This weekend I was in Rhode Island, West Warwick to be exact, for the Author Expo. Thanks #ARIA for pulling such a spectacular event together. 103 Authors were there signing and selling their books AND YES, I was one of them. At the table to my right sat Jeanine Duval Spikes. (She also writes YA novels as JD Spikes). Across from us were our two other SOS, Annette Blair and Lynn Jenssen!
We had a blast pitching Sisters Of Spirit and our own titles as people strolled up to check out our tables. It was awesome to engage with other authors and the multitude of readers. Many were amazed that the four of us wrote a book together the way we did, weaving each of the characters into our own story and wrapping up all four arcs in the last story. Many asked how we pulled it off? In unison, we would answer, “It was fun!” Several asked if we planned to write a second SOS, and we answered that we had discussed the concept and plot ideas at dinner the night before. Currently, we are working on independent projects, but we feel the stories for SOS 2 will unfold one day.
I had a few of my Ironman medals on my table near Passion’s Race, which drew a lot of attention. Next to those, I had my 20th Anniversary medal for the Disney World Marathon, which is cool because the middle spins revealing a black and white Mickey from years passed and a colorful updated version of Mickey. That one drew the kids!!! Which brought their parents over.
We chatted, signed, and rang up sales. We gave out bookmarks, pamphlets and business cards. During the lulls, we visited. I got and gave hugs to many of my RIRW friends, many I hadn’t seen in years. I was fortunate to meet my cover designer in person. We hugged and now know what the other looks like!! If you are an author and need a captivating cover, check out www.stanzalonedesign.weebly.com. Lyn Stanzione does an awesome job!
At three o’clock we packed up and headed out. Lynn and I celebrated the day with a cold glass of wine! Then later went to enjoy a wonderful seafood dinner. After dinner, we spent a few hours working through plot problems for our current WIPs and I determined how Passion’s Spirit will end. Ha. I’m almost there!! Look for it to be released in early January 2015.
The weekend went way too fast, but I had a wonderful time… And I sold a ton of books!!! A side note: Shop @ smashwords.com today through 12/10/14 and receive a 20% discount on Passion’s Race!! Enter coupon code: XS23Z at checkout.
Until next time, HUGS – Christine
P.S. Take a sneak peek at the four Passion’s covers on the NEWS page of my website. www.christinemazurk.com