On April 30 in Columbus, Ohio I participated in my very first book signing event ever. Actually, I signed cover flats supplied by Cerridwen Press, and the purchasers received a confirmation code to download a copy from the Web site.
The first to buy an e-copy of Diamond Lust at the signing had just returned from Emergency and was floating thanks to painkillers.
“Is this a good book?” Jennifer from Seattle asked me.
“Yes,” I assured her. “It is a very good book.”
So she bought it. (Thanks so much, Jennifer! You made my day.)
As the first purchaser in person, Jennifer had her choice of promo gift: a faux diamond ring or a “diamond” fridge magnet. She went for the ring.
Bling is popular. The incredible volume of ballots for my gift basket bore this out. I had had a lot of fun assembling a velvet-draped box with a tiara, “diamond” earrings, necklace and bracelet, and a DVD of the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes starring Marilyn Monroe who sings Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend. The American Film Institute lists the song as the 12th most important movie song of all time!
The winner of my basket, Julianne from Lancaster, Ohio, sought me out at the book signing. I was so excited to meet her. She planned to wear the bling to the Vampire Ball that evening.
I had such a wonderful time at the conference that I plan to attend RomantiCon in Ohio in October. Hosted by Ellora’s Cave, the event will celebrate their 10 year anniversary. And yes, I will bring along a bling-filled gift basket, for sure…