Saturday, March 27, 2010

Library Love, Part Deux. Thank you, Tomball, Texas!

It's no secret around here that I love my library. Now I love another library too. But it's okay. Libraries don't get jealous.

Last week I was invited to visit the mystery book club at the Tomball College and Community Library. Talking to book clubs is always fun, but this one was especially welcoming. I knew I was going to like it there when I walked in the door and Angela Hunter (left), from the Friends of the Library, told me I looked like a teenager. Fifty points to my new BFF.

Georgia Owens (right) planned an outstanding event. She even decorated with a parachute! I was greeted with a ginormous, laminated rainbow sign that said, "Welcome, Rachel" and a gorgeous bouquet of flowers that she later sent home with me. Thank you, Georgia! They are almost as lovely as you! :-) Her husband Mike, even catered for us. He makes great queso. Thanks, Mike!

Much as I was loving the decorations and food, the visit got even better once we started talking. What a great group of readers! We talked about lots of things, including, but not limited to:

  • Final Approach
  • My next book, Dead Lift
  • How I write
  • Cover art
  • Where book ideas come from
  • Life at NASA
  • My hobbies and follies
  • Our favorite authors
  • Our favorite mystery series-es (is there a word for this?)
  • Fashion trends of the 1960s
  • Snobby women
  • Women who wear too much make-up
  • How Jerry Baker from the Houston Chronicle will one day make us famous
  • Whether I could possibly move to Tomball so I could hang out with all my new friends, pictured here.

This was a fabulous group, one of the most fun yet, and I had the time of my life.

Sincere thanks to Georgia for setting this up, and to Angela for buying more copies for the Friends of the Library. See you guys in a few months for Dead Lift. Library Love!


  1. Very cool! Sounds like a wonderful group of people.

  2. Thanks for posting, Chad. I got lucky with this group!

  3. Sounds like it was a blast!! Great turnout too!

  4. Hi Nikki. One of these days I will make it up there to you!