Before the Crow launched April 9th, and although I was at the Ankeny Author Fair that day, the official release signing was the following Friday, at the Cedar Rapids Barnes and Noble Booksellers. Both events were fantastic. There was a nice little crowd that showed up in Ankeny that I recognized from last year and they were eager to get their hands on the continuation in my Overthrown Series! I don't think they will be disappointed. The official launch signing at Barnes and Noble was amazing. Special thanks go out to Amanda Zhorne, and the other fantastic folks at B&N for arranging, setting up, but mostly for taking a chance on me. There was a fantastic turn out. I even got a chance to chat with some passer-byes. If memory serves, they all stayed and chatted about fantasy and science fiction, and walked away with copies of both Within and Before the Crow. I hope they enjoy both books! All in all, it was an amazing day.
A few days later I found out that Before the Crow didn't just sell well it's first week in release, but it made the local Bestsellers list. Wow! This is humbling. Truly. I ran out and grabbed several copies of the Sunday Cedar Rapids Gazette and realized that it didn't just make the list, it is #1. I beat out Nora Roberts, Rick Riordan and a host of other fabulously talented and successful authors. I know it's just one local market, but I'll take every small victory I can get!
The Before the Crow release tour continues this upcoming weekend, as I gear up to attend the North Iowa Book Bash (#NIBB2016) in Clear Lake, Iowa, Saturday April 30th. Although this event is only in its 2nd year, it has quickly grown to the largest and most successful non-Convention author event in the state. Kudos to the BFBookies Micki Fredericks, Rachel Smith, and Lori Rattay for organizing such a killer event. After the NIBB I will be headed to Wizard World - Comicon in Des Moines. I will be participating in three panels, as well as manning a table all weekend, selling books. It is going to be a great time, so if you can, see if you can work it into your schedule. I will update this post with photos from the release signing at Barnes and Noble and others, so check back!