Book Tour with Nancy Richards-Akers


Okay, so it wasn’t exactly wild. Still, things didn’t go quite according to plans, did they Nancy? See Nancy Richards-Akers site for more harrowing details of our trip.TUESDAY – July 22
BOOKSHELF, Grand Prairie, TX 
Arrived in Dallas/Fort Worth area. How could we have known that Texas was going to be experiencing one of their worst heat waves ever? Need we explain that we ran from car to store and back?Had a wonderful welcome to Texas with Jenny Jones, in her bookstore, BOOKSHELF, in Grand Prairie. The cake was yummy and the gifts were wonderful. See Nancy’s site to discover what presents Jenny gave us. 


B. DALTON, Richland Hills, TX
 Ann Rydzel of B. DALTON in Richland Hills treated us like royalty, including carting us around Dallas/Fort Worth.
 while Lisa Clevenger of WALDENBOOKS, in Arlington, TX made us feel right at home.


THURSDAY – July 25Oops! An unscheduled incident. Our WalMart signing in Tyler, TX because a little harrowing when their warehouse accidently shipped our books out to Walmarts throughout the Texas area instead of to Tyler. But thanks to Chris Bates, we were made to feel again like royalty. Did we mention the radio spot we had in Shreveport? Where Nancy and I were all set in our motel room to be interviewed on a talk radio show? Little did we know that the talk show host had just been fired the day before — and the radio management couldn’t find us to tell us. There we were waiting and waiting, afraid to call the station because we would tie up the telephone. Luckily, Nancy eventually remembered she has a cell phone and we were able to call the station and discover what had happened.Oh, well. Because of the error, the radio gave us something probably better than the interviewL Free air time all day long advertising our booksignings at Books-A-Million and at the Potter House Cafe and Bookstorein Clinton, MS.


FRIDAY – July 25 Onto Shreveport and a wonderful booksigning at the Shreveport WalMart. Bob Young and Ron Stanform really put on a good show.
 WALMART, Shreveport, LA
We snapped some great pictures on the road, which I unfortunately can’t show you because both of our cameras were not working!  


SATURDAY – July 26 Another fantastic booksigning at Books-A-Million in Jackson…


and also at the Potter House Cafe in Clinton.


  Christine Sistrunk gave us a tour of Olde Town Clinton. Beautiful streets, old buildings, massive, moss laden trees. It had been a long time since I’d heard crickets and locusts. 

What a great booksigning Deanna Craft and Debbie Nobles put on for us at the Books-A-Million in Hattiesburg. And what a quaint, beautiful town! There we also met Features Editor for the Hattiesburg American, Robyn Jackson.


MONDAY – July 27 Another WalMart signing in Hattiesburg — met a great number of people who I will always remember.TUESDAY – July 28 Onward to Pensacola and a room on the beach — Did I mention our room was on the BEACH?

Nancy swam in the water, while I worried that the dolphins were sharks.

And then, we were off to booksignings on Elgin Air Force Base.

I must tell you that Nancy and I take our research seriously. And so it was only to presumed that Nancy and I were caught red-handed, half out of our seats, heads turned, in the act of watching all that gorgeous hunk of male beauty parading before us.


WEDNESDAY – July 30 A seven hour drive to Orlando and the RWA convention, where we met with editors and friends.


Karen with friend, Cathy Snodrass
Karen with friend, Cathy Snodgrass
Karen with friend and fellow author, Kathryn Lynn Davis
 Karen with friend and fellow author, Kathryn Lynn Davis


  Karen and Nancy with cover artist Sharon Spiak.
See Nancy’s site for more photos from Orlando.


MONDAY — August 4  Nancy flies home, but I decide to stay in Florida for a while, until hubby, Paul, joins me and completes the drive back home to California. (See how Nancy’s trip ended!)
 Karen and Paul 
Karen and Paul (After all, we’d been
away from each other for a month!)


Enroute, I visited Ingrams and did a booksigning in St. Louis, at Sharon Kosick’s, THE BOOK RACK.
Karen, Sharon Kosick and author Bobbi Smith 
Karen, Sharon Kosick and author Bobbi Smith.
Karen's hubby Paul, John Flaherty, Karen, Sharon Kosick, Joyce Flaherty 
 L-R: Karen’s hubby Paul, John Flaherty,
Karen, Sharon Kosick, Joyce Flaherty


I also met up with my agent, Joyce Flaherty.
We visited Fort Leavenworth, the setting for two of my books in the Lakota series. 



And look what awaited me when I arrived home. Not only was my cat, Sammy, waiting for me…
but my daughter, Alyssa, had gotten herself engaged! 


Well, you might wonder, after several mishaps and the incident when I wouldn’t let Nancy turn the TV station off of the Country Music Station, are Nancy and I still friends?You bet. In fact, along with friend and fellow author, Heather Cullman, we’re planning more and more signings. Watch out USA! You might be next!