Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Wild Weekend and Traffic
When I attended the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in April, I had a great conversation with one of the fun people from Mysterious Galaxy, a bookstore in
features--what else?--mysteries and sci-fi.
They also have a facility in San Diego from which they put together book events. Redondo
I learned that the Mysterious Galaxy Birthday Bash was on the same weekend my second Barkery & Biscuits Mystery, TO CATCH A TREAT, was officially to become available as a release from Midnight Ink. I was invited to do a launch event at the Birthday Bash, that Saturday, and of course I accepted!
Only problem is that I live in
and a drive to San Diego can be horrible, thanks to traffic. I was scheduled to be featured at the
earliest time of the bash, 10-11 AM, along with other mystery writers. Other genres were to be featured mostly in
hour increments for the rest of the day. L.A.
On a weekend, 10 AM arrival shouldn't be too bad, shouldn't being the operative word. My husband and I left home at 6:30 AM for what should be a little more than a two hour drive--this time should being the operative word.
And in fact, when we started out on the freeway route down there traffic was great! We stopped for a quick fast-food breakfast and resumed our drive. That was when a friend who knew what we were up to texted that there was a Sigalert ahead of us.
For those who don't know, a Sigalert means a major traffic jam, often resulting from an accident. That was what happened here. And there's no good way to reach
San Diego by car from except the 5 Freeway. L.A.
As a result, we were delayed. I reached Mysterious Galaxy twenty minutes into my scheduled panel time. I called first to warn them, at least. Everyone was sweet and gracious, and I did get forty minutes or so to talk to the audience with my fellow panelists about our stories. Later, I got to sign books.
In all, I loved it! I thank Mysterious Galaxy for inviting me and for showing me such a good time. Oh, and by the way, since my Barkery & Biscuits series is partly about a barkery, I brought some dog treats to pass out to other dog lovers for their pups.
We then met a friend for lunch and headed home. Traffic? Of course. But this time it was expected. And I did get back in time to pop in at another launch party, this time given in
by Nadine Nettmann for her new book DECANTING A MURDER in her brand new
Sommelier Mystery series, also published by Midnight Ink. L.A.
In all, it was an enjoyable weekend, and TO CATCH A TREAT is now officially available. Did I enjoy the traffic? Absolutely not!