So I think I’ve established that I am the worst blogger (the fact that some of you probably didn’t even know I had a blog is proof enough). But sometimes there are things that deserve to be blogged about and release week is most definitely one of them!
The bottom line: It was an amazing and seriously surreal week! (Like, I’m legit not sure I believe it happened!)
On release day, two of my amazing friends took off from work to spend the afternoon with me! We went to lunch, then had an unplanned stop to Wawa’s corporate offices where my aunt works. She had picked up books for her co-workers and needed them signed (so I guess this was my first (unofficial) signing?)
After Wawa HQ, we headed to find Crossing the Line in an actual book store. Success came at my local Barnes and Noble.
Friday was Launch Party Day! The festivities were held at Children’s Book World, which is awesome for so many reasons. Not only is it a lovely store, with lovely people, but it’s also a store I’ve been going to for years. Being on the other side of one of their events was so very cool that I (again) am still not entirely sure it was a real thing that happened.
One awesome thing CBW does for their events is an author book display with their name, and now I can say I HAD ONE TOO!!
For the ‘event’ portion of the night, I had a book conversation with one of my Critique Partners, who has seen the book in various stages.
Then we got to the *signing* portion!
And I got some awesome pictures with my friends and family!
One of the highlights of the events was when these three showed up! I was a high school sub and volunteer when I was writing Crossing the Line and these were three of the kids I worked with. While they were working on their Lit Circles, I was right next to them with Crossing the Line. They came home from college and rushed from work to be there. I am cheesing so hard because I had NO idea they were coming! (I also got a lovely video from a group that couldn’t make it, which I love just as much!)
Here we are with the teacher (and friend) who brought us all together!
Thanks SO MUCH to Children’s Book World for such an amazing night! And to friends, family, and everyone who came out!
And, of course, thanks to Philomel, Jill Santopolo, Talia Benamy, Michelle Wolfson, and everyone else who helped make this a real book. (I could go on, but the acknowledgement’s section of my book is long enough (No, really. One of my co-workers said to me, “it really just keeps going, doesn’t it?” (She isn’t wrong. It does. I have a lot of people.)) So I’ll just let those pages do my thanking before you're super grateful that I don’t blog more often).
I will probably update this post later with more pictures (I'm still collecting them from people), but for now, here's one more because why not?