It was an amazing, but exhausting trip that began last Friday just after dawn. My hubby and I drove to Wisconsin, I was invited to Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation Luncheon, and couldn’t wait to attend. Mary Burton and I co-hosted a table of readers. I gave away ARCs for ONE DAY IN APPLE GROVE with heart-shaped measuring spoons and bracelet & earring sets that my daughter designed. Here’s a pic of what we gave away :)
I had a blast filling a pretty wallpapered box with goodies for the door prize…with all three of my contemporary cowboy books and the first two books in my contemporary small town books—plus some really fun things: measuring spoons, strawberry ceramic measuring cups, candles, Kindle Paperwhite, etc. Here’s a pic of the box, unwrapped, and then with Jenny the winner and myself.
After the luncheon we jumped in the car to drive down to Kansas City, MO…let’s skip the traffic and foggy part and go straight to arriving at 1:45 a.m. on Sunday. LOL! The hotel was beautiful and the staff so warm and welcoming. But above all, my favorite part is working behind the scenes with JoCarol and Johnny Jones and her fabulous staff of volunteers. :)
In between stuffing bags with books and promo, I was invited to the MALA author meet-and-greet at the Plaza Branch of their Library on Monday, and had the pleasure of chatting with librarians who told us we were their rock stars—thanks Terry and Amy!
On Tuesday afternoon it was off to Dog-Eared Books in Independence, MO. A special thank you to Tina and Connie for inviting me to visit their store. I LOVED their Western Romance section. Here’s a pic :)
Wednesday was also the Cowboy Corral Reader Event, I was prepared and brought three cases of my cowboys to giveaway…and didn’t have enough books! Here’s a pic of two of the cover models, Len Gunn and Scott Nova...both attended at the CC—and yes, they both take far better pics than I do. LOL!
On Thursday, Deb and Leah’s presentation for the spotlight on Sourcebooks was really interesting, especially with the breakdown of where readers are finding SB authors; it’s different for every author.
Friday was the Afternoon Delight Bookseller & Librarian Event hosted by Anne Elizabeth, Sara Humphreys, Christina Skye, Angela Knight and myself. Here’s a pic of the cake with our covers on it ;) I only had two cases of books to give away for this event, my last cowboy book and the first small town book—and again, I didn’t have enough!
One thing that seemed universal in chatting with readers, librarians and booksellers—they all loved the recipes. I handed out postcards with a pic of one of the recipes that appears in the last book in my small town series: Gram’s Boston Cream Pie—it’s my man-catching BCP—it caught my man, and I’m keeping him!
Saturday was the book fair. Here's a pic one of my FB reader friends, Jenni, and table-mate author Lara Adrian.
We had to leave right after the book fair was over--my darling hubby had to be at work bright and early Monday am, and it was supposed to be an 18 hr. drive from Missouri. Let's not talk about his idea to drive straight through and then finally stopping at 1:30am on Sunday--or the traffic and construction, on a Sunday!
As promised, I have a giveaway today, an ARC for ONE DAY IN APPLE GROVE. It’s my last one, so it’s good luck, since the book releases on June 4th!
Here’s the question: Have you ever attended a RT or another Reader Event? Be sure to leave your email address when you comment, Random.org will be selecting the winner.