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Good Humor Trucks and Books from My Favorite Authors
by Debra H. Goldstein

Do you remember white Good Humor trucks coming through your neighborhood? Their heyday was in the 1950’s, but the trucks, with their musical tones, were around into the 1970’s. How did you react when you heard a truck’s bells on your street? I salivated!

I would run into the house as quickly as I could to get my mother. Although I was old enough to play outside, I couldn’t leave the driveway without an adult. Happily, my mother usually came outside to buy me an ice cream before the truck driver finished selling to the other children on the block. It wasn’t until years later I realized the Good Humor driver followed a route, so she’d be listening for the bell because she knew about what time he would arrive each day.

When it comes to my favorite authors, I do the same thing I used to do with the Good Humor man. I eagerly wait for their next book to be released – and like my mother, I learn the publication schedule each generally follows. Some offer a book every six months, others take a year or more, but I’m ready. One of the things I love to do is pre-order books. Not only does it mean I’ll have the satisfaction of reading the book within the first few days of its publication, I know I’m helping keep my favorite authors writing. You see, publishers look at numbers. All the pre-orders drop the same day. If there are plenty of pre-orders, and sales on the first day and during the first weeks are good, promotional opportunities often become more available. Authors get excited if rankings are good, but best of all, publishers are happy, so I stand a chance of reading future books by my favorite authors.

What about you? Did you look forward to hearing the Good Humor truck’s bells? Do you pre-order books? Leave a comment below if you’d like a chance to win the first print ARC of Two Bites Too Many, being given away on this blog to those with a US mailing address.

The finalized version of Two Bites Too Many, the second book in the Sarah Blair series, ships on September 24, and is available for pre-order (https://www.amazon.com/Bites-Many-Sarah-Blair-Mystery/dp/1496719484 ), but you can win and read an uncorrected ARC now. The winner will be announced in the comments section of this blog and via e-mail. If the selected winner fails to respond within three days, an alternate winner will be selected from those individuals leaving comments in response to this blog.