Last Friday, May 9th, I held the launch party for A FLAME IN THE WIND OF DEATH at A Different Drummer Books in Burlington, a bookshop near Toronto that has been a local landmark for over forty years.

As a thank you to our friends, family and readers who came out to the event, I’d prepared a book lovers’ gift basket to raffle off with everything you might want for an evening with your favourite new book—a bottle of wine, chocolate, gourmet cookies, tea, hot chocolate, scented candles, and chocolate covered coffee beans for those nights you absolutely have to stay up to finish! Also, Ian Elliot, the very kind owner of A Different Drummer Books and an all-around great sport, donated a gift certificate to the book store so the lucky winner could pick up more literary goodies.

It was a nice kick to walk into the bookstore to see a stack of our titles:

With the help of family and some very generous friends, there were some lovely refreshments:

I read an except from the beginning of the novel as the team discovers the body that starts this case. Because the main floor of the bookstore was crowded, I got to read from the landing. I felt like Juliet…

After that, we did the signing and mingling. For a while, the bookstore was at full capacity, but later in the evening, the crowd thinned out a bit so you could move around.

(That’s my youngest with her phone glued to her hand…)

Can I just say how surreal it is to have your kindergarten teacher come out to your book launch? She was thrilled to reconnect with one of her students and it was lovely to see her (in black, in the foreground of this photo):

Thanks to Ian at A Different Drummer Books for being such a great host for us that evening, and thanks to everyone who took the time out of their busy evenings to come out and share in the launch. We all had a great time!