Saturday, April 4, 2009

Booksigning in a Teahouse

What a fun day. We had a blast.

Six authors held a booksigning in an elegant old-fashioned teahouse, called Serenity Garden, in West Palm Beach. About twenty members of FRW came to support, cheer and share the fun. Some brought their mothers, mother-in-law, sister or friends.

And I brought my dear husband, a brave man, who didn't mind being the only male among the exclusively feminine assembly. Actually Sam said, he had a great time talking to every author or guest.

And guess who I held in my arms as I entered the teahouse, and then kept on my lap during tea? You guessed wrong!!!
It was my teddybear, General Sergei, a congratulations gift from my Playground friends when I sold my first book. My bear is dressed like the hero of my book.

We had tea in lovely English china and savored miniatures sandwiches and cakes. In the pictures below, you will see how the place is decorated with charming old nicknacks.

The authors signing were:

Mary Ricksen, Time Travel Romance
Actually Mary Ricksen was the one who suggested and organized the event in the teahouse. She was signing her first book, a paranormal: TRIPPING THROUGH TIME- The Wild Rose Press

Mona Risk, Contemporary Romance in Exotic Settings, TO LOVE A HERO, Cerridwen Press.
Patrice Wilton, Contemporary Romance, Desperately Seeking Susie-The Wild Rose Press

Jianne Carlo, Suspenseful Spicy Romance, MANACLED IN MONACO and D for DESIRE.

Traci Hall, Young Adult/Paranormal Romance, Her Wiccan, Wiccan Ways - Samhain

Dayana Knight, Paranormal/Erotic Romance, CURSE OF THE MARHIME-TWRP

At my table, FRW members present: Rosemary Letson, Lisa Manuel and Rita Cohl.

Kathy Pickering, FRW president, standing next to me. My husband bought me her book,
Flirting with Finances, a funny and very useful book that will teach me how to take care of money. Now I don't have any excuses for not handling and balancing my own budget.

In the same room, at the next table:

Jianna Carlo, Dayana Knight with her mother-in-law and sister, Judy De Witt, our dear librarian, and Tina Stitzer, hidden behind Mary Ricksen.
Click on the pictures to better see them.

Joan Hammond is a reviewer and long-time member of FRW.

In another room, Tracy Hall, Kathy and Lyn Armstrong.

And in the picture below, the lovely Patrice Wilton.

Thanks to Mary Ricksen's great idea, we had a fabulous time and we sold and signed several books.


Mary Marvella said...

Color me green with envy! Looks like you ladies had a wonderful time.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Oh, Mona, what a delightful tea party/book signing. I am jealous I live so far and couldn't come join you. It is one of the great memory makers of your career I am sure. Glad you had a great time, Sam and your adorable Sergie bear as well.

Regina Carlysle said...

WOW. Looks like fun! What a beautiful place.

Scarlet Pumpernickel said...

What a wonderful idea! Sounds like such fun. Wish I could have been there! Congrats on the successful signing.


Dayana said...

Wow, Mona! We did have a wonderful time and you allowed me to recapture the day!

Can't wait to do it again:) Did someone say "High Tea?" I'm on my way *grin*


LK Hunsaker said...

Mona, what a wonderful experience! I'm so glad you had a nice time. :-)

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

What a wondeful time! Sounds like a lot of fun.

Allison Chase said...

Beautiful pictures, Mona. Thanks for not capturing me in mid-chew or anything, lol. What a wonderful "ladies afternoon out" we had!

Lisa Manuel
aka Allison Chase

Linda LaRoque said...

Loved your pictures and you had such a big group. What a wonderful experience to add to your memory box and from what I read you sold loads of books.

Just like a man to buy a book for his wife on managing money.


Terri said...


You obviously had a wonderful time, and I'm so glad you brought Sergei! (and Sam, of course! What a brave man!)

Celia Yeary said...

Mona--how wonderful! such a beautiful setting, and stunning authors?Congratulations on selling books! (I sold four at church this morning!I did feel a little guilty, though. but they came to me! so, I think this is all right.)
Loved your photos, and I admire your husband very much--Celia

Mary Ricksen said...

It was the best time ever.
And Mona's husband is a supporting gentleman, one of the gang.
Thanks for participating Mona, I love you.

Maggie Toussaint said...

That's so lovely. I'm glad you had such a great time!

Congratulations, Mona!!!

Maggie from The Book Spa

Lyn Armstrong said...

We had an awesome time at the Tea House. Great photos, Mona. It really captured the day.


Anonymous said...

Great photos! Looks like a fun time!

Beth Trissel said...

Beautiful pics. Wonderful day. Wish I could have been there.

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Looks like a great time--something all of us would've loved to take part in. :) Thanks for sharing with us.

Aleka Nakis said...

Beautiful, ladies.

What a great afternoon you all had, and how lovely you look...


Catherine Bybee said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing.

Mona Risk said...

Thank you all for posting comments on my blog. I am glad you like the pictures. Mary Ricksen did a fabulous job organizing it and advertising in the newspaper. Sorry I didn't reply earlier. I was out all day celebrating my granddaughter's birthday. She just turned three.

Anonymous said...

Mona, it looks like you had a wonderful time!

Christina Phillips said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time! The tea house is gorgeous!

Molly Daniels said...

Looks like a GREAT time was had by all!

Sandra Cox said...

What fun!