Each year, the little town where I live has what's called a "Chocolate Walk" (gee - could it have anything to do with the chocolate factory in the middle of town?). People purchase tickets ($15.00 and all proceeds go to charity) and then can go to 30 different stores in town and have something chocolate. It starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. And there are rules - you have to wear the button that came with your ticket and you have to get your ticket stamped - one time to each place only. It is a day dedicated to decadence. There are truffles, brownies, cakes, cookies, smoothies, fruits dipped in chocolates, french toast, pretty much anything you can imagine - in chocolate. Most people have learned to bring along a container for their samples.
Yesterday was Chocolate Walk day. I don't participate in the walk since I have to work - which I did yesterday. By the time I got to work at 1, town was packed. Curb-to-curb people strolling in the beautiful weather, all with their eyes on their next chocolate fix. Our store featured a small restaurant that specializes in smoothies. (If your store isn't a food place, you bring in someone who is).
In addition to the chocolate draw, it's a day when a lot of people get shopping done for the upcoming holidays. We had a lot of customers in for the chocolate who also browsed our shelves and purchased books - which is always nice.
One thing I love to be able to do is recommend books to people. In our store, my specialties are Romance and YA paranormal, though the three of us who work there have knowledge of all the sections (it's a very small store, but very well known!). What stymies me all too often is people saying they love author A, who else would they like? I'm okay if it's an author I know, but too often, it's someone I'm not familiar with and I'm lost so I ask for the "type" of book they like and try to go from there.
So, my question to you is... what authors would you team up to recommend as similar in style?