#AADNOLA Recap and Giveaway Part 2

Posted August 20, 2012 by Jen in Authors After Dark, Giveaway Tags: , , , , , , ,

I have to admit, writing a recap of my six days and five nights in New Orleans at the 2012 Authors After Dark con is a bit daunting. I did so much and met so many new people… How could I possible capture all of that in a simple recap?! But I will try my best to give you an idea of the trip. You can also see all of my photos from the trip under the PHOTO TAB HERE
Also, I came home with SO MANY books and swag – keep reading to find out how you can win some of my loot!
This posted ended up being wicked long, so I’ve broken it up over a couple days… be sure to check yesterday’s Part 1.
Day 4: Friday Aug 10
Friday started with a lovely breakfast at Cafe Beignet with Kate, Carolyn Crane, Teresa and Ann Mayburn. These women were definitely some of my favorites at the con. We laughed and I listened as they all talked in “author-speak.” 

Once again I attended a number of author panels. Two of my favorites were the Dark Humor panel (see photo, below – I was laughing the entire time) and the BDSM panel. In every single panel I attended the authors were so friendly and open to “group discussion” with the audience.
There was another luncheon on Friday, and I sat with authors Katie Reus and Cynthia Eden. What an enjoyable duo! These women were so friendly and I wish I could have spent more time with both. 

In the afternoon, I attended the Steampunk Tea. It was great to see so many people dressed up; however, I did not have anything special to wear, so I felt a little out of place. I did win an awesome prize pack from PJ Schnyder for participating in an old fashion gun fight. 
Later that evening, I attended an open bar reception hosted by two wonderful authors: Kris Cook and Melissa Schroeder. I adore both and enjoy chatting with them on twitter. I spent a lot of time visiting with some of my favorite authors and friends (see the photo tab for lots of pictures). The evening ended with a wonderful meal and dancing. Let me tell you – there are some great movers and shakers out there! I finally got to spend time with one of my favorite tweeps, MamaKitty and her friend, MamaMoon. I also visited with author Sasha White, who was hilarious. 

Me & MamaKitty

Day 5: Saturday Aug 11
There were no panels or workshops on Saturday. I took advantage and went on a tour of New Orleans’ Garden District. The field trip was hosted by another favorite author, Theresa Meyers. This is Eva (@Txbookjunkie) and I on the bus over the Garden District.

We started the tour at the Lafayette Cemetery 1 with our amazing tour guide Carla Bullion. She told us all about the cemetery and how the tombs function. It was incredibly information. She also took us around to see many of the homes, giving us some history and a few ghost tales. It was SO worth every penny!

That afternoon was the Book Signing. Last year I breezed through this part because I was new to the whole “con scene” and wasn’t prepared. This year I had books and my memory book in hand, and took the time to visit with many of the authors I’d met this week. I was there for two hours and enjoyed the craziness!

I had another wonderful dinner with a few authors and bloggers, and then headed out for one last drink at Pat O’Brien’s. There was an author “pub crawl” event, and I made it to two of the pubs. However, I wanted to be back in time to participate in the special recording of Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris’ podcast, The Shared Desk. The episode focused on the AAD con and NOLA itself. What a trip! Pip and Tee are a riot. I also had the chance to chat with AAD coordinator extraordinaire, Stella Price. Look for the AADNOLA podcast, soon!

Day 6: Sunday Aug 12
I packed up my things and had the chance to visit with some friends one last time. I said a few goodbyes in the lobby, and then had breakfast with some of the great people I’d met this week. I haven’t listed them all during my two recap posts – honestly, I just don’t have the space. But let me tell you, even though they aren’t all named, I adore them all!
I shared a taxi to the airport with Marcela (@bookaholiccat) and we had time to visit in the airport before our flight. I also ran into Mari Freeman, who was on my flight. We didn’t see each other until boarding time. On the flight home, I finished the book I was reading and rested up from an exciting and exhausting week.
All in all, AADNOLA was an amazing experience. I look forward to attending cons in the future – and hope to be at AADSAV in 2013!
The Prizes…
1st Prize: Signed books from Pamela Palmer & Jeaniene Frost and a swag pack from both authors.

2nd Prize: the Melissa Schroeder Pack: Signed copy of Callum, a copy of A Little Harmless Sex and a Got Harmless button.

3rd Prize: the Kris Cook Pack: Signed copy of The Secret Diaries Volume 1 and signed swag cards.

4th Prize: AADNOLA Swag Pack: a Tilly Greene tote, Joey W. Hill swag, signed Pamela Palmer swag, signed drink cozy from Mari Freeman, signed swag from Susannah Sandlin.
5th Prize AAD Philly Books: copies of books I received at AAD 2011.

To be entered, please use the RAFFLECOPTER form below. You do not need to be a google friends connect follower of my blog, but it is always appreciated. Contest is open from August 19, 2012 until August 27, 2012 at 12:01 AM EDT. One entry per person. Contest is restricted to US and Canadian mailing addresses only. Five (5) winners will be selected from eligible entries. I am not responsible for items lost in the mail. If you have problems with the RAFFLECOPTER form, please email me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com. 

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