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Awesome Book Launch Party

Posted by Marianne Halbert on June 12, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Today was the Book Launch for Bedlam at the Brickyard. I've been to booksignings where the only person in the audience was the librarian who booked the authors. Today, we were at Barnes & Noble. The authors showed up at 11:00, to sign each other's copies. First, we had great author turnout. 13 out of 15, and one lives in California, one is recovering from a head-on collision after being struck by a vehicle involved in a high speed police pursuit. Keep reading after the photo of me carrying Sherita's books....



The first highlight of my day was when D.L. Hartmann asked who she should pay for her books, and as treasurer, I raised my hand. She looked at me, and with all sincerity, said, "You are SO pretty." Thank you Dee! That's the look I was going for! And cool, of course. Pretty is good, if you can pull off pretty AND cool, that's even better. (And then of course author Michael Dabney teased me that he wanted the autograph of the pretty girl. Yes, Michael, I signed your books too!)  Keep reading after the jump....

Our Sisters In Crime (SinC) President, Diana Catt was a great moderator, and our editor, Brenda Stewart, and Co-Editor, Wanda Willis, were charming and witty as usual. Keep reading after the jump...



We also had a great crowd. I loved seeing my mom and sister Susan in the audience, and later my friend Laura and her husband Pete. And a really nice surprise was seeing our old Mystery Company friend, Jim Huang. But it was weird and wonderful to have total strangers asking for my autograph today. Overall, I think I signed my name over 300 times. Incredible. The authors, Sisters and Mister Sisters in Crime, had each other, the audience, and the Barnes & Noble staff in stitches, (Yes Sherita and D.B., I'm talking to you!), the audience was enthusiastic and energetic. The Barnes & Noble staff were very friendly and gracious. (And the food was great. I should eat at B & N more often!)


As an author, writing the story is its own kind of rush. Sharing it with people who are actively seeking it is a thrill on a different level. After the signing, my husband and daughters took me out to dinner to celebrate, where we ate too many oysters Rockafeller and king crab legs, and as my daughter put it "We are stuffing ourselves, but doing it politely." Today was an awesome day. In spite of the thunderstorm raging outside my window, I know I'll sleep well tonight.



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