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Friday, January 6, 2012

Launch Party Recap: It was fun!

 Sharing GLORY BE's big day, in pictures.

 My day started off in the best way. Doorbell rings.
Truly beautiful flowers from my amazing agent,
Linda Pratt, wishing me well and wishing she were here.

(Note: autographing pen at the ready)

We drove to the adorable, fabulous INKWOOD BOOKS in Tampa. Lots of unloading to do.

And there she is! Right in the front of the store!

Inkwood Books sold almost all of their books. I signed the leftover ones.

(I'm sure if you'd love your own autographed copy, you can call them and they'll ship.  ☺)

The table: What's a party without food? Nothing!
Red velvet cupcakes, pimento cheese, drinks.
And note the bookmarks in their Elvis mug.

Closeup of the Red Velvet Cupcakes. Remarkably, they survived the drive intact.

(the napkins- HIP HIP Hooray, not just HIP. Though we are certainly that...)

We schmoozed a bit. Celebrated with a toast. Then my writer friend Sue Laneve introduced me. She said a lot of very nice things. 
Thanks, Sue!

As you can see, the room is quite tiny. Seating for 25. Extras sat on the floor, stood in the back, and one special guest sat at the table, offering moral support, guarding the books and the food. 
(Thanks, Evie!)

I read a bit, talked maybe too much, answered questions. 
I think I may have said something funny...

That's my writer friend Greg Neri holding up my book.  And new Scholastic friend Ed Masessa. 
Ed is a really funny guy. Also very nice. 
We're just going to have to do something about his basketball preference. (Duke? Really, Ed?)

Thanks to everyone who came and those of you who were with us in spirit.
A truly great beginning for GLORY BE.


Barbara O'Connor said...

It looks fabulous, Gusty!! I so wish I had been there. (And not just for the pimiento cheese)

Leslie Davis Guccione said...

♥✍♥ Congratulations!

Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

Awesome! So pleased for you. Would love to have been there.

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

I SO wish I'd been there, too!!! So happy it was a wonderful event for you!

Eileen Harrell said...

Atlanta (and surrounding areas) were there in spirit, for certain! Wonderful pictures and it looks like everyone adored the book and the author..(and the food)
Congrats for such a wonderful launch!

Augusta Scattergood said...

Thanks everybody. It really was fun and I'm sorry you weren't all there, but it's great to hear from you.

PS I have leftover pimento cheese. Come on down!

Leslie Rose said...

Congrats. What a blast.