Whew, it's been a busy few days! I've been on the road visiting bookstores to talk about THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER, and it was the experience of a lifetime. Usually I'm just in my office typing away, not seeing anyone for days but my cats, and while it's great to see Internet talk about the book, for some reason it didn't feel as "real" until I actually saw the book on bookstore shelves and met readers and bloggers in person. Oh no, I'm going to get all emotional and sappy again just thinking about it. And thanks to everyone who sent flowers, our house looks gorgeous!
After the official launch party at Highland Books, thrown by my wonderful family and friends, I was part of a Young Adult Quartet panel at my local indie, Malaprops, with Lenore Appelhans (LEVEL 2), Victoria Schwab (THE ARCHIVED), Beth Revis (SHADES OF EARTH), and special guest Meagan Spooner (SKYLARK). A lot of bloggers drove up for the event, and it was a thrill to meet them! I also met a few readers who had already read the book and loved it, and I was so speechless I didn't know what to say...I don't think they knew how excited I was to hear that!
After the Malaprops event I hit the road with my chauffeur/husband and we drove to Fountain Books in Richmond, VA. This panel was with Lenore Appelhans (LEVEL 2), Jodi Meadows (ASUNDER), and Meagan Spooner (SKYLARK). We ate hotdogs, sat in the cutest bookstore ever, and had a fantastic time.
The next day our same group of YA authors spoke at Hooray for Books in Alexandria, VA, a fantastic children's bookstore with an incredibly friendly staff. Several of my friends from when I used to live in DC came, which was pretty darn cool, and it was great meeting more readers and bloggers.
The last day of the trip Meagan Spooner, Lenore Appelhans and I went to Politics & Prose to have tea with the staff and chat about books (I could have talked for days). The staff at Politics & Prose nominated THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER for an Indie Next Pick, so I was thrilled to meet them in person.