On Saturday April 13, 2013, Monarchy Of Blood was launched. When I woke up that morning I thought that wasn’t going to happen. What did I wake up to find? A spring blizzard! After a wonderful phone call from my mother, “Oh, it’s really bad out there. They are saying no one should be traveling on the roads. What are you going to do?” and a couple of texts from hubby and a friend that the roads were sh*t that morning, I realized I was going to have to suck it up and cancel. No point in hosting a party with no one in attendance. Yes, there may have been some tears shed from sheer disappointment to frustration. But as I started to contact some of the guests who had to travel the farthest, they were still willing to come. Then I started to get the facebook messages that more were still planing on going. After all, these are vampires that reside in Canada, and so do we! So the weather shouldn’t hold us back, right? And as this all started to go down, no word of a lie, the snow started to stop falling and what had been collecting on the ground was beginning to melt! I thought, thank God! Things are turning around for me! Or so I thought…
Figuring I better contact the venue to make sure they knew I wasn’t going to not show up because of the weather, I called–only to find out that she had thought I had cancelled! Silently I started to panic all over again–I had JUST re-confirmed with everyone that it was still a go! After re-assuring her that it wasn’t me that had cancelled, she realized it was “supposedly” someone else who was booked for earlier in the day. (My event was for the evening) With that, a sigh of relief escaped my lips and I hung up. About ten minutes later, I had a bad thought: I hope she remembered that I had asked for the projector. I call her back thinking that all she needed was a reminder so she wouldn’t have to scramble to find it when we got there. Well, so much for that “easy-going” thought. “I can’t get to it. Did you ask to use it?” I suck in my anger. I rave to myself: Yes, and I have used it the past two times before. “Yup , I asked for it. What do you mean you can’t get to it?” “It’s locked up and I don’t have a key,” she says.
Oh. My. God! I think my face has just turned 50 shades of… RED!
I hang up. I fume. I am at a loss and don’t know what to do. That was a major part of my presentation. After trying to find a place to rent one, with no success, I started to see how much they were to buy. Yes, I was getting desperate! (They start at $400.00 CND by the way.) THAT wasn’t going to happen. Not knowing what else to do, I call my cousin. We try to work out ideas, most of what I had already thought of. But then! He suggests: use a tv. YES! That’ll totally work! He was nice enough to unhook his and use it for the night. He was my saviour! (See, family can be a good thing! lol)
Now things seem to be back on track. Right? Well, until I get to the venue that is. Yes, more fun! *sigh* We get there, (said cousin and myself) and I go in to let her know we are there to set up. She shows me the room. It has changed since the last time I had rented it. Now I have to re-think on how to set it up. I notice only one folding table. I need three. “Oh, I didn’t want to go out to the shed and bring them in. You can use the dining tables from downstairs.” I suggest that my cousin and I can haul them in for her. She takes me to the shed. No tables. “Oh, I don’t know where they are.” *sigh* Yes, we ended up hauling tables up from downstairs… Then I discover that the, at one time movable walls, were no longer movable. (They use it as an art gallery most of the time.) Right smack dab in the middle of the room was one of those walls. *sigh* Eventually we figured it out. Just a wee side note: Anyone planning a party of any sorts in the future, don’t do it on a double 13! I can laugh now, but holy sh*t, was I stressed!!
Overall though, the actual party went on without a hitch. My event was even graced with the precence of someone from our local paper; so really, it was a good thing for that alone that I didn’t cancel my launch party. I need as much exposure as this struggling indie artist can get! Here are some images from the party.
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