Off the Florida keys, there's a place called Kokomo....
That old Beach Boys song's been running through my head for the past week, even though the Kokomo I'm making plans to visit is the one in Indiana. But maybe I should start at the beginning.
It's never been my ambition to be a star author. I've never called my readers "fans", and with two books out, I've done only three booksignings--two for charity (the RWA "Literacy for Life" autographings) and one when my publisher promoted my first book by giving away copies at a convention for Christian booksellers (I signed almost 250 books in just over one hour). But in the spirit of trying new things, I recently arranged a short detour from my upcoming research trip to Minnesota (more about that in a later post) to stop by Bob's Books in Kokomo, Indiana to help celebrate the grand opening of their Harlequin Room on Saturday, October 21.
I've never had any desire to do a signing in a bookstore. I'm not a shy person by any stretch, but I get all squirmy at the thought of sitting behind a table beaming I'm-an-author-come-worship-me smiles at the customers. The event at Bob's Books interested me because it won't be all about me; there will be a bunch of Harlequin authors mingling and browsing, which should make for a great party. And I'm eager to help promote any bookstore that's so doggone romance-friendly it dedicates an entire room to Harlequin books.
If any of you live near Kokomo, I'd love to meet you on October 21. I'll post a reminder and all the details a week or so before that date.
In the meantime, I think I'll switch on my iPod and listen to the Beach Boys.
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