I worked at a craft fair yesterday, and to my great fortune, my "neighbor" was a romance author.
Margo Hansen is writing a Christian Fiction Romance series set in the late 1800's American west. The heroine in each of her five (so far) Newly Wed books has joined up with a wagon train of mail order brides.
By mid-afternoon, the number of shoppers had dwindled to a few browsers, so I started to read Sky's Bridal Train. Margo told me she'd written this story for herself, and then her children insisted she try to get it published. Tate Publishing, a small Christian press in Oklahoma, accepted it. And I can see why--it is really good!
Margo's "Meet the Author" book-signing booth was tasteful and inviting: stacks of books, a one-page B&W handout listing her five titles and blurbs, a doll-house log cabin to draw names for a free-book. The niftiest promo item she had was one I'd not seen before: a banner that raised up out of a holder that rested on the floor and was held up by a six-foot tall arm. It was like a narrow upside-down screen for home movies or slides. The banner displayed each of her covers with lovely feminine colors--very professional and eye-catching.
I'm gonna get me one of those banners some day. And I will invite her to be a Friday Friend.