It's always such an experience going to one of these events. My mom and I always have a great time and leave with so many awesome memories and this one was the best one yet. You see, over the last year Amanda McIntyre has become a really great friend of mine, and while you share emails with someone and your thoughts, there's nothing like actually meeting and talking, then you really get a sense of their personality and Ms. Amanda McIntyre is one of those truly wonderful people (and she values my opinion :P). I thought I would be nervous meeting her, but I was not, because she is just one of those people. She makes you feel comfortable, very easy going. So getting to meet her was amazing.
(View from our room)
We left around 10 in the morning on Friday and arrived around 4 at our hotel. I managed to find that all right. It was parking I couldn't seem to find. But three people on the street and two phone calls to the hotel, we finally found out how to get to the underground parking for the Hyatt we stayed at. I actually didn't mind driving in the city of Columbus. Nothing so far has been as bad as my experience with Toronto! Oh that city will likely never see me again :). After we got checked in, we walked over to the Hyatt the convention was at and had a drink with Amanda and a few other ladies, Sahara Kelley was among them. We came back a little later for the Vampire Ball dinner that Amanda invited us to attend as her guests!
While standing in line, I noticed that one of the ladies behind us was one of the Lit Manor ladies, Kristi Astor! And she was with Sally MacKenzie. It was awesome talking to them while we had to wait for the doors to open! I still have yet to read anything by Kristi and I really need to fix that! I have an anthology that I won with both of them in it, Lords of Desire. I should read that one soon.
The dinner was a lot of fun! Although I am still wondering why in the slab of chicken breast that was on my plate was there a leg or wing bone attached to it! It looked kinda funny. The Heather Graham show that she puts together was funny, even if I wasn't sure what exactly was going on, but the Lady Gaga bit, that was hilarious. This young kid dressed up like Lady Gaga and I think Heather Graham's daughter sang Bad Romance while he danced around on stage mimicking Lady Gaga. I wish I was on top of things I could have recorded it. It was great!
A little later, Amanda walked us down to the bar and Leanna Renee Hieber was there too. Funny thing, I saw her down at Lori Foster's last year, but had no idea who she was! It wasn't until after I got home that I found out who she was. It was nice seeing her again and she loves talking about the Strangely Beautiful books. Makes you excited to read them!
Amanda gave me this bag full of Mr. Rodin goodies :)! I was like a kid in a candy store when I got back to my room that night! Thank you!
One final picture. Is that not awesome advertising for The Master and The Muses? Man, I LOVE that cover! And to see it so big as your going up or down the escalator? Well, needless to say it was very eye-catching and I'm certain it caught a lot of ladies eyes! And the wait isn't much longer, only about a month for Mr. Rodin and his muses ;). Again Amanda McIntyre's uniqueness shines as you journey through the eyes of his muses, experiencing his passionate and eccentric nature.
I think I'll do two posts and end this one here, since I'm tired. I think I brought more home than books and memories. My throat is soar and I feel like my body is fighting off a cold or something. Luckily I don't have to go back to work until Wednesday.
Until next time...