My friend L. threw my book launch party for me; I had very little to do aside from buying beverages and helping to set up. Her 6 year old daughter Geeklet (not her real name!) drew me a picture of a gorgeously dressed pirate queen with tattooed scalp, an octopus pirate (you can tell by the eyepatch) and, coincidentally since she didn’t know the book’s title, a duck (she likes ducks). So my next novel should clearly be The Duck and The Pirate Queen.
I had the picture on my signing table, but it got covered up by the books. L. also provided the gorgeous tropical flowers. The little open book is my guestbook, for attendee autographs.
The food! We had chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds, as well as the fresh variety, and Indian milk sweets. The tiny bowl holds gummy octopuses, which are heraldic creatures in the book. The chocolates are caramels topped with sea salt (like the ocean, get it?). There’s one missing…that was me. We also served fresh mango and papaya, kimbap, and chicken satay, all foods that are eaten in the book, or close to them.
The octopus cake! It was late arriving, but conveniently showed up just as I finished reading, when everyone was ready for dessert. Later in the evening, L.’s younger daughter, a toddler known as The Maw, ate the octopus’ eye. That was all she wanted. Just the eye.
My friend C. brought me Tribute: a prisoner! Shark Pirate guarded him until his delicious demise. *nom nom gingerbread*