Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, May 03, 2010

MY SMITHSONIAN BOOK SIGNING

This blog made the short list for Best Author's Blog as awarded by www.completelynovel.com Thank you everyone who voted for me.


I know that this week I promised you information about riding the Uganda Railway (otherwise known as the ‘Lunatic Line’) in 1920's East Africa, but I would like to hold that back for next week’s blog. I'm so excited about signing books at the Smithsonian this weekend that I just have to share it with you.

I was naturally thrilled, when the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art elected to carry the Jade del Cameron mystery series set in 1920s Africa. I was even more ecstatic to have a book signing scheduled for May 1 in the museum. But when I broke my arm, I began to wonder if I was going to make it there. How was I going to sign?

By the end of April I was pushing five weeks in a cast, and while I didn't have very much arm or hand movement, I could wiggle my fingers and hold a pen. And luckily my signature is so horrid, that no one would likely be able to tell that I was signing with a broken hand anyway. And so I boldly took a lesson from Jade herself, braved all the TSA scrutiny of my arm and cast (chemical swabs, multiple x-rays), mastered the DC Metro, purchased a Polish sausage from a street vendor, and managed my signing.

I had the pleasure of meeting some very interesting people visiting the museum, and I introduced quite a few to my mystery series. One lovely young woman walked in with her children, spied the books, and declared that she loved this series and had all of the books. I introduced myself and she immediately wanted her photograph taken with me. Since he already had all of the books, I signed a postcard for the upcoming book, THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE, and presented her with an autographed keychain that has the covers for the first book, Mark Of The Lion, and The Crocodile’s Last Embrace. It was so much fun to meet a genuine fan of my work. It makes it all worthwhile. It even took away a little of the disappointment that the first lady, Michelle Obama, did not accept my invitation to attend.

The National Museum of African Art is beautiful, but because it is the smallest of all of the Smithsonian museums along the Mall, is often the last one visited. This is a mistake. One shouldn't rush through the gorgeous displays of African sculptures, carvings, textiles, and weaving. The displays inside represent history, culture, and art in its finest. It should be savored.

And so I invite everyone planning a trip into DC, to budget time for this museum. Africa is the home of humanity. All our roots are there. Come and drink in some of your own history.

Next week: More from the African manuals: Railway Regulations


NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. An excerpt and information on pre-ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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