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Here I am holding my pride and joy: my first book - <@Ri>Constable Davey - A Future Lost.

I always wanted a web site for all my sports related activities, thinking it would be a great tool. Never got around to it, no time to be “creative,” as the web techs like to say.

Then I discovered John Robert Davey and well - website here you come. Tony Lacroix designed the site and it went live the day before my book launch. Allow me to banter on a little about the week that was.

Two book launches and a whole lot of wrapping have left me in awe when it comes to the power of the internet and social media. I thought it might be fun to allow for a little humour in this terrific ride that is coming to an end.

I booked my two launches for Constable Davey - A Future Lost well over a month before the scheduled dates. Then, three weeks prior the shipment of my first book arrived way ahead of schedule. Now, sitting on your baby a full three weeks before anyone can see the work is a difficult thing to do.

Ten cases screaming at you: "all that work and now we have to sit in a cold garage." I must say the orders came in, but holding on to them for so long just prolonged the agony.

So there it was. The first of the launch dates at Casa Paolo Restaurante last Tuesday. In the first hour I had an idea I was going to sell some books - friends came, strangers came and even the cook came out to buy a book. Forty-two books sold in a couple of hours and that makes you pretty happy.

Then Thursday night at the Library proved again that people like to read and they love history. Fifty more out the door and that included all of my hard cover stock. SRO of Hard Covers in less than a week.

True, I had lower numbers in the hard cover variety, but it still felt pretty darn good to boast all weekend that I had sold 300 books in a short period of time. CJSS on-air radio clown Jamie Carr announced: "If those were records, you would be on your way to Platinum status."

On line sales have been good and of course many friends and colleagues have purchased for Christmas presents and that is part of all this too. Christmas is a time for reading quietly during those when you have to be alone for a few hours’ moments. This week, it all comes to an end with an appearance at the team Cornwall Christmas Year in Review.

There is still time to get your copy, drop me an email or visit my web site at www.thomracine.com and follow the links. If wrapping for Christmas isn't enough fun, try wrapping sixty little 9X6 packages, selling is one thing - sending is rather another - grief!

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