I sent my sister your book and she e-mailed me asking about any follow-up books. I told her as soon as there's one, she'll be getting a copy. So, not intending to apply any pressure on you, but, how's the second book coming along?
Re raffle basket - a very good friend of mine (she lives in MD) chose the basket and she has called me to tell me how much she enjoyed reading ADVANTAGE DISADVANTAGE. So has her dh, who not only is a basketball enthusiast but also loves to go to NASCAR events yearly if he could, and who also golfs weekends and would one day like to do some scuba diving. So you see, the books from you, Michael Monahan and Michael Balkind will certainly find a home in their library! In light of this, let's see, there are still 8 months before I submit the contents of my 2010 raffle basket and a little over 2 months (2nd week in July) before the actual raffling...does that give you enough time to finish the next book? Hehehe - NO pressure indeed...
The owner of the take out fish place, Calumet Fisheries, in Chicago (site of two important scenes in Advantage Disadvantage) contacted me to tell me that 2 couples from out of town came in and asked the owner to sign my book. The owner of the store thanked me, and offered to buy a fish dinner. Very wierd!!
Okay, guess I'm a tad weird then.
When a whole bunch of us BBNs (B
oraholics (only a few (7) that first year, 1996 and a large group, over a dozen, in 1997) from the old AOL message boards decided to come together and meet at Turn The Page Bookstore and Cafe (this is still on-going, already on our XIII get-together last July) in Boonsboro, MD, I approached Nora's son, Daniel, who had drawn a cartoon for Nora's Harlequin book LOCAL HERO, and asked him to sign it (the page) for me. You should have seen the look of surprise in his face...but he signed it for me, very graciously, probably thinking "how weird." He has since been approached by many for his signature.
So you never know what enthusiasts will do.... Heh!
Anyway, regardless of a second book or no, I'll make your book a part of my basket, again. My small way in getting your book out there for other people to enjoy.
Will send you another copy to personalize as soon as I get it and this time I promise it will not leave my collection of signed books!