The Monster Hunter Bloodlines book tour is done. It was a gigantic journey (4k miles put on a rental car!) starting in Minnesota, driving all the way to New Orleans, and then back up into Missouri, doing signings nearly every day, and ranging back and forth hitting most of the book stores even sorta along the route.
I was really worried about attendance this year because of Covid and some of the stops had just put mask mandates back into place. But in towns that weren’t locked down I had similar turn outs to my last visit there, and in places that were I had probably 3/4 of my last visit, which all things considered is pretty good.
I forgot to get pics of some of the signings, but I’m hoping somebody in the audience of the book store got pics, and I’ll post them up later. (I need pics of New Orleans and Wichita, and I think Mike’s got pics of Minneapolis)
I have fun at these things. I get to meet cool people and talk (a lot!).
By the end I had driven through 9 states. This is the rental car as I was turning it in. 4047 miles. (and if you prepay for a tank of gas, you bring that thing in on fumes!)
Basically for the last week I was a long haul truck driver who did book signings at night. The worrisome part was the rental Tahoe had California plates, but luckily nobody threw rocks at me and told me to go home as I drove through Texas.
There was one scheduling glitch that I didn’t notice until near the end. My last signing in Missouri was scheduled for the day I was flying out, but the event was in a town that was too far from the airport for me to make it there in time to catch the flight. So we had to cancel. My apologies to everybody who got shafted on that one.
And because a bunch of people asked in the comments while I was gone, the audiobook should be out in early September, and the Kindle book was available, it just wasn’t showing up linked the hard cover, but that’s fixed now.
As much fun as tour is, I am really happy to be home. It mentally wipes you out. So this week is going to be a relatively lazy one and then it’s back to work wrapping up Servants of War.