A book club read Woman of Substance

Women with substance discussed Woman of Substance

Women with substance discussed Woman of Substance

About six weeks ago Shirley contacted me and asked if her book club choose Woman of Substance http://www.amazon.com/Woman-of-Substance-ebook/dp/B00AN9TE8W/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1355464106&sr=1-3&keywords=annette+bower would I have some questions for them.

I said, of course, although I had not formulated any questions specific to my book, nor had I ever attended a book club meeting. But I was thrilled.

Readers will discuss the theme, characters and setting of  Woman of Substance

Readers will discuss the theme, characters and setting of
Woman of Substance

I researched of course. I asked women who were in book clubs what they discussed about a book. I formulated questions and offered to attend the meeting if the club wanted.

Shirley contacted me and said that the members unanimously chose Woman of Substance. http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/woman-of-substance

As the day drew closer, I had trepidation. What if they didn’t like it? I put all the doubts aside because readers were willing to purchase the book, borrow the book, spend time reading it and wanted to discuss the theme. I could only benefit from such generosity.

The day arrived, I took a trial run to the address because I didn’t want to get lost.

Shirley had suggested I bring a few print copies just in case members wanted to purchase a book. On my way, I realized I forgot change for a book priced at $12.99. I usually come prepared with 1, 2 and 5 dollar change. I wheeled into a grocery store, chose and item and paid with a fifty and requested 1, 2,and 5 change.

I was ready. Or as ready as I would ever be.

These women with substance welcomed me and discussed my questions about Woman of Substance http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/woman-of-substance-annette-bower/1113954859?ean=9781619352254 with knowledge, attention to detail and kindness. Did they like everything about the book? No they had some reservations and questions. Which is what discussion is all about.

But as discussion evolved I learned many things. I learned about the Be Astonished Inc program at the University of Regina. http://www.beingastonished.com/about-us/our-story/
which works towards inclusive community for young adults with complex disAbilities.

I learned about no bake chocolate, oat cookies and the names which were used in different families but the recipes are the same. They are also a favourite in the University of Regina, Luther Campus cafeteria.

I learned how suspicions are acted up when it appears that power theft may be in action for grow-op situations.

I learned about hospital volunteers, their dedication and age.

I learned about the J.C. Campbell School in North Carolina. https://www.folkschool.org/

I learned about the Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers fundraiser dinner coming up: http://grandmothers4grandmothersregina.com/

And Kick Biking: http://www.kickbikeamerica.com/
and an offer to try one.

I also learned about an author Sierra Dean. http://www.sierradean.com/

In between all of these discussions we talked about my motivation for writing this story and was it a good reason to write it.

We talked about using a character who dressed up as if she was fat rather than using a woman who was.

We talked about Jake and his motivations. But we also talked about the difference between romance genre and women’s fiction. Because Woman of Substance is women’s fiction with romantic elements, Jake doesn’t get equal billing in his character development.

We evaluated the basis of friendship for love.

And we talked about using Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regina,_Saskatchewan for a setting versus perhaps a larger city in another part of the world.

In the end, I didn’t need change because they paid by cheque or correct change for books.

My very first book club adventure was a huge success.

Thank you women with substance.

Women with Substance: Shirley, Betty, Connie, Sandi, Karen, Donna

Women with Substance: Shirley, Betty, Connie, Sandi, Karen, Donna

A love story with a serious theme

I'm in the newspaper!

I’m in the newspaper!


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in someone else’s body, to experience the world the way they do?
Fiction offers that chance, and in my novel, Woman of Substance, the main character Robbie Smith goes one step further and dons a fat suit to discover first-hand how heavy women are treated by society.

Robbie’s research raises risky issues for her thesis advisor, and more complications ensue when Robbie starts to fall for Jake, the new colleague who knows her both as a slim work acquaintance, and as his grandfather’s overweight and potentially suspect friend.

Robbie and Jake need to learn to trust, to see beneath the surface, to realize appearances may not, in fact, be real. But can they get beyond their fears and suspicions, to accept their friendship and let it develop into love?

Like my first book, Moving On, A Prairie Romance, Woman of Substance, is set in Saskatchewan. (Moving On, at Regina Beach; Woman in Regina.)

Woman of Substance also features realistic characters you might meet any day at the supermarket, cinema or dog park—prairie people just like you and me, struggling with loss and acceptance, celebrating love.

It explores similar serious subjects, too: trust, identity, self-esteem, physical appearance, illusion and self-deception.

And Woman of Substance, like Moving On, is published in electronic format for e-readers such as Kobo or Kindle or the appropriate app on your tablets. As a writer, I am excited about this, because it makes my work instantly accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection and e-reading device. I love its immediacy: You hear about a book or are enticed by its cover, and minutes later, you’re reading it!

So it’s time to close the covers on 50 shades, open the blinds and use your imagination about friendship leading to love right here in our own back yard. Robbie and Jake are our neighbours; the issues they face are our dilemmas; their dreams are a prairie reflection of love.

A good book does not have a best before date.

A good book does not have a best before date.

Download today. Save paper, save a writer, buy a book.

Annette Bower lives in Regina. For more about Woman of Substance, and links to purchase, visit www.annettebower.com

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Woman of Substance is now available in print at both: http://www.amazon.com/Woman-Substance-Annette-Bower/dp/1619352257
And http://www.amazon.ca/Woman-Substance-Annette-Bower/dp/1619352257/

Walking Woman will not walk her second race

Life has a way of changing plans. I went on a trip and had such a great time that I extended the time away longer than anticipated. I will only be back into Regina late on Sunday evening, long after all of the other walkers/runners have completed the course and had their lunch. I even purchased a t-shirt for this event. The good news is that I have had the opportunity to walk many inclines and not to my legs liking. But next year I will be in better shape.
I will continue to walk my six kilometers around Wascana Lake and bring out my cruiser bicycle and find the paths around my beautiful city.

Who knows perhaps I will find another race later in the year.