Christmas went by way too fast and very soon I'll be back in the swing of normal life. I'm holding onto the last few days of vacation because I know I'm going to need the rest for what's up ahead...not only is CHA just around the corner, which means increased busyness with Webster's Pages (because we have some gorgeous new collections coming out...) (Speaking of which, did you see our blog today? You can win an entire collection just by leaving a comment! Check it out!) but it also means that my book will be released in just over one month.
Which, I can tell you, doesn't seem possible.
Here's the final final cover:
One of the things I've been doing here in Illinois is squaring away the details for my launch party, which will be in early February. I was a bit on the fence about it, whether to do it in my hometown, Dixon, or an hour away in the town we lived in for eleven years, Rockford...I guess sometimes you just go with your gut.
(Sorry about the dark photos, I'm without Photoshop here in Illinois...)
This art gallery is the same one I used as the inspiration for the Sweethaven Art Gallery. I remember searching for the right art gallery to describe, one that had history and looked like it could be part of the row of businesses on Sweethaven's Main Streeet. Around that time, I discovered The Next Picture Show in Dixon. Right on Main Street.
At the time, I wasn't thinking about my launch party...but it seems so appropriate to hold it here.
We met with the owner yesterday and my decision was solidified. This is the spot. I can't wait. I mean, I can, because there's still much to be done, including figuring out catering and making sure I can get my books in by the date we've planned. The whole thing has me bubbling with excitement and of course, already thinking about what in the world I'm going to wear.
I guess when I started this journey (years ago now), my mind wasn't latching on to these sorts of details. I tend to think more about the work of a project and less about the celebration. But in February, even though I may not be quite finished with the manuscript for the third book in my series, I will take a day to stop and celebrate.
With live music and appetizers and artwork all housed in the perfect place.
Who knows? Maybe you'll join me?