I just got back from a whirlwind visit to Arizona for my sister's wedding and I still can't believe how much fun I had. I had two booksignings on Saturday, first at Seagull Book in Mesa and then another one at the Deseret Book in Chandler. Seagull Book was having their Celebrating Sisterhood day, complete with ongoing raffles and giveaways. The manager is one of the nicest people. She and her staff made me feel so welcome even though they were incredibly busy during the first hour or so.
I also had the added bonus of meeting Kerry Blair whose book signing overlapped mine. For those of you who have met Kerry, I'm sure you know what an absolute sweetheart she is. I had gotten to know her a little bit through e-mails, but it was simply wonderful to meet her in person. In fact, Mary Walker (above center) who is in one of our e-mail groups (Forever Friends) was kind enough to come visit both of us at the store and bring her camera. Now I have proof that I was in the same room as Kerry!
At my second signing, I walked in just as a customer was looking at a copy of Freefall. Talk about making me feel good! Of course, she had me sign it for her which made me feel even better! I then found the area where my display was set up, complete with a six foot tall poster hanging from the ceiling behind me. The staff members were wonderful and by the time I finished, I was already making plans to try to visit both stores again in the future. It's always nice to leave a signing (or in this case two signings) and have a touch of writer's cramp!