My collection Misfits from the Beehive State is on the shelves now in Seattle at Third Place Books — both Ravenna Third Place Books and Third Place Lake Forest Park.
It’s also now available through Indy Bound. What’s that? A way to support independent bookstores, which are a really important part of our communities! Just enter your zip code, and you get a list of local independent bookstores that can sell it to you. Then click on the name of a bookstore and you’ll get its address. Or, if it’s an independent bookstore that offers books for sale online, it can ship it to you just as fast as Amazon, and for the same price. For instance, you can buy it online from Queen Anne Books.
Why support independent bookstores? Here are some great reasons (excerpted from the Indy Bound FAQ):
- Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
- More of your taxes are reinvested in your community–where they belong.
- Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
- More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.
My local independent bookstore has been a lifeline for me as an author, reader, and mom. When my kids were little, I was lonesome and a bit stir-crazy. But I could always pack up the kids in their double stroller and head over there for a cup of coffee and to browse Brain, Child and Hip Mama Magazine. Oh, and the Reality Mom zine that Corbin Lewars put out — somebody else on the same wavelength! When I was researching Sumer for the story “Mystery of the Missing Mothers,” which appeared in Missing Links and Secret Histories, I found a bunch of used books on Sumer by Samuel Kramer. Most recently, they saved my son from boredom by recommending the Nicholas Flamel series.
Anyway, indy bookstores are great. Support them!