The book launch for Beyond Faith was held by Blue Denim Press on Sunday and while not attracting large crowds, we had people there. And we all enjoyed ourselves. My main book character PI Dana Bowman and a few more of the quirky characters – Bast Overture – Dana’s fraternal brother and PI partner, Detective Sergeant Donald Fielding – head of Major Crimes, David, Dana’s son, and a couple of new characters for the novel – Eli Foster and the nameless one all appeared from my reading. And I only read a couple of short excerpts within 15 minutes. But I read as l like to say – putting myself into the characters’ heads and shoes.
Photo courtesy Martin Crawford
At least I was awake then (Don’t let that photo here mislead you. I am listening to my friend and apparently trying to sign my book which she bought and looking at something not in the photo.) Unlike now, when I feel like I’m one of the walking dead and Halloween isn’t quite here as I write this. But it was worth it at the book launch.
So what have I learned from this book launch?
Good side – people invited will come – most let you know they are coming but some just show up. And they buy books – some even bought a copy of the previous novel Beyond Blood.
Bad side – those who RVSP’d they were coming, and didn’t bother to let me know that they couldn’t make it after all. Let’s put it this way – I know who you are and my take on you has gone down a notch.
Good side – those who RVSP’s they were coming, then couldn’t at the last minute and let me know. I can understand and accept that. Stuff happens at the last minute. And I won’t bite off your head because you did tell me.
Good side – Meeting and reconnecting with friends including a fellow I worked with in both our first jobs as teenagers (well late teens) for the Ontario Government. I first contacted him via Linked In. So don’t be too quick to complain about Linked In. Thanks to Linked In, I have reconnected with a former editor, a cousin who is now living in Asia. And I have found editing work via Linked In.
Bad Side – More people would have been nice. Beyond Blood and Beyond the Tripping Point brought in more people. But from what I’ve seen with other book launches I’ve gone to this year, evening launches seem to attract the largest number of people.
Good Side – some of those people who couldn’t make the launch because of previous commitments want to buy a copy of Beyond Faith – one already has.
And so the book promotion will continue.
But first I need to catch up on some sleep.
And then start kicking things I “have” to do; things others want me to do – out the window.
But I’ll open the window first.
Sharon A. Crawford
Here’s the book. Click on it for a link to one place the book is available.
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The arrival of Beyond Faith, the third book in the Beyond mystery series is getting closer.
Dana Bowman here. And Sharon A. Crawford, the real author, always here.We have an update. Beyond Faith’s appearance is coming closer.
Dana: Sharon has negotiated for Beyond Faith and Beyond Blood to get into the Dealers’ Room for Bouchercon 2017. New business cards are in the works.
Sharon: And sorry, Dana, you aren’t on them – like my editor would say – no space.
Dana: That’s okay…at least for now for this serial story which could be called Beyond Reason features me . Part 6 follows.
Dana: Fielding, what do you mean some of the characters here don’t exist. David certainly does and so does Ms. Dugan.
Fielding: Look on the floor and tell me what you see.
Dana (looking down): The floor.
Fielding: But what is there on the floor?
Dana: Nothing. Hey, who stole the hooded guy? Oh wait. Sharon made him disappear.
Fielding: Sharon? I don’t see any Sharon. . .
Dana: Sharon A. Crawford, the author of the Beyond books.
Voice of Sharon: Ah, hah. You are finally admitting it.
Dana: Yes. No. What the hell?
Dana, turning around and looking at Ms. Dugan and David sitting on the office couch: Well, you two are still here. So you must have seen Sharon make it disappear and then disappear herself?
David: Mommy, Mommy what do you mean? Sharon. She just disappeared. Maybe she took the dead guy?
Ms. Dugan: What dead guy? There is just us here.
Dana, looking around: Where’s Bast? He was just here too.
Ms. Dugan: Never saw him. Just you, David and me, and of course, Sharon.
Dana, scratching her head: What the heck. And I suppose you didn’t see Detective Sergeant Donald Fielding either?
Ms. Dugan: Who?
Dana: The detective who was investigating your brother.
Ms. Dugan: I don’t have a brother.
Dana: Yes, you do. He was banging on the door here and he was caught coming out of a hardware store carrying a screwdriver which he is alleged to have used in some break and enters. And he was living with you for now.
Ms. Dugan: I live alone.
Dana: Well, if all this is true, then tell me what the hell you are doing here and what have you done with my brother? I… oh my head hurts.
Dana falls to the floor.
TO BE CONTINUED…. MEANTIME:
Check out my website to see what Dana and I have really been up to. And yes, Beyond Faith is a reality .
Sharon A. Crawford
Sharon A. Crawford mugshot
Dana Bowman mugshot
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