Posted by Donna MacMeans Apr 23 2015, 1:31 am
Tomorrow I leave for Wisconsin. I’m going to Barbara Vey’s luncheon in Milwaukee. It should be a hoot! This is my reward for surviving tax season . I get to meet with my agent who also lives in Wisconsin and many writer-friends that I otherwise wouldn’t see. I love it. All year I’ve been gathering little gifts to give to the seven readers who chose to sit at my table, as well as something special to give away as a door prize. I know most of you won’t be there, so I thought I’d share my plans with you. (Don’t tell the seven people at my table. I want them to be surprised.
I bought these little boxes because of the peacock feather print. Aren’t they sparkly? Inside I’m placing some mardi gras beads, and a voodoo doll to represent my time travel, CHARMED. That’s the time travel whereby the historical woman ends up in modern day New Orleans. Gotta say – this is a great book! I’m waiting to hear back from one potential publisher, but I may indie publish it. I’m told time-travels are a hard sell right now, but I don’t understand why. They’re so much fun.
To represent my straight historical, I’m adding a packet of tea with literary quotes, and a homemade corset cookie. I’ll add a picture to the blog of the cookie when it’s done – the pink base is drying as I type. Somehow I imagine these things turning out better than they ultimately do . Fingers crossed!
I have little decals of Lion Rampant of Scotland to represent THE WHISKY LAIRD’S BED. You’ve seen the Lion Rampant, the red lion with the blue tongue and claws. I’m also giving the readers a tin of single malt scotch whisky fudge from Scotland. It’s the only way I could work Scotch into the picture :-). And they’ll get a book. I haven’t decided which book to give away, but they’ll get one. And, of course, a peacock feather.
For the door prize, I have a peacock vase. Check it out! I’ll include most of the goodies above, plus they’ll get a little bottle of scotch and maybe my last golf-playing beanie baby teddy bear or maybe this library lion – I always have some sort of plush in my prize baskets.
The trick will be packing all this stuff in a suitcase to take on the plane to Wisconsin! I’m particularly concerned about transporting those cookies.
There’s to be sixty authors at this event. Tess Gerrisen is the luncheon speaker. I can’t wait.
How about you? If you could attend a reader event such as this, which author would you like to sit with? Any ideas about author gifts? (I’m always looking for new ideas). What are your thoughts about time travels? Someone leaving a comment will win a tea packet and a voodoo doll. The doll is a product of “good” voodoo. It’ll protect your To-be-read pile from harm.
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