Wednesday, December 9, 2009

What a SMASH!

Well, the "Blood and Groom" launch party was last night, and I'm pleased to say it was a smashing success!

I've been worriying, and planning, and worrying some more, and micromanaging this event since early autumn, and the soiree turned out even better than I'd hoped or dreamed!

Great crowd! The folks from COPE were all there (thank you!), lots of friends and family, a big group from Dundurn, old high school chums, the book club chicks, the trivia folks, GBC staff and students, and a few people I haven't seen in 10 or 20 years... HOLY SMOKES! WOW!

Ace Anais (one of my students) played the part of the Bloody Bride: doesn't she look wonderful! And, yes, that really was my wedding dress!

Moose the Florist outdid himself with the flowers. These are real roses with images printed right on them! We gave single roses to every guest and I had two bouquets: one fresh flowers and the other dried flowers. Very cool!

My neighbour Patricia is awesome and I couldn't have pulled this off without her! Patricia baked the cake, acted as cashier and sales clerk for the books, and basically she kept me sane!

I sold and signed over one hundred books! Wow, what a fun and heady feeling seeing people line up to get a book signed by little old moi!
So, a great night and I couldn't be happier!
Thanks everyone!


  1. just awesome...

    best of luck in 2010.

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  3. That's awesome. :) Congrats on the success. Though, I kind of find it sad that you had to use your wedding dress, but hey, if it's worth, it's worth it!

    (Sorry. I wish they had an edit button. I kinda of had a mistake and had to delete my previous comment! I kind of just woke up, so oops!)

  4. Hey Abigail,


    I think the 'Sasha Jackson' series will outlast my marriage ;-)

    Cheers, Jill

  5. Sounds like a fabulous debut. And the cake, the bride and the flowers are amazing. Congratulations!

    Straight From Hel

  6. Congratulations! That looks like a wonderful party and I love the cake! I love creative ways to promote! Good luck on the sales!

  7. Came here via Helen's after your comment.

    Great pictures! I am intrigued how they did that with the flowers.

    Is it wrong that I think the cake still looks delicious?

  8. Thanks Anton!

    The Florist (whose name is Moose - yes, really) is amazing!

    Check it out at:

    Printing on real or silk flowers (mine were real), and he does other customized arrangments as well.

    Cheers, Jill

    BTW... we forgot about cutting the cake during the party and ended up throwing the whole thing out at the end of the night!