I am sitting here at 11pm totally exhausted and thinking it is probably impossible for me to write anything coherent! And, typical me, I forgot to whip out my camera more often than I remembered! Tomorrow I will try to get over my fear of looking like a total geek and just start snapping! I’ll share a few of what I did take, but first, the highlights:
Meeting up with my fellow Sourcebooks Casablanca authors. First I met with Kendra Leigh Castle, having lunch together, and then hooked up with Cheryl Brooks. Later, at the literacy book signing, I reconnected with Robin Kaye, Marie Force, Judi Fennell, Michele Young, and Abigail Reynolds. Some of them I have met before, briefly, but for others it was a new face-to-face introduction. I also finally got to meet Julie James, whose books I LOVE!
The book signing itself! This one had over 500 authors, including Nora Roberts – who I saw in the flesh! We sat in tables alphabetically and I was between numerous award winning, best selling author Stephanie Laurens. I, of course, had no idea who she was! We chatted easily, her being a lovely lady from Australia, and it wasn’t until the massive line of ladies clamored non-stop to obtain her signature that I finally realized I was next to a celebrity! Did I think to get a photo? NO! *stupid, stupid* Oh well, it was wonderful and she did sign a book for me! I also sat next to Julia Latham, who was also as nice as can be. In fact, everyone is sooooo nice! How can a person write romance and not be nice? I signed about 10-12 books. My first signee was Leanne, who was so delighted to see me, said she loved my book, and purchased another just so I could sign it! Leanne, wherever you are, you made my night! Several other fans approached, including Rachel who brought her own copy for me to sign. A special thanks to everyone who purchased – the cause of literacy is a worthy one and I am honored that you included my novel on your list.
The Goody Room. There were actually 2 rooms filled with books and all sorts of items including bookmarks, candy, pens, magnets, cards, and other trinkets advertising authors and their books. I placed a stack of bookmarks supplied by my publisher so hopefully folks picked them up like I did theirs! I think I already have some 15 books – all free! Amazing.
Meeting my publicist Danielle. We chatted about the strategy for marketing “Loving Mr. Darcy.” Among the new ideas to look forward to is an ad in the next several months of Romantic Times!
In between all this excitement I did a whole lot of wandering around and chatting with new people. I was so fun, even if I felt a bit out of my element at times. Now I am quite tired, my big king-sized bed looking oh-so comfortable! More tomorrow, hopefully!