I've officially now gone from contracted author to published author.... It's true! I have a box of printed books with covers and title pages and a whole story I actually wrote! So I'm celebrating this huge JOY with a party here on the blog... and where better to have a virtual signing party than the Maine Beach Chalet??
Isn't it idyllic? And since it's virtual, you don't even have to go out in the cold to get there! So come on in and grab something warm to drink. I've got hot cocoa with lots of marshmallows if you'd like... I made it extra chocolatey!!
Or, if you prefer, you can grab a seasonal cup of blog nog. It's one of my favorites!
It looks a lot like the hot chocolate, don't you think?
While considering a theme for this party, I decided it would only be natural to make it a bit of a fiesta Tex Mex theme, which is a bit contrary to the cold outside...
...but is so fitting for the book, because Some Kind of Normal takes place in Texas, and I think the characters would like a party that caters a bit to them. I even hung up a neon sign in the foyer in honor of them:
(Don't say anything to the main characters, but I think this might have come out of some bar.)
I also hung a pinata if we find we're in need of some entertainment:
So now that you're warm and toasty, lets break out the food, shall we?
Appetizers, anyone? Those things are cherry tomatoes, but I'm not sure what they're filled with. Since the main characters might show up, we'll pretend those olive filled drinks behind them are glasses of water, okay? It does kind of look that way, right? But why would someone put olives in water? Hmmm...
Let's move on... the water with olives is started to weird me out. A nice guac dip, perhaps? I made it fresh myself with avacados that came from somewhere south of the equator. It's kinda chilly right now to get these in the markets here. I did fry up those chips myself those. They're still warm!
If you're in need a something more filling, you can fix your own appetizers.
Watch out for the chicken on the left... it's quite spicy. And there might be some habanero peppers hidden under there somewhere if you're really daring! I'm pretty sure blog peppers don't give you heartburn, but proceed with caution!
If you want something a bit healthier (and in honor of the diabetic aspects of the book), here's some veggies and dip. These are fresh from the beach chalet garden... I harvested them right before the snow storm hit.
Or maybe you'd like something heartier? Some tacos?
Or a taco salad? If you're counting carbs, don't forget to calculate the black beans in there.
I really love mexican food, but that blog nog just isn't cutting the heat of the jalapenos. Perhaps a nice sangria?
Or maybe Bab's favorite... sweetened iced tea:
I know, I know... you really came just for the food, but this IS about a book... so I've got my pen out and I'm so ready to get this book signing going!!
I thought I'd set things up in the library. Does that sound good?
I know it's just been released and it's a small, unheard of book, but I really can't believe the crowds that are already cramming in to get one of my scrawled signatures!! Seriously, have you seen any thing like this short of a Stephanie Meyers/J.K. Rowling signing??
(I'm most baffled by the amount of teenage boys. Really, I'm pretty sure the character of Ashley is hot, but she's got a boyfriend already, guys, and she spends most of the book in a hospital bed. And her mom... well, let's just say her mom isn't the kind a teenage boy wants to hang around with for the fun of it...)
So let's get on with it... Here's the book:
If you're just here to celebrate with me and eat the food, this is the time you slink out into the living room and sink into one of my big comfy leather sofas beside the roaring fire and chat in the comment section with all the other friends who have gathered. Go ahead! I'm so glad you came by!! Thank you so much for making this such a special day for me! I've been dreaming of this, and working towards it, for such a long time.
If you want to buy a book, there are a few ways you can go about it.
1. You can go to www.somekindofnormal.info and buy it directly from the publisher.
2. You can go to Amazon and buy it there.
You can buy it here and I will sign it for you and get it in the mail this week! If you look over on the sidebar over there, you'll see the book and underneath it a paypal button. The book is 15.95 and if you don't have a paypal account, you can set one up really easily with a credit card. This link is only going to be over there for a short time (a week or so), and then, after that you'll have to buy it through a traditional book seller.
If you do buy from here, can you leave me a note in the comment section with your email, or send me an email to let me know? I just like having my bases covered to make sure I can contact you if there's a question about something!
(For those of you living out of the US, I'm only set up to sell internationally to Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom. I apologize if you live somewhere else, but you can still get it from Amazon!)
It will look something like this:
So I guess that's it. I'll be hanging around eating some of this cake while waiting for the writer's cramp to settle in.
And staring out the window at this:
And wishing you all the best for a happy holiday season, and a new year where all your dreams come true!