Dragon Speaker book launch

I was nervous and anxious this past week leading up to my (and Erin Thomas’ and Deb Ouellet’s joint book launch). It was my first one, and I didn’t know what to expect. I got everything prepared…

And then today, the day of the launch, I started feeling excited instead of anxious. I knew what I was going to say, I had the fruit and chocolate platter ready, and prizes, and my stuffed dragon, and handouts. I was prepared! (My fellow writers were bringing other food and drinks.)

I went–set up things with Erin and Deb–and I had a *fantastic* time! It was actually fun–which I didn’t expect (laughing). It felt SO good to see other writers there, especially those who came for me. Another Story BookShop was *wonderful*–they had our poster up on their sandwich board along the sidewalk, with a chalk drawing of a dragon on it; our books nicely displayed (to which we added bookmarks); a table all cleared for us–even with a tablecloth!–for us to lay out food; and they were accommodating, welcoming, and overall lovely people. I highly recommend them if you’re in the Toronto area.

sidewalk sign outside Another Story BookShop (credit: Kali Munro)

sidewalk sign outside Another Story BookShop (credit: Kali Munro)

Dragon Speaker books laid out at store (credit: Debbie Ohi)

Dragon Speaker books laid out at store (credit: Debbie Ohi)

And the launch itself got packed full of laughing, talking people–which makes sense, since there were three of us authors celebrating together.

Dragon Speaker authors: Erin Thomas, Cheryl Rainfield, Deb Ouellet (left to right)

Dragon Speaker authors: Erin Thomas, Cheryl Rainfield, Deb Ouellet (left to right)

I forgot to ask someone to take photos for me (lesson learned, I hope) but the wonderful Debbie Ohi has put a few on Flickr.

Debbie Ohi, Cheryl Rainfield (left to right) (credit: Debbie Ohi)

Debbie Ohi, Cheryl Rainfield (left to right) (credit: Debbie Ohi)

I DID get a photo of the beautiful cake that Erin Thomas’ mother made, with the covers of all our books on the top, as well as a photo of all three of us authors before the crowds came. As more photos come in from other people, I’ll share those, too.

Dragon Speaker cake with all three covers on it

Dragon Speaker cake with all three covers on it

One thing I found–it helps to have good family (I don’t have family)–for good cheer, for moral support, for knowing you can count on them, for filling up the space and helping it feel lively, for help with extra tasks and bringing things. But I was so grateful and glad for every person and friend who came–it meant a lot to me.

All in all, it was a wonderful launch–thank you so much to everyone who helped make it so!

Here’s a photo of all three of us authors and the illustrator of the series!

Debbie Ouellet, Charlie Hnatiuk (illustrator), Cheryl Rainfield, Erin Thomas (left to right)

Debbie Ouellet, Charlie Hnatiuk (illustrator), Cheryl Rainfield, Erin Thomas (left to right)

Dragon Speaker launch, Cheryl Rainfield (credit: Kali Munro)

Dragon Speaker launch, Cheryl Rainfield (credit: Kali Munro)

Cheryl  Rainfield, Claudia Osmond, Abby Osmond, Stacy King (credit: Debbie Ohi)

Cheryl Rainfield, Claudia Osmond, Abby Osmond, Stacy King (credit: Debbie Ohi)

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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10 Responses to Dragon Speaker book launch

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  2. Congratulations, Cheryl! I hope your launch was fantastic and that cake was amazing!!

    All the best,
    Lori

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  4. Thank you, Lori (grinning). It was such fun!! And yeah, the cake was wonderful. ๐Ÿ™‚ People had a hard time cutting into the covers–I think they didn’t want to “ruin” them–but once someone had, the cake went quickly.

  5. The Ms. S says:

    Congratulations! I bet you were thrilled! Great blouse – the colour is perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ And what nice cake…awww!

    Sounds like lots of fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Maureen says:

    Looks like you guys had a wonderful time! Congrats on the book launch!

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