We Have Lift Off!

Brace yourself, folks, for a ridiculous number of launch party photos.  I wanted them all up here so my wonderful friends could see themselves. You guys are the best and I love you all for coming.

But first, a shout out to my photographer, Amy Lopez.  She is AMAZING.  Here’s her photography website if you want to see more of her work.  You should all hire her to shoot your wedding, or your family pictures, or your dog’s glamor shots, even if it means flying her across the country.  Seriously, she’s worth it. 


Just one of the teens who came and made me smile.

Check out my stylish Mom!

This is my REAL life friend Carmen.  She’s not a violinist but she’s an awesome running partner.

Another fabulous teen reader/musician who came and made my day.

Is that THE Jacyln Dolamore?  Why yes, it is.  The author of MAGIC UNDER GLASS and MAGIC UNDER STONE was there, and she’s doing a signing on Saturday Nov. 12 for her brand new book BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY at Books A Million in Casselberry, 2-4pm.  You should all go!  She’s a brilliant writer, plus she’s very sweet and a friend of mine.  Check out her website to find out more about her books (especially if you love fantasy!)

Yay, look at all my girls!  I wanted to jump across the signing table and kiss every one of these sweethearts.  Don’t worry, I controlled myself. 

Cindy, you win the happy photo award!  I think it has more to do with the joke your son was telling you than the book, but that’s okay.

Love this one.

That’s my photographer, Amy Lopez!  She also came by earlier in the day to make sure I wore the right outfit. She’s like Rachel Zoe, except she’s not a miserable human being.

Becky, my partner in crime, and her beautiful daughters.

Who is that gorgeous man?  And why does he have his arm around me?  Oh yeah, that’s my husband (a.k.a. the guy I’m always making fun of on this blog/twitter/facebook/real life.)  I’m lucky he’s such a good sport.  I’m also lucky he puts up with all my artistic eccentricities.  During law school I woke him up at 3 a.m. more than once practicing violin shifting excercises (which sort of sound like the noise a cat would make if you were swinging it around by the tail).  Now I wake him up at 3 a.m. clicking on the laptop in bed.  See?  He really is a good sport.

Amy Hillis, my beta reader for VIRTUOSITY, and my other Rachel Zoe.  Again, without the personality disorder.

Yes, she did dare to step on the violin case.

My favorite shot of the night.

Here’s one of the fantastic musicians who played before the launch began.  Plus her supportive mom!

12 thoughts on “We Have Lift Off!

  1. So fun! I wish I could have been there and I love the outfit. I guess I suggested the wrong Amy 🙂 I can’t wait to hear more about how everything goes and I can’t wait to get my signed copy!

  2. I’m so proud of you Jessica! Thanks for sharing all of the pictures. Kudo’s to the photog. My personal favorite is the one of your Mom, looking a little emotional and a lot proud. It tugs at my mothers-heart. AND I LOVED the book!! Couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting – late, late into the night. The circles under my eyes thank you. I’m looking forward to more late nights.

  3. Thank you everyone! And no, Barbara, you suggested the right Amy. I had BOTH of them over here telling me what to wear. A team of Amy’s.

  4. Love the photos, and congrats on such an amazing debut. Wish we could have been there. (By the way, I just got the book last night, and I was afraid to start it because I knew it would really suck me in, but I did anyway, and now I’m cursing you because I have to keep forcing myself to put it down to sleep/play with my kids/study for my Chinese exam/clean my extremely messy apartment, and I don’t have that kind of discipline. I’m looking forward to indulging myself tonight and finishing it off.)

  5. What an awesome event, Jessica. I’m delighted you had such a great time. Do let your Missouri fans know when you’re heading out this way!

  6. I’m so glad you posted photos so I could see how the signing party went (I’m sad I couldn’t be there in person). It looks like a good time was had by all, even if there wasn’t a bouncy castle. If I was 13 again, you would be my hero. Heck, you’re my hero now too. Now the whole world can know about Carmen, and what an amazing writer you are. Congrats!

  7. It looks like you had a great turn-out! Virtuosity was a great book–I am giving it to my niece and recommending it to my friends with tween and teen daughters. It is not easy, I think, to find wholesome books for teens with positive role models that also have an interesting and fun plot. Way to go for filling that unfortunate gap in the YA book selection. I am excited to read book #2.

  8. Wonderful book, wonderful night and really wonderful to be there too. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world and I’m looking forward to more in the future!

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