Wednesday, July 2, 2014

BEST. NIGHT. EVER! MY FIRST YA AUTHOR EVENT....

If I never publish another book, I will forever treasure the moments that I am experiencing this summer with the release of my debut novels: WANTED: DEAD OR IN LOVE from Merit Press, and in a few weeks, ONE SMART COOKIE from Omnific Press.

Maybe it's because it took me ten years to get here that I now cherish this moment so much, but I've come to realize that the difficult journey might be what is making this reward all the more precious.

I have acknowledgments and dedications in my books to thank all the hundreds of supporters and writers and friends who made my dreams come true, but still felt I needed to share this glorious night with those who couldn't be there in person.

Here are some pictures from one of the best writer days of my life thus far––billed as "A YA AUTHOR EVENT" at Barnes & Noble––when I was actually part of the panel instead of an attendee. Woot!! The other three authors were not only cordial, but funny, sweet, and super smart too!

Barnes & Noble Window Display in Arlington Heights, IL




The four of us who presented: me, Stacey Kade, Elizabeth Fama, and James Klise (they were all awesome!!)

A few members of my amazing SCBWI writers' group:  Terri Murphy, Terry Flamm, me, and Mike Kelly

The adorable Ruby clan - family friends and super supporters!

My good friend and colleague, Pam Lily - who was with me when I got the original "call" from my agent!

FORTY MINUTES INTO THE PRESENTATION - about 60-75 of you in all!

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT! 
You seriously have no idea how much it meant to me to see all of you!
Thanks for taking time out of your busy lives to come cheer me on. 

Giant thanks also to the B&N managers, Ralph & Amy, who were wonderful to work with!


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