Sunday, February 6, 2022

Book Launch, Talk, & Giveaway

Announcing: Book Talk on March 20th, at 3:00 PM, in celebration of International World Happiness Day & the first day of Spring, and to re-launch my book, The Happy Clam.

Register now – while tickets are free, seats are limited!

Since it’s virtual, anyone can attend from anywhere,

Never before heard backstories of how the book came to be, released in the midst of the pandemic, its messages of hope & happiness needed now more so than ever before.

Technically, The Happy Clam was released in 2020, but, well, there was that pandemic thing going on, and so this is a re-launch.

Book Giveaway

Books will be available at the following locations for free between March 12th and March 20th, compliments of Gainline Press:

    Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA

    Craft Beer Cellar, 87 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA

    O'Some Cafe, 100 Main Street, Watertown, MA

If you’re a local business and want to get in on the giveaway, please feel free to reach out through the contact form in the blog.

The Kindle version will be priced FREE $0.00 on March 19th & 20th.

UPDATES: The book is now listed on NetGalley, available to download for free to all reviewers.




New reviews just in from BookTrib:

Reader Views is also hosting a book give-away (only 2 copies left!):

For the full review:

Readers’ Favorite also hosts a full review and offers opportunities to request free copies:

What the critics are saying:

"This short, sweet book is like a long conversation with your really smart best friend."

"The personal insights shared, the failures and successes, the tips on how to find the positive and even the recipes all add to make this a very good workbook for living."

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Award Judges Panel

"During a time when the whole world is feeling quite down and lost, a book such as this is welcomed with open arms.

Prose: Schmidt has a way of meandering through her thoughts cohesively and eloquently. Although her ideas blend together to a degree, they do so in an intentional fashion, stitched together with facts, citations, quotes, poetry, and recipes.

Originality: The Happy Clam is a self-help book about finding one's inner happiness and contentment – a topic that has been well traveled. However, Schmidt has the ability to tread these waters with a unique perspective, and successfully manages to take a tired subject and breathe new life into it."

The BookLife Prize

"Throughout, she revealed herself as insightful and funny, charming and wise, qualities that, along with the rigor of her presentation of research, ensure The Happy Clam stands out from the pack of self-help books on happiness. She is realistic and positive in the same breath, illuminating how “elusive happiness” can seem attainable to readers.

Takeaway: A quick, thorough, inviting self-help book on ways to seek, find, and maintain happiness in adulthood."

BookLife Review

“The Happy Clam is a book that should be on the bookshelves of everyone in the current climate. Rosemary A. Schmidt has a way with words that invigorates your soul and makes you feel optimistic despite the countless problems facing society at large. The author relates the pain of losing her sister and her mother, but she manages to find a way to navigate through the grieving period. She also recounts her experiences of working as a supervisor. There is a surprising amount of humor sprinkled throughout the pages that makes Schmidt's writing all the more engaging, and I honestly found myself chuckling out loud once or twice. You also get some really cool recipes to soothe your stomach as well as your soul. Highly recommended.”

Pikasho Deka, for Readers’ Favorite (5 stars)

“I came away from reading “The Happy Clam,” feeling motivated and inspired to take more steps to ease up on the things that are currently dragging me down. I will focus on spending more time on taking care of my own wellbeing. In turn, in the long run, this will enable me to feel better physically, mentally and spiritually. This is highly recommended reading and would make a thoughtful gift for someone who is seeking a way back to a happier life.”

Paige Lovitt, for Reader Views (5 stars) 

2021 Eric Hoffer Category Finalist

If you read it and you like it, please leave a review on Amazon and GoodReads!

Mark Your Calendars:

March 19 & 20, 2022 – Book Re-Launch for The Happy Clam.

Good Reads

Read more about the book here on Good Reads and see who else is reading it now:


Author’s web page:



Don’t forget to go back to the July 2020 blog for the book’s soundtrack!


A couple of songs for no reason and every season

Get Some Scars, by Lux Lisbon


The Promise, by When In Rome:

Every month is suicide prevention month.


© 2022 Rosemary A. Schmidt

Rose Schmidt is the author of The Happy Clam (Gainline Press, 2020), and Go Forward, Support! The Rugby of Life (Gainline Press, 2004). The views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the views of any other agency or organization. Use of individual quotes with proper citation and attribution, within the limits of fair use, is permitted. If you would like to request permission to use or reprint any of the content on the site, please contact me. Twitter: Rosebud@GainlineRS

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