Recently, my friend, Sharon, and her husband, Don, hosted a “Friends & Family” book launch for The Hanged Man’s Noose at their lovely home. Because it was a private home, the guest list was limited to 40 invites (about 35 people were able to attend), and the event was not posted ahead of time on social media.
I didn’t even have a firm publication date when Sharon offered to host my book launch. To be honest, the thought of it terrified me a bit—I wasn’t quite sure what to expect (or what to do).
Fortunately Sharon had experience: she had previously hosted a book launch for our mutual friend, Barry Dempster, an award-winning author and poet. She gave me a list of required items beyond copies of The Hanged Man’s Noose (red and white wine, plastic wine glasses, bottled water, napkins and light snack food: cheese tray with crackers and grapes, veggie platter, cookies). Perhaps not an inspired menu, but Sharon’s advice was: Keep it simple. I was glad I did.
Our hopes were that the weather that day would cooperate so folks could mill around outside (as you can see, Sharon has a spectacular garden). Unfortunately, rain threatened (for the first time in days), so we were mostly indoors, although that was far from a hardship. Sharon is an incredibly talented artist and her paintings adorn their walls. Don is a professional jazz pianist who kindly volunteered to play a few tunes. He added magic to an already magical day.
In addition to Sharon and Don, and the many friends and family who came by to help me celebrate, my heartfelt thanks go to:
- Donna, who offered to be the bookseller so I could chat with everyone who came
- Nina (who you first met in my blog Photo Shoot), bartender extraordinaire
- Christine, who introduced me to the “crowd” and took many, many photos
- Carol, for the champagne, enjoyed later that day in the comfort of my own home
- Vicki, for the sunflowers
- And last, but not least, my husband, Mike, who also took many, many photos, and who forgave me when I had an “Oscars” moment and almost forgot to thank him! (In my defence, I did dedicate The Hanged Man’sNoose to him…)
I left Sharon and Don’s that day feeling truly blessed for my wonderful family and the many good friends I’ve made over the years—friends I’ve met in a variety of places and spaces, from golfing to running to fitness classes to creative writing workshops to neighbors and more.
What else can I say? The power of friendship. It’s priceless.
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The Hanged Man’s Noose is now available in print and ebook at all the usual suspects, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters.Indigo and other fine booksellers, as well as directly from the publisher, Barking Rain Press.