Thank you so much for being part of our launch week fun and for taking the time to have me around to your blogs. Your support means the world to me and the busier I get, the less I tell you this. But I know you understand and you want me to use my time to write more books, so consider this thank you a huge thank you for all you do for all of us authors. You rock to the maximum and I am sending you all a herd of cyber goats. Cyber goats look like this.
Now...for Launch week in PICTURES.
The east coast launch party at Exeter Community Library was AWESOME. I have to thank the ECL a trillion times for the amazing launch party. (Laura & Sandy--you know I'm looking at you.) And I need to thank The Friends of the ECL and I need to thank Aaron's Books who came up to the ECL to sell books and ROCK HARD LIKE INDIES DO.
|Todd & Sam of Aaron's Books and the awesome Nic Dufort|
|Cakes! Rocking and seriously yummy cakes.|
|Ditto above. Seriously yummy. Maximum respect to Cake maker Kristen.|
|That's me and my completely awesome HS English teacher Rosemary.|
|It was a long line and I thank everyone who stood in it! YOU ROCK.|
So then I nearly missed my flight to Arizona. Almost. I was two hours later than I'd expected and I met really really nice people in the Philly airport who let me through security and got me to Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. Before I got there, I made prize packs in my hotel room.
|Ah, the glamor. Can you stand it?|
|This is me and Amy Nichols at Changing Hands. Amy ROCKS.|
|Palomino Library TOTALLY ROCKED THE PLANET. Not just saying that, either.|
Saturday, I hit the usual Barnes & Noble at Chandler where I met my blood sister Melissa and the completely cool CRM Sibley. No pics this time except for this smokin' endcap. They spoil me at Chandler B&N. I am so lucky.
I did secret things on Sunday. I will only reveal that it involved kicking Lisa McMann's butt in ping pong. (Or her letting me because she is a sweet host.) Other than that, it's top secret. Not even I know what I did on Sunday.
MONDAY: Awesome day with 80 awesome librarians at Chandler Library Staff Development Day. They made awesome bookworm cupcakes. Check it out.
Before I flew out on that red-eye, I did something I never even though I'd do. I had a girls day which was all about my first ever pedicure. I know. Totally not what you expected from the lady with the chainsaw.
|Blue for my new roller derby team. Yes. I plan on embracing that forevah.|
|This is me with a baby I now love who belongs to two awesome people. Could have hugged him all day.|
|The entire girls day crew. They made me feel so welcome in AZ that I want to move there.|
Tonight was a crazy bad driving night, so those of you who came out to Chester Co. Books & Music rocked for doing so. I had a great night and Joanne you are so awesome, I can't wait to come back already...and I just left.
Next up: OHIO! Check my tour page...Dayton's Books & Co. on Monday and Cleavland's Learned Owl on Tuesday. I'll be stopping at many schools--many with the hugely amazing CJ Bott--so I hope to see you then.
For now, I get to go to a wedding and dance with Mr. King this weekend, chill with my kids and, uh...pack.
Oh yeah. And pants. I have to shop for pants.