Virtual Book Launch Party for Unclaimed Legacy! — 127 Comments

    • Thanks for signing my guest book, Val. From the page hits, I can see a lot of people are lurking around here. I wish I could see them. How did you like my movie debut?

  1. Congratulations on your new book Author Debbie. We can’t wait to start reading it.The party intro video is absolutely wonderful. Best Wishes, Steve and Terri

  2. Congratulations on your newest book, Unclaimed Legacy. Loved your party – thanks for inviting me. The food was great and I really enjoyed chatting with Queen Elizabeth!

  3. The party was awesome and I’m sure the book will be too! I will get mine ordered. And the chocolate was delicious. The best kind, no weight watcher points!!

  4. Great party — fun *and* convenient party! I didn’t have to dress up or anything, and even my cat got to attend.

    Having read the draft of the book, I can say that it is indeed “good reads.” Continuing from the first book (which I loved), it manages to be even better. I always hate to say that “it’s better,” because that implies the first book wasn’t as good; but, as you get more involved with the characters, meet new ones (from now, and back then), and indulge in a good mystery, it’s richer and thus better in its way. The ultimate compliment I can pay both books is that I was asked to proofread them, and I had to keep going back to re-read sections, because I’d get so involved in the stories, I’d forget I was supposed to be looking for potential glitches. And as an aside, those glitches were few and far between. I can’t wait to read the finished product.

    I’m so impressed you’re my sister — but I’d love the books even if you weren’t. Just an added plus for me. 🙂

    Great video. Great party. Thanks for the invite — I hope you don’t mind that I’m inviting some others to stop by, too. I think there should be enough food.

    • Hey, we’ve got plenty of room. Invite anyone you like. Let me know if Scout and Digger get too “playful” with your cat. Thanks for the nice words, Sister Susan. Now mingle.

  5. What a fun party! Especially loved the chocolates. Enjoyed the book and think it is even more exciting than the first. I am already ready for the third book. Write faster Debbie.

  6. Cannot wait to read this new book, Aunt Debbie. I’m sure it is going to be just as delightful as the first. Thank you for the invitation to your party. The chocolates are divine, and I’m sure my boss won’t mind if I have a little champagne… I would stay longer, but there’s this creepy guy staring at me from across the room.


  7. Thank you for inviting me to your party. I’ve enjoyed the whole experience and appreciate that you went to so much trouble. Sorry I stuck my hand in the chocolate fountain (I’ve always wanted to do that.) I ordered your book on Amazon. Actually, I ordered two because I’m a sucker for free shipping. Can hardly wait the 7-10 days to get it. Was that the Pope-mobile I saw in the parking lot? Party on!

    • Just don’t gesture too much or some party animal will be trying to bite your finger off. And don’t get chocolate finger prints on the queen’s dress.

  8. Thanks for inviting me to your splendid party and for all your hard work writing the Time & Again series. The chocolate covered strawberries were perfect for my Mon. morning resolution. You thought of virtually everything! The guests were fascinating…although I must admit I avoided Mr. White. Bob & I take turns reading Unclaimed Legacy, so while he is at work and I am not, I will claim it and read it!

    • Maybe I should have added a breakfast bar for those stopping by before work. Of course, I’ve been known to eat chocolate any hour of the day.

  9. Debby, this was a wonderful party. My kinda party, plenty of chocolate, awesome appetizers, and all with no calories or lbs to work off! I loved your first book and can’t wait to start this next one! Your a wonderful and gracious hostess. Thank you so much for inviting me. Oh yes, I’m sorry, but, I was the one who ate the chocolate basket! I couldn’t help myself. Sorry!

    • Hey, and the music isn’t shabby either, if I do say so myself. The Eagles have agreed to play all my favorites– Hotel California is at noon. And after that Tim McGraw is on stage. But feel free to invite your favorite band if you’d like something else.

    • That’s quite all right, Mary. We have virtually a thousand more chocolate baskets. It’s kind of like Heaven, isn’t it? Enough chocolate for everyone to have all they want. Just share the news with everyone. And party on.

  10. Thanks for the invite! I loved the party video and enjoyed reading about the characters. Can’t wait to read the book!

    Again, wonderful party. Sorry I didn’t bake anything, but it looks like you had plenty.

    • You’re so sweet. It’s just like you to offer to bring something, but this one’s on me. It was amazingly cheap even with this beautiful venue at The Falls, the unlimited food and top billed musical artists. Even Tom Cruise did the gig gratis. So just enjoy.

  11. Wonderful party Debbie!! Sorry I didn’t mention it yesterday but it will be virtually impossible for me to stay long, but I can virtually pop in and out all day today! Great fun! You throw a mean shindig!! Can’t wait to read this one!!

    • Hey, that’s the perfect way to attend a virtual party. You never have to touch up your makeup and your hair always looks perfect.

        • Hey, we’re just getting started. We’ll be here all evening with an endless supply of food, an untiring band, and plenty of talk. More surprise guests may be stopping by.

  12. Hi Debbie! I really enjoyed the virtual experience~so much so that I just ordered both of your books! & I can’t wait to read them this fall. Congratulations & Good job Debbie!

  13. The good food, great conversation and casual atmosphere made it one of my favorite parties this year!

    Congratulations, Deborah! I can’t wait to read the new book!

  14. Started your book last night, but Earl called and it got too late to continue. Hope to get to it tonight. The party fascinated me although I don’t understand all the technology!

    • Since you’re so nice, you just won your own chocolate fountain to take home with you after the party. I’m curious to know if you thought in the video I look more like Marvin (or he like me) than ever before?

  15. Cheers Cuz! Congratulations on the new book. I am celebrating your success with a bit of Champagne and homemade chocolate chip cookies. This is an AWESOME party! I’m sure it will be deemed the event of the year and the talk of the town. Love and hugs to you.

    • Thanks for signing the guest book. Over 200 guests have come to the party, but most didn’t sign. Now I’ll never know who this crowd is.

  16. I think I gained 10 lbs just looking at pictures, before I even tasted. Then I added a few moe lbs. As soon as I leave this great party I’m going to Amazon to order your book. Please excuse typing- I’m actually a very good typist – except somone spilled something sticky on my keyboard. I tried to clean it but can’t get it all out. Thanks for inviting us to your fab. party & yummy foods were terrific. Now we need the recipes. Good luck with you book and I do promise I’m going to Amazon today.

    • I hope they don’t mind me fictionalizing them. (At least it’s not a painful process.) Some people tell me Eulah and Beualah are their favorite part of the book.

  17. Loved the virtual party! Very creative and fun. So proud to have a two-time published author in the family. Avery enjoyed it too. She is very proud of her Grandma! Congratulations!

    • Don’t use up all of Avery’s kisses. I’m heading right over to that part of the ballroom for my share. Isn’t it great? At a virtual party even babies can eat chocolate.

  18. Wonderful party, I am stuffed from all the fab food . The books are both amazing, can’t wait for the next one. Like your Mom said, write faster! I really didn’t know that my family had so much talent, an author and movies stars

    • I am honored to have you here. I mean anyone with the name of Knox can’t be all bad. I hope you got a chance to meet Chuck Norris. He did put his seal of approval on the party.

  19. Hi Deborah, I bought “Time and Again” at the Waterloo Library book signing and enjoyed it a lot. I am excited about reading the new sequel. I have never been to a Virtual Party before and it was quite interesting. Thank you for inviting me and best wishes for a successful and exciting career as an author. I see your mother occasionally at the chiropractor’s office and she told me about The Unclaimed Legacy being published.

    • I’m glad you could make it today. Now don’t be dancing too much or you’ll have to go back to Dr. Laurie’s for another adjustment.

  20. Thank you for the invite to your party. It’s brill and I love the food. I do wish you well with the new book. I shall have to read Time and Again first . 🙂

  21. What fun!! Loved the food and the guests! Lisa told me how much she enjoyed your books so I need to read them as soon as I leave Forks. Thanks for a fun time!!!

  22. Just ordered the new book from Amazon and Time & Again for an extra copy. Congrats on the new book. Enjoyed your little clip at the start, but some of the actors and actresses looked rather suspicious…I think you should have them checked out. 🙂 Congratulations from Tom & Becky.

  23. Congratulations, Debbie, on your second(!) book. Did I ever actually congratulate you on your first one??? I’ve sampled it on Amazon and am very impressed. I’ve ordered both from Amazon and am looking forward to each. Good luck on your third! And by the way, I never knew that Abe made a 7/4 speech in our very own home-village of Woodburn! I remember always finding old glass bottles whenever we dug in our front yard. I loved the party and your video!

    • Thanks, Marvin. The best compliment is that you actually browsed my blog to get to the Lincoln story. Yes, isn’t that cool? Have lots of champagne before you leave.

  24. Yay! It’s your new book! I have already lent my copy of Time and Agian to one of my friends, and I cannot wait for them to read the sequel. 🙂

    • You come over here and give me a hug right now, young lady. As I remember, you don’t care for chocolate, but I know you love fruit. What do you think of the band? If you want to request a song, just go on up to the stage.

  25. Lovely party! Congratulations on the second in the series!

    (Btw, sorry about the broken table… Chuck got a little carried away when demonstrating some of his martial arts skills for me………)

  26. I enjoyed the party. Good company, good food, and a great read. Congradulations on your new book. I can’t wait to read it.



  27. Congratulations Debbie, Wow you do know how to throw a party!!! The first book was great, I can hardly wait to read the second, third, etc!!! Keep the words flowing. It is so cool to read a story about where you lived your whole life!!! thank you for all the wonderful food you prepared. The chocolate and champagne was wonderful!!

    • I’m so glad you liked it–the food and the book. I’ll be moving a little farther down into southern Illinois in book three–down where I was born.

  28. Mom! I just arrived at the party fashionably late! It’s good to see you and Caleb and Grandma here–love to you all! The party is fab. Good band, too!

    • You made quite an entrance, my dear. There’s quite a buzz going around the ballroom. Maybe you’d like to try out some of those dance moves you’ve been practicing?

    • No, no, no! You did NOT gain a single ounce. Not at MY party. This is like Heaven. You get to eat all you want with no consequences. And it’s all free. So have fun and party on. And by the way, no one here feels too tired or sick to have a good time. Yay!

    • Now that’s just another reason a virtual party works out so nice–we didn’t have any glitches with time zone differences. Be sure to help yourself to the food and mingle with the celebrities.

  29. Love your party (though I was late arriving!). Wonderful guests, food — and of course, your books! This is great! Congratulations, Debbie.

  30. Debby,
    Congratulations on finishing your second book! Of course you know we really enjoyed “Time and Again,” and we will enjoy this one as well. Thanks for the party invite. We were really surprised at what a good time we had. Felt like real party animals. Sorry about those “Valah’ tricks.” I just couldn’t help myself. Its been so long!
    Can’t wait to read “Unclaimed Legacy!”

    • Did you come in your underwear, Kenny? Several guests have admitted they did. I didn’t put on make-up and I’m wearing my scruffies.

  31. I arrived fashionably late to the party but glad there were plenty of chocolate desserts left! Ordered your book from Amazon a few days ago. I retired recently and will enjoy having more time for reading, among other things like grandchildren (and reading to them!). Best wishes to you with this one and future books.

  32. Debbie,
    your party video was a hoot! I laughed and laughed. What a sense of humor you have, girl! The music was so…clever. Rousing. Good looking son you got there. Beautiful daughter and sweet mom. I have (of course) have an ebook copy of your second book and will be reading it very soon. As you know I, too, have been very busy. I loved your first book. (Psss. I ate all your virtual chocolates and half of your other goodies….sorry! I just couldn’t help myself. Now I’m so full I need to go take a nap.) GOOD LUCK ON YOUR BOOK LAUNCH. YEAH!!! Balloons released. Fireworks going off. See you soon, friend. Your author friend, Kathryn Meyer Griffith

  33. I can’t afford to purchase your books right now, but I wanted you to know that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE the way you did your “book launch party”!! I would’ve never though to add the “desserts, appetizers, and guests”…TOO COOL!!

    I would love to read and review for you, though, if you’d like to check out my blog at and send ARCs!

  34. I’m late for the party but so impressed with the lovely appetizers and the amazing chocolate spread you have out. 🙂 I think this is an exceptional way to have a book launch party. As a reader I am always uncomfortable when I go into a book store and see an author sitting there waiting for someone to stop and talk to her. I’m from Maine and I actually felt sorry for Stephen King one day when he had a book signing at a mail not far from his home. My husband and I were trying to get past the long line to go into a store. Mr. King looked up at us and rolled his eyes because this strange woman was hanging on to his should trying to get a photo with him. I couldn’t stand having some stranger touching me! It just seems to me that you can have a really nice outreach with a virtual meeting with established and potential fans. I’m so glad that you posted about the tour at Goodreads and now I can start learning about you and your books.

    • Thanks for stopping by. One of the nice things about a virtual book launch party is that it it can be perpetual. That’s a great story about Stephen King. I’ve really enjoying getting to know people. I’ve met a lot of nice people-like you for example–even if only virtually.

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