But I digress. Things got better when, on my way to LA to see the Big Bang Theory taping, my publisher called me and let me know that the ARC's had arrived (Advanced Reader Copies). It was my first time handling my book and needless to say, there were no words to describe how it felt. I can try. It was amazing, magnificent, unreal. fabulous, fantastic, surreal.... I could go on but I think I've made my point. I couldn't resist a little photo shoot of me gleefully hugging the boxes of books.
As news of the book gets out, interviews I've done have been begun popping up. Here is one from Leanna at Daisy Chain Reviews. http://daisychainbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/08/interview-lani-woodland-author-of.html
Here's another one from my good friend Andy
Then right before the party I read a wonderful review of my book from DJ at Dj's Life in Fiction. http://djslifeinfiction.blogspot.com/2010/08/intrinsical-by-lani-woodland.html
Reading such a positive review right before (literally moments before) the party started helped start the event out on a great note. :) Thank you to all of my ARC readers whose reviews gave me such a huge boost of confidence!
A lot of hard work from a team of people helped pull the party together. Friends donated, time, food and energy to help make the party a success.
Here I am with my wonderful publisher Kamilla
Our cover model was able to come and posed for a few pictures.
I did a reading and signed some books. I apologize to everyone for my lousy handwriting. Sigh. I also found it a little nerve-wracking to be spelling out so many words without spell check. I'm a terrible speller, even of names. I made everyone (even a lady named Pam) spell out their name for me. The one time I didn't, I spelled my friend from high school's name wrong. Yep, that was a great moment. After that I made everyone spell their name out again!
We watched the trailer and being able to see it on the big screen was fun!
My favorite part of the night, besides being able to talk with everyone was the song Can't Stop Dreaming of You being performed. My husband wrote the words so I could use the song in my book. Then he took the lyrics to his friend who wrote music to it. Then we turned to our friend Clint (who you might recognize from Intrinsical's website as Steve in the pictures and book trailer) to perform the vocals. Here is a video of Gary playing the guitar and Clint performing the song. The recording really didn't do it justice.
The library staff couldn't have been more wonderful. I can't speak for people at the party but I had a fantastic time.It was a perfect night. I had friends and family come from all over the country to support me. To all those who were able to attend, and all of those who couldn't (but let me know they wished the could) I sent out a big heartfelt Thank You!