RAGT Wrap Up and Shameless Summer Giveaway Hop

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!

red hot books

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.”

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04077535382468976411 danni

    I would love to meet the author Nalini Singh. I absolutely love her books. I would also like to meet Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, and Nora Roberts

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04162357464852287493 LadyVampire2u

    I loved seeing the pictures. You look so happy there. I am glad you had a great trip. :)
    If I had my pick, I would love to talk to either Kim Harrison, Marjorie M Liu or Beth Revis. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05164981880837468084 Mandi

    Loved seeing you Jen!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12913199632952461638 Judi Fennell

    Hey, you’re welcome to monopolize me anytime., looking forward to AAD! (no entry)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11267961339110264525 marina

    “no contest entry” I really wish I will have the opportunity to participate in a event like that! Jealous and very happy for you!
    I’d really love to meet the Unbeatable duo of Ilona Andrews and Jeanine Frost!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08952103323793072580 A Buckeye Girl Reads

    Not entering the giveaway, but wanted to say great recap! Yours is so much better then mine.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03105406078865747930 Bells

    Twinnie! What a great post! I loved seeing you again and had such a great time with you! Can’t wait to see everybody again next year! *mwahs*

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04462149255674900146 Michelle Kelly

    I would love to meet Julie Garwood. I just love everything she writes.

    I was at the RAGT12 event as well. Best time ever. I have never read Sherrilyn Kenyon but I saw how huge her line up was so I’d love the chance to win them.

    Thanks Michelle Kelly
    another_look_book_reviews at hotmail dot ca

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03857639027070159159 Virna DePaul

    This is a great recap! I really enjoyed meeting you. :) What a great giveaway, too. I’ve never met J.R. Ward, but would love to. Take care and talk soon, V

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09305870216771723615 Diva J.

    I would love to meet Terri Brisbin. Her books are fabulous! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01273328129259118833 Dannielle L

    So many choices, but I think I would have to go with Nora Roberts. To thank her for not only all of her great characters (especially Roarke), but also for introducing me to romance and the paranormal. Plus I’d love to stay in the Inn Boonsboro she owns!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05347103282771109923 Rissa

    JR Ward for sure….I could listen about the brothers all day long!

    raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01173250850957852073 Susan T.

    That’s a tough question to answer since I have so many favorite authors. I will say I would love to meet JR Ward. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17083422956218281154 Maria pronounced Mariah

    There are so many but topping that list would be JR Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon! They were my first reads and will always be my favorites!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08609905630959271042 Brianna (The Book Vixen)

    I’d like to meet Shiloh Walker. I chat with her on Twitter (a lot) and enjoy reading her books. It’d be nice to put a face to the name :)

    thebookvixen at gmail dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00761801256949976904 fishgirl182

    Sorry – deleted earlier comment because I forgot my email address.

    I have never met Nalini Singh but would love to someday. I am hoping to meet her this summer at RWA.

    twee66 at gmail dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02636396055388360533 Ntzee

    I’ve never met an author before but would love to meet JR Ward, Larissa Ione, and Karen Marie Moning! I love their books! =) Thanks for the giveaway!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14771667227126916880 Mariann at Belles Book Bag

    This is easy as I have yet to meet any authors in person!! I have just recently been introduced to Kristen Ashley’s books and I am addicted!!! Every book I read of hers turns out to be my favorite!! She has ruined me for all other authors and books so in saying that I would LOVE to meet her!! Thanks for the chance to win!! Have a great weekend!! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16696155221612203698 molly.frenzel

    I would really love to meet Anne Rice someday. She was the first paranormal author I ever read. Interview with the Vampire was the first vampire book I ever read. She opened the door into the paranormal genre for me.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15169163606041934383 Janna

    I want to get hugged by Bells too! :)
    Sounds like you all had such a great time. I’m a tiny bit jealous here… ;D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14466763034083564218 Mary D

    I would love to meet Beverley Kendall. Thanks for doing the hop!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01040778428228318383 elaing8

    I would like to meet Kelley Armstrong.
    Thanks fr the giveaway

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07909417504496472472 Sophia Rose

    I have to pick just one? ;D Okay, I’ll say Patricia Briggs.

    Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17621358091229477687 Di

    I’d love to meet Suzanne Brockmann (or so many others).
    GFC follower
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18209079709954835879 Loupe Duffy

    I love to meet Diana Gabaldon (She’s my all time favorite)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15301706639787415305 kmannrn

    I would love to meet Nora Roberts and Robyn Carr.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05296707055130348001 Lissette Martinez

    Richelle Mead.. Jeaninne Frost, J.K. Rowling!
    Lissette_125 at hotmail dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07438191238264290632 Under the Covers

    Looks like you had a blast! I would love to meet JR. Ward. She’s my favorite author!

    alltherhage AT gmail DOT com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11966883616877261692 Renald

    I think Anne Rice,I’m not sure. Deb P

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09981805997369858686 Diane

    I would love to meet Linda Howard, Nalini Singh, Nora Roberts and Lara Adrian. But there are many others I would enjoy meeting too!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15584604654075951443 Lisa

    I would love to meet Jess Dee, Lexxie Couper, Mari Carr, & Jayne Rylon. There are many more authors & bloggers I would love to meet too.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04605196619931008624 Yvette

    Went to a JR Ward signing and it was wonderful. Would love to meet Gabrielle Evans!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05940833606335019082 Nadine

    I would love to meet JR Ward or Laurell K Hamilton along with many, many others.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16147138097401395084 Sara M

    I would love to meet Jennifer Estep.

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13516071979313943116 Bridget Howard

    IO would love to meet Cynthia Hand!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17646714338286965334 laceyblossom

    I’d love to meet JR Ward or Jeaniene Frost! I adore their books :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05939194040043255669 YWLiang

    I would love to meet Jill Shalvis! I love her Lucky Harbor series! I’m a fan of her facebook page and she seems like a really cool and fun person to be around :)

    thank you for the giveaway!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08421748991669806450 IMSilverbells

    While I like Sherrilyn Kenyon, I gotta admit the author I’m dying to meet is Richelle Mead. Her books are my guilty pleasure and I can re-read them all the time. Through her posts I can tell she’s witty, funny and endearing just like her characters!

    Thanks For The Giveaway!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14929817630779731177 June M.

    I have not met any authors yet but there are many that I would love to: Larissa Ione, Kallypso Masters, Cherise Sinclair, Lynsay Sands, Kerrelyn Sparks, and many more.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14929817630779731177 June M.

    forgot my email: manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07216420364354134513 Kat

    So many I would love to meet, John Green, Carly Phillips, Jackson Pearce are just a few off the top of my head.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04931390281936554040 holls

    Id love to meet eloisa James!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01321504366718565425 Patsy

    There are so many outstanding authors today, I would love to meet them all, but the one who stands out from the others(for me) is Sherrilyn Kenyon.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05346192415151443134 Addicted2Heroines

    I would love to meet Vicki Pettersson or Stacey Jay.

    Great prizes. Thanks for the giveaway!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14334340023335752430 deasuluna

    I would love to meet Sherrilyn Kenyon, I have missed meeting her twice now. I’m hoping to attend one of her book signings this year. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14464453152431010339 Sophia (FV)

    Oh looks like you had a great time!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05391764595991013783 Emily

    Oh gracious, this is a hard one. I guess I would have to say Emily Giffin. I love everything she’s written.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16777393716428440613 Proserpine

    Hi! Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I would love to meet Kresley Cole and talk about her Immortal After Dark series!!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07310186908178952392 Kelly

    I would love to meet Ednah Walters or Diana Gabaldon. I have never met any authors before. Thanks.
    delivery.RN at gmail dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07544111436415588252 BookAttict

    I’d love to meet Michelle Sagara and Stephen King!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14390033302049378173 Susan W.

    There are so many authors I would love to meet. Lora Leigh and Dean R. Koontz are two that I’ve read for years and would love to meet.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01213261526305818649 Froggy

    I’d love to meet Lisa Renee Jones, JD Robb, and so many more awesome authors I have met online.

    Crossing my webbed toes to win..really need the sweetest thing, its the only paperback I am missing out the the series! 😉

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00632877528685560271 Juana

    I would love to meet Kay Hooper I have most of her books and they are all keepers.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05572247688497515974 winnie

    I would love to meet Jeaniene Frost! She’s absolutely me favourite author :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11830178531769047876 Starry Night Book Reviews

    I’d love to meet J.R.Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon & so many more authors! S.c.Brentson@gmail.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09747079254596095418 Anne

    I’d love to meet Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16392692656456938856 Maureen

    I would love to meet Nora Roberts.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10905574606129534214 erin

    Thanks for a great giveaway! Sounds like you had fun :)

    I’d love to Read Nora Roberts!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15468804026216474775 donnas

    Id like to meet Nora Roberts.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14261301857510839444 Gale Nelson

    I would love to meet J R Ward!!! Thank you for this amazing giveaway. Gale pgan427@yahoo.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16480664391821167411 Kelsey

    I would love to meet JR Ward! Thank you for the great giveaway!!

    Kelsey O.
    kopsahl48 AT gmail DOT com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04430221887990969543 Jolene and Family

    I would so love to meet Larissa Ione


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02686445302007932856 Helen

    lynsay sands I love her argeneau series it is one of my favorites
    helldog3 at aol.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15966890957202173050 Cimmaron @ Talksupe

    I would LOVE to meet JR Ward. My life changed after reading her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I love her writing and she just looks badass. I love how she’s always got her tinted classes hair in a bun and her multiple string of pearls. It takes one badass to write about a group of badass vampires.

    thanks for the giveaway


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