Friday, June 10, 2011

Find the Story Friday!!!! A book...signed...

Happy Friday to all of you ~ my lovely, talented, kind, supportive, awesome fellow bloggers and writing friends!!  I feel like I've been distant lately ~ not visiting, commenting, or responding like I need to.  No excuses, here.  But, I am sorry... :(

Sadly, not sorry enough to keep me from bragging...a little... *semi-evilly laughs*

Here's a pic or two for the day:

A shiny new book!!  No really - it's shiny!

And it has an awesome signature in it!

I have the good fortune of living close to a cute little independent bookstore called The King's English, which just happens to be a local haunt for some awesome Utah authors.  They host several signing events and launch parties every year and I went to one on the 8th.  Any guesses who I met?  >:D  (you're seething jealousy about now, right?)

Can I just say - our reigning blog queen, query ninja, and lover of all things bacon gave the most inspiring, heartfelt, witty, fun, clever, touching, eloquent, charming and humble speech about her journey to publication and just what the launch and release of POSSESSION meant to her.  Ah, I kind of wished I'd taped it.  Elana Johnson's words - too cool.  I imagine myself tripping over my words with too many hmmms and uhhhs, but Elana didn't stumble once.  Should I be so lucky to publish and launch a book some day ~ I hope I can deliver my own words as seamlessly and as entertainingly as she delivered hers.

And can I also just say - the love in that  She packed the house.  What an amazing support system she has in all her different worlds.  I'll admit, I'm a little jealous.  I'm sure her close friends would agree that it's a gift to be in Elana's inner circle of awesome.  I brought my daughter with me and she kept saying about Elana, "Wow, she's just so nice!"

Anyhoo!!  I'm almost positive that everyone who follows my blog has either already read an arc of POSSESSION, had pre-ordered it for delivery on the 7th, or rushed out last Tuesday to buy it and DEVOUR it!  But, just in case you haven't...??  I have a signed copy I'd like to give away.

Simple entry - (U.S. followers, only - so sorry!!)  1 - be a follower 2 - comment about a book signing you attended, or a rule you've broken in the past.

Easy peasy!!  I'll announce the winner next Friday - so comment away!!!  Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!!


Jess said...

I'm SO jealous that you got to meet Elana in person! I'm not a bit surprised by her eloquence and charm~ she's always such a sweetie on her blog! I would love to win a copy of POSSESSION (and if I don't win it, I'll be heading to the bookstore soon enough)!

My favorite book signing actually turned out to be a random guy who was sitting in a Barnes and Noble in Des Moines, IA. He was alone and looking a little sad while promoting his non-fiction book. I went over and we started chatting. Though I didn't end up buying a book that day, three other people came over while I was standing there (to see what was going on). I left him chatting away with a small group of people, one of whom I saw head to the register with his book! It was a nice reminder that we, as writers, should ALWAYS at least go talk to people having signings (especially if they don't have any company around).

Carole Anne Carr said...

Met my heroine at a book signing, was so awed didn't say a thing.... just stood there holding out the book.

Donna K. Weaver said...

I would have loved to have made it to the release party, but I've got my copy on hold at my local B&N where Elana will be signing tomorrow. Woot!

Anonymous said...

This book is on my TBR book list. I don't have a copy of it, yet. It's been quite some time since I've been to a book signing. I'll have to check our local book stores and see if there are any coming up. Our local library occasionally has authors come in to share about their books and do signings.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's cool!

Meredith said...

I've already got my copy, so I'm not entering the contest. But I'm so very jealous that you got to meet Elana! It doesn't surprise me that she's a wonderful, personable speaker. How fun!

Kari Marie said...

Well, I'm totatlly jealous you got to meet Elana. So cool. I haven't been to any book signings (I know!), so a rule breaking it is. When I was in high school, my parents went out of town and my girlfriend and I had BOYS over to our house. Much to my dismay they brought beer. *groan* I'm so lucky we were a mild mannered bunch and it didn't get rowdy. I felt so nervous (and guilty) the whole night. I never wanted to be that "bad" again.

ali said...

Aw, that was a beautiful post. And you're right on all counts. It was the best launch party I've ever been to, I think, because it was just so REAL. Elana really is THAT nice. I'm so glad you and your daughter had a great time!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Wow Donea,

You got to meet Elana AND meet ali too.... These are two of my FAVORITE people. I so wanted to be there, but since I live in Chicago it couldn't happen.

My first signing was actually a record signing... remember them? Back in the early eighties I was a big Saturday Night live lover and Gilda Radner was signing her new album (I know it's not a book, but almost) Anyway she was THE nicest. Fame hadn't changer her at all and I spoke with her for over half an hour. Too fun.

Two years ago i went to my local Borders to have a comical cat book signed for a friend as a Christmas present. IT was an hysterical book about how cats rule and since my friend is "ruled" by his two cats I thought it the perfect gift. The two authors were a hoot and they played off each other amazingly.

I wish Elana comes to Chicago so I can have a signed copy... I've been trying all week to win one. Maybe I'll be lucky enough today!

Have a great weekend.


M Pax said...

I'm jealous, too. Cool. I went to a book signing for Ellen Waterston when she released her new book. She's awesome and so supportive of aspiring writers.

E.C. Smith said...

I love meeting the authors of the books I love. It's so amazing to mingle and ask the questions you always wonder about. . .whether about the book or the author.

I'm so glad you had a great time!

Caitlyn (Cait) said...

Too bad I couldn't go with you but I was busy.

erica and christy said...

Can I enter if we're giving away an unsigned copy on our blog? If so...I haven't been to a single book signing. SOMEDAY! How awesome you got to meet Elana! I break rules blogging all the time. Word count for blogfests and writing challenges. I'm terrible and keeping with those rules. Does that count? (I've been a terrible blogger lately (for a long time) too. Christy