Yay! VOWED IN SHADOWS is out now! And I think I just had THE best author experience of my whole career to date.
So, I stopped by my local Barnes & Noble on the way to work to sign the books. Look at this stack! And don’t you love the way the sunlight (Sunlight! In Portland! In April! It must be a sign!) is shining like a benediction upon my books?
I had my trusty book signing tin with pens, bookmarks, temporary tattoos, and “signed by” stickers, all ready to go. So if you live in Clackamas Oregon, there are signed books ready for you at the Barnes & Noble at the Clackamas Town Center.
I had gone back to my seat to pick up my mess and noticed a Reader (yes, Reader is capitalized in my head) standing in front of the Romance Paranormal This Month’s Top Picks.
Unobtrusively (by which I mean I did NOT make ultrasonic whining noises) I watched while she walked her fingers along the shelf. And then she did it.
SHE PICKED UP MY BOOK! AND FLIPPED IT OVER! AND READ THE BACK!
Yup, it happened right in front of me, so I know it’s true. She did that thing that Readers do: She meandered down her preferred aisle, she paused in front of face-out books, she was drawn to a manly chest (thank you, Adam and Gene!), she read the blurb, and then (while I was desperately thinking, “Oh boy, my heart is on the verge of being broken right in front of my eyes”)…
SHE TUCKED THE BOOK INTO THE CROOK OF HER ARM! WOO!
At this point, I felt that a corner had been turned with no undue influence from myself (which is not to say that if I did have the superpower of influencing book sales that I would not abuse such power) and I pounced on her.
“YOU HAVE MY BOOK!” I cried.
In a display of fortitude worthy of a paranormal romance heroine faced by a wild-eyed monster (that would be me), this Reader did not flee. We talked for a moment and I discovered she was picking out books to take with her on a trip to New York. Another sign! My book was chosen by New York (thank you, Signet Eclipse!) and now it’s returning to New York, like a wandering prophet (or possibly something less pretentious).
So this is Christa. Thank you, Christa, for giving me a FABULOUS author day!
And thank you to all the Readers out there who buy our books, even when we aren’t staring holes into the backs of their heads. I write to share and without you my worlds would not come alive.