Chapters Barrie Encore Book Signing for Destiny’s Gate, by J.R. Matheson + Lee Bice-Matheson

It’s that spooktacular time of year again…Halloween is fast approaching. Also called All Hallows’ Eve, it is a central theme in Destiny’s Gate, Book Two, Paige Maddison Series. What better time of year to be invited back again to Chapters Barrie on Saturday, October 24th, to help kickoff Halloween week. From the moment I arrived (while setting

J.R. and I are ready for the day at Chapters Barrie. We are so excited to be here.

J.R. and I are ready for the day at Chapters Barrie. We are so excited to be here. Saturday, October 24, 2015.

up our table) interested book lovers approached me and asked about our series. Thankfully, J.R. Matheson arrived from Toronto, on time, and we dressed in our Halloween costumes. Ready and raring to go at 1 pm, we were delighted with all of the people who stopped by our table.

Chapters Barrie with future readers of the Paige Maddison Series. Ages 10+

Chapters Barrie with future readers of the Paige Maddison Series. Ages 10+

Our series is for Ages 10+ so when younger children approached us, we wished them a Happy Halloween, offered them a caramel (approved by their parents’ of course), and explained that it would have to wait for another few years before they could read the Paige Maddison Series. You’d be surprised by how happily many kids responded and said they’d look forward to reading it when they are older. Truly wonderful kids enjoying the Chapters in store festivities hosted by Erica, in the Indigo Kids section of the store. Isn’t it great that Chapters staff do this for our youth? We’re impressed. Next, up tweens approached with their parents. We wrote our series for this age group, in particular. It began with the first book, Wake Me Up Inside. I wrote it because my coauthor, and son, said there weren’t many novels written for this age. As it has progressed, our series now includes YA or young adults. And we are happy to report all ages are reading the Paige Maddison Series.

Wonderful couple who moved here from the East Coast many years ago. They bought the series for their daughter and the mom said, "I'm next in line to read it, too." You made our day. Thank you kindly.

Wonderful couple who moved here from the East Coast many years ago. They bought the series for their daughter and the mom said, “I’m next in line to read it, too.” You made our day. Thank you kindly.

We know customers have a very busy day, some are quickly stopping in to pick something up, so we had to bring along our newest addition to our team…the wailing ghost. People’s reactions to it were fantastic – lots of laughter, exchanges of ‘Happy Halloween’, and some customers wore parts of their Halloween costumes, as we requested on our Twitter feed. Top to bottom, our afternoon at Chapters Barrie was full of fun, belly laughs, and fascinating conversations from readers. One couple had moved from the East Coast, a couple stopped by and we discovered they were formerly from our hometown of Sarnia,

This young family inquired about our series and asked many fascinating questions. Thank you for your genuine interest and buying our series. We hope you enjoy it!

This young family inquired about our series and asked many fascinating questions. Thank you for your genuine interest and buying our series. We hope you enjoy it!

 

Lovely fellow former resident of our hometown, Sarnia. Her family moved to the area many years ago. Thanks for the memories and lively chat. And thank you for buying our series, once again.

Lovely fellow former resident of our hometown, Sarnia. Her family moved to the area many years ago. Thanks for the memories and lively chat. And thank you for buying our series, once again.

and many local people living in Barrie and the surrounding area all dropped by. We talked, laughed, and signed sets of our series for buyers. We gift a special present to everyone who buys Wake Me Up Inside + Destiny’s Gate at each book signing.

J.R. Matheson explains Destiny's Gate to readers. What a nice time speaking with these two customers.

J.R. Matheson explains Destiny’s Gate to readers. Thank you for your interesting questions. 

Thank you, Erica, for inviting us back! It was great to talk with you. Thank you to your wonderful staff for the warm welcome, and to all of the people who dropped by and we had conversations with – please know this is what we look forward to most! I just need to know, did the wonderful expectant Mom have her baby on Saturday?

Lovely to talk with this expectant Mom. We hope it has gone / is going well for you. Please let us know. Thank you for stopping by. Lee + J.R.

Lovely to talk with this expectant Mom. We hope it has gone / is going well for you. Please let us know. Thank you for stopping by. Lee + J.R.

Please let us know it went well. We’re sure it did. Healthy and happy baby to you! I shared my story with her, and her young daughter, that our family spent many hours in the Indigo at the Eaton Centre. J.R. would search the bookstore for his favourite books and return 2 – 3 hours later with an armload. My husband, Kevin, and I would go through each book to make sure it was appropriate and J.R. left the store smiling ear to ear. Imagine, we are coauthors now, touring with our series in the Chapters/Indigo bookstore chain? One just never knows which way our lives can twist and turn.

We thank everyone who stopped by to talk, buy, listen, ask questions, and to the wonderful staff of Barrie Chapters - a very grateful thank you indeed.

We thank everyone who stopped by to talk, buy, listen, ask questions, and to the wonderful staff of Barrie Chapters – a very grateful thank you indeed. Pictured with Lee and J.R. is our Manager, Kevin Matheson, my husband, J.R.’s Dad, our loving supporter. xo

We are grateful to all of the Chapters/Indigo bookstores for hosting us,

This is my all-time favourite pic of J.R. Matheson. I think he enjoyed the day. We both did! Lots of good old fashioned fun. Of course, I'm acting up as I'm politely waiting for the shot to be taken. :) Thank you Kevin, once again, for all you do for us, our Manager, and my husband, J.R.'s Dad. xo

This is my all-time favourite pic of J.R. Matheson. I think he enjoyed the day. We both did! Lots of good old-fashioned fun. Of course, I’m acting up as I’m politely waiting for the photo to be taken. 🙂 Thank you Kevin, once again, for all you do for us. xo We couldn’t do it without you!

and to all of their wonderful staff for welcoming us. Thank you so much to the buyers of our series, our supporters, our family and our friends. Happy Halloween! Next blog post will be about our event held at Chapters Peterborough on Halloween!! Costumes worn, J.R. and I will be there from noon to three pm.

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