Do You Talk About What You Read?

If you answered yes to the title of this post, then think of me as Uncle Sam, pointing and saying, “I want YOU!”

Why? Because in spite of all the various means of marketing that are available to us today, research shows that word of mouth is still why most people buy the books they buy. So in order to facilitate word of mouth, my publisher is giving away what we call “influencer copies” of my latest book. “Influencers” are people we identify as:

readers who talk to other readers, via online reviews, blog posts, as a book club member, in a library setting, as a bookstore employee or just to their friends and family. 

As an Influencer, Bethany House sends you a free copy of my book. You read it. If you like it (which I hope you will!), you talk about it to your spheres of “influence”–your book club, your local library, your church library, your friends and family or even to online friends and strangers who read your blog or see your reviews in places like Amazon or Goodreads or Novel Crossing or or Barnes and Noble.

So do you fit the Influencer profile? If so, I have a few more spots let on my list for my September release, A Home for My Heart. Email me (anne (at) annemateer (dot) com) with your name, mailing address, and a general idea of the various places you are willing to share what you think of the story. Depending on  how many responses I have, I may or may not be able to take all who are interested!

In case you haven’t seen it before, here is the cover and story synopsis for A Home for My Heart, set in 1910 central Pennsylvania:


Sadie Sillsby works as the assistant to the matron at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children and dreams of the day she’ll marry her beau, Blaine. But when the matron surprises everyone by announcing her own engagement, Sadie is suddenly next in line for the job. For a young woman who was once an orphan herself, a shot at such an esteemed position is a wish come true.

But the matron of the Home cannot be married. Is Sadie willing to give up her dreams of a life with Blaine and a family of her own? Is she prepared to forgo daily involvement with the children as she instead manages the financial, legal, and logistical aspects of the orphanage? And when it’s revealed that the Home is spending a lot more money than it’s taking in, can Sadie turn things around before the place is forced to close forever?




Thank you in advance for your continued support!



32 comments on “Do You Talk About What You Read?

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  2. Yes, I do talk about what I read. I mention books on facebook and talk about them it the staff lounge at work.

  3. Oh Wow… would love to have a chance to spread the word about this book. Please let me know if I am still in the running of the first 40 or not..

    Breath of Life

    • Unfortunately I had way more requests than books, Kim! But I’ll hope you’ll consider asking for it at your favorite bookseller or library when it releases in September! Thank you for your willingness to help!

  4. Oh my goodness! I have been literally overwhelmed with the response today! If I’ve contacted you via email, then thank you for your help promoting A Home for My Heart! If you didn’t get an email, please know that I wished I had a book for (and could personally answer!) everyone! I hope you’ll sign up for my newsletter so you can get a reminder when the book comes out in September and considering purchasing it for yourself, a friend or a family member. I have been truly blessed today by your enthusiasm!

  5. Just talking with 2 of my older granddaughters (15 and almost 13) who love to
    read as well about how much I love to read different books and how fun it is
    to get into a “fantasy world” but then also different perspectives on “real life”
    too……and I do enjoy talking about what I’m reading if anyone wants to listen:)
    SUE ~ Michigan

  6. Recently retired and moved to a book club community at Bay Forest at Bethany Beach Delaware. Would love to read your newest book and spread the news to everyone around here. Maybe you’d like to come and meet everyone here! Let me know!!!

  7. I saw information on Mary DeMuth’s site & would love to read this book. Thanks so much! Terri

  8. I’ve read the ‘teaser’ about this book, and can’t wait to read it. I read every single night…even at midnight. 🙂
    So many books – so little time! 🙂
    Blessings to you,

  9. I would love the opportunity to read and review. I just finished a business book and would love the change of topic.

  10. I love to read & would be delighted to read your book and pass the word along via word of mouth to friends, family, book clubs and on FB. It sounds like a great read since I like historical fiction as well having an interest in orphanages etc. Thanks for the opportunity! Blessings!

  11. i would love to read this book. i admit, i am a sceptic. i have a post written right now…not yet published, about my frustration re christian fiction and the characters and how boring some of them can be:(

    i would like to read the book and find that it is the exception. i think putting it in a different historical place helps make the characters a little more interesting often:)

  12. Hi Anne:-) I love to talk about what I’m reading and I love historical fiction! I just published my first historical romantic suspense book, so I understand that it takes quite a bit to get the word out there for a new book 🙂

    I would be honoured to be a reviewer and post about your book on my social media platforms…website, twitter, FB, linkedIn, G+, etc.

    BTW…read your 1st book Anne and loved it!

  13. I love to read. My friends and I pass our books around and talk about them. I try to influence friends and encourage them to read by passing my Christian novels on to them. I also donate them to our local Christian Library for sharing. I would love, love, to receive the free book to read and share with others. God bless you and inspire your writings.

  14. Having entered a new stage in my life I have the time and desire to move into a new arena. I would enjoy the challenge of sharing my enjoyment of your good historical fiction with others. Bring it! 🙂

  15. I would be honored to read your book. As a retired Reading Specialist, I am an avid reader who is always searching for well-written books with God at the heart of them. If the book is Historical fiction, then that is even better! We need more Christian authors to meet the needs of the many people who are thirsty for these types of books. People ask me what I recommend, and I would love to add your book to my prefered list if I find it to be one of my favorites. It certainly looks promising! Thank you for your work in furthering His Kingdom.

  16. Love to read and love to share. As soon as I’ve read a book and if I deem the subject matter pertinent to a friend.. She gets the full ‘momty’

  17. I have been a friend of Mary’s for almost 2 yrs. and she told me about your book. I belong to several book clubs and love to read. I especially love history and a good Christian book. We discuss a good read at Bible Study, and I have many friends who would love to hear about new good books. I really am looking forward to reading “A Home for my Heart”.

  18. YES! I am always talking about what I’m reading.

    I’m so excited to read A Home for My Heart! I’ve never had the privilege of reading one of your books. This one sounds intriguing!

  19. Small group book discussions are a passion of mine. Community is built when women share their live with one another.

  20. I would love to read and review. Referred by Mary also, and emailed you, but hopped on over to check out your website. Would love to share the word.

  21. I’d love an early copy and as I have with the two previous ones, I talk to everyone I see about them and I always end by bragging that my daughter-in-law is the author. Do I sound proud? I certainly hope so because I am soooooooooooo proud of you.

    Love you.

  22. I DO talk about what I read!! I’ve already ordered your book through the BHP catalogue…can’t wait to read it. You can be sure I’ll be talking it up!

    • I know you will, my sweet friend! And I can’t wait to read yours and spread the word as well! 🙂

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