There was another booksigning in my neck of the woods this past weekend, so I tagged along with my pal and almost-neighbor Michelle, and we met the very young-looking and naughty Jenna Petersen/Jess Michaels for lunch at this cute diner called Palos Gardens, where I proceeded to have a Belgian waffle for lunch, topped with fresh strawberries and a pile of whipped cream. Um um good. I mostly listened as Michelle & Jenna talked shop, finding it fascinating but not personally having much to add to the conversation. Made me realize how much there is to know about the business and how writing is just a part of it.
Then we headed to the bookstore, which was about five minutes away:
The scene of the crime, located @ 6509 W. 127th St. in Palos Hts, IL
The instigaters: Jade, Kimberly, Elizabeth and Jenna/Jess
(Uh huh, they really look like trouble, don't they?)
The shy and retiring Jade Lee (yeah right! Just ask her about Dong) She is a delight, and now I feel I must check out her books. She's got a new series coming out in September(?) which sounds very intriguing.
Newbie author Kimberly Killion, whom I really enjoyed talking to - plus she writes about
Scottish characters AND has Nathan on her cover - srsly, what's not to like???
Elizabeth Hoyt, who wrote the Prince trilogy (LOVED Raven Prince) and has a new
4-book historical series coming out. She also writes contemporaries as Julia Harper
Jenna Petersen/Jess Michaels. Don't know why but I couldn't download my picture of her
from the booksigning in Palos Heights. Operater error...
Anyway, I am a huge fan of her Jess Michaels books, and definitely need to read
her Jenna Petersen books. When, I don't know...
Bookseller Ann! I didn't know until she came up to me that I actually
know her from Lori Foster's yahoo group, the BookJunkys. She is super nice and
knows a ton about romance. It was so cool to finally meet her in person.
yeah that's me (my longer hair making one of its last public appearances) and Ann
Cool DIK chick Shannon, who really isn't buying books these days, well maybe just this one time...
Michelle Buonfiglio a.k.a. my chauffeur hangin' with Shannon, who's holding...books?
Fun times, fun times. I find myself getting more and more comfortable at booksignings, and this one was really laid back and easy-going. I love having these opportunities to talk more informally with authors, find out about their writing, their interests, their plans for future books. 'Course they might all think I'm totally weird, and, well yeah they would be right but that's okay; I'm having fun along the way.
This bookstore was great because it's a used bookstore, so I picked up an old Linda Howard I've never read, "Shades of Twilight" (LadyB would be so proud LOL), also "A Whole New Light", a Sandra Brown book Michelle had told me about earlier in the day, and "Vows" by LaVyrle Spencer, my favorite book by her, and one I think Michelle might really enjoy for the closet scene alone.
So that was my weekend. What have you been up to?