Monarch Signing at The King’s English

So I’m a little wound up from last night – my first-ever signing and reading at a bookstore. First I want to say thank you to everyone who gave me advice yesterday for publicly reading. You want to know what’s funny? I completely forgot that I used to do readings all the time in college. I’d go to the Open Mics and read poetry at least once a month. I won awards for some of my short stories and read them aloud at the presentation nights. This isn’t new to me. I only remembered this as I was sitting at the panel table with the other authors. I thought, “Oh, this isn’t so new after all. It’s just been, like, ten years…”

Anyway, the reading went fantastic! Here I am giving a little information about myself to the audience, and then reading half of the first chapter of Monarch.

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See those monarch wings? Yeah, those are wings that my awesome friend Natalie Whipple wore to show her undying support of my work. After all, Monarch is what brought us together in the first place! Long story. But this book is special to our friendship. Thank you, Natalie!
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My friend Stephanie McGee also came, as well as Michael Offutt.

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One of the other authors was Melissa Menatti, who writes this drop-dead gorgeous poetry and presents it in the most unique, tangible way. Her book is incredible. I bought a copy and this is what it looks like:

Yes, way awesome! Loose pages you can read in any order you like. This girl understands poetry and as I listened to her read I was reminded of my college days and what I miss about writing poetry every day. Sigh. One of the other authors was Jessica McQuinn, who is published by the small press, Omnific Publishing. Yay for small press! Jessica writes romance, and it was a lot of fun to hear her read from her novel, Indivisible. The last author was Dorothy J. Varney, this lovely woman who has written about three of her husband’s ancestors during the gold rush in California. Her writing is solid and gorgeous. You can see her books here.
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All in all, a successful night! A great way to get my feet wet!

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24 comments

Congratulations Michelle!!!!

Derico Photography

You did awesome, Michelle! It was fun to go see you and listen to your reading 🙂 I have to admit, I snuck a peek at you while the poetry gal was doing her reading, and I absolutely loved your face… your eyes were closed and you had this look of complete peace. It's been a long time since I've heard poetry like that… it was absolutely beautiful.

Angela Hartley

I'm glad the signing went so well! You matched the colors of Monarch's cover in your clothing choices. How cool is that?! See you on Saturday, and by then, you'll be an old pro at this signing stuff 😉

Michelle Davidson Argyle

Charlie: Thank you!Meghan: Hehe, I loved her poetry so much. I remember closing my eyes and thinking people were going to laugh at me, but oh well! I had to do it so I could hear all the words come together. Sigh. I need to go to more poetry readings.Angela: Hehe, I was all excited when I realized I could wear black and red-orange and match my book, hehe.

That is so very cool, especially Natalie and her wings…I noticed that immediately when I saw the first picture!

I am so glad you had such a fun time. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It gives us all something to look forward to!

Michelle Davidson Argyle

Rick: Natalie is so much fun, hehe. 🙂Mary: Thank you! If I can do this stuff, anyone can, lol. 🙂

Sounds/looks like it was fun! Glad you got over your nerves :)That poetry book looks SO cool.

Domey Malasarn

I'm really glad you had such a good night! And Natalie's wings are awesome!

Michelle Davidson Argyle

Mariah: Thanks, it was a lot of fun! The poetry book is now a treasured item, for sure!Davin: Thanks! Maybe someday we'll be able to attend each other's readings. Ah, in a perfect world. 🙂

Looks like it was a great night! I'm SO happy for you, sweetie!

Congratulations, Michelle! Your shindig looks like a lovely place to be.

What a fun night! I love Natalie's wings. Such a great tribute to your book.

Karen Amanda Hooper

How freakin' adorable is Natalie with those wings? That's awesome. SO glad it went so well. Yay! 🙂

Congrats on a successful signing. Though I think we all knew it would be.

Congratulations on your successful event, Michelle! You do look confident and composed at the podium.It's strange how we forget about something that used to be a part of us daily, isn't it? Glad you fondly remember your poetry readings. Do you think you might alternate writing novels with writing poetry again?PS Natalie is inspiring! Brilliant, I say! Monarch wings are the perfect way to show fan support at your book event. Wish I had thought of it first!

Michelle Davidson Argyle

Jessica: Thank you!Cynthia: Hehe, it was quite the little shindig. So much fune. 🙂Janel: She's supposedly wearing those wings to my launch, too. That makes me smile even bigger!Karen: Definitely adorable! Her hair rocks, huh? 🙂Jake: Heh, probably! I prayed for it to be, anyway.Alicia: Thank you so much for all of your support! I might get back into poetry sometime, absolutely. Hey, you could always get monarch wings, too! 😉

I read about this on Michael's blog – I think I may have fixated on Natalie's wings 🙂

Michelle Davidson Argyle

Sarah: I certainly fixated on them! 🙂

Stephanie McGee

It was a great night, indeed.

Michelle Davidson Argyle

Stephanie: Thank you so much for coming!

I wish I could have been there. You look radiant! I love Natalie's wings too!

Michelle, Thank you for your wonderful compliments! I am so pleased that you've been enjoying my book so much. Would you mind if I referenced your comments on my site? It was my first reading as well and was glad to be with such a great group of authors. Melissa Menattiwww.MelissaMenatti.com

Michelle Davidson Argyle

Candice: Aww, thank you! Melissa: Go right ahead! It was lovely meeting you. 🙂

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