Oh sweet baby Jesus I don’t know where to begin. They say best to begin at the beginning, this is gonna be a long post kiddos but I included pictures to break it up some…So here goes….
I wanted to look cute but I was going to the Literacy Signing straight from work so I had to wear my new dress all day. I have NEVER gotten so many cat calls at 8:05am while walking to the metro in my life. On an 7 block walk I got at least 8 kissey noises and whistles in my direction.
It was all for you, ladies.
And totally worth it when Celeste Bradley said I looked like Audrey Hepburn!
I prepared for my first RWA conference by writing down a list of authors I wanted to meet, which books I most wanted to buy, $100 cash since I heard the cash line was shorter, and basically just girded my loins since I was a little nervous.
Walking up to the Marriott last night the nervous butterflies in my stomach turned to giddy anticipation as I started seeing ladies upon ladies walking around with RWA pins, pink bags full of books, ginormous grins, and Harlequin tote bags all over the sidewalk and entrance to the hotel. As I descended into the cavernous conference space in the basement I felt comfortable immediately knowing I was surrounded by at least 1000 other romance novel lovers!
I also felt hot. There were A LOT of “squeeing” people packed into that room!
I did fairly well with my list, some of the authors I wanted to meet were already sold out of books by the time I got to their table. But I ended up making out VERY WELL. Here is a list of the authors I met and which books of theirs I got autographed and bought:
- What I Did For Love, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
- Lord of Pleasure,by Delilah Marvelle
- Blue Diablo, by Ann Aguirre
- My Wicked Marquess,by Gaelen Foley
- Her Every Pleasure,by Gaelen Foley
- Duke Most Wanted, Celeste Bradley
- Desperately Seeking a Duke, Celeste Bradley
- Revealed, Kate Noble
- Pleasuring the Pirate, Emily Bryan
When I first walked into the hot, steamy, romance filled room I did two loops around the outside just taking it all in…
There were fantastic raffle prizes, which I bought tickets for, but forgot to enter because I got too swept up in talking to KatieBabs and Rosie! I recognized KatieBabs only by the shirt she was wearing, but I didn’t know what any other book bloggers looked like in real life, so KB was kind enough to introduce me. I heart romancelandia.
As much as I wanted to meet La Nora and Linda Howard I was intimidated by their lines and I didn’t even bother to put them on my list since I knew I had limited time. Although I did brave the somewhat smaller line for la fantastique SEP. Match Me If You Can is one of my favorite romances of all time after all. When I begged a photo with SEP I didn’t know who would take it for me since I went all by my lonsesome. But the sweet young girl who was sitting at SEP’s booth with her offered to take one, and guess what?!?!? SHE HAD THE SAME NAME AS ME. I place a lot of importance on names.
I don’t have a super common name and fell in love with the child immediately [she was maybe 12 and adorbs]. I’m not sure if she was related to SEP or not, I didn’t want to be a Nosey Parker and they didn’t volunteer what their relationship was. But she took a faboosh picture!
I also took a picture with the very friendly and talkative Delilah Marvelle, she hugged my twice so I felt comfortable asking for a photo…
I didn’t take pictures with every author I met, I felt a little weird about it especially when other people were waiting behind me…
I got in line to check out around 8pm (the event technically ended at 7:30) and I estimate I was the one millionth woman in line:
The line actually moved fairly quickly, and honestly I was content just to people watch and relax after the hectic author and blogger conversations I had just had! I was also super proud of myself that I *only* bought 9 books and that it came in just under $100 which is how much cash I brought with me. A job well done I say, quite the parfait ending to a parfait day.
Lastly, want to see my over-stuffed, loot-filled purse?