Mar

27

2010

book signing and magic

Filed under: Nina Jones and the Temple of Gloom, writing

I’ve got a book signing today, whoo-hoo! Book signings are one of the things I dreamed about before I was published. Sitting there in a bookshop…among lots and lots of books…one of them MINE, ALL MINE!

Of course in my dreams, I had a queue of bookbuyers out the door, and in reality it isn’t quite like that. Okay, not like that at all. But my friend Biddy is coming to make sure I’m not all alone, and this time I chose a book shop with a coffee shop in it, so I will be well-supplied with lattes. And I will definitely be sitting next to lots of my book, which is mine, called Nina Jones and the Temple of Gloom. I wrote it, and now I get to sign it. Which is so incredibly cool.

It’s from 12.30 to 2.30 pm in the Waterstones in the Oracle shopping centre, Reading, if you are so inclined.

I’m also in a stupendously good mood because yesterday was a great writing day. I wrote nearly 3000 words—usually I try to stop at 2000 a day to spare my hands, and lately it’s been a relief to stop, but I couldn’t stop yesterday until I’d finished the scene, and today my head is zinging with ideas for the next scene.

And I have a great hero. He is beautiful and sexy and bitter and wounded and pretty much a dickhead. God, I love dickhead heroes. (And no, he doesn’t look like John Cusack—he looks like someone else and I’ll post a picture of him soon.)

I’m 25,000 words into this story and it’s come to life for the first time. Which is a pretty good sign to me that I’ll have to cut a lot of the beginning, but that’s fine. It’s come to life, and that’s the magical part. It will all work out.


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  1. Happy signing. Happy zinging. Looking forward to seeing your dickhead hero!

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  2. Have fun!

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  3. Have a lovely time with your queue and the Bidster.

    YAY on t’new book.

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  4. Looks like you’ve got a great day for it, lots of people will be buzzing about. Have fun!

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  5. Yay on your WIP progress!! Can’t wait for a pic of your hero. Happy signing 🙂

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  6. Wow, Julie, you’re definitely living my dream. (I will, I will, I WILL get there).

    Hope you had a lovely day and did lots of lovely signings xxx

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  7. Hope you had a fab day, Julie, I only wish I lived closer!

    (and I love dickhead heroes too. What’s wrong with us?)

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  8. Ha, I share those sentiments Mel! It’s inspiring just hearing about it. the everyday stuff as well as the exciting stuff like book signings.
    Hope you had a good day, Julie!
    (did you get free lattes?)

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  9. Great news to read that the book is coming to life and you, the famous author, are doing a book signing as the public comes to you!
    It sounds like the good life to me!

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  10. Thank you, Lara, Nell, Jan, Shelley, Lacey, Mel, Kate, Laura and Chris!

    🙂

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  11. Lacey, I will put up a pic of my new hero this week. He’s far too gorgeous to keep to myself. Biddy was drooling over him when she came to visit. :-0

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  12. Mel, keep dreaming and working hard! It’s not easy but it can be done!

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  13. Kate, I don’t know. Dickheads are great in fiction, not so much in real life. Maybe it’s because we can motivate them and make them learn when we’re writing them?

    I’m really into him though. He reminds me a bit of my hero Dominick in Honey Trap, and he was one of my all-time favourites, so it’s fun to be writing someone with a similar character.

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  14. Laura, the everyday stuff is definitely less exciting than the book signings, but it’s necessary and you can’t be all dressed up in book shops every day.

    I had to pay for my lattes, alas! But Biddy fetched them. Good woman.

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  15. Chris, I’m far from famous. We can all dream though!! 😉

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  16. Ah, that’s the lovely thing about fiction. If I met some of the men I write about in real life, I’d probably punch them. Imagine the classic Alpha hero sweeping into your life with his Ferrari and his sardonic eyes. You’d never take him seriously! But that doesn’t stop him being madly popular in fiction.

    Plus, of course, in fiction he usually has a valid reason for being a dickhead. Most of the ones I’ve ever met were just born that way.

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  17. I was out doing errands Saturday and decided to stop by the book signing. Got to Waterstones on Broad Street after 2 and wandered around for several minutes, quite in disbelief that they must have put you in some invisible back corner and had no sign mentioning the event! Then I remembered — you were at the Waterstones in the Oracle! Oops. So much for my plan to support the local girl; maybe next time I’ll get it straight. 🙂

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  18. Kate, that is so, so true.

    Though I’d like to see a classic Alpha guy sweep into this neighbourhood with his sardonic smile and his Ferrari. The most exotic car we have parked in this road is a Golf.

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  19. Aw, Shelley, thanks for trying! I appreciate it and I’ve made that mistake many times myself.

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  20. There was a DB9 on my drive once, but it belonged to a roofer friend of my brother, and he doesn’t have a sardonic smile. Still, it was nice to play make-believe.

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  21. I’m so glad you’ve found your story groove after 25000 words – it’s giving me hope I might find mine one day.

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  22. LOL Kate!

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  23. Fiona, it will come to you. Hopefully before 25K.

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