Novelist and Children's Author

Monterey Retreat with Books & Such

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Blog, Faith, Fiction | 4 comments

Monterey Hotel

On Wednesday I returned home from a three-day retreat at the beautiful Monterey Hotel Plaza and Spa hosted by Books & Such Literary Management. The hotel is located right on the bay overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It’s stunning! Besides delicious meals and wonderful conversation, we had workshops in the morning and free time every afternoon. On Monday evening six authors and our agent, Rachel Kent, went out to dinner at the Cannary Row Brewing Company. We shared fries, stories, and a lot of laughs! Tuesday evening all the agents and authors had our traditional bocce ball competition. I was geared up for a long tournament, but unfortunately my team got out first round. There are some fierce players!

Another fun retreat sharing a room with Karen O'Connor.

Another fun retreat sharing a room with Karen O’Connor.

Another highlight of the retreat was swapping twelve of our own books for twelve from different authors. Here is the list of books I grabbed.


Ten novels:


Chasing Hope by Kathryn Cushman

Lost & Found by Gayle Roper

Love Comes Home by Ann H. Gabhart

Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith

Somebody Like You by Beth K Vogt

The Covered Deep by Brandy Vallance

The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow by Olivia Newport

The Quilted Heart: Three Novellas in One by Mona Hodgson

To Everything a Season by Lauraine Snelling

Wonderful Lonesome by Olivia Newport


And two nonfiction titles:


Mom Seeks God by Julia Roller

Spirit Hunger by Gari Meacham


I can’t wait to dig in! I have no idea which book I’ll read first, but I’m excited to have so many options. Have you read any of these books?


I feel so blessed to be a part of such a great organization. Thank you, Books & Such, for a wonderful retreat!




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  1. Laura Bennet

    Sounds like you all had a wonderful time! I haven’t read any of those books yet, and now I’m too far away to borrow from my favorite Sherry Kyle library! Can’t wait to hear which ones are your faves. You always make great recommendations. I just finished a book I found on my shelf…not sure where it came from (I promise I didn’t borrow it – no name anywhere!) but it was unexpectedly good. Bad Ground by Dale Cramer. Extremely well written and moving. No wonder it won a Christy Award!

  2. Karen O'Connor

    Great post, Sherry. I totally agree with you and I loved being your ‘roomie.’ I’m reflecting on the fun we had with our writing friends and the knowledge and encouragement we shared. Books & Such is the best!