Friday night, we had the official launch party for my newest novel, Every Broken Trust, at Mysteryscape, Kansas City’s newest independent bookstore. This weekend, Mysteryscape was also celebrating its one-year anniversary and offering a raffle for Every Broken Trust, Sally Goldenbaum’s newest book, Angora Alibi, and Dennis Lehane’s Edgar-winning Live By Night, plus a pound of Mysteryscape’s fantastic organic dark coffee and a Mysteryscape cup.
A lovely audience of about sixty people showed up to celebrate with me. People came from all over the metropolitan area. Some even drove up from Lawrence, Kansas, and others from Topeka, which is a 2-hour drive from Kansas City. There were old friends, who’ve long supported me and my books, and new friends that the books have made for me. Even some folks I’d never met before in person or online, but who’d become fans of the series with the first book, Every Last Secret. People kept coming in all through the launch right up until the end, so it was an exciting evening.
I had an absolutely gorgeous cake celebrating Every Broken Trust, but this year I kept the book cover smaller on the cake. Last year, I had Every Last Secret’s image cover the entire top of the cake and found that people were reluctant to cut into that beautiful cover. So most of the cake went uneaten. This year, with the cover in the center of the cake only, almost the entire cake was consumed.
And we sold so many books that, with the pre-orders, Every Broken Trust became the #1 Bestseller at Mysteryscape. What great fun!
I'd like to thank my friends who drove all the way from Lawrence and especially my sister who drove up with her son from Topeka to celebrate with me. (I know. I'm very fortunate in the sister I have.) And of course, my husband who is the most supportive spouse in the world.
Acia Morley and Cheri LeBlond who own Mysteryscape are wonderfully supportive of authors and of the reading community and deserve all of the grand success their new store is having.
I had many friends take photos and so have lots of lovely pictures, but for some reason Blogger keeps trying to post them upside down. So this blog only has the ones I could keep upright. I'll try to post some of the others on Facebook.
We had a great time, and I'd like to thank everyone who came, and all of you who posted notice of the book and the launch online and sent good wishes and, above all, pre-ordered Every Broken Trust. You guys are the best, and without you, all this could never happen.