Barnes and Noble on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City - a great turnout for a Tuesday night.
Me and the fantabulous crew at ABC Books in Springfield, Missouri. First of all I gotta tell you that store managers and their staff are always amazing. I have never (knock on wood) had a bad experience, but Valerie Earheardt and her employees are just soooo, genuinely nice. There is just something to be said for a locally-owned business. They're different. I compare it to being in someones home and they've invited all these people to come and browse through their books.
If you live in the Ozarks or you're passing through - it is a popular vacation destination, after all - why don't you pop in to ABC at 2109 North Glenstone, Springfield, Missouri and pick out a book to read poolside. (Ahem! May I suggest "False Victim" - I hear it's an intense, quick read and I know the author would be pleased if you bought it).
(signing a copy of False Victim for Mike and Carla Green)
The BEST part of this trip? Meeting facebook friends and bloggers I'd never met before. Mike Green (above) is an 'accidental' facebook friend that I decided to 'keep.' (me on the phone with Mom: "Did the Mike Green that I graduated with leave Patty for some woman named Carla that has a bunch o' kids that look just like him?")
And when this beautiful woman walked through the door - oh my! - you'd have thought Elvis had just entered the building! It's RuthAnn Winans aka "Aunt Ruthie" from the wonderful, wildly popular
It was a dream of mine to meet here and there she was - at my book signing.
I made a such a fuss that I think it embarrassed her (she's very gracious and down to earth) but I couldn't help it! And with every book I signed I added 'SugarPieFarmhouse.com' so everyone else could see why I am so star-struck.
At Borders in Springfield, Missouri with my very dear friend Susan Kennemer (we were both in radio together too long ago)
I co-hosted the morning show with my former boss Rod Kittleman at the Christian Station KADI, Rock 99. That 2 and 1/2 hours was just like old times, like we'd never stopped working together. Rod is still someone I call when I'm making changes in my life and I want to know what he thinks. Love, love, love him! Andthe best part about Rod? Radio is an uber-competitive, back-stabbing, claw your way to the top type of business and not once did I see him act anything less than the Christian gentleman he is.
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Until Next time,