Thanks so much to everybody who stopped by yesterday's signing, especially considering that traffic was horrible. Must have been a game at the U, or a game at the dome, or both. I hit the on-ramp before I saw that the westbound lane was solid cars as far as the eye could see. Luckily there was a side lane where I could exit -- and got immediately lost. Or slightly lost. Construction on Lake Street. Can't go that way. Should have taken Franklin across, but in my panic of fearing I would be late - and get taunted by Steve Stillwell (Lovewell), I actually went all the way back home and approached the store from the south. I arrived two minutes late. Whew! And no steve, so he would never know. But seems he HAD been there. Got there EARLY, so went to a record store, then returned. Rub it in. Steve used to own once upon a crime, and he's very good at continuing to support the store and the authors. I also think he likes to make sure his (fillintheblank) demeanor lingers in the dark corners.
Lots of yummy food. I'm still thinking of those chocolate squares with the cream cheese topping. Gary Bush didn't much care for the white grape juice and would actually make a face when someone started to take a drink. Hehe! It wasn't bad though. Pretty good, actually. Pat Dennis stopped and ended up signing some of her Haiku Hotdish books when people realized she was the author. Very cool! Cindy and family - so nice meeting you!
I have to say the phone orders turned an average signing into spectacular. Thanks to everyone who called for a copy. And a special thanks to M L who ordered NINE!! Woot!! And big hug!!
My haul? The hot-off-the-press issue 14 of Crimespree, and a copy of Charlie Huston's ALREADY DEAD, both gifts from Pat and Gary. This is one of the things that is so cool about this husband and wife team. They zero in on a reader's tastes and know exactly what to suggest. I didn't do any browsing. I didn't talk about what I've been reading. Gary just walked up and handed me a book I've wanted to read for the past 6 months. And this isn't a fluke. He does it ALL THE TIME.