Thank you all for your well-wishes on the Coscto booksigning! After I got home, I confess I had one of those "Phew! That's over!" moments.
Despite my concerns about nobody showing up, I had four blessed writing friends who made the trip specially to offer support, and sort of hung around like groupies (smile). And two blog readers came also -- oh my, what wonderful women they were! We had a delightful time getting to know each other. A third blog reader who lives further away sent her son to buy a book, a charming young man who was a pleasure to meet.
I got to the store early to scope out the layout. And there I was!
The table provided was just the right size -- not too big, not too small. But it was bare.
Fortunately I had thought to bring a tablecloth, so that was all right.
A funny thing happened: while I was sort of scoping around before setting up, I saw a woman pause by a stack of my books, glance at them, pick one up, and drop it in her cart. I WAS THRILLED!!! I wanted to trot after her and offer to sign it, but of course she would have thought I was a lunatic so I didn't.
Poor Don had to work, but my folks (who are visiting for a couple of months) came, along with the kids. Here's me and my mom:
Here's three out of the four writing friends (the fourth is holding the camera) who came to cheer me on (God bless friends like this):
Thank you all for your well wishes, and thanks especially to the two readers (who shall remain nameless for OpSec purposes) for coming to see me. I was great to put names to faces!