books, The Magical Fruit - Giveaway/Interview/PROMO
October 18 - The Life and Lies of an Inanimate Object - Guest Post/PROMO
October 19 - Laurie's Interviews - Interview/Giveaway/PROMO
October 21 - Andi's Book Reviews - Review/Guest Post/Giveaway
October 23 - My Reading Addiction - Review/Giveaway
October 27 - Jenn Renee Reads - Giveaway/Guest Post/PROMO
November 1 - Beth Art From the Heart - Review/Guest Post
November 1 - Kaisy Daisy's Blog - Review/Giveaway
November 2 - My Cozie Corner - Reivew/Giveaway
November 3 - Jen McConnel - Guest Post/Giveaway/PROMO
November 5 - J. Heather Leigh - Review/Guest Post
November 6 - A Chick Who Reads - Review/Giveaway/Guest Post
November 7 - Bless Their Hearts Mom - Review/Giveaway
November 8 - A Date With a Book - Review
November 9 - My Devotional Thoughts - Review/Guest Post/Giveaway
November 10 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews- Review/Guest Post
November 12 -The Book Faery Reviews - Guest Post/Giveaway/PROMO
November 15 - Silvers Reviews - Review
November 16 - Book Reviews and More - Guest Post/PROMO


  1. Thanks for the interview and giveaway. julierupert@gmail.com

  2. A few unusual questions posed...don't know if they help or hinder. I am interested in how an author came up with the storyline and explanations of questions directly related to the work.

  3. Your interviews are always fun to read. Lets us get a glimpse of another side to the authors. Thanks!