On November 2nd, my husband scoured the local bookstores (and I called a couple just outside of town) in search of Greg Rucka's Last Run. No one carried it. Anjin was disappointed. The one book he had been looking forward to for months was nowhere to be found. Sure, he could order it online or order it through the bookstores, but that meant waiting. And by then he wasn't exactly wanting to give them his business. I am sure many of you can relate.
Lucky for us, Greg Rucka was scheduled to make an appearance at our favorite independent bookstore in Westwood, California, a two hour drive (thanks to the traffic) into Los Angeles from where we live. We only had to wait until the 6th of November. It wasn't much of a hardship though, if you think I'm complaining--what better excuse to visit The Mystery Bookstore? And meeting Greg Rucka would be worth it.
Greg Rucka has written quite a number of books, including comic books. I've read just about all his novels, my favorites being the Queen and Country spy/espionage series, featuring Tara Chase. Last Run is the latest in the series.
Also on calendar for that hour was Michelle Gagnon, author of the Kelly Jones, FBI series. When I heard she was going to be there, I became even more excited. She was there to talk about her new book, the latest in her series, Kidnap and Ransom. I had heard about the author's books through Trish of Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'? and it was on my list of series to try. I was excited to get the opportunity to meet Michelle Gagnon and to bring home a signed copy of the first book in her series, The Tunnels.
Greg Rucka and Michelle Gagnon were every bit as friendly as you might imagine--and quite funny. They played off each other well. The two authors took questions from the audience after talking a little bit about their recent releases. They discussed their research methods, where their story ideas came and about the surprising aspects of their books readers find to complain about. Everyone had a good time and Michelle Gagnon even did a bit of the Macarena for us!
You'll be happy to know I am not quite the same shy person I was a couple of years ago when approaching an author--no more hiding behind my husband, unable to say a word. I still get tongue-tied though, and why I told Michelle Trish was pregnant, I haven't a clue. That comment was totally out of the blue (didn't even mention my own condition)!
It was hard not to walk out of the store with an armload of books, especially given my current craving for crime fiction novels. Now I know how my husband must feel when I drag him to Dairy Queen (a pregnant woman's prerogative)--all those tempting choices before him, but, well, there's that darn diet to consider. I was good though. We bought only three books.
We followed our evening up with dinner at Jerry's Famous Deli before hitting the road for the long drive home. All in all, it was a pleasant afternoon and evening. The animals even forgave us for feeding them their own dinner three hours late.
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