This past Saturday, June 19, Toni was invited to discuss and sign Sugar Creek with the romance book club at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, Kentucky. What an event! There was a great turnout of readers, and their questions led to a lively discussion about Toni's career, some of the fun facts behind Sugar Creek, and future plans for the Destiny series - including a few secrets about upcoming books (but they promised not to tell!). The discussion was followed by a signing, where Toni autographed piles of books and got to chat more personally with some of the readers. One group of fans even put together a surprise present for Toni - a fabulous basket of apple-themed gifts, in honor of the Farris Apple Orchard in Sugar Creek, of course. Everyone also got to enjoy some Sugar Creek Cake, a delicious concoction of white cake, apples, and chocolate.
This - the discussion and the cake - was all put together by Joseph-Beth's fabulous Gina Scalera, romance bookseller and huge Toni Blake supporter. Gina is a delightful person and runs a fantastic romance section, so if you're anywhere near the Lexington area, you should definitely stop in. Humongous thanks to Gina for such a wonderful event.
The final highlight? Seeing the giant Sugar Creek cover on the banner advertising the event. Joseph-Beth was kind enough to let Toni keep it, so there may be some upcoming redecorating in the Blake household...
Looking to meet Toni at an upcoming event? Her next appearance will be at the 2010 "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing at the RWA National Conference in Orlando, Florida, Wednesday, July 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
See more pictures from this and other recent events on Toni's Facebook page.