I'm back from BEA, which also included a family vacation to D.C. and N.Y.C. It was a whirlwind week, and while it feels good to be home, I kinda miss all the commotion and energy that last week brought. My trip to the East Coast started off with a book event at the Arlington Library in Virginia. Thank you to everyone who came - it was wonderful meeting you, answering your questions, and signing your books. I was especially touched by those of you who traveled from New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. I really appreciate your support! And I hope you had fun. Below is a picture my sister-in-law, Cara, captured during the event. I'm talking about how much the movie Romancing the Stone influenced Hush, Hush. When I was younger, I wanted to grow up and be Joan Wilder. I've got the romance novelist thing down, but I'm still waiting to fly to Colombia to rescue my sister from bad guys!
I loved that, after finishing my event, instead of heading to my hotel to eat dinner alone, I got to spend time with family. What a different experience from being on tour. Here is a picture of the whole Fitzpatrick clan. You can see that height runs in my husband's family!
After exploring D.C., we drove to N.Y.C. My first trip to N.Y.C., in 2009, was quite traumatic. I got lost in Harlem at night, got lost again on the subway while inadvertently heading to the Bronx, and was finally rescued by kindhearted New Yorkers who pointed me in the right direction. This time around I am proud to say I did not get lost. I even guided my family to Magnolia cupcakes, my number-one place to visit in the city, ha!
As for BEA, it was incredible! So many book lovers running this way and that, talking about anticipated releases, trends, the industry in general, and of course it was so much fun running into old friends and even making a few new friends. Once again I got to see Sara from Novel Novice, Shannan and Stacy from Girls in the Stacks, and several other bloggers who have been so supportive of my writing. What a special treat!
And the FINALE COVER REVEAL. Hooray! Finale's cover is out there for the world to see. I love it. And I love that it means we are that much closer to the October 23rd release. Let the countdown begin! Somewhere on my phone I have live footage from the cover reveal. I will see if I can dig it up and post it.
Speaking of BEA, Finale was mentioned in wrap-up articles by both the New York Times and Examiner. Talk about exciting!
Now that I'm back home in Colorado, it's time to put the finishing touches on Finale so that it is ready for your reading enjoyment come October. Yesterday, bright and early, I finished copyedits. I've also been hard at work writing bonus content that will be included in special editions. More on that later. I can also tell you that the flap copy (story description on the inside of the book's cover) is polished and ready. Finally, I'm starting to hear rumors about where I'll be touring this fall. My publicist has some great events planned. I can't wait until I can share those with you!