All roads led to Coalesce Wedding Chapel in Morro Bay last Sunday for Double Tap, our soiree and mega launch party for our newest short story anthologies, "Gone Coastal" and "Never Safe." We were blessed with a sunny day, a relatively rare event for March on the Central Coast, and the buffet table was piled with goodies thanks to our Local Sisters and our publisher, Seven Sisters. Attendees showed up, if not in droves, at least in a steady stream. And, they bought books, a combination no doubt of our excellent prose and a glass or two of vino.
Zachary Heckman, Candii Verdin, Sherri Patton, Bonnie Cardone, JoAnne Lucas and Sue McGinty kept everyone enthralled (and sometimes in hysterics) with first-page readings of their stories.
"The Fastest Panel Discussion in the West" moderated by Sue McGinty, featured novelists Victoria Heckman, Sunny Fraizer, Marilyn Meredith, Jane Dennison and Gay Toltl Kinman. It turned out to be not so fast after all, as the audience had lots of questions about how writers research all aspects of their stories. But what the hay, we had all afternoon, and the food and wine were holding up just fine.
The day ended on a high note with the raffle of two gorgeous baskets from Jim and Karen Kavanagh of Seven Sisters.
If you missed the event, watch this space for other signings later in the year. Or, you can always buy copies of our anthologies locally at Coalesce in Morro Bay, Volumes of Pleasure in Los Osos, or Novel Experience in San Luis Obispo.
By the way, for all of you who contributed food, the leftovers were donated to Prado Day Center for the Homeless in San Luis Obispo. They were most appreciative.