Posted by Jun 8, 2012
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, Jill Shalvis
, Judi Fennell
, Lila DiPasqua
, Lora Leigh
, Lori Foster
, PJ Schnyder
, Shannon K. Butcher
, Sherrilyn Kenyon
, Shiloh Walker
, Stephanie Julian
, Virna DePaul
Well, I’ve had a few days to process the whirl-wind trip that was my weekend in Ohio, and I’m here to give you the highlights AND to giveaway some GREAT prizes! Keep reading for the giveaway details!
There are two big reasons I made the trek to West Chester, OH to the 2012 Lori Foster Reader – Author Get Together. The first is to visit my dear friend (and review teammate), Nima. As you may recall from hilarious post last year (HERE), she lives very near to the event. So of course, I had to jump in a plane and visit… and BONUS, our friend, Ang, was also visiting at the same time. I got myself 2-for-1 friend action!
Second reason I made the trip: my amazing book friends and blogging tweeps. After meeting so many of you in Philadelphia last year, I had to take this opportunity to see you again (and hang with some of the Sisterhood of the Werefly!).
I landed in the Dayton, OH airport about 10:30 AM on Friday June 1st and was back there by noon on Sunday June 3rd. It was a quick but wonderful visit! I got to spend time with Nima and Ang (who could not attend the event because Nima’s daughter was graduating high school), and I got to get in lots of author and friend time at the event.
So, here are some of the highlights of my trip…
Friday June 1:
First of all, if you’ve never been hugged by Bells from Hanging with Bells, you are missing out! She alone was worth the trip and I miss her already! I got to meet up with many of the friends I’d met in Philly: Bells, Mandi (from Smexi), Danielle (Lush), Penny, Dren, Marq, and Jaime Saare. I also got to meet several of my tweeps for the first time… Like Colette (aka A Buckeye Girl Reads), Liza (MsLizalou), NikiBrandyberry, Penny’s sister: QueenCityE, Bridget Locke, Jackie (Literary Escapism) and Nicole (aka Adam S. Walker – or as you would know her, Admin for Shiloh Walker). And bonus… I got to hang with Trelaina again (after meeting her in August when I was in Chicago). LOTS OF FUN!
That night there was a book signing and I took advantage… I got to meet Sherrilyn Kenyon… Yes THE SHERRILYN KENYON!! She is so sweet and I would have loved to talk with her longer, but there was a line and well, I was a bit tongue-tied & fangirl. I also finally got to meet Shiloh Walker after tweeting with her for the past couple of years. Then I spent time catching up with some of the authors I meet last year in Philly… PJ Schnyder, Judi Fennell and Stephanie Julian. All such wonderful women. I really enjoyed talking books with Judi (I kind of monopolized her for a while!)
After the signing, we played some very interesting Pictionary sponsored by Carina Press. Let me tell you, even if it looks like it, the answer is not “penis!” We laughed a lot! I also took the opportunity to meet Angela James, editor at Carina and another twitter buddy.
After hanging in the bar for a bit, I took off back to Nima’s house, where I made it up until 1:00 AM (I woke at 3:30 AM Friday morning).
Saturday June 2:
I was up bright and early! I headed back over the hotel for breakfast and conversation. After the buffet, we broke into small groups, and I selected the one with Virna DePaul. Although I’d never read any of her books, I’ve heard some amazing things about her characters and world-building. I am so glad I went! Meeting Virna is one of the highlights of my trip. She is such a nice person and I enjoyed discussing how bloggers/reviewers fit into the mix. She will be at AADNOLA this August and I cannot wait to chat with her some more.
Next I went to a discussion sponsored by Berkley Publishing. Although much of the discussion centered around the submission process (and I am not a writer), I learned many new things about the world of being a published author. I also won an ARC of Lora Leigh’s Stygian’s Honor. WOOT! You all know how I love me some BREEDS!
At lunch I tracked down another person I wanted to meet: Sue Grimshaw from Romance at Random (Random House). I’ve chatted with her often on Twitter and enjoyed meeting her live and in person. Another wonderful woman!
After lunch was the main book signing. Since I’d gotten most of the author’s autograph’s I’d wanted on Friday night, I took advantage of the time to catch up with friends. We also cracked open the bottle of wine given to me by Angela James and drank it from the hotel paper cups! Oh, and Mandi and I got to pose with some cover models… er, um… cutouts of cover models that is!
The rest of the time was spent chatting more with the people I’d come to see and meet. I finally headed back to Nima’s about 10:00 PM, and when I got there, Nima, Ang and I stayed up until nearly 3:00 AM catching up!
I had such a great time the whole weekend, it was worth the sleep depravation! In fact, I’m still trying to catch up on my blogging and reading, housework and school functions! I definitely want to return next year! For more pictures from the weekend, go to the “photos” tab of my blog! Thanks to all for such a great time! Special thanks to Lori Foster, Duffy Brown, the Marriott Staff and all of the volunteers!
NOW FOR THE FUN… a GIVEAWAY!
I’m participating in the SHAMELESS SUMMER GIVEAWAY BLOG HOP!
While I was away, I thought of all of you – my readers! Really, I did. And I was able to pick up a few fun things to share.
First Prize: the first three books from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s League Series: Born of Night, Born of Fire and Born of Ice – all SIGNED by Sherri herself!
Second Prize: A SIGNED copy of The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis AND a hand-crafted bookmark made by Shannon K. Butcher.
Third Prize: A copy of Guilty Pleasure by Lora Leigh AND a book cover flat and bookmark signed by Lila DiPasqua.
How to Enter and Giveaway Rules: To enter, please leave me a comment telling me what author you’ve never met, but would love to meet some day. To be eligible for the contest, comments must be made by 11:59pm EDT on Friday, June 15, 2012. One entry per person, the winners will be selected from eligible entries using random.org. Contest is open to US and Canadian mailing addresses ONLY; please leave your email address so I can contact you. I am not responsible for items lost in the mail. You do not need to be a Google Friend Connect follower of my blog, but it is appreciated.
Special thanks to Jen at Red Hot Books, Brie at Romance Around the Corner & Michelle at Michelle’s Book Blog for sponsoring the Shameless Summer Giveaway Hop. Please visit these other great blogs for more chances to win other great prizes!
PS… If you don’t want to enter the contest, but still would like to leave a comment, please do so and just note “no contest entry.”