Me: Packing, sending out promo books, updating the website, and blogging about how I'm leaving for the RWA convention in San Antonio tomorrow. And how if folks are in the area, they should come see me in the Hs--for JESSE HAYWORTH--during the big literacy signing on Wednesday. It's gonna be the bomb.
Arizona: I thought you didn't like broadcasting when we travel? (Translation: Didn't we agree it's dumb to Facebook vacation stuff while the house is empty?)
Me: Not usually, but you'll be home, and I trust you and the cats to guard The Fortress against any and all marauders while I'm gone.
Arizona (squares shoulders): We're on it. Where's Lucy? We'll go walk the perimeter. Oh, and sweetie? Don't forget to go through your purse this time.
Okay, so maybe I forgot the last time, and got my pocket knife--the one he gave me on our first date, no less--confiscated by the TSA, which made me very sad. And maybe this time there would be a couple of other goodies that wouldn't pass muster (Arizona worries about me). But, honest, I'm not going to forget this time!
(Adds 'disarm' to my to-do list. Just in case.)
So I'll unpack my knife and such, and I'll pack lots of random stuff I probably won't need and forget things like socks and a hairbrush, and then tomorrow morning I'll be winging off to San Antonio for six days of Romance Writer Immersion Therapy. I'm going to see the Alamo, Eat All The Foods, and reconnect with friends I only see at conventions, even though some of us don't live all that far away from each other. And I'll be signing at the huge (like 400 authors!) literacy signing:
It's open to the public, and I'll be there signing WINTER AT MUSTANG RIDGE, in the H aisle for JESSE HAYWORTH :)
If you're coming to the conference as an attendee, come see me a second time on Thursday from 3-4:30 at the NAL Spotlight author signing, where you can get a free copy of the new book, HARVEST AT MUSTANG RIDGE!
And speaking of free copies of HARVEST AT MUSTANG RIDGE, I'm mailing out gift packs (including signed books) today to the awesome readers who were gracious enough to post reviews of WINTER during the first couple of weeks it was out. In this day and age, online reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, etc. are critical for authors, as is positive word-of-mouth!
So if anyone reading this would like to receive a free advance copy of HARVEST AT MUSTANG RIDGE in exchange for posting an honest review or two and mention the book on social media in the first couple of weeks it's out, I would be happy to send you a copy. Just email your snail mail address to drjsandersen AT yahoo.com (check the spelling, as it's a weird one--sorry about that), and I'll send them out as long as I have copies left!