“What are you doing up so late, Prima Donna?” he asked. “It’s not Saturday night, you know.”

“I was sitting at the window,” she whispered, “waiting for my arm to drop off.”

– Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Is the release of one’s first book as anguishing as Francie’s midnight vigil?  No way, but it’s fun to look back at passages about waiting from my favorite heroine tomes.

While you wait (just eight days to go) for The Heroine’s Bookshelf to hit your shelf, why not participate in a contest? 

Tell me who you can’t wait to tell about THB and why, and I’ll enter you in a drawing for one of five now-rare galleys of the book! *

Stay tuned for more prizes, guest posts, and anticipatory delights as we inch forward to October 19…and don’t forget to tell a friend about upcoming events in Colorado, New York, and Massachusetts  (details on the right-hand side of the blog)!

*Drawing will end Friday, October 15.  United States residents only, please!

P.S.:  GoodReads and LibraryThing members can win a finished copy of the book here: http://www.librarything.com/er/giveaway/list or http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/enter_choose_address/5865-the-heroine-s-bookshelf-life-lessons-from-jane-austen-to-laura-ingalls