Friday, March 24, 2006

Back Home Again

Happy Friday from my office in California.

I signed 200 books yesterday at the convention. They went in a little less than an hour. We easily could have used more. It seems we got copies of Web of Lies mostly into the hands of people who weren’t familiar with my books—which is the way it should be. It’s all about spreadin’ the word. Zondervan was part of the HarperCollins booth, a large one that stretched across the aisle—making folks who wanted to come up the aisle have to come right through the booth. The people were wonderfully friendly. It’s always great to see real book lovers. My kinda people.

I walked the floor of one exhibit hall after I was done signing. Saw the booths for Moody, Nav Press, Tyndale, Multnomah, and Baker/Bethany, stopping at each to talk to the staff. Multnomah was displaying Full Tilt, second novel about rock star Everett Lester by Creston Mapes, which just released. And also the second suspense for Melanie Wells. When these books are available I’ll want to tell you more about them. Bethany was displaying Waking Lazarus, debut novel by T.L. Hines that comes out in a few months. Great book. (I had the privilege of an early read.) I’ll be telling you more about that one, too, when it releases.

Then it was back to the hotel and checkout. On to the airport to catch a looong flight to San Francisco, by way of one stop in Pittsburgh. (I got off during the hour layover and grabbed a mocha.)

Now it’s back in good ol’ California, feeling like I’ve been in enough states in the past few days. I’ll be working this weekend, and hard next week.

See ya Monday.


Katie Hart said...

One stop in Pittsburgh? So close and yet so far . . .

I'm working on a review of Waking Lazarus at the moment.

Lynette Sowell said...

Now that sounds like a successful signing--getting books to new readers.

I'm really looking forward to Melanie Wells' next book. When The Day of Evil Comes was one of my favorite reads last year.

Now, go ice that wrist. :)

Bonnie Calhoun said... should have enough jet-lag for three people....I'm glad you found your way out of Pittsburg :-)

I've read early chapters of Waking Lazarus...that is a very good read! And I can't wait to get my hands on Creston's second, the first was well recieved.

Dineen A. Miller said...

Hey Brandilyn,
Glad you're back, safe and sound. I'm so glad all went well at Zondervan. Sounds like a really cool presentation.
Have a great weekend and may words pour from your mind and fingers twice as fast! I pray that for you!

TL Hines said...

Thanks for your kind comments about "Waking Lazarus," Brandilyn--both here, and in your blurb. (It's right there on the back cover; I get an endorsement from Brandilyn Collins, believe me, I'm running with it.)

Also nice to know the Bethany House/Baker folks are behind the book. Makes me all warm and fuzzy.

Katie, Bonnie, and anyone else who plans to read it: I hope you like it. And if you don't, just lie and tell me you do. :)