On Friday night, I officially launched Line of Scrimmage with a party for my friends and family in Newport, Rhode Island. We sold more than 100 books and I had my first case of book signing writer's cramp! Before I was published, I had a lot of help and support from a wide circle of friends who kept me going when I wondered if I would ever get "The Call." I wanted to be sure these special supporters stood out in the crowd, so I had purple T-shirts made with the book cover and the 09.01.08 date on the front and my character's name and number on the back: Sanderson, 18. The shirts were purple and the lettering yellow because those are the Denver Mavericks team colors in the book. Ryan wears number 18 because both my kids were born on the 18th of the month and I finished my first book on the 18th.
In honor of Ryan's character in Line of Scrimmage, we wore cowboy hats and boots. We had a few extra T-shirts that we raffled off for donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. I'm pleased to report that we raised $500 and a donation will be made in my mother's memory to PanCAN. Thanks to everyone who came to the party, including the friends and cousins who flew in to share in my big day. It was a great night and one my family and I will always remember!