The Yuma Book Tour went awesomely. We survived the dust storms and the driving rain. We outlasted my GPSs decision not to work. And we met --again-- a slew of extraordinary people, not to mention the Nazi Gold Hunter.
Let me tell you about it.
|Liljana, Steve, Rudy, Landi and Lucas at B&N|
|They'd prefer to sit in the front seat with us|
But alas, this is about a book signing, not the dogs. Or is it?
|Like a barrel of monkeys|
|This is how it's supposed to look.|
Yuma is known as the sunniest city in America. It's on their brochures. They're proud about it. But when horror authors come into down, there is no sun. As you can see from the pictures, we hit not one but two dust storms. At least 40 mph winds. The dust was so thick we couldn't see 20 feet in front of us. A tumbleweed (yes my East Coast peeps who've only seen them in Roadrunner Cartoons) the size of a Fahrvergnügen-trumpeted VW Bug hit us broadside. He hit another and carried it on our grill for 50 miles. The sunniest city in America my ass.
|This is NOT how it's supposed to look.|
So we hit the store. After we navigated the city using Kentucky windage because my GPS decided AT THAT FREAKING MOMENT to stop working. Still, I'm pretty good at not getting lost so we found it. I'd like to say there were lines out the door, but there weren't. We got inside and found our set-up in the back of the store beside the sports books and in front of the bathroom. It was a good location because of the proximity to the bathroom. Most people used it. The problem is that they were so intent on reaching the bathroom, they didn't even see us. So we adjusted the location twice, ending up near the front door in the end. And the minute we did, we sold six books in five minutes.
|Beth taking the Zombie Test|
|Representin' Zombies Worldwide|
|Cafe Manager Holding a Zombie Heart Cupcake|
|Yvonne Can Find Great Danes in Bookstores|
When Yvonne came back they moved on. My the force be with them.
The guys at the Cafe were awesome. The Cafe Manager took it upon himself to create a special menu of drinks and cupcakes. They sold like Doritos at a post smoking festival. Everyone was ordering Zombie Blood, Graveyard Dirt, Ghostly Mist and The Cure. I had Graveyard Dirt with was an oreo cookie drink with a gummie worm on the bottom. Yum. Then they had the cupcake called Zombie Heart. It looked amazing!
Three hours and it was all over.
We truly had a blast.
The hotel room later with the three Danes was crowded but doable.
The authentic Indian food lamb dishes were actually beef (you can't fool a Welshman), but they were tasty.
|Good Looking Author Seeks Booklovers.|
Thanks to Barnes and Nobles. Thanks to Sarah and the crew at the store. You all were awesome. Most of all, thanks to the People of Yuma-- you Yumanites were great hosts to us.
Until next time.
|Steve eating a zombie heart|
|Danes in the hotel room|
|Note the zombie drink and food menu|
The rest of the pictures (there are about 70 of them) can be found at this location. CLICK TO SEE.
Yvonne and I will be at the Tucson Festival of Books this coming weekend. CLICK HERE to see our itinerary so you know where to find us.