Saturday I braved 97 degree heat to journey to my first book signing at a Books-A-Million store. The store, at Potomac Mills, is a huge one, and because we are still learning each other, Books-A-Million ordered only one title, my flagship book, Blood and Bone. But even without multiple sales, I met a great number of new friends and signed quite a stack of books. I think that this was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Sunday it was back to Borders, this time in Waldorf, Maryland. It was another good showing, not surprisingly, despite another blisteringly hot day. Of course, Borders always orders a full complement of my work, and having one gentleman hand me five novels to sign did impact the final results. It was a great weekend for book signing, but by the time I got home I was totally wrung out. Of course, I'll do it all again when given the chance.

Also last week, my name popped up on one of my favorite blogs, "The Murder Circle." On her blog, Sunny Frazier shares news of her fellow crime writers, often connecting them one to another (hence the Murder Circle.) In this case, a mention of Troy Cook (author of The One Minute Assassin) serving as Toastmaster at Deadly Ink raised my name because I'll also be at that conference (June 20-22) and my name connected her to my good friend Diane Marquette who writes the Chesapeake Conference Center mysteries.

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