Friday, June 28, 2013

You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up

I'm sitting at my husband's restaurant. I'm sitting at the counter, having a glass of wine. One of my husband's customers is sitting alone at a table behind me. He is reading a book. He is a new customer who hasn't been to the restaurant before.

My husband goes to the table and says, "You like to read? Here, one of my customers left this book on accident. Check it out if you're interested." He leaves his own proof copy of The Vesuvius Isotope on the table and goes back to his work.

I sit at the counter and watch over the guy's shoulder. I'm thinking, cool! This is the first time I have ever gotten to see a total stranger's honest reaction to my book when he doesn't know I'm looking.

The guy picks up the book. He looks at the front cover. He looks at the back cover. He reads the back cover. He opens to book to the back and starts checking out the sneak preview to my second book. Stays there for a few minutes. Then he flips to the front of the book and starts reading from the beginning for a few minutes. Then he flips to the middle and stays there for quite some time. Probably read 2-3 pages right in the middle of the book. Then he sets it back down on the table.

My husband stops back by to check on him and see if he needs anything, etc.

The guy says:

"This is really an interesting book. I am intrigued and want to know more." So my husband conveniently hands him one of my bookmarks with order info on it and says:

"The customer left this too. It has more information if you want to order the book."

The guy says:

"I definitely will. It has a really positive energy. I'd be curious to meet the author. She seems really interesting."

My husband says:

"You can meet her if you want. It's my wife. She's sitting behind you."

I crack up. The guy turns around and says:

"Oh...my...gosh! Really? This is your book?"

He leaps up and comes and sits by me at the counter. He says to my husband, "I really want to talk to your wife about her book. But I'm gay, so don't worry - you're safe."

I'm sure my husband was totally relieved.

The customer starts asking me questions and chatting about the book. He tells me he has never met an author before, but he did get to meet Liberace when he was younger. I'm not kidding.

The fact that this guy was about 60, and Liberace would be 94 today, has not escaped my attention.

He starts telling me about himself. What he does for a living has something to do with astrology and the direction of energy and pendulums. I didn't quite understand it. He tells me he needs to see the book's energy to see if the book is a good book for him. He isn't kidding.

He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a little string with a crystal on the end. It looks like a necklace. He holds it over the book and lets it swing a little bit.

He says:

"Wow. This book has very positive energy for me. This is a really good book for me."

I feel a very positive energy.

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