When the ink was still wet on the publishing contract for Flying the Nest, I was already imagining the party I would host at the local pub to celebrate with friends. Live music perhaps, and a round of celebratory beverages for sure! It takes me 3 years to write a single novel, a single SHORT novel, as my daughter has frequently pointed out. (Not to worry, I’m collecting all her uplifting comments for a future project involving a pre-teen, so I consider it research, haha).
Anyway, parties are a bit out of the question right now, aren’t they?
Instead, I’ll be participating in a few virtual events and one local craft fair. These events are about celebrating, and the advantage is you don't need to live in Calgary to participate. You don't even need to buy the book; for those looking for a more cost effective option it'll be available in the spring in ebook and in libraries. And perhaps you just want to celebrate and don't even plan to read. That is fair too, although, for goodness sake, I hope you are all reading SOMETHING other than your phone! haha. That was my ‘mom’ voice. It will also appear in said 'future' project.
So, if you’d like to celebrate the launch of Flying the Nest with me, I’ve listed all the upcoming events below:
Saturday, November 28th | Official Launch Day | 1:00 pm MST
My publisher, Dixi Books UK, is hosting this fun, Facebook Live event with myself and two other fabulous authors, S.C. Farrow in Melbourne, Australia and Mark Tedesco in L.A., California.
This event will include a Q & A, a chance to enter prize draws. You can ask questions in the Facebook live comment section for a chance to win, and you don’t have to worry about being on camera; you can attend in your pj’s or messy bun, or on your headphones while grocery shopping!
You must have a Facebook account to participate and the link is here.
Tip: (If you mark yourself as Going or Interested) you’ll get a notification on your phone when the event is beginning.
Wednesday, December 2nd | 7:00 pm MST | Zoom Event
Do you love to keep things local?
The Owl’s Nest Bookstore, Calgary’s longest running independent bookshop, will be hosting this virtual celebration over Zoom. In order to attend you must register at the following link here and then Owl’s Nest will send you a link to your email address.
If you would like to purchase a signed copy of Flying the Nest, you can place your order using the same link above. Or, you can drop by to pick up a copy after November 28th, however there will be limited availability before Christmas (curbside pick-up available; masks required in store).
At this virtual event I will do a few short & fun readings and we will play a few literary games for some beautiful handsewn items by creator, Silvia Ross, and a copy of recently released ROUGH by local author Robin van Eck. Rough is a fictional story set during the 2013 Calgary flood and the main character is a man experiencing homelessness. I greatly admire the writing in this book and I will be including a signed copy as a door prize.
At this event you will have a chance to see each other's faces, (only if you want to turn your camera on) have a good laugh, and cheers! our celebratory beverages!
Saturday, December 5th | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
This will be the only in-person book event I will participate in this season. If you’d like to do a bit of local Christmas shopping and stop by to say hi, I would love to see a friendly, masked face or two! Of course masks and hand sanitizing will be required.
The Triwood Community Association will be limiting the number of shoppers allowed into the event at any one time.
I’ll have copies of both Flying the Nest and Out of Play available for purchase, as well as some fun bookish gift tags for the gift giving season ahead.
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