Mass Market Edition (and a chance to win an autographed copy!)
Today is the day that the mass market edition of my novel The People Next Door officially goes on sale. I wasn't blogging when this book was published as a trade paperback back in 2005, so I have no character sketches . . . so I will give you instead the quote in the front of the book, which perfectly describes what this story is about:
"Your basic extended family today includes your ex-husband or wife, your ex's new mate, your new mate, possibly your new mate's ex, and any new mate that your new mate's ex has acquired." - Delia Ephron
And now for some reviews (only the good ones, of course):
"Author Bettye Griffin melds an unbelievable scenario full of nosey neighbors trying to out-do each other, arguments between the new wife and the old, lessons on unruly children, and situations revolving around social status. She also touches on some major issues dealing with blended families. Through the crazy incidents, the author's wit, and the various characters with all their flaws and misgivings, THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR is an enjoyable read. It showcases lessons on familial love, dealing with others, and learning from the lessons of the past." - RAWSISTAZ
"The People Next Door is not only a very entertaining blend of drama and comedy but it also deals with family issues and makes you aware of how things are in dealing with blended families. I give this book 4 stars!!!!" - People Who Love Good Books
"Interesting storyline and plot and I think Ms. Griffin did a great job with the storyline and the characters. This isn't a book full of drama so if you are looking for tons of crazy family issues and drama, this is the wrong book and you will be disappointed. If you are interested in a good read about a family dealing with a crazy and probably not so unique situation, than this is the book for you. " - A Reader
So if you haven't read the book, pick one up at your favorite book merchant.
I'd like to share something interesting that happened to me last week. UPS delivered a carton of books, the outside of which said The People Next Door. This puzzled me; I'd received another shipment a couple of weeks before that I assumed were my author copies. I immediately went up to my office and opened that box, which I'd stuck in a closet on top of all my other author copies. It was a box of ARCs of A New Kind of Bliss. My editor had told me she could only spare a couple of copies. In hindsight, I think she was thinking I was asking for additional copies beyond those she'd already sent. Such confusion is to be expected during editor changes.
Anyhow, I've got all these books, so I figured I'll give one away (Sorry, but this offer is for U.S. residents only). Reply to this post and share with us what type of fiction genres (or, in the case of romance, sub-genres) you prefer: contemporary romance, historical romance, women's fiction, street lit, urban lit, thrillers, paranormal romance, medical or law-related dramas, mystery, western, etc. I'll draw a name on Saturday, and that winner will receive an autographed copy of the mass market version of The People Next Door.