That’s a Wrap: Launch Party Memories

This past Friday, I had the privilege of officially launching my debut novel, A Flash of Red, at Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe.  As an author, the entire evening was truly a dream come true. Below are some pictures of my wonderful evening sharing my book with family, friends, fans, and new readers.


Posing with a big poster of my beautiful cover–thank you Pandamoon Publishing!


Reading a passage for the audience. I was surprised with how nervous I was–I lecture twice a week in front of 200+ students, but sharing my writing out loud with an audience was a new experience.



My Mom came especially for the evening from Ohio. My late father, Stephen, is the namesake for my nom de plume. He was certainly there in spirit with us.


Answering questions afterwards. As nervous as I was to read onstage, the Q&A was exactly the opposite. I loved fielding questions from the audience–my daughter (who is caught at the bottom of the photo above) even asked a question 🙂

So many friends came out to support me–and some new readers too!


My buddies from our YMCA bootcamp class were there as well–what you can’t see is that our instructors, Josh and Vanessa, made us do planks afterwards 😉  Thanks for keeping me healthy and energized guys!!


In bed that night, I couldn’t fall asleep because I kept reliving the entire evening. It was perfect. Thank you to Elaine and everyone at Websters, thank you to my friends and family, and thank you to my readers. I’ll remember it always!

Let’s Party: Book Launch for A Flash of Red


I am thrilled to be partnering with a true community institution in State College, PA, for my Book Launch party later this week. Webster’s Bookstore & Cafe has provided books, conversation, and camaraderie to downtown State College since 1974. Their store features new and used books across all genres while also providing exposure to local authors in the State College area. Their cafe features fair-trade, organic coffees and their milk comes from our own local dairy, Meyer’s Dairy. A variety of vegan, gluten-free, and made-from-scratch options, both sweet and savory, are available as well, which means you can get a barista-styled cappuccino, a delish scone or sandwich, and sit down in their cafe to read you newest literary discovery (or an old favorite).

In other words, Webster’s is a very special store indeed, and I am so proud to have them host my Book Launch Party. Hope to see you there!

A Flash of Red

Book Launch Party

Friday, Feb. 3

Webster’s Bookstore & Cafe

133 E. Beaver Ave.
State College, PA 16801

Phone: (814) 272-1410

Free Admission
Author Reading, Book Signing, & Delicious Refreshments