Wednesday, November 9, 2011

SURPRISE! SURPRISE!

There is nothing like Autumn in Appalachia so when I started to plan my escape to our Townsend house for leaf peeping I noticed that one of my favorite authors and blog friend Vicki Lane was having a book signing for her new book "Under The Skin" in beautiful Sylva, NC at City Lights Book Store on October 29th ! So I put my plan in motion. Our mutal friend author Gary Carden lives in Sylva so I e-mailed Gary and arranged to meet him for lunch @ LuLu's on Main. It turned out that he was going to be interviewed in the City Lights Cafe by some university students for a documentary at the same time of Vicki's presentation.



This is a picture I found on the internet of Sylva in the snow............


I wish I'd gotten a picture of the Surprise on Vicki's face when she looked up and saw me........

Vicki's reading and discussion was so interesting ................


It's so awesome to hear the author read from from their work.........


I took this picture as I was leaving of Gary being interviewed downstairs.......
I really enjoyed getting to spend time with both of these extremely creative authors!

Speaking of SURPRISES.....
I got one myself on the way to Sylva. It had snowed in the higher elevations of the park!




It had rained the day before in Townsend but higher up the rain became Snow!
From Townsend through the park to Gatlinburg the leaves were just brilliant and I felt like I was driving through a painting.........


After turning toward Cherokee to climb the mountain I drove through a breath taking winter wonderland and the temp was 26 at New Foundland Gap !!!


My passion is reading and I'm so grateful to the authors who provide me with hours of pleasure and it is such fun to be able to support my favorite authors and the book stores that host them!
If you haven't read Vicki's " Elizabeth Goodweather Series you are missing out and it's time you treat yourself! "Under The Skin" is the 5th book of the series !



Thanks For Stopping By !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

14 comments:

Vicki Lane said...

Yep, I was surprised all right! What a sweetie you are, Carol, to make that long drive -- and in the snow -- AND to bring me some gumbo -- which was delicious, let me say.

That's one of the nicest things about being a writer -- the wonderful people I meet. Thank so much, Carol! xox, Vicki

Marguerite said...

Sounds like you had a great time! But, I don't know about the snow! lol It's still summer-like here.

Pat in east TN said...

Sounds like you're having yourself a good time Carol, and popping in on Vicki must have been a hoot!

Nezzy said...

Love the 'surprise'!!!

You are so very blessed to get to have the opportunity to meet such fine authors. I'm just thrilled for you!!!

Girl, those pictures are just amazin'!

God bless and enjoy your day sweetie1!!! :o)

Kat said...

Awesome! What a beautiful part of the country. I knew you would be up there for the color change! And the surprise for you was the snow.

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Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Carol, Glad you got to Silva to meet with the authors there. I know that you had a wonderful day...

Then, to get to see the gorgeous Fall colors and then SNOW, was awesome.
Hugs,
Betsy

NCmountainwoman said...

What fun surprises...dropping in on Vicki and finding the snow. (Although finding the snow would NOT be a fun surprise for me!)

NitWit1 said...

I love the snow pictures hope we see some later this winter, contrary to my husband's wishes.

Since I have a Kindle I am reading older works. Just finished Caravans and was happy I selected it since it is based in Afghanistan. I felt almost like I was there. Michenor researches so well.

Now I am reading THE BROKER. I have finished THE HELP. In between I throw some inspirational reading like Lucado.

However, I have a penchant to re-read A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens as I perceive a lot of unrest in the world right now is comparable to the French Revolution.

jeannette said...

How special for Vicky that she could meet you Carol and visa versa! I just met another blogger in Holland:)

Kathryn Magendie said...

I missed our dusting of snow here at the cove at Killian KNob, as I was in Texas - and I missed you as well -- so glad you had a wonderful time, dear Carl.

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Dear Carol,
I loved seeing these photos of your snowy road trip. (Snow already!)I always say that if I don't move to Europe someday I'll move to N.C. I only know the coast but there is so much more...as you know.
I need to follow up on your book suggestions. I just read 'The Stone Diaries' and I want to read it all over again. Enjoyed it that much.
Thank you so much for your birthday wishes...It meant so much to me.
Much love,
Catherine

A Brit in Tennessee said...

I can tell by those smiles on your face you had a wonderful visit !
You are looking well my friend, enjoy your time amidst the leaves and snow-flakes :)
Hugs,
~Jo

merrilymarylee said...

I've eaten at Lulu's! :) That's a lovely area, isn't it!

Sounds like much fun!