Friday, 16 October 2009

Book Signing at the Alpine Avenue Grand Rapids Schuler's

My first book signing in a book store. My first attempt to give a speech about my book in front of--well, the public.  Yes, it was a little intimidating, but it was also tremendously fun. I'm grateful to family and friends who came to support me on this momentous occasion. It meant a lot to me to see you in the audience. 

It was also incredibly exciting to meet new people.  I got to meet someawesome readers and aspiring writers.  They were such fun to talk to. And what a fantastic opportunity it was to meet the bloggers who came ( The Hiding Spot and The Compulsive Reader are no longer just electronic entities!)
Thanks, Schulers, for giving me this opportunity. I especially appreciate Mark's hospitality in making me feel comfortable at my first book signing.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Being Neighborly

A bunch of great neighbors got together Saturday night to celebrate the launch of The Everafter.  I love this group! Where would we be without each other? We're there for each other at the bus stop every day. And when something important happens to one of us, it's as if it's happened to all. Special thanks to Alice for hosting. (Oh, and not everyone made it into the picture! We have to arrange another makeup picture session at the bus stop!)

Okemos High School Teachers Celebrate

Some of the teachers at school got together at lunchtime to celebrate the release of
The Everafter with me. (If you don't
 have Lunch...sorry, you missed out!)   They, too, gave me an orchid--this time a purple one to match the cover! And they also gave me a sweatshirt and a bracelet in honor of the first two episodes of The Everafter, in which Maddy uses a sweatshirt and a bracelet to travel back to her life and learn about herself. So many pictures were taken that I can't possibly include them all, but here are a few!

Critique Group Celebrates!

So many wonderful celebrations for the release of The Everafter. I can't thanks people enough for all the kind things they did to share this experience with me. My critique group celebrated with me at my house, and the amazing Ruth McNally Barshaw
 drew several pictures to help us all remember the events by. It's always fun to be anywhere with Ruth. No matter where she is, she's sketching. So there are 
lots of wonderful images of every critique group meeting, conference or party. One is, of course, the awesome image of the orchid (white--just like the one on the book cover) that the group gave me. I'm also fond of the image she drew of me opening the present given to me by the son of Deb Diessen.  Because Twinkies play a role in the book, he thought it would be great fun to give me a box of those. It was fun, and I have to admit that I tried one for the first time since elementary! (See the top right...)  
I'm also crazy about the picture of all of us. How does Ruth manage to caricature us so well? 
I always love especially the pictures Ruth 
draws for me of my daughter, and 
here you can also see her 
playing with the ribbons from my gift. She didn't give me a book release present, but she's the best present I've ever gotten for any occasion!

My Good Reads...

Amy's bookshelf: read

The Other Boleyn Girl
The Twentieth Wife: A Novel
Conrad's Fate (Chrestomanci, #5)
Circle of Friends
The Handmaid's Tale
Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter
Dairy Queen
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now With Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
Possession: A Romance
The Call of Earth
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Lovely Bones
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England
The Hunt for Red October
To Kill a Mockingbird
City of Bones
How to Be Good
Great Expectations
The Thirteenth Tale
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Joy Luck Club
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Wives and Daughters
Howl's Moving Castle
The Kite Runner
Nothing But the Truth
Anne of Green Gables
About a Boy
Doctor Thorne
Romeo and Juliet
Among the Hidden
The Color Purple
World Without End
The Children of Men
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Sarum: The Novel of England
Doomsday Book
The Golden Compass
Year of Wonders
Memoirs of a Geisha
Flowers for Algernon
The Subtle Knife
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The Valley of Horses
A Tale of Two Cities
Bridget Jones's Diary
The Serpent's Tale
Angels & Demons
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Among the Impostors
The Frog Princess
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The Nanny Diaries
The Ships of Earth
Charlie Bone and the Beast
Spanking Shakespeare
Ender's Shadow
A Farewell to Arms
The Outsiders
Witch Week
Allegra Maud Goldman
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School
Charlie Bone and the Hidden King
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Charlie Bone and the Shadow
Among the Barons
The Name of the Rose: Including Postscript
Thirteen Reasons Why
The Crucible
Charmed Life
Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel
Framley Parsonage
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Man Who Was Poe
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Little Women
The Shadow of the Wind
The Pillars of the Earth
Ender's Game
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy
The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Secret Life of Bees
The Shifter
An Inspector Calls

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