I don’t know about you, but I’ve always liked road trips in the car. I was that kid who would leap out of bed at 4am to wake up the rest of the family so we could hit the road by 5am for our annual trip to the big smoke. Not a lot has changed since then, except now we try to make it in time to catch the 5pm ferry off the Island on a Friday evening, to eke out our holiday and make every minute count.
There are lots of things to like about road trips – talking with your fellow travellers, watching the world spin by, listening to audio books, seeing things you’ve never seen before, experiencing the unknown and unexpected.
Not every trip is a smooth one. Sometimes you’ve got a sore back and you can’t sit still for more than an hour or two at a time, sometimes your parrot decides he’s had enough of the long drive and screams his head off until, in desperation, you cover him up and say “Birdy bedtime, birdy bedtime.” And sometimes the car breaks down and you end up sitting on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck and feeling grateful that you’ve finally done the sensible thing and bought yourself a down jacket so you don’t freeze in the 90 minutes it takes for the truck to arrive.
But this trip wasn’t one of those – fortunately!
Good weather, clear roads, and the Subaru hummed along after a fresh oil change, wheel alignment, new exhaust, reservoir filled with washer fluid good to -45° C, and a brand new set of Nokian winter tires.
Morning view in Kamloops
Snow shed to protect from avalanches
Best bakery in Revelstoke
On the way into Drumheller
The Sono Nis authors with Diane Morriss
Coffee in hand, of course
Books for sale
A few of my local writing friends
(Photo credits: Sue Andrews, Karen Autio, Kathy Brown, Patrick Wright)
One thing I didn’t anticipate about my book being published, was the opportunity to meet and get to know other authors published by Sono Nis Press. So when Diane asked if I’d like to be part of a group launch, of course I said Yes! And then the icing on the cake, was Diane deciding to come out to Victoria for the event too.
I have to admit, I was a little nervous (yes, that’s me, Anxiety Girl – have you seen the cartoon on Facebook?) about meeting Diane and the other writers in person (maybe they wouldn’t be able to understand my accent or… I don’t know what I was thinking). I might be a social butterfly on Facebook, but in person I’m pretty quiet.
As it turned out, I had nothing to worry about. We had a fabulous dinner at Camille’s in Bastion Square, and then the next day celebrated the launch of five Sono Nis Press children’s books. The event was held at the Vic42 studio, next to Discovery Coffee, with treats from Cottage Bakery & Cafe.
I thought you might like to meet my fellow authors too:
Karen Autio – SABOTAGE
Monique Gray Smith – TILLY
Kristie Hammond – TING TING
Sylvia Olsen – SEBASTIAN SASQUATCH
Thanks to everyone who came out for the event!
Thanks to everyone who entered my Goodreads Giveaway! It was fun to see the numbers climbing, especially over the last couple of days, and encouraging that so many of you are interested in Josh’s story.
Goodreads sent me the names and addresses of the two winners this morning–so I’m just off to the post office to mail them now.
Thanks again, or as we say in New Zealand – Ta!
I’m doing a giveaway on Goodreads, so if you haven’t got a copy of Prove It, Josh yet, make sure you enter to win—and, of course, tell all your friends!
If you’ve already bought a copy, Thank You!
And if you’re wondering if there is anything else you can do to help make the book a success, could you consider writing a review on Goodreads or Amazon?
Merci! Danke! Gracias! Thank you!
Books for sale
Yes, that’s a step ladder!
Reading from Chapter 5
Door prizes – pots by Patrick
Beautiful flowers – thanks Diane!
The crew at Taste
The book launch for Prove It, Josh took place on Thursday last week – October 3, 2013.
I had a horrible case of the jitters right before it started, but when everyone arrived, there was such a happy, supportive buzz, it was hard to be nervous for long. That is, until it came time for me to climb onto the step ladder and speak – one of my worst fears, made even worse by the fact that I was now effectively taller than everyone in the room and there was a sea of faces looking up at me. But my lovely friends cheered me on and laughed with me in all the right places. I couldn’t have asked for a better launch!
Thanks to Diane Morriss and all the team at Sono Nis Press, including Barbara Pulling, Dawn Loewen, Audrey McClellan, Frances Hunter and Nikki Tate!
Thanks to Taste for hosting us!
And thanks to all of you for your amazing support 🙂