Last week, 27 authors, including three from Avon--Sophia Nash, Jordan Dane, and I (Kathryn Caskie)--participated in the Levy Home Entertainment "Read This!" Author Bus Tour. Nine Meijer stores in Michigan in three days. Whew!

Sure, the book tour was a bit exhausting but it was also the most fun I have had in ages. And, with Levy crew at the helm and the Meijer staff in the stores, the tour was hands-down the best organized signing event I have ever attended.

Now, usually, when bands go on tour, there are souvenir t-shirts to be had. Levy and Meijer did one better--we were given very cool stocked bags with the tour name printed on it (because, I think, it was too long to print on t-shirts without going around the back.) By the end of the tour, the bag was filled with books from the other authors. You should see my To Be Read pile now! I can't wait to dig in.

Here's a little peek at the tour.

Allison Brennan and Kathryn Caskie signing bloody thrillers and sexy Regency historicals in the childrens department.

Cherry Adair, Jessica Anderson, Kathryn Caskie, and Leslie Lantry taking a break from all the Halloween candy stacked behind us at a signing.

Kathryn Caskie and Jordan Dane propping each other up after the last signing of the day.

Kathryn Caskie, Chip St. Clair (on the Oprah short list!) and Allison Brennan trying to hide our caffeine behind the books.

Kathryn Caskie and Susan Mallery still posing as the bus drives off.

Kathryn Caskie with a selection of naughty nun, passionate princess and wicked witch costumes to try on between signings.

Kresley Cole, Kathryn Caskie, and Robert Liparulo, still perky on the last day, last stop of the three day, nine store tour. Thank you, Starbucks!

Christmas in September? Yes! With 27 authors signings, many readers were getting a jump on holiday gift buying.

Kristin Higgins, Deanna Gist, Tom Grace, Kathryn Caskie, Victoria Rowell (writer, soap and television star), and Chip St. Clair. Kathryn's favorite question: "So, who do YOU play on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS?"

If you were on the tour bus, you would never think authors were quiet.

Sophia Nash, signing THE KISS while secretly eating Hershey's Kisses.

Victoria Rowell and Kathryn Caskie (who just realized her luggage was not missing--it was just still in the hotel.)


Blogger Jordan Dane said:

It was so much fun getting to know you better, Kathy. Thanks for the smiling face helium balloon too. But you look so familiar. Were you in a daytime soap opera once?

9:03 AM  

Blogger Kathryn Caskie said:

Hey, come on tour with me and you get a balloon...or a rose. Hey...did you get both?

2:04 PM  

Blogger Kim said:

Hey, I wanna balloon AND a swag bag! LOL. How cool. I'm so sorry I missed the tour:( It looks like a good time was had by all.

And I swear authors alone keep Starbucks in business.

4:01 PM  

Blogger Jordan Dane said:

Ah, the rose. Yes, you were kind enough to share your roses with us and I got one.

Love is in the air. When your honey sends you roses when you're on the road, the man must MISS YOU, girl. He's a keeper.

Jordan Dane

6:24 PM  

Blogger Kim said:

awww, he sent you roses while you were on tour?! No wonder you're glowing!

8:43 PM  

Blogger KentuckyGal said:

Looks like y'all had a GREAT time! And props to you for bringing along your writing friends for the bloggy ride! :)

8:16 AM  

Blogger Kathryn Caskie said:

I am glad you could (virtually)ride along with us. Stay tuned for Jordan and Sophia's take on the tour.

Oh, and Jordan, please ask your buddy to send along her cookie recipe. Yummy! I am always collecting recipes to try out.

10:53 AM  

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