The last day of August is here and since I haven’t updated my website for a while I thought I’d give a brief snapshot of my book adventures over the summer in one big post.
In late June I went to Denver for the Historical Novel Society conference. I really enjoyed this conference and there were so many highlights, including David Blixt’s weapons training workshops with the broadsword, short sword, rapier, and dagger.
I met Diana Gabaldon, which was another highlight – I’ve been a fan of hers forever. And I joined in the book signing before the banquet.
Next from historicals to thrillers… This year I was a part of ITW’s Debut Author Class at ThrillerFest in New York. I really loved Thrillerfest and meeting all the other debuts. The conference hosted The Debut Breakfast on Saturday and later that day we signed books.
Another highlight in NY – seeing my agent again. Here is the lady, Brianne Johnson, who got this whole journey started.
A few days later I was back in LA for Book’d In Burbank – a fun night of author readings at Theatre Banshee and I read a scene I had never done before. (When Bryan and Linz meet at the museum for the first time and play chess at the park.)
Two more readings finished off the summer. The first was at Barnes & Noble in Torrance. I decided to read the opening three pages of the book and then when Linz first sees Bryan’s paintings at the gallery. It’s been interesting switching up the readings and I have to say these two in combination have become my favorite to do.
Next I did a reading at Redondo Beach Library. I’ve been to this library before to attend an event and it’s such a beautiful building. I love this wall of windows. Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore came to sell copies of the book and the library’s Events Director was a wonderful host. Somehow I didn’t end up with one picture of the reading, but we had a great audience and in-depth Q&A afterwards.
Other news this summer – The Memory Painter was a beach read pick in Coastal Living which was exciting and also the inaugural pick for the AB-Ootlanders’ new book club, a lively bunch of Outlander fans up in Canada. I did an online chat with them at the end of July. I also received my copies of the Canadian edition. Below is a picture of the two covers together.
Now I’m on hiatus working on my next novel but there are several more book events in October and November I’ll be doing that I’m looking forward to. In the meantime, I do post more regularly on Twitter or Facebook if you’d like to connect there.
Happy summer’s end as we enter September. Cheers!