October 12 – 15 – stop by the Fall Home & Garden Show, Portland Expo Center

11/18 – Jan’s Paperbacks – 11 – 2 p.m. One free Sacred Bundle kit with every purchase

The final two stories in The Sacred Women’s Circle series are now available.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Portland's Spring Home & Garden Show

Judith Ashley is the author of The Sacred Women's Circle series, romantic fiction that honors spiritual traditions that nurture the soul.

I’m so glad, when I wrote Monday’s post, I said I’d talk about the Home and Garden Show on Wednesday!

Why? Because I’m so tired – still, and it is Monday afternoon.

However, I had a fantastic time and want to do it again!!!

Why? Because I met some wonderful authors. I met people who were curious about a Book Garden in a Home and Garden trade show. I met other vendors who were helpful.

And, I sold some books!!!  It was so much fun talking to total strangers about what they like to read, steering them to the part of the Book Garden that fit best for them and when they said they liked “romance”? I talked to them about the not just my books but those of the other authors I shared space with. A.J. Downey writes motorcycle romance. She was the only other romance author who was there in person.

The children’s corner (actually from pre-school to young adult) was a hit with young and old readers alike. Susie Slanina was there wearing her Metro, the little dog, t-shirt with an over shirt with Dalmatians. 

Roslyn McFarland, young adult author, was busy not only selling her books but also talking visitors to the Book Garden and acting as Cashier. Her organizational skills, contacts with Bali Furniture for our beautiful display pieces, and just plan positive attitude were a pleasure to work with.

April Bullard had books in the children's/young adult section and the horror thriller sections! I was amazed when she opened her "The Sock Thief" book and while maintaining constant eye-contact with the people in front of her, read word for word - turning the pages where appropriate, several pages. 


Another busy place was Mystery. Courtney Pierce was kept busy talking about her books. Good news that Indigo Lake is coming out soon!!!

Right around the corner from Mystery were the Horror and Thriller sections. Windtree Press author, Pamela Cowan's books were popular. And I met and spent some time visiting with Leigh Goodison when things slowed down.

A great selection of SciFi, Fantasy, Steampunk occupied two sections. It was easy to steer people in that direction because several Northwest authors who write in that genre were available to talk about their books.


There is a Fall 2016 Home and Garden Show and I plan on participating again. Hope to see some of you there!


You can learn more about The Sacred Women’s Circle series on my website.


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© 2016 Judith Ashley


2 comments:

Sarah Raplee said...

This sounds like a wonderful part of the Home and Garden Show! I'll look for you at the Fall show.

Judith Ashley said...

Really hope you can join us at the Fall show, Sarah. You'll have a couple of books to sell!!! "Blindsight" for one!!!