Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Musings "I'm Late, I'm Late, I'm Late"

I got a bit of a late start on this article. Blame it on insanity and an incredibly busy life of late, lol! Today’s sort of a hodgepodge of stuff. I have some great guest visiting over the next couple weeks.

This past Saturday, I had the chance to spend time with a friend, Olivia Cunning, part of my incredible online writing group, The Writing Wombats. I’ve met quite of few of the Wombats at conferences and events.

Saturday was Olivia’s first book signing with Backstage Pass, and the first book in the hot new series, Sinners On Tour. What a great time! Olivia had wonderful hosts (Doug and Shannon Wilson) at Village Book Store in Columbia. Doug Wilson was hamming it up in the store—I get the impression he does this on a regular basis, in fact I have it on good authority he can be a lovable dork. I loved meeting him. I did see him with his semi serious face recommending various books to an avid reader and was impressed with both his love and knowledge of various genres and authors.

The fabulous Becky is standing
Becky Asher was fabulous as well. She had read Backstage Pass, not once but several times. She not only talks it up but also was able to pull together a huge group to stop by while Olivia was there, some from online (like Facebook), the Village reading group, and the normal walk in customers that stopped by to see what was going on in our section of the store. I’m sure all the laughter and high-jinx drew some as well. And we did have lots of laughter. She was a grand hostess, running for drinks and goodies, making sure everyone had something to munch on or drink. I took a wrong turn getting to the store and had to call—only to find out I was merely a couple of blocks away—but she waited outside the door for me to arrive! Wow! I have a great deal of respect for her knowledge of genres and authors who write them and book industry in general. Part of the Village reading group was there and the discussion that ensued was remarkable as was the span of ages of the visitors in addition to having both males and females participating in the lively discussions.

Olivia knows well how to handle a crowd but I brought her chocolate just in case she needed an extra boost. I’m thinking I should have brought some Motrin or Aleve to for her arm and hand. She signed so many books it’s a wonder it didn’t fall off. The good news was she sold all the books the store had on hand and the extras ordered in for the signing event. The only thing that would have made this a better event was if we could have had the Sinners with us, lol!

If you you’re anywhere near Village Book Store, do stop by and visit with the amazing staff. It’s well worth the trip!

Upcoming guests: Glenda Larke, Stormlord Rising, Sheila Roberts , The Snow Globe, Donna Grant, Wicked Highlander, Nina Bruhn, Shadow of the Sheik (Immortal Sheiks Trilogy), Caridad Piñeiro , Stronger Than Sin.

So be sure to stop by and visit with us!

24 comments:

Olivia Cunning said...

I'm so glad you were able to make it, Sia. It was so much fun to meet you in person!

sherilynwinrose said...

Sinners with us? My heart be still, Sia. I don't think I could take it!

VA said...

I agree with Sherilyn, the fantasy is wild enough, I don't think I could handle the reality of the Sinners.

Looks like a grand time was had by the lucky attendees. Great to see a Wombat in action. Go Olivia!

Thanks for the recap of a momentous weekend, Sia.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's cool you were there to support a friend's first signing.

Deanna said...

You had me with the 'Alice' line!
Sounds like you had fun!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Amazing how real the friendships can become even online. My Wombats are very real and many I've had a chance to meet.

I loved meeting you in person too, Olivia!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Alex, it was my pleasure to do so. I've always thought friends support one another and cheer each other on.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Viv and Sherilyn, lolol! I'd still have loved to *meet* them. I would have sucked up and then had a ball. :-D

~Sia McKye~ said...

Deanna, you recognized that, heh? I was chanting it...One of those day starting one of those weeks, sigh...

Kat Sheridan said...

I'm so jealous! The pictures are great, and I LOVE Olivia's book (and you know I love you too!) If I ever have a book signing, I'm inviting you (bring bourbon, please!)

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Hey Sweetie,

Just stopping in to say hi!

Big hugs
Hawk

Mason Canyon said...

Sounds like you had a fun time. I'm looking forward to your line up of guests this week. I've read some interesting things about Shelia Roberts' The Snow Globe and looking forward to finding out more about the others.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kat, bourbon will be in my briefcase and I'm sure I can find the ice to make a Manhattan or 4. Oh, I'll bring you a bag of skittles.
:-)

Love you right back!

Kat Sheridan said...

Skittles!! Oh you sweet talker! Yeah, that would work! And I'll bring brownies when YOU have a book signing!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Hey there my *cheeky* friend. I did like your post today, Hawk. You always bring a smile to my face.

Lots of hugs sent in your direction...

~Sia McKye~ said...

Mason, we have to stop meeting like this, lolol! Maybe we should just meet in the middle and exchange comments, lol!

Snow Globe was a good book. I read the Arc and really enjoyed it. Love Donna Grant's paras, Glenda is from New Zealand and writes more sci-fish and fantasy. Good book, complicated world. Nina and Cari always write some dynomite characters.

James Rafferty said...

Sia, great that you got out to support Olivia's signing in person. She's worked so hard to get to this point and it's great to see the enthusiasm of her new readers. Thanks for the upclose view of this event.

Helen Ginger said...

Sounds like y'all had a fabulous time - and many books were bought! Fabulous.

aries18 said...

Hi Sia, I'm suffering from major 'Bat meeting-envy. Oh yes. But it's so great to see the pics, looking at Jamie, er... I mean Olivia signing her arm to soreness and selling out on her first book signing. Glad you could be there cheering her on.

And to sell out! W00t!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Pat, your brownies or your Gingersnaps would work just fine! and it's a deal!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Aww, Wanda. We'll get out there eventually. If I get out there to California, you can bet I'll be calling you! Love the left coast bats too and so many good ones on the left side, lol!

It was great to see her sell out!!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Helen,

Yes'um we had a ball!

tonya kappes said...

Sia you are such a good friend. I saw these pics on facebook and knew you had a great time.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the wonderful mention in your blog. We're all giddy with our swelled heads now. :)

~Village Books Store