In the last two weeks I’ve gotten a small handful of emails from readers asking if and how they can get a personalized autographed book of mine to give as a gift for the holidays. The first person who emailed me told me she wanted to put together a chocolate lover's gift basket for her chocoholic sister complete with chocolate bars, chocolate scented candles and yes, a signed copy of Obsession, Deceit and Really Dark Chocolate. I thought that was a cute idea. But when I got another email from someone who wanted to give a signed copy of Sex, Murder and a Double Latte as a gift to her daughter who is a “big fan” and another email from someone who wanted to give an autographed edition of Passion, Betrayal and Killer Highlights to their friend Cheryl-the-hairstylist I thought, OH MY GOD! I’VE ACHIEVED THE ULTIMATE SUCCESS! I’M A GIFT ITEM!
But when I started to think about it I realized that maybe my sparkling prose aren’t the reason that my books have made it to a few of your holiday shopping lists. Maybe a couple of you have come to the conclusion that a personalized autographed book is one of the few non-homemade presents under fifteen dollars that might actually elicit a surprised and happy smile from the receiver. In other words, I am the literary equivalent of a cheap date.
And you know what? I don’t care! Yes, my books are still selling but let’s face it: the economy is in the toilet, my son has medical expenses and I’m living in one of the world’s most expensive cities. So whatever your reason is for wanting to buy a Sophie novel it is fine by me. As far as I'm concerned you can use Sex, Murder and a Double Latte as a booster seat for your toddler. Really, I'm cool with it.
Anyway, if there are others out there who want to give the gift of Sophie (or make a present of So Much For My Happy Ending ) I would be glad to autograph it and write a little personal note of greeting to your friend, family member, and/or co-worker.
Just email me at email@example.com and I’ll give you the name and phone number of a bookstore that's nearby (for me). Then you can call them up, purchase the book over the phone. I’ll pop in and sign it along with a little note wishing your loved one a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Good Kwanzaa or Joyful Chrismaskah and the book store will ship the book to the address of your choice. Easy peasy.
And yes, I know this is shameless self promotion. I get that. But I live in a city where women are constantly sticking their boobs in people’s faces in hopes that it will give them a leg up in their quest to become the latest reality TV bimbo so in comparison one little opportunistic-blog post doesn’t seem outlandishly inappropriate.
And did I mention that I live in one of the most expensive cities in the world?
Bestselling Author of:
SEX, MURDER AND A DOUBLE LATTE,
PASSION, BETRAYAL AND KILLER HIGHLIGHTS,
OBSESSION, DECEIT AND REALLY DARK CHOCOLATE
SO MUCH FOR MY HAPPY ENDING