Last weekend Tracey Zeeck, author of the about-to-be-officially released The Not In Here Story, traveled to Colorado to read from her book in bookstores and schools. The OFFICIAL release reading & signing is two days away! Sunday, Nov. 6, 2pm at Full Circle Books in Oklahoma City.
Tracey wrote about her recent whirlwind tour below. Enjoy!
What a weekend! My first promoting my book, The Not in Here Story!
Last week my husband, son, and I left Oklahoma City for Colorado on Thursday afternoon, landing in Denver around 7 p.m. After letting our son eat a healthy meal of airport fast food hamburgers, we jumped in our rental SUV and headed out on I-70. Charlie passed out immediately, still adorned with his paper crown from dinner, and slept the entire way up. We arrived in Edwards, just west of Vail, around 9:10 p.m., to discover that all the restaurants closed about 10 minutes before we got in. Luckily the grocery store was open late, and after scavenging a pretty decadent menu we sat in our room and feasted on ice cream and salami and popcorn and pecans before hitting the sack.
My first reading was at The Bookworm on Friday at 9:15. I had never heard of this place, but Penny Candy Books set it up and I am so glad they did! The Bookworm is a darling little bookstore on the town square with a sweet-as-can-be staff and a robust children's book section.
Now toddler story time is always...entertaining. And this was no exception. Wiggly little kids really crack me up, and even with all of their kinetic listening, they still remained engaged through the whole story. (Whew!) I read a handful of other, mostly Halloween-related, tales, too. And I even sold a book to one of the grandmothers in attendance. Hooray! We said goodbye, bought some books and gifts, and hit the road.
Two hours later, we arrived at Coal Creek Canyon elementary, in the hills somewhere between Golden and Boulder. Principal Livingston is a former Peace Corps volunteer, and runs a pretty peaceful student body. I was lucky to get to read to three different groups: K-2nd; 3rd & 4th graders, and the tony sophisticates of the 5th & 6th grade. What an amazing group! Every reading was meaningful and every group had its own set of questions. I hated leaving, but we had an event to attend that night. It was going to be a late night.
The next morning, I was up at dawn to sit down for an interview with CBS Denver. They have a program that helps match kids in foster care with adoptive families for forever homes. (So if you're looking for a reason to support network TV, there you go!) They were so engaged with the book that they didn't even notice how I got ready for the interview in a Starbucks bathroom! The rest of the day was spent hanging out with friends and stealing chocolate from their kids' Halloween stash.
Saturday night, we checked ourselves into the hotel, ordered room service, and caught up on some sleep in preparation for the big event the next day. My Sunday reading and signing was at a store called Second Star to the Right Books.
Man. This place. I read my book to a full house, outdoors, beneath a tent with quilts and cushions on the ground. I had family and friends come to this precious place from as far as Trinidad and Boulder, and I will remember that forever. My 87-year-old aunt was among them. And, not too shabby, we sold out the store's entire stock of The Not In Here Story! Then I hugged, said goodbyes, hugged some more, and we made it to the airport in time to catch our flight.
My husband and son and were with me every step of the way. We were a team. We are a team.