This donkey had his day!
Saturday's Book Release Party was a smashing success.
Especially considering how close it came to being cancelled, on account of weather.
North Texas has experienced days and days of severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, flooding, and tornado outbreaks. The forecasters called for Saturday to be the worst yet. But the "show must go on," as they say...and so we plowed ahead with our plans, saying a prayer and keeping our fingers crossed.
First up: Flash and Henry loaded up into the trailer like CHAMPS! I was so proud! You have no idea what a big accomplishment this was. Donkeys, trailers.....um. yeah.
We brought them over to Paws for Reflection Ranch, who graciously hosted the party. And what an incredible job they did! Stan and Melode, the owners and directors of this animal therapy facility are absolutely wonderful. Their hearts for helping people - veterans, special needs kids, kids with challenges - is so evident and real. I can't say enough about them. If you are in the DFW area, you owe it to yourself to come and visit.
Except for a couple of brief showers, the storms went around us all afternoon. I loved seeing friends, family, blog readers, donkey lovers, and Flash fans! Signing books was so fun, particularly getting to stamp an exact replica of Flash's hoof on the page next to my signature!
Flash (along with Henry) met the public with grace and charm, taking all the attention in stride.
(This is Margaret, who volunteers at Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue. She helped us with Henry's adoption!)
Thank you to all who came out to celebrate with us. Sarah Atkinson, my acquisition editor at Tyndale Momentum, along with Bonne Steffen and Anisa Baker (my editors) came all the way from Chicago for the event, as well as Ruth Samsel, my agent from Connecticut.
We could not have felt more honored.
It was a great way to "kick off" bringing Flash to the world!
And thank you to all who are buying the book and sharing it with their friends, family, and book clubs! It means the world to me to know that you're reading it and enjoying it enough to pass it along to others.
Question of the day: if you have read (or are reading) Flash, what is your favorite chapter so far?