Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting my friends in Dallas for a book signing. I hit the open road with a pocketful of dreams and enough Diet Coke to kill a rhinoceros. Stacey Roberts and I carpooled from Kentucky. We soon found ourselves in Memphis, Tennessee.
We followed the red brick road… which isn’t really brick.
Soon, our eyes beheld the Mighty Mississippi.
And I saw these restrooms in Texas.
Scott Morgan, Stacey Roberts, James Peercy, me.
Later that night we arrived in Dallas and met up at Cheddar’s.
The next day everyone signed books at Cafe Brazil and read from their respective works. This is Stacey Roberts reading from his book: Trailer Trash, With a Girl’s Name.
Photograph courtesy of Jacqueline E. Smith
Me reading from my book, Inhale the Night.
Jacqueline E. Smith had one of the coolest tables. The flowers were a nice touch.
Cinta Garcia had the coolest by far. I did some serious spellwork with her wands.
Authors Julie Frayn and Jacqueline E. Smith helped me hand extra balloons out to the local children. I imagine you might be confused, and that’s perfectly within your rights. Just know, that Jackie has mad skills convincing children to take balloons. I think it helps when you’re pretty.
From back left: Tracy James Jones, Julie Frayn, me, Scott Morgan, Stacey Roberts
Front left: Jacqueline E. Smith, Jeanne McDonald, Cinta Garcia, Amber Norrgard
After the signing, I went with Stacey, Cinta, and her husband Mark to see where Kennedy was shot. This is Stacey in the book depository building, now a museum.
The spot where the tragedy unfolded is marked with an X in the road.
On our way back I took one more photo of the Mississippi. I felt a lot like the Voyager 1 space probe.
It was an incredible time with even more incredible people. My deepest thanks to Amber Norrgard for all the hard work she did setting up the event.
You can find information on all the amazing authors in attendance here:
Julie Frayn: http://juliebird.ca
Tracy James Jones: http://tracyjamesjones.wordpress.com
Jeanne McDonald: http://www.jeannemcdonald.com
Scott Morgan: http://www.write-hook.com
Amber Jerome-Norrgard: http://amberjeromenorrgard.com
Stacey Roberts: http://www.trailertrashbook.com
Cinta Garcia de la Rosa: http://cintascorner.com
Jacqueline E. Smith: http://jackiesmith114.wordpress.com/
Melissa Zaroski: http://melissazaroski.com
Susie Clevenger: http://www.susieclevenger.com