The Bookshop Hotel

A second edition is in the works! Thanks for the review, I’m sorry for the first edition flaws.

Author S. Smith

9781939815026_p0_v1_s260x420The Bookshop Hotel by A.K. Klemm is a thin little book that could have been fleshed out more, but it was still a sweet read. If you love finding out-of-the-way bookstores with nooks and crannies and lots of character, you’ll enjoy this book. You will wish and hope that The Bookshop Hotel is a real place that you can visit.

I’m not the kind of person who needs to always be reading flashy, action-packed, page-turners. Yes, I do like those kinds of books (Dan Brown). But I also like books such as Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables, and All Creatures Great and Small. Books that make you want to bite into a crisp apple, take a trip to Tuscany, or as The Bookshelf Hotel does, settle into a character-rich old bookstore with a good book and something nice to drink. And it…

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On Broadway in San Antonio

This weekend I visited three Half Price Books stores in San Antonio.  The Bookshop Hotel has made a visual impact all over the city (well, the north side, that is) and bookmarks have been scattered to the masses.  I’m pleased with the trip, even if sales were minimal, and would like to share my favorite book signing moments.

P1020559The front sidewalk is divine, but what makes this store unique is that the “front” of the store isn’t actually here… you go around back and there’s a door and a doorbell and a whole world on the backside of the building.

Once inside, a fellow named Gary was there to escort me to my table.  He was so pleasant and full of so many San Antonio history stories.  He told me all about the building we were in, the neighborhoods surrounding Broadway, and is all around a great guy.

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The Broadway store is inviting, full of characters, and was a pleasant place to spend my Saturday morning.

While there, my friend found a copy of “Smilin’ Jack and the Daredevil Girl Pilot,” a novel written in 1942 based on a 1938 Comic Strip by Zack Mosley.  We bought it in between selling and signing copies of The Bookshop Hotel.  I met a delightful lady named Cindi, signed a book to her, and found myself in the best of moods for my very exhausting trek from signing to signing.

I also met a fellow who was looking for Arabian Nights in all 14 volumes, and if he finds this page, I’d like to tell him: Cheever Books right down the sidewalk has what you’re looking for.

I heard chatter among the customers regarding the Historical Society at war with Home Owner’s Associations, and I couldn’t help but think that something like that might happen in Lily Hollow if the people there were a little more political.  For now, however, those particular kinds of politics are handled by Nancy and are kept out of the general population’s radar.  Who knows, maybe we’ll hear about things of this nature in book three…

I have more pictures and adventures to share.  Currently, they are not wanting to load and I keep receiving upload errors.  There will be more posts to come, regarding the other stores I visited and more.

In the mean time, the sequel to The Bookshop Hotel is currently in editing.

 

 

 

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A Pleasant Review

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The Bookshop Hotel is set in a simple town filled with down-to-earth, quirky folk who enjoy coffee and books. I reveled in the beautiful world the main characters were creating as they worked to overcome the demons from their pasts. This book will transport you to a wonderful little town that you won’t want to leave as you root for the characters and envy their amazing bookstore.

We all carry baggage with us – The Bookshop Hotel might be the place where you can set yours down.

Adam reading Bookshop
 Blogger’s Note: As the author, I must say that I love that men are enjoying the story as well.  I intended to market this as a story to settle down nicely into the women’s fiction niche.  When writing it I summoned the comfort of rocking chairs and elderly women wearing shawls, sipping tea or coffee.  It’s nice to know the men-folk are finding this a cozy reading experience as well as the women who were my intended audience.

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San Antonio Book Signing Tour

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June 24, 2014 · 2:17 pm

Lily Hollow Inspiration

P1010891Actually taken at the Mercer Arboretum, but it could easily be tucked away in a few places of Lily Hollow yet to be mentioned in the novella.  Lily Hollow (the sequel to The Bookshop Hotel) is scheduled to be released sometime in November of 2014.

fields of lilies in JapanFields of lilies in Japan.  This is what the fields between Swan Lane and the forest look like in my head, except a little less dense with white lilies mixed into it all.

Don’t worry, The Bookshop Hotel is still ever present in the second book – after all it is the gathering place for all Lilyhollowans – but I hope you all discover what the rest of Lily Hollow looks like as well.

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Scenery

“You can be ok and still need a change of scenery.”

– Matthew

from The Bookshop Hotel by A.K. Klemm

Photo by Tommy Harris

Photo by Tommy Harris

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The Bookshop Hotel…

“The trees had grown taller and wider, the roots inching their way under the foundation and floorboards.  As time grew on, the house found aches and pains, a little creak here, a little creak there.  Loose nails, floorboards giving the room voices…

Bookshop Hotel pre fix up

… The building groaned in the wind, ached under rainfall, grew tired of neglect. Then AJ came and things began to change.”

— from the Bookshop Hotel, by A.K. Klemm

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Book Signing at Preston Village HPB

The Preston Village Half Price Books store hosted me for a book signing this weekend! (hpb.com/002)

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There were cupcakes and custom hand-drawn Lily Hollow themed bookmarks by Aoristos!

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So nice to see old friends and meet new fans! Stay posted for more events!

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A Blog Review of The Bookshop Hotel

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The Bookshop Hotel by A.K. Klemm is a September, 2013 Clay Press Publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
A.J has always dreamed of turning the old Hotel into a bookshop. She and her grandfather drew up blueprints when she was child and now that A.J. has recovered from the injuries she sustained in a car accident that killed her husband, she has thrown herself into the project heart and soul.

The hotel is in terrible disrepair, but as the old hotel becomes more pleasing to the eye, the town’s spirits begins to lift. In fact, the community of Lily Hollow seems to come awake after a long sleep.

One thing A.J didn’t count on was the feelings that grew between herself and her new assistant, Matthew. When the store gets read to open, A.J. and Matthew are physically exhausted. But, when A.J’s mother arrives and A.J. really begins to contemplate her marriage and all it’s flaws and the prospect of starting a new life with Matthew, emotional exhaustion also creeps in. Naturally, the air will have to be cleared in order for healing to take place, but with the help of the bookshop and the spirit of A.J.’s grandfather, the town of Lily Hollow will begin to relinquish its past hurts and become a renewed and delightful community of people.

This sweet contemporary fiction novel is written is a style that puts me in mind of one of my favorite authors of Women’s Fiction. It would be bad form to mention her name in the review, but I can tell you she is mighty popular. The book is not very long and wouldn’t take you more than a day to read it if you had the time, but the author accomplishes a lot in a short space of time and gives us the sweet emotional story of family, healing and community that will touch you without it being too sugary sweet. I felt like I was a part of the community and of course anytime someone makes books a central part of the story line you can’t go wrong. Right? Right.

An enjoyable way to spend an afternoon away from the stresses and obligations in your life and be transported to a simpler way of living we all wish we could be a part of.

Overall I will give this one an B+/A- or 4 stars.

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Book Signing!

Dallas Book Signing

The Bookshop Hotel

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February 11, 2014 · 6:34 pm