Extra, extra....a special BOOK event (and a card ) today!
My friend and fellow cardmaker, Cristina Kowalczyk, has some exciting news. She’s also an author (she writes under her maiden name – Cristina Henriquez), and her novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, comes out TODAY! To celebrate, I, along with a few other crafty friends, are helping her spread the word about her book.
Ben Fountain said it was “a triumph of storytelling,”
Heidi Julavits called it “extraordinary,” and
Amazon editor Chris Schluep chose it as his “must read for summer,” saying, “This novel snuck up on me. It’s moving and beautifully written, never overwrought, and I read it virtually in one sitting. It’s compelling, tragic, sometimes funny, uplifting and heart-wrenching. I can’t stop thinking about these people.”
Cristina is giving away 5 signed, first-edition copies of The Book of Unknown Americans. And because this is all about spreading the word, there are four ways to enter.
1. Tweet about The Book of Unknown Americans (#UnknownAmericans)
2. Write a Facebook post telling your friends about the book
3. Pin the cover of the book on Pinterest
4. Or simply leave a comment on Cristina’s blog
If you do all four of those, that’s four entries! (On Cristina’s blog, submit one comment per entry. For example: “I tweeted!” “I put it on FB!” “I pinned it!” etc.)
From all the comments on her blog, Cristina will choose 5 people to win a copy of the novel. Plus, one lucky person will win the grand prize, a signed book plus a giant stash of craft supplies – stamps, dies, inks, you name it!
I am doing my bit to support this talented author and card maker. Cristina started out as my all time favorite Gallery Idol in 2011. After I followed her blog, I then found out that she is a writer! So what do I do for this celebrated author and card maker? Make a card, of course.
My card is inspired by the book cover.
I used the Map of America as the background. The sentiment cut halfway through North and South America. With this design, I am paying homage to Cristina's Panamanian heritage. I read Cristina's previous book The World in Half as my family and I transited the Panama Canal by cruise ship. It was a touching and heartfelt story that almost moved me to tears. I am so intrigued by her new book and I can't wait to get a copy myself! I am waiting for my copy ordered here .
In this collage: our visit to the Panama Canal in Dec. 2013, holding Cristina's book during the canal -crossing, Cristina autographing my copies of her books last October (in Chicago).
I am so happy and honored to be part of this book launch blog hop.
For more info about the book and other ways that you can show your support, head on over to Cristina’s blog. Be sure to comment and leave Cristina some love!
Thanks for stopping by!