I had the privilege today of attending Terry Shaw's book signing at Borders in Boston. It was a very warm late September day in the city. I drove up from Cape Cod and managed not to get too badly lost in looking for School Street, where the Borders is located. My main objective once I got into the right part of town was to park, since I know from prior experience that downtown parking is tight.
After a light lunch, I went to Borders. The signing and reading was in a far corner of the building, on the second floor. As I arrived, Terry announced that he would be reading from "The Way Life Should Be". He then proceeded to read the prologue and first chapter. I had bought the book and read those parts myself the evening before, so the material was familiar, but it was very good to hear Terry read in his own pace and style. He used a normal speaking voice, with one exception, where he broke into a Maine accent as the mother of one of the characters was speaking. It was that nice touch of authenticity which has been evident in this book since I first read it in the First Chapters competition back in March this year. The reading ended with applause from the 20 or so people who were present.
After the reading, Terry took questions. He has been on the tour for several days now and has a few more to go. In the back of the room, several people from Gather were present, and Carl, the President of Gather, recognized Terry's contribution to Gather.
Afterward, Terry signed books and several of us had a chance to chat with him. He and I have exchanged enough mail so that it felt more than a bit like meeting an old friend who I had not seen in a while. I also had a chance to talk with Kristen, the First Chapters Romance administrator and Liz in Gather project management. There were also other Gather members present and at the end, two of us posed for a picture with Terry.
Kudos to Terry, Gather, Borders and Simon and Schuster for putting on a fine event. If this show comes to your town, be sure not to miss it!