I am pleased to announce that I will be returning to Out Raleigh May 6, 2017. Out Raleigh is a special event for me because this is where I first met D. Jackson Leigh, Yolanda Wallace, and Larkin Rose way back in 2013. It was quite an adventure for this introvert to travel six hours away from home to meet total strangers and promote my very first book Healing Hearts. For any of you that have read Larkin Rose’s books, you can imagine I received quite a hazing, but only in the sweet “we’ve got you now” kind of way. These authors took me in as the newbie and made me feel like a part of a family, and they each hold a special place in my heart.
Each year changes, and sometimes our little group can’t always stay together, but we’ve been pleased to be joined by other authors such as VK Powel and Erin Dutton from time to time along the way. This year will be no different, and I can’t wait to start out the summer “Southern Crawl” with a visit to Out Raleigh with D. Jackson Leigh and Yolanda Wallace. After the much missed welcoming hugs and catching up, we will set up the Bold Strokes Books Tent and get down to real business, meeting and getting to know the wonderful readers who come by to see us.
Out Raleigh is different from the other events I attend each year. This isn’t your usual Pride event. Out Raleigh is about celebrating out LGBT families. I don’t think I have ever been to any other event that could rival the number of LGBT couples with baby strollers. It is such a breath of fresh air to see people come together to celebrate the unity of LGBT relationships and the commitments we have to one another.
With a little luck the weather will be bright, sunny, and warm. Unlike that first event in 2013 when I swear I got frost bite. But not to worry I will be prepared this time with my parka and a pair of shorts just in case. I will have copies of all my books for sale, including my new release Unbroken.
So, if you happen to be in the area, or like me feel like making the drive, come out to see me, D. Jackson Leigh, and Yolanda Wallace on May 6, 2017 at Out Raleigh. I look forward to seeing you there.
Just for fun, here is a photo of our little group from 2013. My how time has flown.