Wednesday, October 24, 2007

More from the Mysterious Willow May Book Party

I want to send a huge thank you to all of those who took time from their busy schedules, some even traveling from far distances, to come celebrate with us the release of our first children's picture book, Willow May Goes to the Midnight Carnival. Your friendship, support and encouragement is more than any writer and illustrator could wish for, and if you will allow me to use an adverb here, you are a fantastically incredible group of people.

Here are a few more photos from the Saturday Book Party, Victor Grimsby's Carnival of Curious Delights, and speaking of delights, there are photos of the cakes in yesterday's post...the cakes were stunning. The first time I literally did not want to cut into a cake because they looked too amazing, and I LOVE cake, so that is saying quite a bit.

Again, thanks to all who came, and where I know we have really just begun the journey with Willow May, I can't help but be anxious for the next story to come.

FlowersBeautiful flowers bestowed upon the writer and illustrator.

Willow May Reader"My, what a wonderful book."

Willow May Reader"Oh no, the skeleton lost his footing!"

Willow May Reader"I can't wait to see how this is going to end."

Willow May Party Goer"What a marvelous book, darlings."

Party Goer"I loved the illustrations, could I commission the artist for work of my own?"

Painting"Mom, you have got to get one of these!"

Painting"I must have one of your cat designs, they are my favorite."

Party Goer"Really should have stopped him after just one glass of apple cider."

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Willow May Book Party

At the end of the block where balloons swayed from a tree,
there was a house full of music, food, books and glee.

At the Willow May book party there was cake,

Willow May Cakeand more cake,

Victor Grimsby Cakethere were pumpkin, black cat, and polka-dotted bat cookies,

circus peanuts too,

Circus Peanuts
there were ravens lurking everywhere,


there were tarot cards for fortunes to tell,

Willow May Tarot
or look into Madame Pamela's crystal ball,

Crystal Ballthere were books to be signed,

Willow May Books
and there were werewolves.


Oh yes, there were werewolves!


There were many more surprises at the mysterious Willow May book party, come back tomorrow and see more of the fun.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Willow May Party Poster

Is my sister awesome or what? Okay she is awesomely genius. Here is a poster she did for the big Willow May Goes to the Midnight Carnival Book Launching Party this Saturday. We are going to put them up on lamp posts outside and then on the main entrance to guide the way to the fantastic festivities. Too cool!Willow May Party Poster

Monday, October 15, 2007

Willow May is Here!

Willow May Goes to the Midnight CarnivalActually, she arrived last weekend, and I honestly don’t know what happen to this last week. One moment it was October 6th, I blinked my eyes and now it is October 15th. Any hoo, my sister and I had a small little ceremony with Willow May on the 6th. I thought the books turned out beautiful, even though, it hasn’t completely set in yet that we have a book published. It has been crazy these last days as the sis and I are getting ready for the big book launching party this Saturday. To say we are excited is an understatement, but there is so much to do. I feel like for every “to-do” I cross off the list, there are three more added on.

Right now I am working on fortunes for Tarot Cards, or should I say the Tarot of Willow May. We thought it would be a cute party game to have a set of Willow May Tarot cards with fun and silly fortunes. My sister is working on designing the card set with characters from the book and then I am working on the fortunes that go with each card. It is an idea that has taken on a life of its own.

I better get back to those fortunes, but meanwhile, here are a few snaps shot of Willow May Goes to the Midnight Carnival, and I hope to have some fantastic party photos to post next week from the party.Willow May Goes to the Midnight CarnivalWillow May Goes to the Midnight Carnival

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Book Party Invite

Here is a draft of our Willow May Goes to the Midnight Carnival book party invitation our publishing company, All Us All the Time Publishing, will be sending out for the big book bash. The invitation was designed by the fabulous designer, the oozer of artistic talent, Pamela McCarville, who also designed and illustrated the book. The outside is the book cover, then on the inside flap is an illustration from the title page with the You're Invited message. On the other side is a take off from the book's back blurb description.

Book Invite

Book Invite
It is going to be quite a shindig, professionally catered, live music, and costumes. Well, that last part might just be my sister and I, that is if we can find a feathered coat and purple velvet wing-backed leotard in time...