Saturday, November 26, 2011

MAXDOG's first public engagement

MAXMOM here...
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...


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!

Sending lotsaluv


The Life of Riley said...

Congratulations Caryl on your first book signing!

Berts Blog said...

Wonderful turnout. Congratulations this is just the beginning.

Bert and My Vickie

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

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*˛˚ღ •˚ CONGRATS CARYL!! This is just the beginning of an exciting and successful journey that I hope has many more moments to take in and enjoy and 'does good!!' ✰* ★ ★ *˛ ˚♥* ✰。˚ ˚ღ。* ˛˚ ♥ 。✰˚* ˚ ★ღ ˚ 。✰ •* ˚ ♥"

Scout and Freyja said...

Oh, how dearly I wish I could have been there with you to celebrate! Thank you so much for the photos and for sharing this wonderful day with all of us. Onward and upward! Wagons ho!

24 Paws of Love said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful and exciting day for you. May MaxDog bless others as he has blessed you. :)

Mrs. JP said...

Well, you know I'm just in tears of pride and thanksgiving for your book signing. Seeing that "larger than life" billboard of Max really touched me. In my heart I'm saying go my friend, GO and enjoy the peace and rest of God rewarding you for a job so very well done.
Next, I love the concept of crime prevention by Divine intervention! How wonderful to have carols sung as the background to your books debut. Not coincidental,,,God planned it that way.

Boondocks Love Shack Pack said...

We are just busting with excitement for you!! The pictures say it all - and you are such a beautiful woman! God bless and may Max Dog accomplish the purpose God has for it and for you!

Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

houndstooth said...

I'm so happy that the book signing was a big success, but I knew it would be! Now that's one thing you don't have to worry about any more. Maxdog will continue to go on without a hitch, I'm sure!

Anonymous said...

Oh MaxMom, Mom and I are truly PROUD as punch for you!

You did Max PROUD, I just know that he is right there with you.

This really is just the beginning for you and Mom and I are so very happy for you and your family too.

Maybe if you tour the States we will meet you in pawson!

woos, Tessa

Suka said...

How exciting! Congratulations! So wonderful to see all your hard work and dedication finally coming to fruition. The photographs of the event are lovely, and so nice to see so many of your friends and family supporting you. I am sure Maxdog is looking down and wagging his tail in delight!

Suka and K

Ms. ~K said...

Oh Caryl, I have tears of happiness rolling down my cheeks!
So happy and proud for you!
With loving memories of Maxdog,

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Wow this was incredible!
Thank you for sharing this experience with all of us!

My Dog Sam - Ruptured Disk said...

Hi Caryl, congratulations and best wishes going forward.

Bouncing Bertie said...

Looks like a highly successful first public outing for MaxDog. Well done! We have gale force winds in Aberdeen this morning, no doubt due to a perturbation of the atmosphere in South Africa where a certain book is flying off the shelves.
Cheers, Gail (who knows a lot about chaos theory, living with a terrier!)

verobirdie said...

Congratulations for that first event. Max must be so proud

The Thuglets said...

Congratulations on your book signing event! Max was definitely there with you.
We love the huge promotional poster of Maxdog.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Curt Rogers said...

I'm so happy for you, Caryl. This past weekend was Thanksgiving here in the States, a day in which not only do we glut ourselves but we pause and reflect on the blessings that have been bestowed on our life. Max was certainly a blessing in yours, and continues to be. For that I am grateful. He gave me the chance to find you out there on the infinite internet and to witness your hard work and unwavering dedication. You are a remarkable person. Thank you for being one of the blessings I counted this year.

If I could have been there with Duncan I would have been first in line!

sprinkles said...

What an exciting day for you! Wish I could've been there but it looks like you had quite the turnout.

Anonymous said...


It must be so exciting :D


How Sam Sees It said...

How exciting! We really wish we could have been there!


KB said...

Congrats!!!!! I wish that the whole dog blogosphere could have been there!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS! So pleased that after all the anticipation Maxdog has made it to the hands of the readers! I hope that you have time to soak it all up and reap the enjoyment you deserve from these engagements!