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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Launch Party and Blog Time Machine

Launch Party and Blog Time Machine

Saturday was a glorious day for a book launch party at the Hockessin Book Shelf in Hockessin, Delaware! I was thrilled to see so many friends, former teaching colleagues, fellow writers, and young readers come to celebrate the release of The Morrigan’s Curse. I even got to see a friend from high school who I haven’t seen (except on Facebook) since our 5th class reunion. (Which was only a few years ago — HAHAHAHA!)

Here are a few photos:

Books and Crow

Me with Cake

With Nancy and Rebecca

With Beth

signing for Matt

As I was getting ready to write this post, I remembered writing a similar one at the beginning of February 2015 for the launch of The Inquisitor’s Mark. Then I got a little curious about what I was blogging about in previous Februarys … and I took a little time machine tour, via the archives, to find out.

* Engage the machine that makes everything swirly*

2015 — Celebrating the release of The Inquisitor’s Mark.

2014 — Housebound by an ice storm. Using the opportunity to write 9000 words in The Morrigan’s Curse, specifically the first draft of the climax.

2013 — Finishing up the first draft of The Inquisitor’s Mark and getting ready for pre-release promotions of The Caged Graves.

2012 — Thinking about leaving my comfort zone to attempt an urban fantasy about a secret day of the week, even though I considered myself a historical fiction writer. Wasn’t sure I was going to do it. (!!!!)

2011 — Bemoaning the fact that I was feeling my way through the first draft of a WIP like I was playing Blind Man’s Bluff. (Interesting, since I’m doing that again this year …)

2010 — Alternately ranting about standardized testing and posting historical tidbits related to We Hear the Dead that nobody read because my blog was brand new and I didn’t have any followers.

*Let’s swirly ourselves back to the present*

An interesting trip! And a bit scary, since I’d forgotten how close I came to NOT writing The Eighth Day, which, as you can see, consumed my next three years.

I wonder what I’ll be blogging about in 2017?


20 Responses to Launch Party and Blog Time Machine

  1. So glad you had a great launch party. And awesome your high school friend came.

  2. mshatch says:

    hopefully celebrating the fact that there will be 2 more books in the Eighth Day series? I’m crossing my fingers on that one 🙂

  3. Tiana Smith says:

    I’m glad you took the risk!

  4. Looks like a great signing. Dig the cake.
    Funny how one story can launch so much, isn’t it? Had I not rewritten that old manuscript…

  5. Loved your look back at previous Februarys! And I definitely like the look of that cake – I hope it tasted just as nice 🙂

  6. Wonderful pictures to mark your launch day! Congratulations.

  7. Hopefully, in 2017, you’ll be killing ’em with another launch party!

    It sounds like this year’s party was a huge success, and a lot of fun. (With cake!!!) You’re living the dream now, girl. Living the dream. 🙂

    I’m soooo happy for you.

  8. J E Oneil says:

    The cake! That’s so awesome :). I hope you got a chance to eat a big slice of your book. I think it’s a great thing that you decided to write The Eighth Day. Look how far it’s come!

  9. It look like the launch was fun. The cake was adorable and the raven a great too! The time machine was pretty cool too.

  10. Al Past says:

    Airborne! Congratulations!

  11. CONGRATS, DIANNE! LOOKS like you had a great time! Wish I lived closer to Delaware, I definitely would’ve stopped by!


    Can’t wait to get my copy… Hopefully by the weekend!

    Thanks again for the signature plate….you’re so kind!

  12. Anna says:

    I think I’ll follow your example and look back at some of my posts. Like you I’ve made some choices that could have taken me in a completely different direction.

    Congrats on the launch. Looks to me it was a great success. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  13. Sherry Ellis says:

    Looks like you had a great launch party! Congratulations!

  14. Hilary says:

    Hi Dianne – that’s fantastic that you had such a great time last Saturday – to launch your 8th Day .. what happened to the launch on the 8th Day?!?!

    So pleased for you to see Morrigan’s Curse disappearing off the shelves – and being talked about .. looks like cake I see?!

    2017 .. I think you’ll be well on your way to more books, more publications and lots of sales … good for you – cheers Hilary

  15. Lexa Cain says:

    I love all the pics and that fabulous cake with the cover on it! Huge congrats on the release of the 3rd book in the trilogy! I’m sure glad you took the chance, broke out of your “normal” genre, and wrote it. You never know what can happen — the only way to find out is to try. Good luck with the draft you’re working on now. I’m having a problem with my proposed novella too. I don’t like the hero. He’s a special ops military guy and I don’t feel comfortable writing him. To change him, I’d have to change the whole plot … so I ponder and nothing gets written. *sigh*

  16. ChemistKen says:

    Everything seems so much brighter afterwards, doesn’t it? I’m sure you didn’t feel so secure ten years ago. Good luck with your 2017 blog posts.

  17. Julia Tomiak says:

    Hopefully February 2017 will have you blogging about a great new idea for a book series… We can’t wait to hear about it. Glad the launch is going well!

  18. You’ll be blogging about the big contract you signed for your next book! Or maybe you can share with us all the adventures you experienced with marketing your book. I know it’s always a huge flurry of craziness for me and I don’t do a huge number of in-person events.

  19. Julie Dao says:

    You look great, Dianne! Congrats on a fabulous launch party – wish I could have been there to hug you and get my copy signed! <3

  20. Congratulations on your launch – and that bookstore looks awesome, what with all the tall shelves stacked with everything. ^_^ And it’s interesting to look back and see the decisions that shaped everything. Good to know that taking a chance on doing something different has turned out so well for you.