Last weekend, I attended my second Reader and Author Get Together sponsored by Lori Foster and many other awesome writers. Some of the authors in attendance were Sherilyn Kenyon, Carly Phillips, Erin McCarty and many more. It is a great experience for anyone, whether you're a reader, an aspiring author, or published. There are so many fun activities and prizes.
The event started on Friday. The registration line was very long. Then again, there were close to five hundred people in attendance. I got to meet fellow F/F/P RWA member, Nickie Asher and several others while waiting. I'm not very good with names, but I hardly ever forget a face. After registration, I chilled in my room. I don't like traveling alone, so I brought my mom, sister and two nieces along. They weren't registered for the conference, so they did the sightseeing thing. I heard they kept the pool well circulated as well.
After I got changed, it was time for the pizza party where I met up with two awesome gals I met at last year's conference, Anne Lute and Lex Cade. Anne then let me know that I have the claim to fame of breaking her sex scene cherry. Isn't that cool? Soon we were joined by fellow Sourcebooks author and all together awesome gal, Leanna Renee Hieber. After the Pizza Party, came the indie and small press signing. Arianna Skye didn't do too well selling print books, but the QR codes directing people to purchase Wings of Desire seemed to be a big hit. $2.99 for an eBook is a much better deal than $10.00 for a print copy, anyway.
After the signing, I headed over to the party put on by Carina Press. There was a fun round of Pictionary involving romance novels. If you participated, you got entered to win an iPad. Unfortunately I didn't win. Maybe next time. After the fun ended for the evening, I headed to the bar where I partook in an appletini and a cosmopolitan. Best drinks ever!
Saturday then arrived. There were several workshops going on throughout the day. I spent most the day just wandering the hotel and chatting up various people. I headed to the book store where I saw two huge stacks of Demons Prefer Blondes and Demons Like It Hot. Oh, and I bought a lot of raffle tickets. It was for charity. I can never resist being a charitable person. I pretty much stuffed most my tickets in the various eReader baskets. I already have a Kindle but that Nook Color really called to me. Sadly a new eReader was not in my future. I look at it this way, my money went to a worthy cause, One Way Farms.
INSERT: I forgot to mention I got to meet Cheryl Brooks' traveling buddy, Willy. There's a picture on her blog. Be warned, it is definitely NSFW (Not Safe for Work)!
Then the Saturday book-signing rolled around. I never really expect much from these events. I'm a fairly unknown author. I was still in the process of setting up my "display." when my first autographee stopped by. My signing buddy, Robyn Bachar called me the Promo Queen, and that's a title I'll gladly accept. Then they kept rolling in, with either one or both books in tow. Near the end of the signing, a woman came and handed me Demons Like It Hot to sign. To my utter delight and fascination, she informed me she had bought the last copy. OMG! ONE OF MY BOOKS SOLD OUT! And there were only four copies of Demons Prefer Blondes left, too! What a freakin' rush!
I don't hardly remember much more of the conference that afternoon. I do remember dinner and winning a basket of YA titles from Leanna Renee Hieber. That evening, was the Author Island Texas/Cowboy party. They had a bunch of games for everyone, including Author Jeopardy where you had to answer various questions about the Author Island Authors. They had me at Jeopardy. I ended up winning the round, obtaining a cool prize from Sam Cheever--some books, a cowboy hat, a red feather boa, and a peacock hair clip and earrings. My cat ended up wrapping one of the feathers from the boa around a spool of thread and made his own cat toy. Gotta love those gifts that serve multiple purposes. The real reason I chose the basket was the three huge Ghirardelli chocolate bars in the prize. Yum! My sister made a request to bring back chocolate, so I was more than happy to oblige her.
After the party, I headed to the bar where I drank a few drinks with Renee Vincent, who just celebrated her 40th and cover model Billy Freda, along with a few others. Unfortunately, I was a little tipsy at this point, so names are a little foggy. I requested a shot of Patron, but the bartender brought Cuervo 1800 because they were out of Patron Silver. Umm... there is a big difference between the two, but I did manage to swill down the tequila, despite my stomach lurching. The bartender, a pretty friendly guy who they brought over from a different hotel, didn't charge me for it. I switched to Grey Goose and cranberry juice instead. Glad they weren't out of that, because Absolut and I don't get along. Thank goodness last call came at midnight, or I may have made a big sloshing fool of myself. LOL
There's my recap... a very paraphrased recap at that. I always find I get bogged down with all the fun that I forget to snap pictures. I do have a few this time though!
Friday's Indie/Small Press/ Self Published Book Signing:
Saturday's Book Signing: