Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Southern Magic Readers Luncheon

Saturday, I headed to Birmingham, Alabama, for the Southern Magic Readers Luncheon. The day’s always fun, and this year was especially nice. The folks are so welcoming and make everyone feel at home.
The ladies who sat at my table were great gals. You can see them in the photo. Left to right: Happy Jacques, Theresa Hawkins, Cheryl Kress, Debby Giusti, Cindy Stewart and Lorraine Heron. Happy is Lorraine’s daughter, and I was so glad to get to know her this year! Lorraine and I met three years ago when I attended the first Readers Luncheon, and she’s been sitting at my table ever since. Thanks, Lorraine. It’s always great to see you again!

Southern Magic President Susan Vikerstaff sat with us, but she had to check on a few details. The camera caught her walking behind our table. Susan’s so poised at the microphone and is always a gracious leader. Susan’s been a friend for a number of years, and I look forward to seeing her each time I head to Southern Magic events.

Authors bring baskets that are raffled off and my table was extra lucky. Cheryl won THREE baskets, Cindy won one, and Happy took home two. Whoo-hoo, ladies!!! So glad you won. Judy Alred won my basket, and we got together for a photo at the booksigning, following the luncheon. Hope you enjoy the American Tourister carry-on bag and all the books and goodies packed inside.

I always enjoy seeing Carla Swafford. If you’ve ever been to a Southern Magic event, you know Carla. She’s involved with everything the chapter does, and she does everything so well. Plus, she epitomizes Southern hospitality.

I spotted Marie Campbell and Christy Reece when I walked in. Marie and Christy often come over to the M&M conference and they’re old friends. Everyone’s still so excited about Christy’s three book sale to Ballantine Books. Watch for her books coming out back to back in May, June and July 2009. Congrats, Christy, on your well-deserved success!

Lots of gals from the Heart of Dixie Chapter in Huntsville were there. New York Times Bestseller Linda Howard always makes the day extra special. She’s such a doll. Beverly Barton and Linda Winstead Jones were there as well. Lynn Raye Harris celebrated her first sale – congrats, Lynn. Kimberly Lang and Kira Sinclair had author tables. Both are members of the Writers Playground blog, the first blog I ever posted on. Be sure to tell Marilyn hi, girls. She and all the Playground writers are wonderful. I’ll see them again in May for the HOD Readers Lunch, another favorite event! Sherry Werth was there as well. Sherry and I met last year at the HOD event. She stops in often on this blog. Thanks, Sherry. It’s always great to see you!

Debra Webb received recognition for publishing 77 books!!! Wow!!! How does Deb do it? She’s extra nice and a great writer!

Kelly St. John introduced speaker Christina Dodd who told us about how she got started. We all enjoyed hearing her story.

Laura Hayden will be SM President next year. She’s a great writer and such a sweet gal. Thanks for making the booksigning run so smoothly, Laura. Jennifer Echols, Giselle Carmichael and I sat at the same table, and we all sold out. Thanks to everyone who bought a copy of COUNTDOWN TO DEATH. Hope you enjoy the story!

Thanks Southern Magic for a wonderful day in Birmingham. I’ll see you next year for the 2009 Readers Lunch when Anne Stewart will be the keynote speaker. Come on over to Atlanta, okay? Maybe for M&M 2009!

Happy reading!!! Happy writing!!!

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti


Playground Monitor said...

Hi back at ya! I hated to miss the SM lunch, but I'm doing NaNoWriMo and already had several weekend days committed. And then there's Thanksgiving and my #2 son is coming home from grad school. I haven't seen him in ages.

Looking forward to seeing you too at the lunch next May.


Debby Giusti said...

Hi Marilyn,
Thanks for taking time away from your writing to stop by!!! Good luck with your NaNoWriMo! Have a great Thanksgiving with your son. Missed you SAT. Looking forward to May!

Lynn Raye Harris said...

Hi, Debby! It was great seeing you, too. Thanks for the congrats. :) Looking forward to seeing you again in May. :)

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