This past Saturday night was the book launch event for my debut novel, Cracked. It was held at the most incredible independent book store on the planet, which happens to be right in my neighborhood--Chester County Book and Music Company in West Chester, PA. I can't thank everyone at CCBMC enough for all of their hard work in helping me to make the night memorable.
"Memorable" happens to describe the experience perfectly. Between the 300 people--family, friends and even people I've never met before--and the wine, the food, the book cake (see photos below), I'm having trouble narrowing down my favorite part.
|Where all the magic happened ; )|
|Just a portion of the 300 favor bags my sisters, mom and sons helped me build. The bag and its contents are actually in the book.|
|Boy were these signs I made up needed. I still can't get over how many wonderful faces I looked out upon while up at the microphone.|
|The bartender was really cute (my husband). The food was amazing. The balloons made everything even more festive.|
|The Magnolia Grill did a spectacular job with the catering.|
|Cindy, a CCBMC employee and uber-talented baker, created 300 mini cupcakes with handmade pills on top - to match my cover.|
|This work of art was Cindy's surprise for me. It is a cake!!! Of my book cover!!! A cake!!!|
|Joanne introducing me!|
|Giving my speech.|
|Just a portion of the incredible sea of faces--so many were of family and friends from various portions of my life. Just amazing to see.|
Getting to talk with people and jot sentiments down in their books was magical, and I loved every minute of it. I still can't believe real human beings stood in line--some for an hour-and-a-half--to have me sign their book. Again, humbled.
|The incredible signing line.|
|Still can't believe it.|
|The absolute best feeling.|
And thank you.
*Don't forget, if you were there and you'd like to upload a photo that you took and possibly win a prize, all you have to do is visit kmwalton.com and click on the post-it titled "Upload YOUR even photo" - pretty easy.