I had the BEST time over the last coupla weeks! Not only did I get to see beloved friends and family, I also had the privilege of two book signings scheduled ahead of the trip.
First; Heber Springs, Arkansas at the Hobgood Gallery. Ellen Hobgood enthusiastically hosted the book signing event in conjunction with her Art Walk Wine and Cheese party. It was a wonderful affair with lots of good art, good food, and good people.
Vickie Hendrix-Siebenmorgen and Ellen Hobgood both gave painting demonstrations. Yes, I did pay attention to their detail and techniques!
I love this portrait of Ellen by her friend Angela Davis Johnson. It is a perfect likeness of her. While I’m at it, let me drop a few names of some of the other artists featured in the gallery: Terri Parson, Debbie Kincannon, Lori Weeks, John d. Wooldridge, Debby Hinson. These are only a few of the many represented.
Fast forward to Trail Regional Library, Warrensburg, Missouri
Mary, Frances, and the whole staff did everything they could to make me feel special. It worked! Imagine my delight upon finding homemade cookies (my favorite food group) and punch provided by some amazing women just for this event. I have to say everyone I met was incredibly nice, beyond kind, and very encouraging.
Yes, I actually did give a talk on what inspired me to write Secrets of the Old Ladies’ Club. For those of you who don’t know me, it was an exercise in bravery. Trust me. My knees knocked, my heart pounded, my stomach was queasy. But I managed to ‘bluff’ my way through it. In fact, I actually felt empowered by the end! I am Woman, hear me roar!
I know it sounds cliché, but I can’t thank everyone enough for giving me the opportunity to tout my first novel. It is an amazing feeling to make your dreams come true. Not sure how many people can actually say that!
FRIENDS AND FAMILY ROCK!!
Don’t forget to pray for peace, ya’ll. The world needs your prayers.