My first solo signing of Shade will be Sunday, May 2, 3-5pm, at Constellation Books, a lovely independent bookstore not far from chez Jeri (BTW, that's pronounced "shay jher-EEE") in Reisterstown, MD, pictured here.
I don't know who the guy in the vest is. Presumably a public safety official of some sort. But no worries--it's a lovely neighborhood in a lovely town. If you're familiar with Reisterstown but not with Constellation Books, it's across from Java Mamma's and on the same side of the street as the Cow, which, according to its Facebook fan page, rocks.
Anyway, there will be a reading, Q&A, and most important, baked goods (a redundant phrase if there ever was one) from Starry Night Bakery, the coffee house where I spend every Wednesday with my local writer friends. I promise to read a G-rated selection from Shade, and Constellation has a fabulous children's section, so bring the whole family!
So what's in it for the rest of you, who can't make it to Reisterstown? If you order your copy of Shade from Constellation Books, at any time before or after the launch party, I will sign it for you. If you order it before the launch party, obviously, I will sign it that day and it will be shipped out the following day--the day before the official release date.
Let's review why you should order Shade (or any of my books) from Constellation:
- You'll be supporting a wonderful independent bookstore. Y'all know the importance of that.
- You'll get an autographed book, personalized if you like.
- You might even get it sooner than if you ordered from an online bookseller, who probably won't be shipping until May 4.
To get your signed copy of Shade, either call the bookstore at 410-833-5151, or place your order online, and when you get to the order page, note in the comments if you want it personalized. Otherwise it'll just be a plain old autographed first printing, suitable for future eBay transactions.
I'm off to spend a three-day weekend finishing the rough draft of Shift. Wish me luck! No, wait, I have plenty of that. Wish me caffeine and discipline!