The official launch of Shades of Appley Green by Miriam Wakerly.
After much heartache over the late arrival of books last week, followed by the joy of them turning up, the rescheduled book launch finally happened. What a lovely evening it was, all captured on my husband’s video – but not quite fit for public scrutiny, as it needs some sharp editing!
At a gathering of nearly 40 local guests, the evening was opened by the Mayor of Surrey Heath, who spoke very kindly of my books and me. He also stressed the importance of supporting bookshops in this age of the e-reader. His personal preference is for a book he can pick up and hold and he was very taken with the book cover. On the other hand, his wife, also at the party, now prefers her Kindle.
I spoke a few words about the book and how it is the first of a new series set in the same village as my first two, but with different themes. I said, ‘I think this one will appeal to different people for different reasons’, giving a few reasons why. As suggested by Cath, the manager at Camberley Waterstone’s, I then did a reading – the blurb on the back cover, the Prologue and the first page of Chapter 1.
Chris Pitt, Councillor for Frimley Green and Deepcut also spoke about how he first met me at a Gypsy and Traveller Forum and thoroughly enjoyed reading the first two novels, Gypsies Stop tHere and No Gypsies Served. I put a lovely comment he once made in an email into my promotional flyer, ‘They are amazingly readable, and I tore through each within about 48 hours of purchasing them. Couldn’t put them down wanting to find out what happened.’ There are local plans for a Traveller site up the road from where I live, so these novels are even more topical and of greater local relevance than when first published.
It was so lovely to have a shop full of people that have come just to see you (and the Mayor etc!), have a glass of wine and some nibbles, and buy a copy of your signed book. I have to pinch myself today to prove this was not just a dream.
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