It was the first public outing for Acquisition and me — a scheduled reading and book signing at Simply Serendipity on Tenth Street in North Wilkesboro, NC.  And it began with grey, overcast skies and snow!

Author Renee Johnson with poster of her novel

Thankfully, it didn’t stick.  It was the kind of snow which looked beautiful falling but melted as soon as it hit the ground.

The poster of Acquisition filled one of the front windows — striking to say the least.  Thank you Rae Monet!  She designed the cover for my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, and I am totally happy with  it.

Author Renee Canter Johnson, on right, with Julie Baird in center, and Paula Eller on left

As it was a store, there was less reading and more shopping, signing, and buying. And the shop owner, Julie Baird, had brewed a lovely Pumpkin Spice Coffee from the Owens Family Coffee Company in Wilmington, NC. The aroma was homey and celebratory — welcoming the visitors.

Author Renee Johnson signing copies of her novel Acquisition

There were questions for me, mostly about my journey, how I became published, and my recent trips to Massachusetts and Orvieto, Italy — both of which were directly related to writing projects.

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Family and friends stopped in, some strangers, a shop owner from a neighboring store. It was delightful!

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Thank you to everyone who came out to support me and Acquisition, Julie Baird and Simply Serendipity, and local authors and artisans. Signed copies of my novel are still available at Simply Serendipity and the drawing for the gift basket will be held on Christmas Eve. So stop in, chat with Julie and Tori, check out the wares, and drop your name in the box for a chance to win!