Eventful weekend? I’ll say. Saturday I had fun signing copies of MADNESS AND MURDER and meeting readers at The Corner Bookstore, a wonderful bookstore in Murrieta, run by some lovely ladies, who made me very welcome. On Sunday, it was off to swelter in the heat and sign more books at the Carlsbad Street Faire, an extremely popular annual event in Carlsbad. I set off early…ya never know what the day’s going to bring…all keen and excited. I never expected the action to start before I even reached the event. Anyone who’s seen my car, or who drives up Interstate 5 between San Diego and Orange County, has likely seen the rear window covered with a fabulous MADNESS AND MURDER advert. I only hope the motor cycle rider who careened up behind us, one lane over, wasn’t reading it when he realized – sadly, too late – the car in front of him had slowed for a light. The poor guy had nowhere to go, and we watched with horror while he smashed into the back of the car in front of him, flew off the bike, somersaulted through the air, and landed on his tuckus on the roof of the car he hit. Sickening to watch. I thought he was a gonner. Almost in tears, fearing I’d be too upset to do the signing, I watched him sit on the roof top while the driver slowed to a stop and got out of the car to check out what landed on his roof. I was so happy to see motorcycle guy take off his helmet, eventually slide off the roof, and stand at the side of the road, rubbing his dazed head. The bike lay smashed to bits in the road, but the guy appeared to escape without injury. Lucky indeed.
Oh, the signing was exhausting and fun, but the drama was not quite over, thanks to a couple of crazy cows who escaped onto the twisting country roads and lay in wait for us, just around the corner. The joys of living in the boonies.