Thursday, August 10, 2006

Tour Day 36, 37, 38, 39, and 40

Miles driven so far: 7566
Bookstores visited so far: 378
Books signed so far: 3095
Books hand sold so far: 186
Bookstores remaining: 122
States visited so far: 17 + Washington DC

Not only do I believe that this tour is the most effective thing I've done for my career, as a bonus it has reaffirmed my faith in the kindness of human beings.

I keep running into wonderful, generous people who allow me into their homes, buy me food, and go out of their way to help me out.

Two such folks, Cynthia and Bill Johnson, treated me like royalty when I stayed at their gorgeous home near Richmond, VA.

They're moving this fall, and their show-stopper of a house is on the market. If you, and anyone you know, is moving to Virginia, check out their listing HERE.

Thanks again to Bill and Cynthia for their hospitality. And also to Ann, who met us at a great Mexican resturant and bought us all drinks.

While in VA, I met up with fellow writers and bloggers Bill Blume and Patrick Phillips, and Bill treated me to some damn good Chinese food.

Then I met up with some thriller writers in Raleigh, NC, including David Terrenoire, J.D. Rhoades, Alexandra Sokoloff, and Stacey Cochran. Alex bought me dinner, and Stacey allowed me to crash at his lovely home. If you've been dying to help me out on this tour, but I won't be near your city, you can support me by supporting these fine folks and buying their books.

Over the next few days I'll be in SC, GA, and FLA. If you've been trying to get in touch via email, I'm not ignoring you--I simply have a limited amount of time to reply. Once this tour is over, I'll respond to everyone who has written to me.

If you absolutely need to get in touch, email me your phone number. My wife checks my email for me several times a day, and will pass along your number.

If you absolutely need to get a signed JA Konrath book, visit one of these fine bookstores:

Olssons Alexandra VA

Olssons 19th Street DC

Olssons 7th Street DC

Borders Friendship Heights DC

Borders K Street DC

Borders 14th Street DC

BN 12th Street DC

BN Georgetown DC

Walden Alexandra VA

Walden Bethesda MD

BN Bethesda MD

Walden Silver Springs MD

Borders Germantown MD

BN Rockville MD

BN Gaithersburg MD

Borders Gaithersburg MD

Walden Gaithersburg MD

Borders Kensington MD

BAM Richmond VA

BN Newport News VA

Creatures 'n Crooks Richmond VA

Borders 9750 Broad Street Richmond VA

BN Libbie Place Richmond VA

BN Glen Allen VA

BN Chesapeake VA

Walden Chesapeake VA

BN Short Pump Richmond VA

Walden Parham Rd. Richmond VA

Walden Glen Allen VA

BN Midlothian VA

Fountain Books Richmond VA

BN Hampton VA

BAM Willimasburg VA

Borders Newport News VA

BAM Richmond VA

Carytown Books Richmond VA

Broad Street Books Norfolk VA

BN Commonwealth Midlothian VA

Borders Central Raleigh NC

Borders North Raleigh NC

BN Triangle Town Raleigh NC

BN Crabtree Raleigh NC

BAM Raleigh NC

And finally, ten years ago today I officially became the happiest man on earth. Happy anniversary, Maria! Without your love, support, and encouragement, I wouldn't be where I am today... in North Carolina.

Thanks for ten of the best years a man could have ever asked for. I miss you terribly, and I promise I'll be home soon. Remind the kids they still have a father. Make them visit so they remember what I look like.

I love you today.


Scott said...

Congratulations on the anniversary! That's more important than anything else. Except maybe the good Chinese food.

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary, Joe. I've been following your adventures and am very impressed. Anyway, I know you're not going to make it down here to Australia this time but I've been checking out a few Sydney bookstores and though I haven't found any of your books, I've taken the lead from David Montgomery and others who have posted comments previously and I've been signing your name in all the Dan Brown and Harry Potter books. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary!

I too have been following along, taking notes and marveling at the whole thing. I wish there was a more direct way I could offer my help and support, but you're not touring anywhere near me so all I can do is buy books.

Rock on Joe! We're rooting for you...but you probably figured that out by now. ;-)

Patrick said...

Enjoyed the visit very much, Joe.

Happy Anniversary!

Richard Cooper said...

H A P P Y A N N I V E R S A R Y !

s.w. vaughn said...

Happy anniversary, Joe. How wonderful for you! This entry threatened to make me cry.

(Okay, it actually did. I'm crying. Thanks a lot. :-)

I'm so happy for you and your wife! (sniffle)

PS Dear Joe's wife: You are phenomenal! Not many spouses would be as obviously supportive as you are in their partner's pursuits. I salute you.

Adam Hurtubise said...

Hey, Joe--

Happy Anniversary.

Rock on. You're almost done with the tour.


Rob Gregory Browne said...

Happy anniversary, Joe. Ten years, huh?

What a rookie. :)

Mystery Dawg said...

So, no Los Angeles, huh? Now what Am I going do with the beer and stake I bought for next week?

Happy Anniversary!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary!

Joe, check your e-mail about a bookstore in Alabama that's near I-65 & I-75.

Susan said...

Happy Anniversary, Joe & Maria!

Aimlesswriter said...

Happy Aniversary Joe & Maria!
Joe, you are truly a crazy man! Sorry I missed you in NJ. Maybe next time.
You are my inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary, Joe & Maria!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary,
Joe and Maria! And welcome to double digit territory! It's all down-hill from here. ;)

Congrats to Joe on Rusty Nail's appearance on the IMBA Bestseller List for July! He's in some great company.

Go-o-o-o- Joe!

Maia Sepp said...

Happy Anniversary, Joe!

David Terrenoire said...

Congratulations and happy anniversary. It was a pleasure to share part of this historic tour. It was a privilege, like seeing Jimi Hendrix open for the Monkees back in 1943.

Elizabeth Krecker said...

Happy Anniversary Joe and Maria!

Maria, if only you could see Joe's face warm over when he talks about you! I'll be glad for both of you when Joe's back home with you and your kids!

Douglas V. Gibbs said...

Congrats on 10 years, I'm coming up on 22 with my wife.

Great journal in the Blog regarding your trip - I love your emphasis about getting the books on the shelf.

Missing you in California, but sure you'll make it out here for the next tour.

You'd better, I've got a beer tab I want to jack up for you, but you've got to get out here to get the beer!

Congrats on the tour and the anniversary.

Anonymous said...

You left your wife alone on your 10 year anniversary, so you could pimp yourself?