Bookstores + Brownies = Best Things in Life

July 30, 2012 at 7:27 pm (Events) (, , , , , , , , , , )

July 28th couldn’t have come fast enough.  I twiddled my fingers and tapped my toes, checked my blog and my messages, repeatedly, in anticipation of meeting Melinda McGuire and Rhonda Dennis in person at Half Price Books.  I haven’t read Josephine: Red Dirt and Whiskey, or any of Rhonda’s Bayou titles, but I’ve enjoyed following Melinda’s blog and getting to know her through her posts and emails.

Melinda and Rhonda were both just the definition of southern friendliness.  Brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and free packets of Cajun seasoning were available for the taking.  In addition to signing and selling copies of their books they held an exciting raffle for a gift basket of all their combined titles and other goodies.  The event was all smiles, pleasant conversation, and plenty of brightly colored checkered napkins!

Raffle Winner!

I find that the best things in life are browsing books, meeting people, and eating fabulous baked goods.  It doesn’t really get much better than that!  I think the kiddos would agree, as Ayla got to meet Melinda’s youngest who is the same age (but a head taller), and share sugar free cookies.  The girls pal’d around in the kids sections here and there as well as discussed the merits of alternative health in the stacks behind the book signing table.  Toddlers can be quite chatty around new friends.

It was a pleasure to have these two lovely ladies and their families at the store this weekend and I look forward to having them again.  Maybe next time you can join us.

Even if you missed the signing, show your support for these southern authors by purchasing copies of their books here and here.


  1. melindamcguirewrites said,

    Reblogged this on melindamcguirewrites and commented:
    Thank you, Andi, for posting the pictures 🙂

  2. greenbayounovels said,

    Thank you so much for including me in the book signing. I had a great time in Humble!! Everyone was so nice and the store was wonderful! We’ll be sure to stop in the next time we are in the area.

  3. Karly Lane said,

    I follow them from down in Australia! I wish I could have been there, but I am so excited that I will be finally catching up with Rhonda next September when I come over for a visit!

    • Anakalian Whims said,

      That’s so exciting. You probably hear this from Americans all the time, but I can’t wait to visit Australia! Do you read Kate Morton? I love her.

  4. melindamcguirewrites said,

    Thanks again for everything. You are a wonderful hostess 🙂

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