I’m wrapping up my “Sofa-Surfing Book Tour” for One Fete in the Grave, the latest in the Liv & Di in Dixie mystery series. First thing in the morning, hubs and I hit the road heading home to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The trip has taken us southward through Chicago and St. Louis to Memphis, road-tripping and crashing with friends and family along the way. It’s been a blast!
I had a joint signing in Oak Park, just outside Chicago, with awesome author Julia Buckley; a signing in Fenton, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb, with fab cozy author Stephanie Blackmoore; a solo signing in the Memphis suburb of Collierville; and a radio interview in Memphis.
I’ve been posting to Facebook about the events, or the “book tour” part of the equation. Today I wanted to highlight the “sofa-surfing” part of the equation—our marvelous hosts on this trip.
Alyson and Mike, who reside in the cool Andersonville neighborhood in Chicago: Comfy sofa, witty and dazzling conversations, excellent pizza
Kathy and Art, who run the Brick Inn Bed and Breakfast in Washington, Missouri: Experts on area attractions, fabulous breakfast, no sofa to surf here because they have, you know, a bed and breakfast
My mama, Jean, to whom One Fete in the Grave is dedicated, lives northwest of Memphis: Standing invitation, home-cooked meals, tells people her daughter is a famous author (one of those famous authors you’ve never heard of), always cries when I leave
Kevin and Keith (appearing with Mac Daddy, Charlie and Clarabelle): Million-dollar smiles, back-yard paradise with pool and gazebo, visits always make us wish we lived closer
A special shout out to my traveling companion, my husband John: driver, sherpa, photographer, promoter, fan, and first reader of every incarnation of every manuscript I’ve ever written —and he still puts up with me!
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