My Book Bash Weekend Wrap-Up

Hello, my lovelies!!

In case you all didn’t already know… I’m a con-a-holic!! I love going to author events, book signings, conventions, etc., and do so as often as I’m able. (Between work and budget, that’s not NEARLY as often as I’d like, lol!!!) That’s part of the reason I started Coastal Magic… but that’s an entirely different blog post, lol!!

For now… I’m going to gush, and squee, and cyber-fangirl about all the awesome that happened two weekends in Orlando, FL, at Book Bash. (Hosted by Maryse from Maryse’s Book Blog.)

Friday

– My sister and I got a late start (6 HOURS late!!!) For those of you who know me… this is not a surprise 🙁 For those 6 hours we could have hung out with awesome people… I had a sad face.

– WE ARRIVED!! They had a handful of rooms left at the host hotel, so we got checked in… headed down to pre-registration… and started looking around for people we knew.

– The rest of the evening was fairly uneventful. We chatted briefly with author friends Laura Kaye and Kele Moon, blogger buddy Laura (from Little Read Riding Hood), and were introduced to authors Chelsea M Cameron, Kendall Gray, and Karina Halle.

Saturday

– After staying up almost all night, for various reasons… we started our day about 10am. Got in line about 11 for the “doors open” at noon. (Talked to a cool couple from somewhere out west, this was her first book event… saw her a couple of times throughout the day.)

– Most of the people I was super excited to meet at Book Bash are writers I’ve been following for a long time. Authors I’ve watched grow from the fanfiction world, into their own publishing world spotlight. I am so incredibly proud of these ladies, and thrilled that they’re doing so well. There were also some authors there that will be attending Coastal Magic Convention as Featured Authors in February!! (And a couple that *may* show up just to party!) It was great to see those ladies, too!!

– Below is a pictoral recreation of our day, with a few notes where necessary. (My sister was my professional, personal photographer for the day! LOL… Thanks, Dolorianne!!)

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Me with Debra Anastasia… she is sweet and hilarious, and writes brilliant stories!!

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My first visit with Christina Lauren. Just as adorable in person as they are online 🙂 And yes, I stood in their ridiculously long line TWICE, because after I got Beautiful Bastard and Beautiful Stranger signed… I got one of THESE…

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Me and Enn Bocci… publicist extraordinaire (and the reason behind the closest I’ve ever come to LITERALLY peeing myself laughing while reading a story). I didn’t realize she would be there, and was absolutely THRILLED to see her!

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After chatting online for over a year… I finally got to meet Traci from Omnific!! We had a nice wee chat here… but got to hang out most of the evening at the ANGSTFest Party.

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Because tacklehugs and boob gropes are the way we do things, right Alice Clayton?? This woman makes me smile. If you haven’t read WALLBANGER or The Redhead series… ummm… just stop… go now… and pre-order them (they’re up for re-release from Simon & Schuster).

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Laura Kaye is someone I look forward to seeing any time I can. Such a sweetheart, and holy WOWZA… her books!! If you’re coming to Coastal Magic, she’ll be back with us again next year! <3

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Top Left: w/ Abbi Glines ~~~ Top Right: w/ Chelsea M Cameron (Featured Author at Coastal Magic!)

Bottom Left: Dolorianne w/ Ryan Winfield ~~~ Bottom Right: Rachael Wade (signing at Coastal Magic!)

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Chatting for a bit with Tara Sivec, who’s books are high on my TBR list, and who is responsible (via her first book) for the “almost-untimely-death” of my friend Sarah M Ross due to laugh-choking on grapes while reading.

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Oh, hai, Rhev!! (or Lothaire, if you prefer)… fancy meeting YOU here!! (w/ Paul Marron)

The pics below are various stages of blur and tomfoolery at the ANGSTFest Party. It was a fantastic way to finish off the night, and I’m so glad I got to hang with these awesome peeps!!!

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And my loot for the day… three I came to get signed… the others are new acquisitions 🙂 *pets pretty stack*

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I also have a mighty pretty Book Bash swag collection. I’ll probably be doing a giveaway for some of that stuff when I do my “Rec My Weekend” post on Saturday, so keep an eye out for that!!! (There will be two books included in that!)

Also… if you’d like to see more shenanigans (involving more chatting, blurry booty dances, and some “fun with paper napkin penises”… check out my Facebook album for the rest of my Book Bash pics!)

So… those of you reading this… what are your thoughts on big book signings and conventions?? Have you gone? What are your favorites? If you haven’t, would you LIKE to? Are you a swag hoarder like me?

2 Comments

  1. Comment by Keisha Talley:

    Would love to go but not sure where they are hosted or how I find them. I am in the Delaware area.

  2. Comment by Jennifer:

    Are any of these events near you?? http://www.authorems.com/conferences-events/

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