May 25th, 2019. The big day arrived, with the sun shining down on us all, after days of Melbourne rain blessing our water tanks. The crowd that gently spilled into my home, was warm, positive, supportive and ready for an absolutely brilliant launch party! Three days later, I am still absolutely blown away by the generous nature, and excited readers, wanting to get their hands on a copy of Thirteen and Underwater for themselves or a loved one.
My very talented MC’s for the day, Journalist and author/poet, Susan Wakefield and New York Times Best selling children’s author, Adam Wallace, certainly entertained all with their, witty humour, creating a fun, not too formal affair. My brilliant Publisher, Karen Mc Dermott, flew into Melbourne after catching a 1.30am flight from W.A and arrived looking as fresh as a daisy, her smile as bright as the sunshine!
The day started with explosive laughter and colourful conversations which continued long after the last guest departed. Family and old high school friends touched me with their willingness to travel all around our gorgeous country to come and help my family and I celebrate such a momentous milestone, with the launch of Thirteen and Underwater. We were thrilled, that Jesse overcame his anxiety and performed his rap he titled, anxiety. Very fitting for our day.
Today, Thirteen launches globally, the day our Jesse turns 18! And I have already had people reach out, sharing their thoughts on the book so far. Will share reviews as they come in. 😉 I was also very lucky indeed, to receive a brilliant review and five star rating, from ‘Readers’ Favorite’.