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.

img_2369

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.

img_2355

img_2365

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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!