I can't thank Chantelle Aimee Osman enough. She was the instigator for the entire event. Then, Barbara Peters offered to host it at the bookstore. Anna (known not only as a friend, but cat sitter to all of you), worked with Chantelle to contact authors, and Cheryl Kennedy, the Library Director, invited the library staff.
Here's what the party sign looked like, as well as the cover of my gift book.
When Barbara showed me the beautiful cake, she said she and Louise Penny furnished the cake.
|With Barbara Peters|
I hope I had the chance to talk to everyone who came. Kris Neri, author and owner of The Well Red Coyote bookstore in Sedona, came down for the event. Thank you, Kris!
|Kris Neri and Chantelle Aimee Osman|
Darrell James came up from Tucson. Donis Casey came even though it was her birthday, and she had a dinner date afterward. I had the chance to see some of my friends from Desert Sleuths Chapter Sisters in Crime one more time. Thank you to them, and to all the other friends who came.
Oh, and Rob Rosenwald, publisher of Poisoned Pen Press, was the photographer for the group shot. But, I managed to catch him, and the only uninvited guest, Odin. (I think Odin was actually the most popular guest, though.)
Chantelle put together a beautiful book for me, with contributions from a number of authors. There are still some coming in, so there will be more later. I have enough wonderful notes to keep the blog occupied for days while I'm on the road and getting settled in Evansville. The book is organized in this order, so I'm thanking the authors that way - Craig Johnson, Louise Penny, Brad Parks, Chris Grabenstein, Julie Hyzy, Hank Phillippi Ryan, James O. Born, Beth Hoffman, Kelli Stanley, Juliet Blackwell, Zoe Sharp, Bryan Gruley, Rebecca Cantrell/Bekka Black, Kira Peikoff, Sophie Littlefield, Avery Aames/Daryl Wood Gerber, Gigi Pandian, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Rochelle Staab, Cara Black, Timothy Hallinan, Donis Casey. I know Chantelle has a note from E.J. Copperman to add to the book. I can't wait to share some of these notes with you over the coming days.
I can't think of a better way to end 2012 than a send-off by friends, notes from my author friends, and all of it at The Poisoned Pen. This year certainly didn't end as I would have expected at the beginning of 2012. We never know where life will take us. Mine is taking me away from friends in Arizona, and heading me to new friends in Evansville, Indiana. I'm taking wonderful memories with me. And, I know that I'll see some of these friends again, and many of the authors. (Some of the authors have already told me they want to come to Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.)
So, Happy New Year to all of you. Readers here on my blog have shared all my travels, my conventions, the author appearances and book reviews. We all share that love of books. This year, I'm not celebrating the New Year with fireworks. Instead, I'm wishing you all Happy New Year. May your 2013 be filled with balloons, and laughter, hugs and good books, and most of all, family and friends to share whatever life brings you in 2013.