"Biting Back takes a compelling look at self-care, setting boundaries, and protecting ourselves from friends, loved ones, enemies, and sometimes even ourselves. Written in a page-turning and warm style, Claudia’s refreshing addition to the self-help shelves offers empowering solutions to effectively remind us to stop inviting troubleinto our homes and souls." -- MELODY BEATTIE, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF CODEPENDENT NO MORE


It's Here...and There Now, Too

So... today's the release date for Biting Back... and I almost forgot mention it here on the blog.   Everyone who's read it and confessed as much to me has had something nice to say about it: so many love the title, lots love the writing, tons are crazy about the cover and layout, and simply everyone tells me, too, how they also love the feel of it. 

Llewellyn really did do an incredible job:  the book really is nice to hold, to look at, to touch - even to read!  I don't know what kind of paper that is they used, but it's delicious.  I discovered this morning on the Llewellyn website that they also have what is surely the coolest "look inside this book" gadget I've ever seen :  You can check it out here: biting back look inside this book gadget .

The book is available at Amazon and Llewellyn, of course - at Barnes and Noble and just about everywhere else, too, I think.  My new friend Marilyn at Page by Page Books will have it too:  she's hosting my launch and signing on September 17th, from 5-7 p.m, and it sounds like she's going to do a really lovely job.  I'll announce it again when I'm absolutely positive about the details.  I'm supposed to get up and read out loud to you guys.  Ahem.

We'll see about that!

Anyway:  while I've had such kind feedback on the book so far that I would blush to share it, there is one thing I've heard that I just have to tell you about:

I gave a copy of BB to my wonderful hairdresser (Jaye McDonald/owner of Bella Vita Salon in Polson) - and although she didn't have time to read it that first night after I gave it to her, her husband, Brian, did.  Brian called first my husband Robert and then later on, me, too - to say how much he enjoyed it.  But it was something he said to Jaye that just about killed me:  After reading it, she told me, he came into the room where she was resting and said, "Hey honey?  Am I ever a vampire to you?" 

Can you imagine?  Talk about great husbands!  And talk about great results I never in a million years anticipated! 

Which is one of the things I LOVE about books:  there's just no telling all the wonderful things that people might see in them, you know?  You can't even begin to guess.

Thanks, Readers.  Writers.  Publishers.  Libraries.  Bookstores.




Sherri said...

That's a great story. I think anybody who wonders if they're a vampire is probably NOT a vampire, or at least won't be for long. Can't live in the light, after all. :)

Congrats on your launch!

pvs said...

don't you remember, Sherri, when you asked the very same question on the blog...back in the days of yore?

You asked how you could tell if you were being a vampire to someone else. It was one of the best questions I ever got.

But I love this story, too -- it was such a surprise.

love c

pacific madrone (mc) said...

congratulations claudia!! i'm so excited to read it.

pvs said...

you and your aliases!! thanks sweetie...when do we meet again???

jjdebenedictis said...

Pimped you on my blog! :)

Congratulations on your new book. I'm so happy for you!

pvs said...

I must run over and see!!! Thank you, Jennifer.

Carrie said...

So happy to hear the personal moments people are sharing over your book. Let's hope there's so many you can never keep up.

pvs said...

Yes, I've had some really nice comments...interestingly, one more from another male friend of mine saying the same thing about wondering who he's a vampire to...that makes 2 men/1 woman so far asking the question.

And thanks, Carrie. I love the personal stories too.

Bill said...

Thanks for the coolest birthday gift ever. I took it to my weekly 'Breakfast Buddies' (Friday morning breakfast with 6-8 guys) to show it off to my friends. Their first comment was how cool it feels (and I agree). I haven't started reading it yet, but I scanned the contents and Chapter 11 leaped out at me.... Gratitude and favorite God story. I went right to the back to read your God story and got totally knocked out by how you learned to be happy by just asking for help rather than waiting for the non existent mind readers to take care of you....not only are you happier, but you have now officially become my newest hero.
Thanks again for the great birthday present. I'll let you know when I finish reading it.
With love,
Your Favorite "Tennessee" (I almost forgot you have more than one) Brother- in-Law

Bill said...

I forgot to mention the God story....also my favorite!

pvs said...

You're the best, Bill. Thank you, and I mean it, for all your enthusiasm and loving support.



Wolfdarlin said...

I can't put it down well i do but, I was up till past 1am last night reading your book and i should have been sleeping lol. Dj

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