Here I am, at the Borders in Visalia, CA signing my books! It was terrific! My husband and I arrived just before noon to find a table set up beautifully right inside the front door. All my novels stacked in a gorgeous row on this nice red-cloth covered table. All I had to do was set up my candy tray with the business cared holder from my pal Vee in Australia, and set the three books in the gold stands I found at Michaels. I gave the fliers to the fabulous manager, Robert Jasso, who strategically scattered them about the store. I turned on my laptop so the stunning book trailer created by my friend Sandy Marlow of Phoenix Book Trailers could entertain the guests. Then Robert brought out an easel to display the colorful flier I had made. I was ready to go! I even had my special pens with my covers on them and my “author signed” stickers!
I have to draw attention to my outfit. Note the scarf? I have decided that scarves are going to be my fashion “thing” – LOL! This gorgeous white scarf was a Christmas gift from my dear friend Simone, who lives in the Netherlands. She is one of my oldest and most devoted fans, along with Vee in Oz, who are now like sisters to me. It was Simone that directed me to Sourcebooks, so I owe much of my success to her. This scarf came at a perfect time. Don’t I look nice!? And special thanks to my fashion-forward daughter, Emily, who helped me gussie up and pick the right jewelry.
So many people from my work showed up. I was very touched! Everyone at my work has been so supportive and it was a marvelous surprise to see so many taking the time to visit at my book signing when they hear me drone on about my novels day in and day out. Ha! I am very blessed.
A special treat was meeting Valerie, another fan from my long ago online posting days. She came from way up the Valley and brought my original self-published versions to sign! Talk about a blast! I have copies of those books, but haven’t looked at them in ages. It was very cool! And so great to meet her. Thanks Valerie!
The four hours went by as a whirlwind. There were so many wonderful people stopping by to chat – some who I knew but many that I did not – that even my designated photography got caught up in the enthusiasm and forgot to take pictures! There were several ladies who work at the hospital in other departments that heard about my novels via the grapevine. Church friends Jeff and Robin Frasieur popped in to buy the first book for Jeff. That’s Right! My pal Maggie came by with her handsome hubby and four sons. Robert had two sets reserved for fans in San Francisco and Colorado. I know! Jessica and Katie, whoever you are, thanks and happy reading! I really wish I had jotted everyone’s name down so I could personally thank them for making my day so fun and successful. Altogether, between the 3 titles, 23 books were sold! And I signed at least twice that many as people brought their already-owed copies for me to sign. It was fabulous. Perhaps I am ready to tackle a Fresno signing! Well, after I rest up a bit as this was oddly exhausting!