Friday, January 23, 2009

Best Booksigning Ever!

Some people favor their birthdays. Some holidays. Me? It’s my now-annual Once Upon a Time Book Launch Parties that makes my year!

Especially the one held last weekend, with record attendance and sales for The ABC’s of Kissing Boys, and the following quote from my teenage son, “Mom, that was your Best Booksigning Ever!”

I agree!

Many of you know about the game we played because we did the same giveaway here. My daughter and her best friend mingled around with a poster-sized version of my book cover (like the one behind my head here)

and pink slips of paper, asking for name, phone number and a guess as to the name of the lipstick.

Here are some of my favorite answers: Peachy-Keen, Blushing Pig, Kiss Me Coral, Caramel Kisses, Green (haha), Rose Petals in Springtime.

The true answer: Nude. (Dull. I know, right?) But it didn’t matter because we did random drawings, and soon had three winners of “the lipstick, some glosses and candy”: a walk-in customer, the mom of one of my favorite readers, and a teenage guy who said he was going to give it away on Valentine’s Day (aaaawww...).

Meanwhile, people moved in and out, in and out. Here’s some of the action:

Including a special “guest appearance” by favorite teen author, Paula Yoo.

Here I was, in the back of the store,

but I later heard from several sources that Billy Ray Cyrus from “Hannah Montana” (otherwise known as Miley Cyrus’ dad) strolled on by the store and glanced in at the action.

If I had known, I would have had someone yell, “Catch, Billy Ray!” and tossed him copies of all three of my books. For Miley, in case she’s looking for new projects. But alas, he was The Man Who Got Away.

Still, the fun was far from over, as more people came and went, and the store staff and I decided to have a little fun with the camera and the kissing theme.

17 fresh comments:

yabooknerd said...

Looks like a great party - and tons of fun.

Leigh said...

Great pix, Tina! Wish I could have made it - looks like everyone had a blast! Congrats~

Anonymous said...

Tina, Janet Here. I would have given anything to be there with you on your special day. Maybe I can pencil in next year and surprise you myself. Congrats!

Kelly Parra said...

Oh wow, what a great time!!! I wish I could have been there. Thanks for sharing, Tina!!

TinaFerraro said...

Jessica, Leigh & Kelly, thank you!

And Janet, YEAH, totally come out and surprise me next time. I'll even forget we discussed this, okay? ;)

Anonymous said...

Great pix, Tina. As always, I stayed longer than I planned! --Paddy

Cindy Procter-King said...

You look like you're having so much fun, Tina. Congratuations on Kissing!!

Cindy Procter-King said...

Oh, P.S. Great looking blog you and Kelly have here.

TinaFerraro said...

Thanks, Paddy! And there are you, in all your kelly green gorgeousness!

Cindy, thanks for coming by, and yeah, Kelly and I are very proud of our blog!

Janie Emaus said...

I wish I could have been there, but as you know I was in Nashville where it was beyond freezing. Thinking of your book signing kept me warm!


robin_titan said...

That looks like fun!

Oh hey, Tina I just got back from the library and checked out your other two books can't wait to read them, I think I'll start with how to hook a hottie hehe :D

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Pretty wild to see Billy Ray!
We all need days like that. For me it's location rather than date, but we all have our key moments when we know we are going to kick butt.
Much success to you!

L. Diane Wolfe

Shalonda said...


That looked like fun!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the great book-signing! Thanks for sharing the pics. :)

Ben Esch said...


Hey! It was great meeting you at the book signing, though I'm kinda bummed that I missed Billy Ray Cyrus. In the dark days between "Achy Breaky Heart" and his daughter getting famous, he used to do these spectacular/somewhat embarassing ads for the local Native American casino by my hometown.

Anyway, if I ever see him I want to yell "Jackson Rancheria Casino, where everyone's a winner!" and see what his reaction would be. I'm guessing he would punch me in the stomach.

Anyway, great blog and great book signing.

All the best,

Ben Esch

Thao said...

I wish I had been there, looks so much fun. Maybe I'll have a chance to meet you in 2010, hopefully : D The poster is so beautiful, I'm jealous of whoever got it.

TinaFerraro said...

Thanks, Janie, Robin, Diane, Sholanda, Shari & Thao!

Ben, thanks again for joining us, but too bad we didn't get a picture to prove it. Oh, WITH Billy Ray! =) And hey, if you ever do run into him and deliver that line, we want a full report!