My first Signing Event: Coffee, Books, and Tesla Coils

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Nikola Tesla’s Laboratory in Colorado Springs circa 1900: Photo-Wikimedia Commons

On November 14, 2012 I had the great honor to participate as guest author for The Final Frontier Sans Polyester Book Club! This was my first ever signing for Stealing Time, my e-Book short story, and I was blown away by the experience! I’m such a lucky writer to have met these fifteen delightful ladies–all home school moms–and even a few of their kids.

The event was held at the Catalina Coffee/Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in Redondo Beach and I’m pretty sure we ate up all the chocolate in the place, and tried every conceivable version of latte or frufi  coffee on the menu. I wound up the evening with a wee cramp in my fingers and a permanent smile which months later, is still in place.

What does an E-Book author sign, you ask?

Everything! Just kidding; I signed lots of bookmarks featuring Stealing Time’s beautiful cover art. Thanks Kelly Shorten at Musa Publishing!

The event was a splendid experience all around, and a special thanks goes out to Talitha Sherman, home-school mom extraordinaire, for inviting me to visit with TFFSPBC!

As promised, here is a link to building your own smaller version of a Tesla coil.

***Parental Supervision Required!!!

***  http://www.scienceexperimentsforkids.us/tesla-coil-experiments-for-kids/    ***

***Parental Supervision Required!!!

Tesla Coils are a real bit of science that I used in a fictional context in Stealing Time; leylines combine with Tesla coils used to power Time Traveler Pods. Well, that never really happened, no leylines, no time travel. Leylines were something that people in the late Victorian Era were interested in proving, or disproving. In contrast, Nikola Tesla’s Coils were actually invented in 1890, and the science behind them is quite real. Tesla coils were used in wireless transmission and can receive electromagnetic impulses.  Tesla Coil Receivers can be used to charge a storage device with energy, which can be used to operate various machinery.

I hope you’ll visit the link provided to learn more about Nikola Tesla’s experiments, but be sure to have parent, teacher, or a great group of home-school Moms as supervision for the experiment!

Cheers!

C.K. Garner 02/27/2013

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About C.K. Garner: Blog Paper Scissor
Author of "Stealing Time" a steampunk YA short story. http://www.musapublishing.com "If you are a Dumps Monster, I swear by my pretty floral bonnet: I will end you."

2 Responses to My first Signing Event: Coffee, Books, and Tesla Coils

  1. What a great experience for everyone involved. As a former book buyer for B&N, I know how much work is involved in book signings and how unpredictable they can be, even with A-list authors. Your sucess is definitely a pattern for other authors to implement. Congratulations.

  2. Joanna Fay says:

    Congrats on your first signing. It sounds like you had a ball! As a former homeschool mum, I remember the fun of organizing interesting ‘guests’ and outings. 🙂
    And now I know why bookmarks are a good idea…okay, they’re on the list.

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