We started the evening off with cocktails and hors de oeuvres, and then proceeded to enjoy an amazing dinner, dessert, and coffee. As one woman put it, “we love to eat, drink, and read!” And, they had the best of all three there.
After dinner, we moved into the living room for the discussion.
I will admit that I was a tad nervous. Not to discuss my favorite subject, of course, but I wondered. Would there be those that did not like the book? Would I have to endure hecklers? Dodge thrown tomatoes? After all, this was the toughest of all crowds. Avid readers. Professionals. Teachers.
But, I need not have worried. They loved it! I felt like Sally Field in that moment as my grin moved from face to face and I clutched my book to my chest. “They like me! They really like me!”
Their questions were smart and engaging and lively. Starting with, “How did this all get started?”
I really can’t explain adequately the thrill of discussing Island Shifters in detail with readers for the first time. We laughed at humorous sections. One member told me how sad she was that a particular character died. We even talked about the actors that would play the parts in “the movie.”
It was a lovely, lovely evening that I will not soon forget, and in the end, I learned something new. Books clubs are so much more than a group of readers getting together to review books. They are about laughter, spending time with friends, and forming bonds that last a lifetime.
Thank you Surf & Turf!