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Book Signing Horror Story by Wendy VanHatten, author of ‘Champagne Lies’





Title: Champagne Lies

Genre: Mystery

Author: Wendy VanHatten

Publisher: DocuMeant Publishing

Pages: 246

Language: English

She should have been on her 30th wedding anniversary trip. Instead, Stacie stumbles upon a body where it should not be…an upscale beach on the Mexican Rivera. She also should have been celebrating with the man she has been married to for those 30 years. Instead, she finds out she may not have really known what he did or who he was.

Things happen to her she can’t explain. Who is the mysterious Maria in Italy, why did her husband need secret, hidden rooms, who do the guns belong to, and who was the man she married? Nothing is as it appears…and Stacie keeps finding more surprises the more pieces she uncovers.

From dead bodies to stolen jewels…it just keeps getting worse.

Book Signing Horror Story

Horror stories come in all shapes and sizes. Perhaps this doesn’t qualify as a horror story, but more of a ‘kids say the funniest things’ story.

At one school I was reading of a couple of my children’s books. The teacher’s aide had everything arranged ahead of time. She put out flyers, collected money from the parents that wanted to purchase books, and had the children nicely seated in the library.

Once I finished, the teacher asked the children if they wanted me to sign their books. Of course everyone raised their hand…even though they had no idea what that meant. Now, I needed to sign about 50 books. Lesson learned…sign them ahead of time.

As I was collecting the books from each child and signing my name, one girl loudly announced ‘the reader stole my books’. The teacher explained that I was only signing my name and that I would be giving them right back to her. This wasn’t what the girl wanted, however. Once again, quite loudly, she announced ‘those don’t belong to her…those are mine…why is her name in them…make her take out her name and put in my name!’

Eventually, we straightened out all of it. But, the look the little girl gave me on the way out the door was priceless. I’m sure she went home and told her parents about the thief who read to them that day.


Wendy VanHatten is a published author, Editor of Prime Time Living Magazine, professional editor for authors, and contributing writer in additional magazines. Her children’s books, the Max and Myron series, teach children to read as they learn how to become good citizens with positive character traits. She has taught writing at the college level and travel writing for continuing education workshops.

Currently, she documents travel advice and photos in her blog, More information about Wendy and her books may be found at Her books are available on Amazon or from her website.


1 Comment

  1. Your story made me smile. that girl is so cute.

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