Well … it’s almost over. There are still a couple of reviews to come on the blog tour, but to all intents and purposes, the launch of Body Breaker has been and gone. And what a launch it was … By far the hottest day of the year, 100 people crammed themselves into the Old Fire Station Arts Centre in Carlisle. When we’d planned it we’d optimistically planned for 70. Ten minutes after the door opened and the staff were frantically adding extra rows of seats. When we actually started there were people standing. My friend Tess Makovesky has written a lovely little blog post – Cakes & Laughter – which I’ll let you read, and have no intention of rehashing here, but it would be remiss of me if I didn’t thanks the following:
- Michael J. Malone who compered the evening and provided the challenging and fun questions.
- The staff and management of the Old Fire Station for providing a superb venue, and reacting superbly to the huge turnout.
- My lovely wife Jo, who kept me fed, watered and sober (it was also my birthday) in the run up to the evening. She also arranged the superb cake which was a massive hit with everyone.
- Cheryl Wallace who baked the cake. It was actually so realistic one of the first people through the door tried to open it. I kid you not …
- Brian Tyson who brought a marvellous selection of bespoke, hand-turned pens.
- Lucy Mathews of Bookends who gave up an evening in the sun to come and run the bookshop. I’m glad you did so well, Lucy!
- Noelle Holten for arranging the blog tour.
- The bloggers on the blog tour who all took the time to read and review Body Breaker.
- And finally everyone who made the effort to leave their back gardens, their beer gardens and their BBQs on the hottest day of the year to come and listen to two crime writers. Some of you had made long journeys (Devon, Birmingham, West Yorkshire, Ayr …) and I didn’t even get a chance to speak to everyone.
Rather than keep waffling on, I’ll simply let you see some pics taken throughout the evening.
15 minutes before the doors opened and the crowd had started to gather …
We had intended to start at 7:45 but it was roasting so we went for a 7:30 start. People were as good as gold and got their drinks and took their seats.
Michael and I deep in discussion. I have a tendency to go off the rails sometimes but Michael steered me like the pro that he is.
And finally, some after event pics and a cake …
That’s all folks. Next year sees me launch the first in my the new Washington Poe series. Hoping to be able to announce some big news regarding that in the very near future so watch this space.