The Emmanuel’s Dream book launch party!

With the holidays right before, I must admit that the launch party day sort of snuck up on me. I was rushing to get everything ready, had to give up on some things that I wanted to do, and didn’t have as much time as I would’ve liked to prepare. Still, I think a great time was had by all. I know I enjoyed every minute!

poster

Check out the awesome poster they had up!

books

Look at all those books for sale!

writing buddies

Local writing buddies, including current Emu’s Debut¬†blogger (and the next one of us to launch!), Kevan Atteberry!

presentation

During the presentation

speaking

Clutching the mic for dear life, apparently.

audience

The audience listening to my talk.

line

Can you believe this line of people waiting to get their books signed?

signing

Signing books is even harder when you have to stop and pose for photos.

J. Anderson Coats

Recognize this Emu’s Debuts emeritus and founding member? It’s J. Anderson Coats!

a young fan

Young fans are the best fans.

Many thanks to Emmanuel for inspiring me; to Sean Qualls for his beautiful artwork; to my family for supporting me all this time; to my critique group for helping the manuscript rise above the slush (especially¬†Dana Sullivan, for taking these great pictures for me!); to my agent, Ammi-Joan Paquette, for not giving up; to the University Book Store in Bellevue and their event planner, Olivia Ahl, for throwing such a wonderful party; and to all the friends, writers, teachers, parents, neighbors, and community members who took the time to come out and cheer me–and the book–on last Tuesday night. You all ROCK, and I am one extremely lucky gal! xoxo

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