Here is more with the Literacy signing, which, I might add, was only 2 hours long, from 5:30 to 7:30pm. By the time we all actually got into the room, it might have been closer to 5:45. And I only spent about $70 on books. That just seems wrong - I budgeted for considerably more, but discovered I had most of the books I wanted already.
I've never read her books, but I'd heard good things about "Moonstruck" so I had to get a copy...once the lady in front of me stopped talking. I swear I waited at least 10 precious minutes. But Susan was a doll. I think it's cool she's a pilot for United, where I used to work. Her blog talks about her traveling adventures.
I recently read "The Fortune Hunter" and really liked it, so I had to stop by and say "hey" to
Jasmine, who also writes as Jennifer Skully and JB Skully
Another Plotmonkey! And look at that friendly smile Leslie has. We talked about the funny RITA video she was in, and or course I had to ask her where she put her sword since she didn't have it with her. And just like RWA 2006 in Atlanta, I ran into Patti - where we laughed and hugged.
My 3rd and final Plotmonkey sighting (everytime I got near Carly there was either a long line or she'd stepped away). Julie is always so friendly with the hugs, and quick with a compliment.
Isn't she just adorable? Jill looks so sweet, but then we see those hilarious Author Talk videos she does with pal Gena Showalter and know that she's looking to start trouble...of the best kind, of course. I sat next to her on the plane to Atlanta in 2006, then calling her Gena's friend, but Ms. Monroe can stand on her own, with several book releases to her credit. She's not just Gena's friend anymore.
Jenna Petersen/Jess Michaels
I knew her first as Jess Michaels, when her novella in a Secrets volume caught my attention and wouldn't let go. (Read "Ancient Pleasures"!) I grabbed my first Jenna Petersen book, and can't wait to read it.
I can't remember exactly where I'd heard about "Lord of the Fading Lands" (probably from Kati, but I read it and loved it. Meeting C.L. was awesome, and she's so bubbly and as much as of a fan of Anne Bishop as I am, if not more. We bonded over the Black Jewels trilogy.
How can you not love Julia Quinn, and her Bridgertons? That just seems impossible to me. She's definitely on my list of top 10 favorite authors, and meeting her was a pleasure, though a brief and much interrupted one. But she's a class act.
I read her Sydney Croft books, and told Larissa that I just had to read "Pleasure Unbound" because my book pimp recommended it. And wouldn't you know, she knew MaryKate! Well of course she did. Kati is not a meek fan, but one who spreads the love. Thank God for that.
- Not getting to see Suzanne Brockmann again. She is one of my all-time faves.
- Lisa Kleypas not signing this year. Another idol of mine.
- Not getting to meet J.D. Robb. You can have Nora, I'll take J.D. And Roarke.
- Missing out on Carly Phillips. She is one busy lady.
- Linda Howard not signing. Another all-time fave.
- Not getting a picture of Bella Monica Burns. But I did stop & chat w/ her.
- Not seeing Jill Shalvis for even one second - I had cookies and everything!
- Forgetting to get a picture of Carole Mortimer - only the author responsible for me reading romance!