On Saturday, September 28, my family and friends hosted the official launch of my latest novel, Fuller’s Curse. Even though it was raining with dark clouds over head and loud thunder, more than 30 die-hard people showed up at Freedman’s Memorial Cemetery in Dallas for the launch.
To those people as well as my family, I say…well, I can’t say anything because I get too choked up. When I think about the sacrifice of time and effort, as well as the risk you took in possibly catching a cold or having a wreck all to help me acknowledge this special moment, strong emotions overtake me and I have to pause. Like now. I am loved; you showed that on Saturday and I pray that I have been or am as good to you as you are to me. I would love to name names, but I don’t dare because I will inadvertently leave off a name and that would be unacceptable. Just know that I appreciate the grand, over-the-top show of support. You are truly my reason why…why I keep dreaming, why I keep achieving, why I keep loving.
For those who tried to attend the launch but failed because of horrible directions from internet maps, or those who showed up at the original (right-wrong) address, or those who suffered through the weather-logged traffic only to arrive at the end of the program or after its end, I say THANK YOU. You, too, warm my heart and make me smile. I hope you know how grateful I am for your presence in my life and for your loving support. Oh, and my apologies for the miscommunication and the difficulty in finding the location.
Below is the program for the official launch. We were unable to pass out programs; it was just too wet. But I want everyone to have a copy and be reminded of the fun, informative time we had. Also, I hope it’ll help others feel like they were there.
Fuller’s Curse: Linking the Past to the Present
Mistress of Ceremonies – Pam Fields
4:00 – 4:30 Tour of Grounds & Sculptures, Don Payton
African Drumming, Linda Jones
4:30 – 4:40 Welcome & Occasion, MC
4:40 – 5:20 Comments/Reading/Q&A, Ann Fields
5:20 – 5:30 Genealogy Overview/Drawing, Cynthia Ford
5:30 – 6:00 Tour of Grounds & Sculptures
Saturday, September 28, 2013 – 4:00 pm
Freedman’s Memorial Cemetery – Dallas, Texas
Thank you to the following people for going with the flow and sharing unselfishly…
Don Payton, African American historian and Freedman’s Memorial Cemetery expert
Cynthia Ford, Genealogist
Linda Jones, African drummer
Pam Fields, Mistress of Ceremonies (and my sister)
Joycelyn Powell, Scentsy Sales Associate (she offers a special Fuller’s Curse scent; get yours today!) and
Ruthie Turner, Tea Cakes by Ruthie!
Oh and for those of you who questioned the cemetery as a location for a book launch, I think once you read the book you’ll make the connection. Trust me…there was method to my madness!
Again, thank you all! I love you! And I’m sending you all a big hug and kiss. Ready for it? Here it comes…