Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Sign of the Times

Although A Stitch in Crime officially was released Tuesday, I wanted to make sure the books were in the store before I started making the rounds to sign stock. So Friday evening, we set out. No matter that it was raining and the some of the leaks in the roof had started to drip again. We just left a lot of plastic bags and containers and hit the road. Recently we replaced Molly’s greenmobile with a sleek black Mercedes SUV. What a nice change. The car seemed to laugh at the rain.

So did we. It was useless to fuss with an umbrella walking from the parking lots to the various stores, so my husband and I sloshed through the puddles enjoying the adventure of being out on the Southern California version of a bad weather night. Of course, it was nothing compared to the blizzard hitting back east. Joanna, I hope you aren’t snowed in.

All in all, we went to the five closest bookstores. All but one had books. The one that didn’t have them was expecting them any day. The two Barnes and Nobles had them on tower display in the front of the store. Bookstar had them in New Mystery. The manager at Borders promised to put them in a special display of signed books. Everyone was very nice about my signing the books and thanked me for coming in. For once I remembered to stick a bookmark in each book.

We ended the evening with a late night dinner at an Israeli restaurant that has a menu option of a selection of salads. Not some small selection either. Twenty different kinds. It was a heavenly feast for vegetarian me with lots of left overs to take home.

There are more bookstores to visit. Maybe next week. And I finished updating my website After much ado about a fuzzy photo, I have pictures of the crochet projects from A Stitch in Crime posted on it.


Ann Elle Altman said...

I'm going to have to go through your blog but is the book about knitting or crochet? Does it give patterns? Just curious. Never mind, I just looked it up. It's crochet. It's what I prefer to do... so consider it bought. Also, when will it be available on amazon because it's difficult to get it in bookstores where I live (Mexico). It's available on Kindle. I will buy it this afternoon. DO you mind if I do a review of it on my blog?


Betty Hechtman said...

Ann, I'm glad you found out A Stitch in Crime is about crochet and is available as a book or a Kindle download. Sure, it would be great if you wrote a review on your blog. Yes, there is a pattern and a recipe in each of my books. This one has a little extra thrown in. Thanks for your interest.

Terri Thayer said...

Fun night, Betty!

Hope you don't mind, but I have a suggestion for Ann.

Ann, if you're so inclined, put a review up on Amazon, too. If you like Betty's books (and you will), it's a great way to spread the word.

Linda O. Johnston said...

Congratulations, Betty! Isn't it a kick to see new releases appear in bookstores? I always love it.

Betty Hechtman said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Terri. And the nice words.

Linda, there is nothng quite like walking into a bookstore and seeing a display of your own books. It makes it real.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Betty, hearty congratulations! (Tell Molly that Kiki says, "You go, girl.")

Yes, we've had 30 inches or so. It's a real mess!

Ann Elle Altman said...

Alright, I downloaded the kindle version and will read the book. When I finish I will do a review on my site (I will come to this site to let you know when it's up) and I will also post a review on amazon.


Betty Hechtman said...

Thank you, Ann. I hope you enjoy the book.

Joanna, 30 inches of snow! It must be a mess. I saw pictures on line, but I'm sure they don't do the situation justice.