Book Launch: A Behind the Scenes Look.

The other week as I was going through some book launch photos, I found a few that made me giggle just a little. Most of these were candid shots taken by the lovely Dawn Alexander my official photographer for the day. Dawn showed up the night before while were setting up for the big day and she stayed pretty close by all through launch day. Now that’s dedication!

So, just for fun, I thought I’d post some of the behind the scene photos no one ever gets to see.

Setting up for the launch the night before was great fun. Of course it helps to have a few silly friends to take charge.  I’ll be the first to admit that decorating is not my forte. I’m more about the written word. Therefore, the decorating I leave to those more qualified.

Hard at work. Recreating the book cover was a little tricky since the vision of it only existed in Bonnie’s creative mind prior to setting up. Judi made all the silhouettes. It was a pretty cool idea. Wish I could take the credit but, as I said, I’m more about the words.

The end result kind of speaks for itself. I loved it. So did everyone at the launch. I warned you that I have some talented friends. They added all the extras they knew would make me happy: dark chocolate, Mars, beautiful white roses and my books. The tea pot of flowers was a Mother’s Day gift from my daughter.

There’s always someone in charge of the ironing. All those little details count. Thanks Barbie.

The look on my face suggests surprise, doesn’t it? You’s almost think I was expecting something to jump out of the box when, in fact, I knew there was a cake inside courtesy of the Monday Craft ladies. Seriously, they went above and beyond to make the day special. These ladies know how to show some author love. I don’t know what I’d do without the help and support from my friends and community.

And here’s a much better view. Just so you know it did make it out of the box It was delicious!

Launch Day: I could have told Bonnie it was a little late to be playing shy. Dodging the photographer isn’t as easy as it might seem when you get to be our age. Dawn was relentless in her mission to gets photos, but Bonnie using me as a human shield just doesn’t cut it! Oh Bonnie, oh Bonnie, when will you learn?

When the Nimbus publicist, Jeff Arbeau showed up, author friend Jan Coates offered to help him sell books. I love this photo taken when our MLA Leo Glavine showed up. Now there’s the look of a woman who can hardly wait to get her hands on some money. The next photo in the series (that I decided not to post) shows Jan actually prying the money out of his hands.. Okay, I’m just kidding about that! Seriously, Jeff said Jan was a huge big help!

There you have it, just a few of the candid shots from the launch of “Cammie Takes Flight.” Life is not just about the perfect moments that get capture on camera, it’s more about the moments that go unseen, but it’s all those silly, imperfect moments that create the best memories.

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  1. Great candid pix! Pretty sure I was really wanting to ask him about the health care budget, but contented myself with snatching his money:) So much fun!


    • LOL! He’s got an interesting portfolio this time, Communities, arts and Culture! I think it’s a good fit as he’s quite the social butterfly. He seems to go to everything. I loved this photo! And thanks for being there and lending a hand.


  2. Looks like it was a huge success and a lot of fun. You take wonderful shots, Laurie. And you’re so brave. We’ve sold our house, so I might get to see you next year. Congratulations on your new book.


  3. Judi

     /  June 20, 2017

    Hey, I don’t remember giving anyone my permission to post my ugly face on your blog…LOL
    Dawn did a wonderful job with the pictures. Much better than I did the last time. So glad she agreed to do them. I dislike having my picture taken, it shows you exactly like you are which is very sad. Love Ya!!!


    • No, you didn’t. Bonnie did! lol Yes, Dawn was great. I’m not one for having my photo taken either but sometimes I have no choice. I have a lot of really bad ones of me but hey, what can you do about it? So glad you and Bonnie were there to spoil me.


  4. David

     /  June 22, 2017

    That’s a wow cake. The effort to decorate it with the book cover is worth saying “off limits” about cutting it up to serve. 🙂


    • Hi David. It’s been awhile! Glad to see you’re still around blogland.
      The cake was pretty awesome and we did finally cut on it. It was quite delicious!


  5. I love these pictures. Both of us are blessed with friends and family who give us amazing support. The picture with Jan is just the best!!



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