YOU PROBABLY WONDER WHERE I ARE… I MEAN, WHERE I WAS! Well, rather than keep you guessing, I’ll just tell you that I spent Saturday evening in the charming town of Lockhart, Texas. (“The Barbecue Capital of The World!) Last night, I was one of the featured authors at the gala event known as Evening With The Authors, and even though I might be considered a “little star,” I still had a twinkle in my eye! Ah, what a marvelous time was had by all… The event was held at Judge Rebecca Hawener’s enchanting garden estate, a lovely setting festooned with an incredible array of flora and fauna. (Flora was the woman sitting beside me.)
The grounds were decorated with lovely plants, flower arrangements, and special lighting. (I was the only “dim thing” present!) Each author had their own table, designated by a huge neon sign (just kidding) and was chaperoned through the evening by a series of wonderful volunteer guides. Our first guide was an interesting and intelligent woman named Linda Brooks, and she was simply a marvelous hostess. In fact, every volunteer we met was just wonderful, and I can see why Lockhart is such a pleasant place to live. The town is filled with sweet, pleasant folks. (Folks who love to read, too!)
I met a couple of wonderful ladies from Barnes & Noble Book Sellers, and they were kind enough to feature all 3 of my mystery novels, plus my new non-fiction book, THE SECOND MOURNING. I understand that my history book was actually the best seller of the evening, and for that, I am extremely grateful. (No, I didn’t buy 30 copies!) The hard-working ladies from Barnes & Noble set up a book tent, handled the sales, and provided the perfect venue for browsing throughout the evening.
Patty and I were amazed by all of the people who love American history, and we got to meet some truly incredible folks who were quite anxious to learn about President Garfield’s assassination. I must have autographed at least 5,000 books (slight exaggeration here) but I loved every minute, and the best part was meeting so many interesting citizens. Life is good, especially in a small town. Even better in a small town with 4 great barbecue joints!
In case you’re wondering, we didn’t dine on barbecue. The fare consisted of healthy cuisine, including a shrimp-filled paella and lots of green salads. (See what happens when women run the show?) If men were in charge, we would have feasted on brisket and ribs, and consumed copious amounts of Lone Star Beer. With the ladies running things, we were treated to an endless supply of good wine from the Pleasant Hill Winery. Of course, there were several tables of homemade desserts, but I resisted the temptation! (My motto is still: “Boys who eat sweets, take up two seats!”)
I might have mentioned this already, but all net proceeds went to support the Dr. Eugene Clark Library of Lockhart. If you live in Texas, you should definitely plan a trip to Lockhart, which represents the best characteristics of American life. You will meet a lot of honest, decent, hard-working folks who will make you feel proud to live in such a great country as ours. You will also be treated to some mighty good food, so come hungry!
Finally, in celebration of my newest Adam Gold Mystery (RANSOM ON THE RHONE) I am now packing for another book tour/road trip/vacation to sunny Florida! I am not quite sure of our itinerary, but my publicist, Blind Lemon Lefkowitz, tells me that we have some intriguing stops along the way. (God knows what that means!) Our last “intriguing” venture resulted in a stiff fine and a suspended jail sentence! If any of my blog followers know the name of a reliable bail bondsman, please forward asap.
In closing, I would like to assure you that I will definitely NOT be exercising during this outing. In fact, if my body is ever found dead on a jogging trail, just know I was murdered elsewhere and dumped there!
Have a safe and wonderful week! Love to all…
P.S. I will post some photographs of last night’s event in the near future!