I did get to escape once and do a bit of shopping, but it was kind of a utilitarian trip to get things I hadn't packed for. I liked what I saw of the city. I didn't see all that much, but it has a good vibe. The weather was warm and had the perfect touch of humidity--until the torrential rain started, pretty much sealing the deal that I would be hotel-bound the rest of the day. That was fine, though. I worked on the book while eating mini-bar cookies and then answered written interview questions while watching a 3-hour marathon of The Office. Having rest and quiet time has been really good for me, and it's looking like I'll also have a good piece of time to work tomorrow before my evening signing and start earning the keep.
Just to clarify once again, here's my Washington, D.C. area signing schedule:
Tuesday, September 8---Baltimore/Ellicott City, MD
6pm--Barnes and Noble
4300 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Reading and signing
Wednesday, September 9---Fairfax, VA
11054 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, VA 22030
Reading and signing
I'll be there--possibly in outfits not yet seen on tour--with lots of Richelle Mead color-changing pencils to pass out. My suitcase weighed in at a dangerous 48 lbs. at the airport last time, which means those pencils need to clear out. I also probably need to ship some stuff home to reduce the weight, including my Larry Elmore art book and Joe Flanigan picture.
So, after a quiet day, here's what I offer to you. First, reader Eleanora was kind enough to send me an ad that shows the Russian cover of Vampire Academy! Thanks so much. It's small, but I figured I'd put the whole thing up for those of you who know Russian.
Second, the interview I did with the nice people at Detroit's Fox station is online, so now you can see me in action--well, in subdued action at least. I'm a bit louder and sillier at the signings. I'm always uneasy about seeing myself on video, but this isn't too bad. What's funny is that the camera in front of me wasn't the one actually filming me, so my eyes are always glancing off to the side, like I'm planning an escape and might run off at any moment.
And so there's no confusion: Detroit people, this is a week old. The signing it's advertising is long past.
Oh, another warning: the description I give for Blood Promise has spoilers. Watch at your own risk.