California, Here I Come!

Tomorrow morning Ty Gurney, Mac and I jump on a plane for Fresno, California so I can make a book club event in Visalia Wednesday night and then Thursday morning we race down to Southern California for 4 more days of book events.

I’ve got a very fun 5 pm Happy Hour for my readers and friends planned this Friday in Laguna Beach before my book signing at Laguna Beach Books and then Saturday I have another casual reader get-together before my Barnes & Noble signing in Oceanside.  If you can, round up some girlfriends or family members and join me! I’ve got full details on my site with the where, when and what, or you can also email me to get the scoop.

If you’re able to attend Friday night’s party and signing in Laguna, I have a terrific bonus:  two of my favorite people in the world will be nibbling on nachos and sipping cold drinks with me–close friends and amazing authors, Megan Crane/Caitlin Crews and Liza Palmer–will be there, so if you haven’t met them yet, this is your chance!

Jane, her cousin Jennifer Lyles, and her aunt, Rebecca Lyles at the 2008 Laguna Beach booksigning

On Saturday I’m presenting a workshop to the San Diego RWA chapter (again, details are here on my site) so if you are a writer, or an aspiring writer, sign up to attend and spend the day chatting books and crafts with me, Megan and Liza, and the wonderful San Diego chapter.

While in Southern California I’ll be joining two more book clubs for book discussions–one in Irvine and one near Riverside–and….

…I’ll be house hunting.

That’s right.

This June I’m moving with the boys down to Southern California! After 15 years in Bellevue, I’m going to be starting a new chapter in a coastal town somewhere between Laguna and La Jolla. My house goes on the market early February and but we won’t leave Washington until the end of the school year.

I’ll share more about the changes in the coming weeks, but for now, I’ve got to take a big breath, stay calm, and focus on the fact that in the end, this move is the right thing for all of us. In Southern California Ty can teach surfing, and eventually open a Orange County/San Diego branch of his surf school and my son Jake, who lives and breathes water polo, can play in a place where its a respected school sport instead of just a club sport. Son Ty is pretty worried and will need lots of support. I will, too. I have great friends here in Bellevue and amazing readers and it’ll be so hard to leave them, but at least I can look forward to being closer to my family–and Ty’s family–again.

California, here we come!

And in the meantime, I’ve got a bunch of fun reader boxes of prizes and goodies to give away!  I have 2 Mrs. Perfect escape prizes–a signed copy of Mrs. Perfect, bath soap and salts, and more to give away PLUS 3 mystery prizes that weren’t collected in December.  This is a short contest, ending Thursday night so be sure to post a comment to enter and I’ll announce the 5 winners Friday!!

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