Holy crap folks. I went to my very first conference this weekend and if I thought my reading list was long before …
I thought I would be all organized, take notes, match pictures with the panels I attended, and give you a super detailed recap, but then I realized that would be the LONGEST POST EVER. So, this is just going to be a highlights post, with pictures, but there is a decent possibility I will do some more in-depth posts later on. We shall see. I make no promises.
I’ve got to start with a mad shout out to Christen from Goldilox and the Three Weres who, along with two of our friends, was my roommate for the weekend. I know I’ve said it before, but she is freaking awesome. And super nice. You should follow her.
Another quick fellow blogger shout-out goes to Chelle from Literal Addiction. She had gifts for all of us fellow blogger attendees. She even made us book thongs based on our favorite series. Mine, of course was Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane. Check out the close up pic:
Plus, she and I Moderated several panels together. We made a fantastic team! I would work with her again any day!
So Friday night was pretty low key. It was a blogger/author meet & greet. Christen and I walked in, and were immediately star-struck. It was a little intimidating to be in a room with so many authors! I can’t even remember everyone we talked to that night. I do remember however that Jennifer L. Armentrout sought us out to say hello (squee!) and actually remembered us from her book signing back in May. O_O We worked our way through the room, and made our way to Delilah S. Dawson, Karina Cooper, and James Tuck. After chatting for a few minutes, Delilah and Karina look at our name badges (which had this cool button for your Twitter handle from Laurie London – best idea ever)
and said, “Oh my gosh, YOU’RE littleread!” Then both proceeded to give me giant hugs. Definitely a high moment for me. 🙂
So that was Friday. Saturday was spent mostly in panels, meet & greets, and author readings. At the end of this day I KNEW I was in trouble; my TBR list had probably doubled. I was milling around, trying to figure out what to do for dinner, when Jennifer Armentrout came up to me to see if I wanted to go to dinner. Um, yeah? So, I went to dinner with her (YOU GUYS – she rode IN MY CAR), Amanda Carlson, Kristen Painter, Jax Cassidy, Alex Hughes, and Chelsea from the Vampire Book Club. They all are fantastic.
After dinner, it was time to go ghost hunting. I was in a group with all my dinner people, Lea Nolan, Laura Kaye, C A Kunz (Carol & Adam – mother/son writing team), and Nancy Haddock. (Go team Vagaina Pants! – Don’t ask) And I am pretty sure I got a ghost on camera. I took two shots, of the same branch of a tree. I will post them both and let you decide. I am pretty impressed myself.
After the ghost hunting tour, where I discovered Carol & Adam Kunz live near me and we have already scheduled a lunch date (yay!), it was time for the character dating game. And oh mylanta was that funny. I have video, and once my computer and cell phone decide to play nice I will share it. In the meantime, enjoy Delilah S. Dawson being Ciminy. She did such a good job playing him, I had some confusing feelings …
So, after that madness was over. I AGAIN had Jennifer Armentrout in my car. Along with Chelsea from VBC, Christen from Goldilox, and my friend Mel. I have a tiny 4 door Accent. We dropped Chelsea & Jennifer off at their hotel, and Christen turns to me and says, “Jennifer Armentrout was just in your car!!” And we shared a giggle. Yes, we are 12, thank you for asking.
Sunday was more fantastic panels, and the author signing. I have tons of singed stuff, and yes there will be quite a bit for giveaway. Maybe even at the end of this post … I am getting ahead of myself. Sunday I actually saw Jenese with Reader’s Confession several times. Somehow I missed her most of Saturday – different panels and such. So we hung out. She is a funny gal. 🙂
And then it was time to go. But here are a few pictures from the weekend, mostly me with famous people. So I feel famous too. OH! I almost forgot! One of my FAVORITE things was when I told people what blog I had, and they said things like, “I love your blog,” or “I follow you already.” So, thank you. You made my freaking weekend when you said that.
Some funny moments: When I met Pamela Palmer for the first time, I may have sounded like and idiot fan-girl; “Oh my gosh I loved your book, it was so great, and that your hero wasn’t always a good guy and that your world building was great and oh my gosh I love you.” She was very cool, and laughed when I apologized later on for being crazy. She said it was the best thing I could have said. So, good. 🙂
C. J. Ellisson was just hilarious. And so sweet. So was Cynthia Eden (though I somehow got 0 pictures with her!) But they have both offered to donate books for giveaways (as did several other authors), so expect to see more from them soon! 🙂
And now, when I got home and opened my trunk, this is what I saw:
I finally got the courage to sort through it all. And here is the grand finale picture:
And just because I was curious, here are the books (keep in mind most are signed) next to a lamp, that is 5 feet tall:
You know what that means … a giveaway! To celebrate my first conference, I am giving away an extra swag-bag (they had leftovers), along with some even extra swag and books! See the picture below.
You know you want the books, the bag, and ALL THE THINGS IN THE BAG. Seriously. It would take me forever to go through it, but TRUST ME. There is a lot. And a lot of signed things. To win, just enter the Rafflecopter below. It’s that easy.