I got to experience a high—meeting my favorite author on the face of the planet. Here’s a picture of me with Gena Showalter. She is one of the nicest people I’ve met. Very gracious and lovely in person.
Okay I promise I won’t fan girl on that much but she gave me her email address so like I’m totally in. *grin*
Anyhoo. We started off at the author orientation then had dinner together at the restaurant by the hotel. We didn’t stay in the conference hotel so we drove back and forth. Normally this is a pain but I think the location and the fact that it’s not a huge convention like RWA Nationals made it totally painless. Plus we were only 5 minutes away.
Friday we had Speed Dating with readers. Total blast. In case you don’t know what this is, authors have 2 minutes with readers to sit down and chat about books and anything else in general. I handed out a few goodie bags and some swag.
That morning, Elizabeth Essex was on the historical chat panel with Melissa Mayhue, Pamela Clare and Rachel van Dyken. Here is Ms. Essex on her panel:
She also ran the dice game in the Historical Hijinks where we learned how to play Crown and Anchor (the precursor to Craps). This was a bawdry good time. Here we are on the floor throwing the dice and placing bets.
After that it was author signing time! Karilyn Bentley, Elizabeth Essex, Vicki Batman and Kathy Ivan all signed books and swag on Friday. A good time was had by all.
Then Saturday was the Slayers game for me and Karilyn. I have no photographic evidence for that. Suffice to say that it was a lot of fun, even if I did screw it up the first time around. ;) That afternoon was signing time for Liese Sherwood-Fabre, me and Sylvia McDaniel.
In between all this fun stuff were workshops and talking with readers and getting to know them. It was a wildly great time. And hey - we even gave out tiaras and wands to readers. Here's a few who were running around the signing wearing them.
Sunday morning was the final event with the awards and brunch. Here’s a picture of all of us by the book cover contest sign.
After brunch, the reader’s choice awards were announced. Guess who won the historical category? Our lovely and talented Elizabeth Essex for A BREATH OF SCANDAL! We’re so very proud and happy for her.
And then we all boarded a plane and went home. Sadly. The good time was over.
But we really hope we’ll see you there next year! Be sure you come by and find one of us to say hi. You’ll know us when you see us – we’re the ones wearing the tiaras!
By the way... how many princesses does it take to load a car? Four, apparently!