I'd dreamed of going to the Chapter by Chapter Book Rave for Jennifer Armentrout in New Rochelle, NY for months, but was pretty sure I couldn't go. Distance, money, blah blah. But at the last minute, my friend Joy Hensley told me that awesome NA author Lia Riley had space for me in her room! And I knew I had to go. If i missed this event with a ton of authors I love and/or like, I was going to be upset.
When we were sweltering away in NC, at least we were close to a bunch of author signings. Up here, practically in Canada, there's a marked shortage of fun bookish events. So away I went!
I met Jennifer Armentrout! I was shaking, I admit it. She was super nice and I got an ARC of THE RETURN, with the amazing Sethie-poo. I've wanted this book since I knew it existed! Jen herself said she was glad I made it in time because she knew I wanted it and there were only a few copies. YAY. Of course I'm reading it now. It was my first pick for after event reading :)
Jodi Meadows and Joy Hensley! They're cousins, they're awesome. They let me loiter when I was overwhelmed. I didn't bring any books for them to sign because I already have all their books signed and personalized.
Stacey O'Neale and me!
I had some of the authors on my kindle sign it! From the top: Joy Hensley, Jennifer Armentrout, Jodi Meadows, Elizabeth Eulberg, Wendy Higgins, Cora Carmack.
My books! I don't know how these are arranged. Huh. But I brought thirteen of these from home, bought some there, and got a bunch more for free! Except for Adi Alsaid's LET'S GET LOST and Kate Brian's ENDLESS, they're all signed!
Free books! All of which I really wanted to read!
Tired me in my Aiden shirt and gargoyle necklace (prize from JLA).
Megan Erickson and me! I was too excited the day of the signing to get signing pics.
Lia Riley and me!
Me and Joy Hensley!
Me and Jodi Meadows!
Me and Lee/Lanie Bross!
CJ Redwine, hard at work. Pfft, I wasn't interrupting an author at work!
It was a really great time and I'm so glad I went! I immediately came home and tried to decide if I could make it to Apollycon, but it doesn't look like it. Sniff.
I failed to get pics of other authors I was psyched to meet, like Wendy Higgins (who was ridiculous amounts of nice, I was super excited when she said good morning to me the day after the signing), Chelsea Cameron, Jay Crownover...oh, who am I kidding. There were so many there and not only was it fun, but I got to spend a lot of time with just authors and I got to listen to them talk shop. It was excellent.
And my lips are sealed :)