The Rotary Auction and Disappearing in Plain Sight

Port Hardy

The Rotary Club recently held their annual Auction. Bruces Sunrise Contractors donated three copies of local North Island author, Francis Guenette’s debut novel – Disappearing in Plain Sight. Bruce (who, for those of you who don’t know, is my husband) usually donates energy-efficient light bulbs so this year’s donation was really stepping out Open-mouthed smile 



Novel “Disappearing in Plain Sight” by Francis Guenette (a little snippet from the 12 page list of donations.)

Here is the blurb I wrote up for the auction:

The North Island Gazette recently called Guenette indefatigable in her efforts to promote her work, writing that, while the book might be called Disappearing in Plain Sight, author Francis Guenette seems to be doing anything but, as interest builds in her debut novel.

The novel follows the stories of a close knit group of people who live on the shores of a Northern Vancouver Island lake. The characters are forced to grapple with the realities of grief and desire to discover that there are no easy choices – only shades of grey.

This book would make a great Christmas gift for a friend or relative – a few reviewers have said reading Guenette’s novel made them either nostalgic to return to the North Island or anxious to visit for the first time.

The novel has over 15 four and five star reviews on various Amazon sites.

Bruce heard back from one of the Rotary Club Auction organizers the other day. The first two books went for close to the retail price and then a bidding war got going on the last one. Wow. That is exciting! According to the organizer, the books generated a lot of interest and they were one of the more interesting donations.

Once again, I can’t emphasize enough how important advertising in your local community can be. The Rotary Auction was covered extensively in the local paper as well as on the radio station with detailed lists of all donations. The actual Auction was held at the Thunderbird Mall with donations on display. It turned out to be a great way to create some buzz around my book.

So – thanks so much to those who bid on Disappearing in Plain Sight and I hope the buyers enjoy the read. And a big shout out to The Rotary Club who remains active on so many fronts in our local communities. Their motto is – Service above Self – and they walk the talk.


8 comments on “The Rotary Auction and Disappearing in Plain Sight

  1. Last year while speaking in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, I got to learn about the AMAZING work the rotary club is doing there. They blew me away!

  2. Gemma Hawdon says:

    It’s so interesting hearing about all of your achievements, Francis, in marketing your book. It sounds as though this one went really well too. Keep slogging away and we’ll all watch you climb to the top of Amazon 😉

  3. Roy McCarthy says:

    You sure are inventive and relentless in your marketing efforts Francis. And brave – what if there had been no bids…:-( I’d cry.

  4. P. C. Zick says:

    I am so looking forward to reading your book, Francis.

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