GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
Above: me and Clare-Rose Julius (General Manager of Porcupine Press)
Hello there to all my wonderful friends around the world.
After not getting much sleep the night before, I finally managed to get my act together and have everything ready for MAXDOG's first book signing event.
Above: First customers/readers
Our local community police forum and the management of
organised a 'Carols-by-Candlelight' event last night - in support of our community's current campaign:
"Crime Prevention through Divine Intervention"
The organisers graciously invited me to come along with the very first copies of MAXDOG
to be offered for sale and signing to our immediate community.
Above: Adriana van Eyssen (General Manager of Randridge Mall) buys one of the first copies of MAXDOG.
The atmosphere was festive and happy, and overseen by an engaging Master of ceremonies and our ever present community policing forum.
The SAPS Police Band and the St John's Youth Band entertained the public, and the choir from Kingsway school led the public in the carols. "MAXDOG" too, was present and visible. It was a lovely evening!
I am so thankful to my friends and family who came along to celebrate and to support me.
Above: The Weinerlein family
Above: Candice Botha, me and Andrea Botha
Above: Shelly van Gool and partner
Above: Barbara Allison chats to me.
Above: Lorraine and I celebrate
(Thank you, Lorraine for taking all the other photographs!!!)
Above: Mike Cloete and me
Above: My cousin Doug Shead and me.
Above: My husband Les ("Mike" in MAXDOG) and me.
Thank you Lorraine and Jenny for taking care of all the administration and allowing me to simply engage with the public. I am so grateful for your help and for granting me peace-of-mind despite my initial nerves.
Lorraine and Jenny help me with 'business'.
Above: Not ONE, but FOUR copies to sign for Shirley!
Clare-Rose Julius - the general manager of Porcupine Press (my publishers) also came along to give her support.
Above: Pam and Eugene Halgreen, and Clare-Rose Julius.
Thank you Clare!
It's been really hectic here and I feel as if I am on a treadmill (a fast one, I might add) ... that may not stop. I discovered yesterday that my limit without sleep is 19 hours. (I would have been an interesting subject for a cartoon caricature of 'A walking Zombie'!)
I suppose I shouldn't distress, because this is, indeed, one example of...
"LIVE LIFE TO THE MAX!"
Thank you again to the management and staff of Randridge Mall, especially to Adriana van Eyssen as well as Heather Brits (Honeydew Community Policing Forum), for welcoming me and promoting MAXDOG.
"Wherever MAXDOG goes, let it do good!