Just before I headed out on my recent book-signing and writing workshop tour, I spent some time doing some touristy things in my new community, West Kelowna, BC. I have never really gone on much of a holiday, so this was my first time at trying to be a tourist. I had a blast!
The first few photos below were taken at the local kangaroo rescue farm near Kelowna. I was surprised at how large the farm is, and that they have more than just rescued kangaroos. I met many interesting characters, from their porcupine princess to emus, peacocks, goats, a pot-bellied pig, capybaras and an albino baby wallaby.
The animals are well treated, and it was nice to see they have lots of freedom. The farm is only open for five hours a day, to give the animals a break from visitors. The farm staff truly care about the well-being of all the animals they have rescued.
A few days after visiting the kangaroo farm I headed out on my first book tour since covid started, and I am now safely home. And what a great and fun tour it was! I made it to several stores in the Vancouver area, including Chilliwack. Then all the way up to Prince George, where I did two book signings, one at Books & Co. and the other at Coles in the Pine Centre Mall.
I also had a fun interview with Allan Wishart from CFIS radio station in Prince George, on their show “After Nine”. Thanks to Allan for such an awesome experience and chance to share. And stay tuned, you readers, because I'll be posting an audio clip of the interview here in the not-too-distant future.
After the interview, things got even better. Allan came down to Books & Co. to get his own copy of Dragons of the Past. And then the photo below was taken.
I truly was surprised to see my latest release in the #1 spot on the Books & Co. shelf. The staff at this unique and awesome little independent bookstore are terrific. I always love doing signings at their stores in Prince George and Quesnel. A big thanks to Owen and all his staff for their great support on my last tour and over the years.
If all that was not enough to make a great tour even better, the next day — and the last signing for the tour — put the icing on the cake, as they say. The next wonderful surprise was at the Coles at Pine Centre Mall in Prince George. The great staff there helped me beat my previous record for books sold at a single signing. A record that had been in place since August of 2018. So, a huge thanks and shout-out to Paul and all the great staff. (I’ll be adding a photo of the Coles staff soon!)
I am still keeping busy, with signings at the local Coles stores in Penticton on Saturday, August 27th and Vernon on the 28th. My next tour starts on September 3 at the Indigo store at Signal Hill, in Calgary. I’ll also be visiting a few other stores in Calgary: St. Albert, Edmonton, Red Deer and Nelson. See you there!
All the best,
Lorna J. Carleton
Hello! I'm Lorna. I thought I'd let you know a bit about me, as the author of a tale I hope you'll love.