On Saturday, we celebrated the launch of my debut novel, Angel Eyes, at our local Barnes and Noble.
Except for that two-minute span when I overheated and started yanking at my clothes right there at the signing table, the day was perfect. People I’d never met bought my book and then they asked me to sign it. They wanted me to write in their book! So stinking weird. But you know what the best part of the day was?
My friends. My family.
They didn’t just show up on Saturday. They SHOWED UP big.
Deep in the recesses of my insecure little heart, I’ve always wanted to be surrounded by friends. And not just the kind of friends who pat you on the back and say good job, but the kind that’ll fight for you. The kind of friends who will do whatever it takes to make your dreams come true. And who will celebrate like it was their dream when it FINALLY happens. Cause that’s the kind of friend I want to be. I want to link arms with my crazy homies. I want to throw on matching bandannas (cause that’s what my pathetic little brain interprets as a sign of unity), and I want to walk around the block showing the peeps how bad our posse is!
On Saturday, my family and friends did that for me. They showed up and watched me sign books. They dragged friends and acquaintances into the store. They paid money for a book many of them have already read. They stood in line to talk to me. Is that crazy? And, of all things, some of the guys even bought MATCHING shirts! Talk about posse!
While the release of my first book is an amazing, amazing thing, the awesomeness of my friends far surpasses any writerly accomplishment and I am so thankful. And teary. And overwhelmed. And dedicated to supporting their dreams just as they’ve supported mine. In big, gigantic, inspiring ways. With bandannas and t-shirts and ridiculous acts of fist pumping.
Everyone should have friends like mine. Cause with friends like mine, bring on the enemies!
In honor of their awesomeness, I’m giving away a copy of Angel Eyes and one of the t-shirts the guys designed and wore to the launch. Don’t worry. They didn’t actually wear this one. It’s an extra, and it’s highly possible no one will appreciate it as much as I do, but that my friends actually ‘like’ me, is an awe-inspiring thing. Click on the pic to see a close up of the shirt. The back of the shirt reads www.shannondittemore.com.
To enter, all you have to do is let me know what you’re wishing for. Leave me a comment telling me what that big dream of yours is, and on Friday I’ll pick a winner.
OH! And go enter Jill Williamson’s giveaway too! She’s giving away a copy of Angel Eyes AND her novel Replication which I’ve started and am enamored by! Go. Enter. Hurry!