It’s Southern Magic Reader’s Luncheon time again, and I’m in charge of putting together baskets of books to raffle off, with proceeds going to the chapter. That’s no problem.
My problem is that I also need to bring an author basket, and I don’t know what to put in it.
I am new to this whole basket thing. Kelley St. John had to explain to me how to put one together last year. I’m new to this whole author thing, too, so I have only two books to include. And both of them are young adult books--probably not the subgenre of choice for most of the luncheon attendees.
Other items I’m including:
- The $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble that I won as a door prize at the last Southern Magic meeting. Yes, I'm a re-gifter.
- A cloth book cover to hide your more risqué reading material in public. This problem isn’t limited to romance novels, of course. Last year at the beach I was reading Striptease by Carl Hiaasen (i.e., the movie with Demi Moore) when a man stopped and asked me, “Are you taking a class?”
And that’s it. I have other ideas like my critique partner’s historical, bath products, and hot chocolate, but none of that speaks to a theme that can be tied to a couple of teen romantic comedies. And if I made it a teen basket with a DVD of 10 Things I Hate About You and a CD of Now 37 (or whatever number Now they're on), I'm not sure the luncheon attendees would appreciate it.
Help me out here. If you won a basket, what would you love to find inside besides the author’s own books?