Signing pen? Check. Husband-slash-roadie? Check. Chocolate? Check.
LET'S GO ON A SIGNING TOUR!
The #ILoveAngelTrilogy tour kicked off yesterday: a whirlwind signing tour of seven UK cities. Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Southampton and London. Whee!
A lot of you have asked if I'll be visiting your city or country this time around. I am, genuinely, so honoured when people enjoy reading my books and want to meet me, and I wish this could be a world-wide tour and that I could meet every single one of you. But I wouldn't get much writing done if that were the case. Cat-boy would be annoyed, and we don't want to annoy Cat-boy. So, for now, this is the extent of the tour. If I don't meet you this time, then fingers tightly crossed for the next!
Yesterday my husband and I loaded up our trusty Citroen, waved goodbye to the cat, and hit the road. First stop: Birmingham!
We got to the High Street Waterstones a little early and dropped off the splendiferous Angel banner (yes, the same one that lives in my office and that Usborne is never getting back). We went to have a coffee (you may have noticed coffee being a theme in these posts), and when we got back to the shop my husband was VERY smug to find out that not one, not two, but three different Waterstones employees had tried and failed to put up the banner. This then allowed him to step in, put it up in seconds, and say, "But it's easy."
I'm convinced he's sabotaged it. This is the same man, remember, who nicked my VIP pass.
(Actually, he's lovely and buys me chocolate. Not to mention that he wears special angel wing cufflinks whenever he comes along to events with me, so he's allowed a bit of smugness over his banner-putting-up abilities.)
The signing was wonderful - sorry to go all gushy here, but it just was. The fear is always that no one will show up, and you'll be stuck there at your table smiling hopefully at passers-by who are thinking, "Who is that strange woman? Why is she smiling at me in that slightly deranged way?" Well, this definitely did not happen in Birmingham. We had a really great crowd, and it was just a joy. AND! Birmingham turns out to be a hotbed of Seb-love! I met SO many members of Team Seb there, which made me very happy because I have a real soft spot for him myself.
So, THANK YOU BIRMINGHAM for everything! You guys rock!
Then we headed on to Chester to our friends Mike and Sue's where we stayed last night, to drink lots of wine and catch up. Mike sees my husband fairly regularly because they're both sad D&D geeks and have a game going (I too am a sad D&D geek, or at least I used to be, so I can say such things), but neither Mike nor Sue had seen me in years and were starting to think my husband had buried me under the patio.
I am happy to say this is not the case, though doubtless he's been tempted over the years.
So, THANK YOU, Manchester! Another fab signing - it was wonderful meeting all of you!
Anyway, tonight we're staying at a hotel called The Mere, WHICH HAS MEERKATS! Look what was on our bed!
I'll be tweeting about the tour all week, so keep an eye on my twitter feed: @LA_Weatherly, #ILoveAngelTrilogy.
Meanwhile, the meerkat and I are savouring a very nice glass of red and enjoying life rather hugely.