I don't even know where to begin! I think I'm going to do two posts, one for the authors and one for bloggers and friends I met. I 'll post that one tomorrow! My mom and I had such a wonderful time. It was so nice meeting new people as well as seeing some that we've already met, both authors and readers. I have some things to giveaway over the next several weeks (Lora leigh, Joey W. Hill, and some hunky Julian Fantechi goodies! And some other things) I have quite a few pictures! I'll add a new slide show and just post a few here. It was a great time.
My first author encounter was with the wonderful and super nice Vivian Arend! I'm so glad I picked her name off the long list of authors that were attending a few months ago. I wanted to read a few of the e-published authors and she was at the top of the list and her book Wolf Signs sounded great. We sat with her and a few of her friends, among them was the very talented Valerie Tibbs! She did my blog header! I discovered a few other e-published authors I am going to read. All of them were so nice and they all have a joint blog, International Heat. I just picked up Vivian's new book that released today, Soul Deep, as well as one of the other auhtors of International Heat, Rhian Cahill's One Night in Bangkok! Rhian has the coolest austrailian accent!
(Vivian Arend, Me, Valerie Tibbs)
And then, while I was sitting there talking with them Friday night I kept looking around to see if I could spot Sue-Ellen Welfonder. I kept looking and looking. And then I saw a lady that I thought was her. Finally I got up and walked over to her and bent down to look at her name tag, because you know, I don't wnat to make an ass of myself thinking she is her but it's not really her. Sometimes people look different in pictures than they do in person. BUT it was her! She saw me and knew who I was. It was just so wonderful to see how excited she was to see ME!! We talked with Sue-Ellen for a bit. I would like to have spent some more time with her, but I am happy with the memories I do have! She is such a wonderfully nice lady.
The lovely Anne Rainey. She's just awesome! I must read more of her books :).
Beth Kery and Julie James accommodated me very graciously with a surprise I thought to do for a fellow friend. They are two awesome ladies! Thank you both very very much :).
This is the third time I've been lucky enough to see Lora Leigh and Lorie O'Clare! They both are super nice and I might have some surprises in the future with them! I'm afraid to say anything and jinx it!! :P So my lips are sealed.
My mom and I sat with Lisa Cooke and her husband and a couple other fans for awhile on Saturday. Her first book released in April, Texas Hold Him. What a fun book! I thought it was great and will be sure to pick up her next book in February 2010, A Midwife Crisis.
Donna MacMeans is one lady I am so glad I met! She is another of those amazing people to talk with. Without gatherings like this I never would have known about her. She's a fun lady, her and her rooster!
I hope to do this one again another year. Alot of the same people attend every year, so it'll be nice to see some of the same ladies! Although the next time me and my mom go, my mom must keep better track of her credit cards! She lost her bank card! Sunday morning when we were checking out, she was looking for it and it wasn't in her purse! We think when we bought some books at the B&N book sellers she was never handed back her card. It was the only time she used it. And with all the commotion it slipped her mind whether or not it was handed back to her. She got it taken care of, called the bank and had it cancelled right away. But it kinda got us sidetracked, we missed having breakfast with a friend, Jen, before we took off. We just wanted to go home. I'll tell you all about Jen and Susan and Stacy and Kati tomorrow and share some pictures too!
Stay tuned, later today I'll try to post a giveaway!