Sunday, August 29, 2010

Launch Party Recap

"Emmett, I'm filming you!" my husband sing-songed, joking around with our four-year-old nephew.

"No you're not!" Emmett giggled ... before promptly flipping backward over the arm of his chair and crashing to the floor.

This was only one of the many exciting events that took place during the LIVVIE OWEN LIVED HERE launch party!

Taylor Books in Charleston, WV, is a wonderful, cozy bookstore. Yesterday, it was packed with people ready to celebrate the release of my new novel. I was touched by how many people came. High school friends. Writing group members. Family, of course. But the coolest thing was when strangers walked up, wanting to talk about, and buy, and read, the book I wrote!

In addition to reading a chapter of LIVVIE OWEN LIVED HERE and signing the books that were purchased, I also collected books for Hanover Public Library in southern West Virginia. They lost much of their children's section in a flood in June. It was wonderful to see people buying cherished children's books for kids I used to teach. I hope to collect many more books for this library, and I'm really grateful to everyone who already donated.

Oh, and don't worry. After his fall, Emmett bounced back up, ready to take on the world. His plan?

"When I'm a grown-up guy, I'm gonna be a 'offer' like you! I'm going to write a scary story about scary pirates! It'll be scary!"

I can't wait until THAT launch party!


Caroline Starr Rose said...

Your book is sitting on my kitchen counter. Can't wait to jump in!

I have a boy who has talked about being an "offer", too. :)

Your book trailer is amazing, by the way.

OgreVI said...

Sounds cool. Wish I coulda come, but mostly I'm just glad it went so well. So, when are you gonna come sign books in Virginia?

Tabetha said...

Oh, Sarah! Look at you signing books-- YOUR BOOKS! I'm so happy for you! Thrilled! Elated! Beyond ecstatic! Over the moon!


I-- and many of our graduate students-- are looking forward to your visit.

Tess said...

That must be so surreal! Congrats on the launch...lots of hard work goes into a project like that, I know! I'm off to order it on Amazon :D

Gail said...

Congratulations! I hope I know just how you feel one of these days.

Granny Kate said...

Em also had a request. That you write a book about a super hero for him.

So proud of you, honey. said...

God bless, I'm so excited to get the book and read it.

Happy the party was such a success. My horror dream is I'll get a book published, some day, and nobody will show up to buy it.

Blessings to you and yours. Thanks for sharing the pics and recap.

Betty (Beth) said...

I'm so happy for you! I started reading Livvie yesterday and I've had a hard time putting it down. :-)

I can't wait to finish!

Jennifer Waggener said...

Many congrats to you, Sarah! Everyone at Taylor Books was so pleased to play a small part in the launch of your wonderful book. Much success to you!

Kelly H-Y said...

'An offer like you...' ... how adorable is that?! Congrats to you on your launch!

Tracy Edward Wymer said...

Congrats! Can't wait to read it.

Terri Tiffany said...

Your launch looks like it was so great! I love the look of your blog--so bright and cheery:)) Thank you for stopping by my blog:))