We lived in Houston for a few years, so I know there are some things I must do when travelling there. I was sure to hit one of our favorite stops on any road trip. I think it's the law in Texas. You must stop at Buc-ee's at least once.
|Buc-ee's in Madisonville, TX|
The Houston Author Bash event was one I highly recommend for other authors (and readers). Moving the event a few days ahead of time must have lost some traffic, and it was no longer at a school, which was appealing to me with my middle-grade books. But there were serious book shoppers there for most of the time, and they were ready to buy. I sold 27 books and a few toys. That's a good day for me!
|It's a bit blurry. My phone doesn't always cooperate.|
Houston Author Bash, 2016, at The Cellar Door Winery
|The Houston Writers Guild was on one side of me with lots of books to share.|
|The lovely Vincetta was on the other side of me with her brand-new book.|
|Across the room was Romance Author Row. |
Their hard-working assistant is diving out of my way so I can get a photo.
I was sure to include him.
|This group from Crimson Tree Publishing had beautiful books with fantastic covers.|
|Author friend from the area Kathryn Lane stopped by to visit and pick up "At the Corner of Magnetic and Main." |
Her new book is coming out in just a couple of weeks.
I was her editor though Pen-L, so it was fantastic to get to meet her in person.
There was a separate room for the steamier books. If you had half-naked people on the cover, you were over in the winery. I said that the cats on my covers are naked, but that's not what they meant, I think.
If it works out in my 2017 schedule, I'll do this event again. I can't imagine how great it would be if everything had gone off smoothly as planned. They brought in lots of shoppers with advertising because it wasn't in a location to just happen upon. Very impressive.
The rest of my trip to Houston was great as well. I got to spend a few days with my mom and celebrate her birthday a few days early. I also got to visit with my sister and her husband from Michigan and my brother-in-law from Houston.
|Steak for everyone at Texas Roadhouse!|
|I even added a new friend to the pack during my annual visit to the Disney Outlet Store.|
|Almost 90. Whew. Glad I packed those sweatshirts!|
|The Snickers pick me up at my favorite Choctaw travel stop in Oklahoma summed it all up.|
And, just to make you smile, this is what goes on daily at my house.
|Max: "Let me up. Let me up."|
Chee: "Let me down! Let me down!"
She hates that divider more than anything in the world.