The Book Keeper in Sarnia Hosts Hometown Author Lee Bice-Matheson for Destiny’s Gate

How great was it to return to my hometown of Sarnia for the first book signing for Destiny’s Gate? Awesome! I love to start each book tour with a visit to the charming Susan Chamberlain and her wonderful staff to kick off another novel in the Paige Maddison Series. It is co-authored with our son, J.R. Matheson. It was unfortunate J.R. was unable to attend from Montreal but we all understood…you know…university and all. 🙂 The book signing took place Saturday, September 20th, from 1 – 4 pm. Tables were in place and we brought along Sasha Grace and Blue Eyes! They are two characters from book one and two, respectively. I adorned the table with a blue sequin scarf across the beige tablecloth and spiders! Yes, spiders. I always ask the readers in attendance to autograph my Guest Book as a gift to me from the people who showed up. It was, after all, the last weekend of Summer! Many weddings, parties, and other events were taking place. You can imagine how pleased I was just under 100 people turned out. It was a hustle and a bustle in the store.

Destiny’s Gate is dedicated to Marion Waters, her deceased husband Wayne, and the Aamjinaang First Nation located south of Sarnia. In fact, if you are interested, pick up a copy and see why. I wanted to thank you Marion, publicly, for coming this day and accepting copies of Wake Me Up Inside and Destiny’s Gate as a thank you to all you have done for me. Also to your daughter, Kim, for accepting the books on behalf of the Band. It was so lovely to meet your daughters and your grandchildren. Kevin and I had heard about the members of your family from Wayne. It was nice to put a face to their stories. He loved you all so very much.

The first person to line up for a signature, was a young woman, named Katie. She told me she loved Wake Me Up Inside and was on Ch 14 in Destiny’s Gate. She had been waiting for this book signing since it was first announced. We had a lovely chat and Katie shared she is writing a novel. Best to you, Katie.

Something that changed for me from the Wake Me Up Inside book signing, to the Destiny’s Gate signing? People lined up further from the table and one by one each person approached. I had one-on-one time with each person in attendance. Everyone had a story to share about their lives and I was honoured they entrusted me with them.

So many talented authors come through The Book Keeper doors.

So many talented authors come through The Book Keeper doors. Chris Hadfield’s on the board too!

On the counter of The Book Keeper. Fantastic!

On the counter of The Book Keeper. And on shelves. Fantastic!

And friend, Nancy. Thank you to all who came out to help celebrate the launch of Destiny's Gate.

And friend, Nancy. Thank you to all who came out to help celebrate the launch of Destiny’s Gate.

Lovely Marion and her family attended. This was taken after the dedication to Marion and her deceased husband, Wayne and the Band.

Lovely Marion and her family attended. This was taken after the dedication to Marion and her deceased husband, Wayne and the Band.

Thank you to all who came out from family, to friends, to new fans of the Paige Maddison Series.

Thank you Susan Chamberlain for hosting my second book signing at The Book Keeper, and to all of your staff for being so supportive. I’ve carried the energy and spirit from this day with me on my many public events that have been held since. This is priceless to me, indeed. #grateful

A special thank you to my sister Cindy for organizing the hors d-oeuvres for this event! They were very much appreciated by all! And a big thank you to both Cindy and Lynn for the Destiny’s Gate cake and beautiful flowers!Book Keeper Poster2014

In the middle is store owner Susan Chamberlain and staff member.

In the middle is store owner Susan Chamberlain and staff member.

Tasted as good as it looks. Thank you to my sisters.

Tasted as good as it looks. Thank you to my sisters.

 

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