Monday, October 26, 2009

Utah Booksigning, Friends, and a Giveaway!

This past weekend, I flew to Utah to attend my friend Heather Justesen's very first book signing. I'm so excited for her. Keep reading to win a copy of her awesome book, The Ball's in Her Court - which I reviewed here.

While in Utah, I had the opportunity to meet with my Utah critique group. We had a blast!!! This was the first time I had been able to meet with them in person. Normally I edit their stuff online since I'm the only one who lives out of state. We had such a blast, Heather and I didn't get to her house until 1:30 am! Such fun!

After sleeping in on Friday, Heather and I had even more fun out and about town while I photographed her for her upcoming author pictures. I took over 500 pictures and got a huge variety of gorgeous shots. I'm just getting into editing them today, but here are a few samples . . .



Doesn't Heather look awesome?

Friday night, we prepared for her book signing while watching Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth version, of course!). Once again, we didn't get to bed until after midnight . . . I believe it was pretty close to 1 am.

Finally, the day Heather had been anticipating for months had arrived! Here are a variety of pictures from her book signing at the Fillmore Public Library.

Heather signing my book.

The dish with Romance Author Heather Justesen was my gift to her.


Isn't her book cover awesome?
Giveaway: To enter to win a signed copy of The Ball's in Her Court by Heather Justesen, simply leave a comment on this post by Friday, October 30th at 12 noon (CT). I'll announce the winner Friday afternoon.

This group of fans came up from Las Vegas!

Heather's gag gift from fellow author, Tristi Pinkston - a drawer full of money!

Heather surrounded by some of her fans!

Some of our fellow AuthorsIncognito friends - (left to right)
Mary Greathouse, Nichole Giles, Heather Justesen, Keith Fisher, Danyelle Ferguson, Tristi Pinkston)

We're Valor Girls!
Karen Hoover & I with our awesome Senior Editor at Valor Publishing, Tristi Pinkston.

Another fun group shot!

Me & Jelly Bean.
Jelly is Heather's Chihuahua & Pomeranian mix puppy. She and I bonded immediately. It was so sad to leave her. She felt the same way. She stood on the window ledge barking like mad after I said goodbye. I miss her dreadfully. Maybe I'll have to fly her out for a visit.

After the booksigning & luncheon, I went back to Utah County in Nichole's awesome red Mustang Convertible. So very cool! That evening, I went out to dinner with reps from my publishing company - Tristi Pinkston and BJ Rowley. Silly me - I forgot both my notebook full of questions from my co-author AND to take a picture of the three of us having dinner at Olive Garden. Sigh. Not to worry though, after an awesome dinner discussing tons of stuff that will happen for my book, we returned to where I stashed my stuff, then continued our conversation with my notebook on hand. It was a very fun, informative, and incredible four hour meeting. Can I just say that I have an AWESOME publisher?

Tristi and I at 11 pm, after the meeting when I finally remembered to pull out my camera.


A few things changed at the last minute on Saturday, so after dinner, I went to my friend Robin's house for the night. We attended church together Sunday morning, then she took me to the airport. I was grateful for the opportunity to spend time with Robin and her family. I just love them!

Robin & me.
Below is her awesome family.

All in all, I had one of the best trips to Utah. I'm so glad I could be with Heather and share her exciting weekend. The icing on the cake was seeing some of my other awesome friends, too. I realized again just how blessed I am to have such wonderful friends in my life. I thought a lot about friendships on my plane ride home. I'm very grateful that our relationships here on Earth are eternal and will continue on forever.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for Heather's awesome book! You can also check out her awesome book trailer below!

22 comments:

Nichole Giles said...

It was so fun to see you, Danyelle! I feel so blessed to be a part of such an awesome group of writers, and that you and I can be friends. Can't wait until April when you're out this way again.

Nichole

Ronda Hinrichsen said...

What a great post, Danyelle! The pictures are gorgeous and the trailer looks cool. Way to go!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

wow! that sounds like so much fun!

Connie Hall said...

This really looks fun. Great pictures. Wish I could have been there, but I'll see Heather when she comes to Salt Lake.

Cindy Beck said...

Looks like a lot of fun. I'm so glad it went well for Heather and that you were able to share the good times with her.

Tashua said...

It looks like you had a wonderful trip! It was fun to sit with Anna Sunday! :)

KC Mom said...

How stinkin' fun for you! It looks like a wonderful trip! I'm anxious to read the book!

Heather Justesen said...

Okay, seriously, Danyelle, you are B-awesome! Can you send along the larger version of those pics for my scrapbook? It was great having you here!

Karen Hoover said...

You don't need to enter me in the drawing since I already bought a book, but just had to say how much fun it was hanging with you guys on Saturday. I especially loved watching you take pictures in Nichole's convertable on the freeway. I was laughing so hard I couldn't stop coughing!!! Looking forward to the next time you're back this way. HUGS

Stephanie Humphreys said...

It's so great you got to go to Utah for Heather's signing. It looks like you had a fabulous time.

Kk said...

It sounds so exciting. My dream is to become an author. Been working on some novels in my free time also taking creative writing class through my school. It sounds so exciting that you are getting published. I hope that I can read the book soon.

Tristi said...

I already have a book - and I bought three more at Heather's signing - but just wanted to say how wonderful it was to hang out with you! You'll always be one of my favorite people!

Marcia Mickelson said...

Sounds like a great trip--you did so much. Congrats to Heather, and what great photos you took.

Anne said...

I would love to read your book & Hey- 14 is my lucky number!:) anne molino at hotmail dot com

Heather said...

What a blast! You truly are blessed! I would la la LOVE to win!

Amy Marble said...

The book sounds great - would love to win a copy!!
amymarble@hotmail.com

Elizabeth said...

Love the book trailer! Very nice! The cover looks awesome! I can't wait to get a copy of the book!

Cheri Chesley said...

That looks like great fun! So glad it was such a successful trip. Can't wait to read the book :)

Kristi said...

I would love to be entered into a drawing for book. Heather is my cousin and, of course, totally awesome!
Kristi Farr
dkfarrkids.blogspot.com

Jamie Cotter said...

Heather was my yearbook editor and good friend at Snow College. I can't wait to read her book! It would be even better if I won a copy. :)

by Heidi C said...

I am so excited for Heather and can't wait to read her book!

themeese2 said...

I didn't even know you were here.

:-( :-( :-( :-( :-( :-( :-(

Sniff..sniff...WWWWWAAAGGGHH!!!

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