I’ve very happy to announce that my first event for She’s Gone Country has been set. We’re kicking off the She’s Gone Country book tour with a reading and signing at Books, Inc in Palo Alto, California, followed by a release party. I’m hoping all my Bay Area readers, friends and family–including all those wonderful former students of mine from IHM–will be able to make it. More details to follow in the coming months but if you’re in the Bay Area, please save the evening of Monday, August 23rd for me!
The Palo Alto signing and party will only be the first of many events, though. I’ll be hitting different cities on the West Coast, along with Texas, a number of Southern states, and fingers crossed–maybe a city near you. I’d love to meet my readers in the Mid-West and North…I’ve promised Lesli and Sharon G among others a visit for years. But to be able to come see you I need one of two things–a bookstore willing to have me in to the store for an event (and people to attend!), or a book club/book party where women can buy my books, or will have read my books, and are now eager to discuss them. So if you’ve got a book club of ten or more readers that would like to meet me, let me know and I’ll try to schedule a visit to your neck of the woods during the coming year.
As many of you know, I just attended a book club in San Marino, California on Thursday night. I flew to Burbank Thursday, made my appearance (thank you to Liza and Megan for picking me up, driving me to event, keeping me company and then returning me to airport!) and returned home. On one hand it’s a lot of time and energy for a two hour event, but on the other hand, a great discussion is worth every penny and every moment of my time, and the women in San Marino were incredible. It was a fantastic group of women and a very thoughtful discussion and I so appreciated everyone’s time and support. I love writing for women. I love meeting women and hearing what they think about my books. Even if not everyone loves my writing, I still like hearing other perspectives. Writing can be so solitary that doing events and sitting in on book clubs reminds me that my readers aren’t this faceless, nameless blob, but real women with real lives and quite often, juggling intense demands.
So as my publicist and I discuss book festivals and book signings and book parties, let’s hope that one of my events will bring me close to you! But just to be on the safe side, tell me where you are, and if you think an event near you, or with your friends, is possible.