October 1, 2018
Just for fun, I thought I'd post a few photos from recent book events related to Plague in Paradise. I've had a great time with this book -- the reception has been great all the places I've visited. One of the pictures is something I like to do during the "book launch" period for each of my books; I have a bakery near where the event is to take place "screen-print" the cover of the book on a cake! So, when I do the event, everyone can have a piece of cake while we are visiting about the book -- and they can all eat a piece of the cover of the book. I know -- it's silly -- but fun!
The one of me at a traditional "signing table" at a Barnes & Noble store shows the types of "artifacts" I'm taking with me to events for this book: rat traps, rubber rats, photos of yersinia pestis (which causes the plague!) and pictures of locations in Los Angeles where the outbreak took place. The items do make the signing table look more than a tad creepy, but this fits the subject matter of the book -- and people really do seem to like the rats! The only problem with this picture is my eyes are closed, so it looks like I've fallen asleep while "meeting and greeting" people at the store -- yikes! Every once in a while, if a person seems really excited to read the book, I'll give one of the rats to her/him when they purchase a book. When the rats are squeezed, they sound like real rats!
I'll post more pictures as I do more events. In the meantime, happy reading!