Sunday, February 03, 2008

Naked They Came

This weekend was the Naked Ladies Launch celebrating the two-fisted double launch of my Thugs and Kisses and Christa Faust's Money Shot. Saturday night we kicked the books off with a launch party at the Mystery Bookstore in Westwood. It was a great turn out and a fun time and the festivities lasted way past the designated hour. Christa and I spoke about why we were launching our books together -- one of the reasons being to show that both noir and soft-boiled mysteries can be enjoyed by all and contain many of the same themes. And we were happy to see many of our individual readers buying both books and looking forward to exploring something new.

At one point, Christa took the "Naked Ladies" theme to heart. She turned around and unzipped her sexy leopard print dress and pulled down the back to show many of the launch goers her incredible full back tatoo. Me, I got no stinkin' tatoos, though my getting one was discussed after a couple glasses of wine.

Now, don't you wish you had gone to the party?!

Sunday, the two of us were the featured readers at the SinC/LA meeting in South Pasadena. Here we shook things up by reading each other's work instead of our own. The outcome was interesting and often hilarious. I can tell you, my Odelia Grey character never sounded so tough and Christa's porn star Angel Dare never sounded so sweet and repentant. The guest speaker was security expert Ben Malisow, who himself is no slouch in the humor department. As part of his presentation, Ben ran a "game show" with Christa and me heading up teams. Of course, Christa's answer to almost every question was "blow job" and I was annoyed because she yelled it out first. But in the end, Team Odelia Grey was victorious over Team Angel Dare. But only because I was wearing Crocs and Christa was wearing 6" hooker heels and couldn't run up to the front with the answers ahead of me.

Now it's back to the grind of juggling the day job and writing.

I gotta get me some hooker heels! My team may have won, but Christa looked better running.

Photos:
Top - The "Naked Ladies" of Mystery
Middle - Christa and Bobby of The Mystery Book Store
Bottom - Me with my agent, Whitney Lee (l) and manager, Diana James (r)

2 comments:

Moe said...

So... if you did... what kind of tat would you get? :)

Sue Ann Jaffarian said...

Nothing as creative (or as widespread) as Christa's. Maybe an iris over my heart - that's my favorite flower. Boring, huh?

Maybe I should get a book tatooed somewhere. Or something I loathe on my ass, so I'm always squishing it. :)