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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The big reward

So yesterday's dream of how to celebrate didn't exactly come true. No breakfast in bed and no limos.

But, there was chocolate. ;-) And my wonderful family.

After nap, we headed to the LifeWay store by the Mall of Georgia and had a ball hamming it up for the camera. I told my hubby I didn't want to post the pictures of me at this awesome display because he looked better. ;-)

But isn't this a cool display??? This table is front and center as you walk in the store, complete with a very fun treasure chest of books and chocolate and some cool Ransomed Dreams stuff. If you're anywhere near the Mall of Georgia, hop in and throw your name in the pot! This is a gift basket I wish I could win.

The other books on the table belong to a dear friend, Cindy Woodsmall. Her first best-selling novel is the LifeWay book club's first read~ When the Heart Cries. Then I get to follow Cindy and be the LifeWay book club's first guest author. I'm VERY excited about that!

I'll share a few more silly pictures, only because I said I would. That's me smirking at my husband for making me stand in front of the huge window display.

Next is me at the bookstore shelves with Ransomed Dreams behind me on the left and right. See that huge grin? That's me still in shock that a book with my name on it is actually on a store shelf!

The trip to LifeWay was a ton of fun, but the best part came afterwards.

We picked TGI Friday's as our celebration dinner spot and the food was amazing. I enjoyed the BEST brownie I've ever eaten~ after my nice, healthy salad and water. ;-)

Then we headed to the Mall and made a beeline for the Godiva store to buy some gifts for bookstores I'll be visiting later this week. My wonderful hubby has been married to me long enough to know I didn't want to leave without a little something for us. So we picked out a little candy box for the girls and I plopped some dark chocolate almonds on the counter too. Then I left with the girls so nothing got broken or explored too much by little hands.

David spent the checking out time telling the people there about my book and handing out business cards and inviting them to the booksigning. I really think I'll keep him now! LOL

Not only did he win me some interested book readers, but he also bought me some Godiva dark chocolate mints and a chocolixer. This man is pure gold. ;-) (A chocolixer is pure Godiva liquid chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings~ something I highly recommend!)

Hubby handed me the amazing chocolate drink and said, "This is because we're all so proud of you!"

With this kind of treatment, I think I'll write lots and lots of books. :-)

So even while some of my daydream for yesterday didn't materialize, the ones that did far outweighed anything I could ask or imagine. Speaking of weigh, I need to go now and work off all that chocolate enjoyment!

10 comments:

Rel said...

Very cool, Amy - love the pics! And you wear specs like me, too. LOL! I wish I could be there just to try some Godiva chocolate that all you Yanks talk about - hehehe! And to see you, David and the girls, of course!

Amy Wallace said...

Thanks, Rel!

So now maybe I have a bargaining chip to get you to come visit us Yanks here in the US?! ;-)

Come visit Atlanta to try Godiva chocolate and meet the Wallaces! Enough incentive to fly all the way from OZ? ;-)

Sally said...

Do WE get to visit Godiva chocolate when WE come????

Sounds like a FABULOUS concoction!!

Women of Worth said...

Oh my goodness, Amy, I am so excited for you! I'd love to see ALL the pics you took, so if you want to email them to me...! RD is such an awesome, awesome book. It's funny - although I've "read" it several times, when I read it in book form, it was fresh and exciting all over again.

I'm very proud of you!

Vicki said...

Amy, I'm so thrilled for you! What a wonderful blessing...to finally see your own body of work in print! Awesome window display! And the chocolate - hey, all I can say is, that's the way to celebrate:-)
Btw, your hubby is a keeper.

love & hugs,
Vicki

Mary said...

Great pics and so exciting... what a great way to celebrate! And what a wonderful man you're married to! You have so much to be praising God about... :O)

I'm so glad you blog, there's hardly a better way to get to know someone! Really enjoyed this treat this morning!

Btw, your blog doesn't allow me to comment from my WordPress blog. I wonder if you can adjust the settings to allow for that?

Amy Wallace said...

Sally~ I see some Godiva in your near future... and it's looking yummy! ;-)

Staci~ you read RD all over again? Thank you! ;-) I'm glad it was new and fresh. Your crit help and friendship have been such an amazing blessing to me!

Vicki~ thank you so much for your encouragement! My hubby sure is a keeper!

Mary~ you're right, I do have SO much to be thankful for. And you are very high on that thankful list too!

Joni said...

Congratulations. What an exciting time for you and your family!

The chocolate is sounding way too, too good right now!

What a great hubby, too! A chocolate reward is definitely a good thing!

Joni said...

P.S. I'm so bummed that I can't sign up for your gift basket. But, alas, Georgia is a bit of a drive from Ohio! :o)

Amy Wallace said...

Joni,

Thanks so much for the congrats! My hubby is definitely a keeper. ;-)

You sure you don't want to drive down to Georgia for the gift basket? Grins! I've done some online gift basket giveaways and will be doing more book giveaways again once I get my mind back after all the publicity stuff in April. ;-)And we do a giveaway of Defenders of Hope merchandise for the newsletter subscribers too. So there will be chances to win some fun stuff coming up soon!

 
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