One of the things I do for book releases is making these little soaps to hand out along with a bookmark. I love to hear how readers have used the soaps. Not just for washing, son. Some have been used as decoration or to scent an underwear drawer. It’s nice to be a part of readers lives (and drawers).
I’ve given them out as prizes, at book signings, at conferences. Now that we’re on my third book, I’m tallying up how much soap I’ve given out and holey moley. I just passed the ‘Fifty Pounds of Soap’ mark. (Sounds like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ but way, way cleaner. And less lucrative.)
I’ve had fun fitting the scent, color and shape to the book. For ‘Not Quite Darcy’ there were raspberry scented, pink Victorian hearts. For ‘Angel of the Somme’ I made blue colored soaps with an angel’s face that smelled like the herb garden in my fictional hospital’s back yard.
I was going to go with sage, but common sense won out. (Who wants to smell like sage?) I went with peach. Why? Because my book opens with Billy strolling through a peach orchard in Fort Sumner, New Mexico – unknowingly walking toward his final showdown with Pat Garrett. Just exactly like what happened in real life. Peaches might seem like an odd choice – they don’t quite fit with Billy the Kid, but I’ve found the Kid to be such a character and he never quite fits my preconceived idea of who an ‘outlaw’ should be.In that way, I think peach scented soap is the perfect choice for him.
And he’d be delighted to know that ‘his’ soap might be hanging out in someone’s underwear drawer.