On Sunday, January 20, 2013 I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a book signing at A Real BookStore in Fairview, Texas, just north of Dallas. Was this signing close? Not exactly. I made the 4.5 hour (300 miles) trip by car and stayed overnight with a friend in Sherman, Texas which is just over 20 minutes away from the book store. I know, crazy, right? Well, not really when you consider that Jamie McGuire, Tammara Webber and Colleen Hoover were all going to be under one roof to sign books and answer questions and WOW!
But still, 300 miles, Rose! Well, sheesh, there was a woman who flew in from Toronto there as well!!! I do not believe anyone realized how big this event was going to be. I awoke the next morning, pondering when to head over to the book store, so I decided to check facebook. The authors had been posting updates the night before about where they went to eat and what they were doing and it was all very exciting. Upon signing into FB, I saw half a dozen posts of fans who were already lined up at the door. Eeeeeek! and I was still in PJs! I rushed around my friend’s apartment, and left in a frenzy, arriving just after the first 50 people, according to my color coded wrist band. The first 50 people wore one color, the second 50 people a different color, and so forth. I was surprised, as I was 5 hours early!!! I was supremely pleased at how well organized the staff at A Real Bookstore were. The place was immaculate, tidy and the staff friendly and entertaining. This venue was awesome!!! The color coded wrist bands made signing and seating so much less stressful. No fighting for seats and line cutting.
The authors arrived on time and did a 30 min Q & A in which yours truly got to ask the lovely Ms. Tammara Webber about her male protagonist in Easy, Lucas. I asked her how she came up with the idea for Lucas; if he was based on someone who really existed and if so WOW! can we meet him? She answered that she always had Jacqueline’s story in her head, but she could not begin to right Easy until she figured out Lucas. She said that he was not based on anyone person in particular, that he came mainly from her imagination and I said, “Whoa, some imagination” and the crowd laughed. It was sort of bittersweet. I mean, could a real someone like Lucas Landon Maxfield actually exist? Probably not. <sigh> Overall, the event was a blast and I met so many awesome book readers! This was seriously one of the friendliest group of book worms I have ever encountered. Definitely worth the drive!