Launching of A Sure Cure for Witchcraft

Last Saturday was the launch for my brand new middle grade novel, A SURE CURE FOR WITCHCRAFT. The weather was perfect, which is always an added bonus for any event. Things went well as only a few people were allowed in the community centre at one time. It’s always tricky trying to figure out a way to do things safely during this pandemic. I was simply pleased to be able to have an in-person launch this time around. But things went far beyond my expectations. They really did. We didn’t have the crowd that had turned out for previous launches but I knew it wouldn’t be. People are still trying to navigate through this pandemic and keep themselves, and others safe–myself included. No one knew what to expect anymore than I did. I went into this fully aware that this would not be a launch like my other ones. It wasn’t widely advertised and actually came together in less that a week. One of the many reasons for this was, I didn’t want to wait until proof of vaccination was required which was coming in to effect the following Monday. It just seemed as it would make things more complicated and add to the confusion.

But I have a few photos for those of you who were not able to make it.

Here I am with my two cohorts all decked out for the event. Judi and Bonnie lent their talents for the day and were responsible for all the decorations and for actually figuring out a way to make the day safe for everyone. We had all kinds of witchy decorations and I absolutely loved it. Every author should have a Judi and Bonnie in their corner–just saying.

The good people at Nimbus Publishing were on site for the day. Having a launch in a rural place has it’s challenges as many of these small centres do not have Internet access. But things went along smoothly regardless. True professionals!

This beautiful potted Mum was a gift from my son.

The area was petitioned off so that people were able to social distance. They came in, got their book, followed the arrows, stopped off to have their books signed and a quick chat, continued on, grabbed a cookie or brownie along the way and then proceeded out the exit door. Smooth.

Here’s hoping that when my next book comes out in Fall 2022 all this COVID business will be behind us.

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  1. I’m pleased it went well. We have to be so flexible these days but fortunately as writers, we are good at being flexible!!

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    • Things have definitely changed and you’re right, Darlene, we do need to be flexible. It will be nice when things get a bit more normal. Hopefully, in the time ahead.

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  2. That looked fun. Did you have to furnish your own hats? Those witch’s hats are hard to come by.

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    • Hi David. I hope you are feeling much better. So sorry to hear about your ordeal. I actually bought my hat in August at the dollar store. I paid $4. I thought I’d better grab one up early as there likely wouldn’t be many (or any) closer to launch day.

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      • Hi Laura, I’m feeling fine. For much of that episode, I was sedated. So what was done, not done, that comes from my wife. Definitely a good idea to have bought your hat ahead of time. When Halloween candy appears in August, you know costumes and accessories are not far behind. Have you noticed not much can be bought for a dollar at the dollar store? (LOL) 🙂

        Stay well.

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  3. Congratulations on your new book. I ordered it and a druid book from Chapters today. They seemed to be the perfect pair.

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  4. Always jealous of your community support, but happy it all went well, thanks to your friends!

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  5. Good on you for attempting a live launch during this time. And congratulations on the new book. I have it on my TBR pile. I too have a new book but won’t be launching it live. Things are too dicey here right now. Hopefully I can arrange something for the spring — not exactly a launch, but something.

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  6. Congratulations, Laura! This one I had to miss for a few reasons. I’m glad it worked out well for you.

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