The Emmanuel's Dream book launch party!

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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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