Friday was Buy Indie Day, during which everyone was encouraged to show support for independent bookstores by buying at least one book from their local indie.
It was also the official release of my book, "Dope Thief," from St. Martin's Minotaur, and I was lucky enough to be at my local bookstore, The Doylestown Bookshop, which hosted my first reading and signing. It was a blast, and some excellent friends, Jonathan Maberry and his wife, Sara Jo, brought a cake made in the image of my book.
The next day I was back at the Bookshop with twelve of my friends in the Liars Club, a group of Philadelpaia-area writers, producers, actors and other creative types, kicking off our tour to promote independent bookstores all over the region.
We hosted a party for the store, featuring games, free food and prizes like free books, a chance to appear in a comic book written by Jonathan Maberry, or a cameo in producer Laura Shrock's "It's Todd Show".
Our events have gathered a lot of attention from the ABA and in the local press.
The Philly Liars Club includes L.A. Banks (The Thirteenth-Vampire Huntress Legend, St. Martin's Griffin); Gregory Frost (Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet, Del Rey/Random House); Merry Jones (The Borrowed and Blue Murders, St. Martin's Minotaur); Don Lafferty (a social networking/promotion guru), Marie Lamba (What I Meant..., Random House); William Lashner (Blood and Bone, William Morrow); Jonathan Maberry (Patient Zero, St. Martin's Press); Jon McGoran, aka D.H. Dublin (Freezer Burn, Berkley); Ed Pettit (Poe scholar); Laura Schrock (Emmy Award-winning writer/producer, currently producing the canine comedy web series It's Todd's Show); Kelly Simmons (Standing Still, Washington Square Press); Keith Strunk (Prallsville Mills and Stockton, Arcadia Publishing); and Dennis Tafoya (Dope Thief, St. Martin's Minotaur).
The events were a ton of fun and we had excellent crowds, sold some books, and supported a bookstore that has always been a great friend to local authors.
Author of Dope Thief
St. Martin's Minotaur