Don't Cricket McRae and I look as though we're having fun? Thanks to the great staff at Old Firehouse Books in Old Town Fort Collins, Colorado, that's exactly what we did yesterday from noon to three. We talked to dozens of readers, passed out bookmarks and shared our tray of sweet treats from Fiona's Deli and Cricket's delicious homemade chocolate molasses oatmeal cookies, sold a few books, signed more to leave on the shelves, and had a great time.
I have a side story to tell. In various places around Fort Collins there are rearing horse statues, with another one coming soon to a corner near our excellent Senior Center. I'd been looking for the horses that are on public view, so imagine my surprise when I walked right into one yesterday.
With the signing scheduled for noon, I had packed up my signing supplies and the tray of goodies and headed for Old Firehouse Books. After toting my things inside the store, I moved my car to one of the Old Town parking garages and walked the two and a half blocks back, taking a short cut through Old Town Plaza.
There I happened across one of the rearing horse statues I've been looking for. Being one who is easily distracted, I stopped, pulled out my camera, and took a few pictures.
This one is a lot more attractive and a lot less intimidating than the bright blue devil horse that guards the Denver International Airport grounds. That scary creature has bright red eyes and probably gives kids nightmares.
I took a few photos and hurried on to Old Firehouse Books.
One of the toughest things about book signings in bookstores is that most writers are also heavy readers. The desire to browse and buy can be overpowering. The bad news for Cricket was that our table faced the cookbook shelves, and she loves cookbooks.
The good news for me was that thrillers and mysteries were toward the back of the store. Out of sight, out of mind. I did wander a bit, however, and wouldn't you know it, I found a book about Twitter. I bought it to donate to the Northern Colorado Writers Library (as soon as I finish reading it, of course).
For you Colorado authors (and out-of-state authors visiting Northern Colorado), remember Old Firehouse Books when you set up your signing schedule. You'll love 'em.