Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Meet The Authors! RT Chicago Pt. 2:)

We arrived; paid the $5 entry fee, and promptly lost Brannick, who'd wandered off to get coffee, then didn't see us bent over the Author Chart as we took note of which authors were in what row, so we could get through more quickly, since it was already close to one o'clock.  He found us, and after some more trial and error, we found our way inside:)  This is author Ashlyn Chase.  I've not read any of her books; I just recognized the name.

Author Samantha Cayto.  I've chatted with her online, and again, just name recognition.

Author Lynn Connelly.  Again, I've chatted with her online.

Author PG Forte.  I think we had her on the RBRU chat loop.  I thought I'd moderated the chat, but now I'm not so sure....but I did recognize her name!

Author Mari Freeman.  I didn't recognize her name, but I DID recognize the 'Tease The Cougar' book!  This series (now antho) has been on my TBB list ever since I learned about it!  So excited, it is the first book of the ones bought at the convention I chose to read!

Author Isabelle Drake.  Name recognition, plus I KNOW I own one of her books!  Just couldn't think of the title, even though I'd read it in the last year.  Don't you hate that, when you go into 'fan mode', then discover the plot of the book you're thinking of is someone else's book?   Plus, this is the 'Flavors of Ecstasy' book that's been at the top of my TBB list since 2009!  Regina Carlysle is also in this antho, so getting Isabelle's JH (John Hancock aka autograph) was another plus!  I'll probably read this one next:)

Author Kaily Hart.  We're FB friends, and I've commented on several of her posts.  Looking forward to reading your book Kaily!

And now the personal 'squee' moments:  Author Bronwyn Green was very happy to finally meet myself and BC Brown!  We received a warm welcome and hugs, and had to practically force ourselves to keep mingling!  Bron was even nice enough to text author Mia Watts, who was there unofficially, and let her know two 'fans' were in the house:)

And here she is, author Mia Watts/Katie Blue/Kelly Kirch:)  I'd actually met her two or three years ago, when she happened to be traveling through Evansville on her way home.  I drove down and spent a few hours with her while our kids swam in the pool.

Personal 'squee' moment #2:  Meeting Desiree Holt:)  And her 'Joy Ride' has also been on my TBB list for over a year, so snapped it up!  I might bump it ahead of 'Flavors'....lol!

Author and promotions guru Marcia James:)  I hadn't known she was an author, so this was nice!  I'd been on a chat with her three years ago, learning about how to better promote myself, and she sent me her promo tips.

And finally, 'squee' moment #3, meeting Brynn Paulin and picking up her awesome Cress Bros collection!  She promised that Francesca's story would be out in a few months, so very much looking forward to it!  And I'm not entirely sure why I didn't pick up her Dragon series....that was an oversight!

Tomorrow, back on Molly's blog:  Pt 3 and the authors we missed, due to the long lines and our tardy arrival.  And maybe I'll post some of the 'out takes' of the trip, buwaaahaaaa!


Harlie Reader said...

I meet Des back in February and it was a major squee moment for me, too. Lucky dog you!


Amber Skyze said...

I'm lucky to be friends with Ash. We belong to the same RWA chapter, along with Sam. Mari, Sam, Lynne and I are all part of a hot cougar series together. Love those ladies.
So great to "see" Bron, Mia and Brynn another group of awesome ladies.
Thanks so much for sharing.

Harlie Reader said...

If you haven't read the Cougar series, its must reading from EC. Love each and every one of them.

Ashlyn Chase is one hilarious writer. Her books are witty and very sexy.


Kenzie Michaels said...

Des, Mari Carr, Mari Freeman, and Cianna Stone are in this one. Is there another story out there with Monica as the main heroine? All the stories allude to her. Guess maybe I needed to hang around Ashlyn's area a little more???

Brynn Paulin said...

Thanks for the shout out Kenzie! I can't say enough how glad I was to finally meet you!!! I'm glad I wasn't one of the authors who got missed because of the crowds (which were fantastic btw!!!)

I have to echo -- Ashlyn is great!! I get to see Des a couple times a year, but I know the first time I met her, I was so starstruck! My mom is a huge fan of hers and was thrilled to meet her this year. And Mari...she's just the sweetest. I love seeing her at conferences. She's one cool chica :-)

Amber Skyze said...

Geez how could I forget that Des is part of our Cougar series and yes from EC. *slaps forehead* Love her.

LKF said...

I love to put a face to a name, so thanks for letting me tag along and see some of the authors I'm familiar with.

Bronwyn Green said...

Kenzie!!! It was so wonderful to finally meet you and BC!!! The book fair crowd was crazy-huge - I'm so glad you were able to find us all!!! :D

Kenzie Michaels said...

Thanks for commenting everyone! I've been told we're going to try to make it to Kansas City next year, so keep your fingers crossed!