Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

So I went to my first ever book signing last week at the Hudson Library. I met up with two writer friends, and then met two other book bloggers. It was a GREAT night!

But first, the book:
Twelve-year-old CeeCee is a survivor. Alone too much, and with too much responsibility because of her psychotic mother, CeeCee is old beyond her years.

When her mother dies, her mostly absent father sends her south from Ohio to Savannah under the care of her never-before-seen Great Aunt Tootie.

The reader is introduced to a wide assortment of Southern women, each of whom plays a role in CeeCee's healing and coming to terms with her life.

Each character also helps paint a detailed picture of the dichotomy between the 'old South' with its decaying gentry, and the changing South, where black and white are more than servant/mistress and white gloves are being exchanged for jeans and flip-flops.

review by Liz Murphy from The Learned Owl book store.

I'm in the middle of the book now and really enjoying it!

Here's Beth Hoffman talking about her background in interior design and how she became a published author. CeeCee took her four years to perfect and it is her debut novel! She got an agent and publishing deal almost immediately--OH, the stuff dreams are made of!!!
Here's me with my new writer/blogger friends, Lisa and Laura from Lisa and Laura Write. Their book The Haunting of Pemberly Brown is being published in 2011, and they share the same agent as Beth Hoffman. So it was cool to hear them shoot the breeze about agents and the publishing world (no, I was not envious at all :D).
And here are the two new bloggers I met there: Stacy from Stacy's Books and Bonnie from Red Lady Reading Room.

20 comments:

Serendipity said...

Sounds like a good read, will check amazon!

Ann said...

It sounds like a great night! Who knew you were so gorgeous, woman! You should show yourself around here more often.

Christy said...

So cool! Isn't it fun to meet bloggers IRL? I love that. I'll leave another comment if I get that error message in my inbox from this one!

Maddy said...

What an awesome experience! When I lived on campus, we had tons of amazing writers come through campus for Q&A sessions and book signings. I wish I had access to some of that stuff now. It's a little harder these days. Great photo of you girls :)

Lisa and Laura said...

Such a fun night! We'll definitely have to hit some more book signings in the future!

MissNeira said...

Thats so awesome!!
you will be published girl!

Finding Beauty said...

Christine! This is so awesome. When was the book signing? Way to go girl!

Lourie said...

Sounds like a really good book. And talk about a great time. Lucky girl.

Just Breathe said...

The book sounds wonderful. I wish I would take more time to read. If I spent half the time reading as I do blogging I would be an avid reader. I better start, books are so great, they take you away....

Sounds like you had a great time.

Faith Imagined said...

The book sounds fantastic!!! Looks like you had a great time!!!

-Alisa Hope

Andrea said...

That sounds like a great book! Thanks for letting us know about it!

Valerie Neal said...

OOHHH, I'm adding this to my Read List. Thank you, sounds like this one is right up there with that bee one, can't remember the name-migraine coming on. The movie had Dakota Fanning & Queen Latifa.

Good luck to you on the push-ups!! I am sick this week, so I'm not working on it right now.

Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

This must have been so much fun! I'll also check Amazon - I love finding authors I didn't know about. Thanks for stopping in to see me!
Susan

Savvy Gal said...

What a great night. I love to read as well.

Sweet Harper said...

Sounds like a great book! As an elementary teacher, I cherish children's books and have only been to signings by children/young adult authors. My favorite gift to give is a signed book made out to the recipient.

The Blonde Duck said...

I wish I had an agent immediately. Sigh.

Does it have a happy ending?

Salt said...

That book sounds good! I've always wanted to go to a signing...even more now that I've read this!

Unknown Mami said...

Any day now you will be shooting the breeze about agents and the publishing world like it's no big deal.

Little Ms J said...

I'm jealous! All my writer friends are meeting up! You guys all look adorable.

Natalie at Mommy on Fire said...

Book bloggers?! OMG - I am SO checking them out! Obsessive reading is an illness for me. Must check out - the book sounds wonderful!