That's Los Angeles, California not Louisiana :) On Thursday, I'm going to be flying all the way across the USA to the west coast for a couple of book signings and to participate in a book festival. And just like when I flew to Scandinavia for a Baltic Sea cruise back in July, LA is currently having a heat wave! It was 113 F there on Monday...yikes! We had temps in the low 90s F when we were in Sweden, which is normally around 75 F that time of year.
Speaking of the weather....I wrote a guest blog about weather and magic for Black Gate Magazine. My short story, Cursing the Weather is going to be published in the magazine this December. Here's a link if anyone's interested: http://www.blackgate.com/2010/09/27/the-weather-part-art-part-science-and-part%e2%80%a6-magic/
My mini West Coast tour is going to be a blast. I can't wait to see all my southern California readers again and my friend, Alethea. Plus my daughter, Jenna and niece, Amy are coming along with me. I'll have an entourage ;> I will be busy with events, but I do have some time to sightsee. I think a tour of Hollywood and some time at the San Diego Zoo are on the schedule.
I know some of you are wondering why I'm going back (I was there in April 2009), when there are states and countries I haven't been to yet. Well... I was invited to the Orange County Children's Book Festival for their Teen Panel and my publisher is helping to pay for my travel expenses.
If you live nearby and have some time this weekend, I'd love to meet you :) Also feel free to bring as many of my books that you want signed. I've had so many readers only give me one and say they didn't want to bother me to sign them all. It's what I'm there for people!! If I ever get sick of signing books and meeting readers, I hope someone smacks me upside the head!
So much for my short post... Here's my schedule just in case ;>
October 1, 2010 - Book Signing at Borders in Glendale, California (100 S. Brand Blvd. Glendale, California, 91204, 818-241-8099). 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
October 2, 2010 - Book Signing at Mysterious Galaxy (http://www.mystgalaxy.com/) book store. (7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Suite 302, San Diego, California, 92111, 858-268-4747) 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
October 3, 2010 - Participating in the Orange County Children's Book Festival (http://www.kidsbookfestival.com/index.html) at the Orange Coast College (2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, California, 92626) 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. I will be on the teen stage for a presentation at 11:30 a.m. and will be signing books right afterwards. It's FREE with FREE Parking - you can't beat that price :)