It has only been six days since my last post…but in that short time I’ve been through 8 cities in 5 states, and I’ve only just begun! My week started in the Pacific Northwest with stops in Seattle and Portland. Then I did a tour of the coast of California starting in San Francisco and ending in Alameda. Yesterday I hopped through Albuquerque on my way to the South where I have events in Mississippi today and tomorrow and then on to the Southern Festival of Books in Tennessee on Saturday.

It has been a whirlwind of a week, but you, my readers, make it all worthwhile. I truly love meeting you and hearing your stories! It’s not an exaggeration to say you keep me going when I’m away from my family.

As promised, here are a few highlights from the tour so far:

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In Seattle, I met a young woman named Emily who came to my event at University Bookstore. To my surprise, she brought a map of Fincayra I sent her 12 years ago in response to her beautiful letter on Merlin! So…12 years later, I got to sign the map to her. That was appropriate since she is still a regular traveler to Merlin’s isle — and every traveler needs a map!

 

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While in Portland, I had the honor of speaking at the Wordstock Festival, and then enjoyed a book signing. I met the Larson Family – Mom Melanie is a longtime fan and now her kids are also enjoying the books!

 

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One of my favorite stops on any tour is Hicklebee’s in San Jose. As you can see from this picture, we had a grand old time!

 

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At Books Inc. in Alameda, I met Shireen who gave me a beautiful, artistic gift — a necklace of leaves inscribed with magical words (as found in Atlantis Rising).

 

One question I’ve been asked a lot while on tour is what it was like to leave Avalon and travel to Atlantis. It was a different challenge to create a new world with brand new characters, but it has been very rewarding. Check out this video where I talk about the differences, and the similarities, of the characters in these two worlds.

I still have another week left on this leg of my book tour. Check out the list below, and please join me if I visit a location near your home. I’d love to see you and sign your copy of Atlantis Rising – or even an old map!

Southern Festival of Books
Nashville Downtown Library, Library Auditorium
Presentation
October 12 @ 11:00 am
Nashville, TN

Park Road Books
Presentation & Book Signing
October 14 @ 5:00 pm
4139 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209

The Country Bookshop
Presentation & Book Signing
October 15 @ 4:30 pm
140 NW Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387

Chester County Book Company
Presentation & Book Signing
October 16 @ 6:30 pm
967 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380

Harleysville Books
Presentation & Book Signing
October 17 @ 7:00 pm
680 Main Street
Harleysville, PA 19438

Tweens Read Festival
South Houston High School
Presentation
October 19 @ 11:00 am
3820 Shaver St
South Houston, TX 77587