Upon entering this beautiful place of worship, we followed a path to a large room with 3 long tables, 3 cocktail tables, 6 vases with floral arrangements, a few chairs, books, and marketing material. Shout out to Aunt Peaches and Doreen who assisted with the decoration set up. The room was inviting as it boasted an author banner, sign in sheet, kids’ activity table, appetizer table, and chairs in rows facing the author’s table. At 3pm, the guest of honor, Yvette Phillips arrived with her husband, son, and mother. Soon, friends and family started to pour in. As more guests arrived, we got more chairs leaving only standing room. Still, more people poured in. Our hearts filled with gratitude at the support of the author, and interest in the book, The Tale of Princess Alicia.
Shaneika, who is Yvette’s business coach, hosted the event, leading the visitors in games, pleasantries, appetizers and engaged in audience with interviews and giveaways. While the adults listened to the host interview the publisher, author, and illustrators, the children engaged themselves in drawing Princess Alicia and coloring characters from the book. Faith Clarke, the mother of young artists Zachary and Simonne was also invited to speak to the audience about parenting and motivating your children to pursue their talents at an early age.
The Tale of Princess Alicia is available for $14.99 on Amazon, Lauren Simone Pubs, and PadyMart (the author’s business website). However, the book bundle which consists of the chapter book, a bookmark, challenging mini rubric square, and inspiration bracelet, is available for $25.98 only at PadyMart.
To close the event, guests were invited to meet the author, purchase a copy of the book, and have the author autograph their copies. The event was truly remarkable. We would like to say a special thank you to all the adults and children that came and supported Yvette on her first book.