On the Road Again…

logoTomorrow 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. IMG_1293 Aren’t they sparkly?  Inside I’m placing some mardi gras beads, and a voodoo doll to represent my time travel, IMG_1296CHARMED.  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 IMG_1301Lion 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 IMG_1300decided 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.IMG_1299

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.  🙂

Let’s chat!


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  • Helen says:

    Oh am I going to have the GR visit for a while I had better get lots of Tim Tams in 🙂

    Have Fun

  • ki pha says:

    I wish I was leaving for Milwaukee on Thursday like I planned but I guess Friday will do as long as I get there right? But yes Donna! I have to meet you this time! I can’t believe I missed you last year even with your spectacular hat on. =D This time I will not miss you!
    Last year I sat at Tracey Devlyn’s London themed table and this year I’m sitting at Valerie Bowman’s. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us this being her first time at Barbara Vey’s.
    Oh but as for author gifts, Jeannie Lin as been posting about her craftiness for the Luncheon and has made her table Steam Punk inspired journals with an Asian twist. It’s amazing I tell you, and I’m pretty envy of her table mates.

    • ki pha –

      I didn’t realize you were going! This will be great! I’ve talked to several first-timer author guests this year. Did she increase the invited number? Valerie will be fun. And I love steam-punk with an Asian twist journals. Can’t wait to see them. I think she also provided cookies with book covers as well. I so envy crafty people. I figured I could manage the voodoo dolls because they’re voodoo. They’re supposed to look sloppy 🙂

      See you tomorrow!!!!!

  • Helen says:

    Hi Donna

    I love those peacock boxes how lovely and I still have my peacock feather that you sent me 🙂 At the ARRA convention just held in March this year there were morning and afternoon teas with authors as well as lunch these were drawn from entries and I had morning tea with Aussie author Khloe Wren and that was heaps of fun we helped plot a little for her next book and we were given a goodie bag with so much stuff in it like pens and magnets pencils soaps note books and badges and swag from other authors as well 🙂 some of the guests had lunch with Sylvia day and she gave each of them a $50 Dymochs (book shop) gift card.
    I would be happy to be with lots of authors but I would have chosen you if I could be at the Barbara Vey event and yes although I haven’t read a lot of time travels I do enjoy them

    Have Fun

    • Huge Hugs Helen –

      That is really cool about author teas as a scheduled part of ARRA – that’s a reader event, isn’t it? I’m thinking it’s the equivalent of RT here (because writers having tea with other writers is sort -of normal – not goody bag fun). There’s really cool. I’ve invited other historical authors to add their bookmards and whatnot to my stuff for the table. We historical readers need to stick together!

  • Minna says:

    If you could attend a reader event such as this, which author would you like to sit with? Nora Roberts comes to mind…
    Any ideas about author gifts? Hmmm. Pens and soaps are always useful. Cute coin banks. Magnets. Recipes of the foods mentioned in the book(s). Glow-in-the-dark stuff, for instance skeleton Cupcake Picks, Glow in the Dark Ghost Patch or rubber ducks.

    • LOL Minna – You reminded me that a long time ago I bought some potporri for Halloween. I liked the scent and it came in a witches caldron that I could reuse. The mixture had some white pieces in it – but many potporries do – so I didn’t think anythong of it. However, I walked into the dark bathroom one night and the stuff scared me to death! The white pieces glowed in the dark like bones!

      I don’t think Nora does a lot of reader events outside of the occasional book signing. She’d probably think it cuts too much into her writing time. But it would be fun to have lunch with her!

  • Heathercm2001 says:

    I can’t believe it is time for the luncheon already! I fly in tomorrow, and will be at Tonya Kappes’ table. You did a fantastic job! Your table mates are going to love it all! See you there! 🙂

    • Hi Heather –

      Say hi to Tonya for me! She’d be the speaker at my local RWA meeting next month. If I remember, she decorates to the hilt. Should be fun. See you tomorrow!

  • Laurie G says:

    Oh I wish this was held during the summer months when I’m in Wisconsin. I know you’ll have a fantastic time! Hope the weather cooperates.

    I’d love to sit at Vicki Lewis Thompson’s or Jill Shalvis’ tables because they both have really great senses of humor. I’m quiet and I think they would relax me and break the ice.

    As for treats, I personally love your peacock themed gifts. I also love stuffed animals. Plus your booktie-ins and a free book… you’ve got all of these covered!

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence, Laurie G.

      Last year the weather was beautiful in Wisconsin in late April. My agent and I even sat outdoors and had lunch. This year she told me it was snowing. SNOWING!!!! Not accumulation kind of snow – more the flurry stuff – but snow nonetheless. I’m so ready to leave winter behind.

      One of these years you’re have to come back early. It’ll be a blast!

  • Fedora says:

    How cool, Donna! Wish I could be joining you–have heard great thing about Barbara’s event, and it sounds like a blast!!

    • Fedora –

      It is a fun one. I think she’s been expanding the authors involved so it’s a nice mix between romance and mystery & suspense. I especially like that I get a double bonuse in that I get to meet with my agent while I’m there. I think my next step will be to find a reader’s event in the South. Any suggestions? 🙂

      • flchen1 says:

        That is fabulous–gotta love multipurpose travel 😉 And good luck with the corset cookies–they looked delicious, Donna 😉 The other reader/author event I’ve heard great things about is Lori Foster’s RAGT, but that’s midWest (Ohio)…

  • COOKIE UPDATE – You know you’d think by now I should realize that if it looks easy…it isn’t. I’m now aware that there is an art and skill to decorating cookies – and I don’t possess it. 🙂 Will these corset cookies go to Milwaukee? I just don’t know.

  • Jane says:

    Have fun in Milwaukee, Donna. Love that Glenlivet mini. I would love to attend one of these conference/conventions one day to meet the authors and pick up some swag. I’ve heard some authors made flasks to give away, but I imagine they’re a little more pricey than the usual swag.

    • Hi jane!

      Made flasks??? Can’t say that I’ve seen that before, but I’ll report back and let you know. I think the swag is a bit more pricey at this event, partly because it’s limited. I’m providing gifts for seven people that paid extra to sit at my table which is a bit different than swag at a convention when you don’t know if anyone really cares. Plus – it’s like Christmas. I buy all year knowing that I’m going and then when the time comes to assemble the goodies – I’m shocked at all the stuff 🙂

  • ellie says:

    Attending this event would be wonderful. the authors, books and great memories.

  • Anne says:

    Fabulous and great to meet and greet. Love to. Enjoy and celebrate. What a delightful giveaway.

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey gal! Oooh, I want to sit at YOUR table!! Love the peacock wrapping paper and adore the voodoo dolls. Grins.