Lothaire Book Signing with Kresley Cole and Paul Marron *squee* PLUS! A Signed Copy Book Giveaway

by Maryse on January 15, 2012 · 39 comments

in Cover Models, Editorial, Kresley Cole

*shakes head in happy disbelief*

OMG!!! That was fun!!!! Yesterday was the Best. Day. EVER! Overwhelming in so many ways, but so amazing. I’m just thrilled that I had the opportunity and good fortune to attend. I mean, just… WOW, right??!! I… just… speechless. My words. They have left me once again but I’m hoping to get them back as I recount a few of the silly moments throughout the day. I’ve just finally started coming down off of the crazy adrenaline trip that started Friday night and didn’t let up until right about now (when I thought, okay, maybe I can speak again). ;)

So all week, I knew this was coming. I mean, just meeting one of my fellow readers is always exciting (and a bit nerve wracking), so you can imagine how tense I was with this upcoming *triple threat*. I tried to go on with my daily routine, and not think about it (set it aside until Friday gets here and let the nerves hit me then), but come on! That was simply impossible. My concentration was off. My reading was off. I was blogging all week, but my nervous anticipation kept me from concentrating and getting into anything serious. Could you tell? I could tell.

So Penny and I kept each other company (via Facebook) until that day. It helped knowing I had a fellow reader/friend to experience this with.

Maryse: … I go through easy moments, and then I go… OH GOD. Tomorrow…

So here it is. A day in the life of a nervous wreck:

Friday night:

  • I indulged in reading Lothaire late into the night. Why not, right? I can’t concentrate on much, sleeping is… not happening. And my room looks like a clothing store exploded in it. Belts, shoes, stuff everywhere, and I still couldn’t decide. What the heck does one wear, when one expects to meet an evil vampire? So I give up, and figure I still have Saturday (maybe I’ll be more focused), and leave my fashion piles where they lay. Reading it is. At least I’ll be putting myself in the right kind of “Lothaire” mood. And it helped.

Saturday:

  • 9:00 am – Considering how late I fell asleep, I still got up way too early. Wondered if getting ready to go that early would be just too weird, so instead I read some more. I was appropriately very much into Lothaire by the time I was ready to go.
  • Penny’s line number.

    1:50pm – Penny texts me letting me know she got there early enough to get us a #5 line number. OH YESSS!!! I’m delayed (husband decided it was the perfect day to get some errands done). Whaaaaa? NOW?? But we’re supposed to be leaving soon… *sigh* MEN!!! Still though, gives me time to panic amongst my clothing explosion, privately. (that kind of panic is never pretty). Penny eases my concern about early arrival. She’s in place for both of us. *love her*

  • 3:30pm I finally get there, and we hug! Immediate bonding because, OMG we are about to experience something so fun together! There is NO awkwardness, just the three of us (husband loves these things) chatting in an attempt to keep our nerves in check. I remind my husband, TAKE TONS of pictures!! Tons!! He’s got an awesome camera that can do anything, and I don’t want none of this 1 or 2 pictures stuff! I want lots to choose from and to display. He assures me, no problem, he’s ON IT! Didn’t he Penny?? Didn’t he promise!!  grrrrrrrrr (you’ll see why I’m growling in just a second…)
  • 4:00pm: It fills up FAST! There are suddenly people everywhere, and the excitement and energy is building. The room is alive with anticipation, and book chatter and funny comments take place with everyone in our vicinity. We’re all fans, and we’re all there for the same reason. We’re all connecting and everyone seems happy!
  • 5:15pm (approx) – IT. IS. ON! There they are, and the crowd roars their excitement! It doesn’t take but a few minutes and I’m already at Kresley’s side getting the books signed. She’s beautiful!! And so full of life, smiling, laughing and seems genuinely delighted to be there. My husband, as promised, is right there taking our picture!
  • Well, at least Penny got a picture during Lothaire’s *signing*… *grumble grumble* Yes. I’m looking at you, husband!

    And then… as I make my way over to Lothaire (Paul Marron), all 5′ of me, juggling my 5 heavy hardcover books, iPad, iPhone, and purse, trying to appear nonchalant and unassuming (*squeeing* was on the inside ONLY) I look over to my husband and notice that he is in a deep discussion with a fellow camera/lens/techie lover and completely, utterly unaware that I am standing RIGHT THERE!!! WITH PAUL who is busy signing my stuff!!! GRRRRRRRRR!!!! So there I am attempting to chat politely with him, and keep my cool as I endevour  to discreetly get my husband’s attention. I stare bug-eyed at him and do a tiny foot stomp thingie. I wave my arm at him. I wave a little harder. I call his name, coupled with more obnoxious foot stomps (by now I have no idea if I’m freaking out the cover model by my apparent rudeness, but I’m certainly red-faced).  Still… nothing. By now I’ve gone into wishful-thinking mode, hoping that he’s still too busy signing my stuff that maybe he hasn’t noticed I’ve gone spastic. But I know my “discreet” attempts are not working, so I call my husband’s name again, LOUDLY. Twice. Penny is witnessing the entire commotion and chuckling from afar. Still… to no avail. Now I have to pull out the big guns, because, come on. Paul is not going to wait all day, and I know there is a line that must be building behind me. So I pull out my *crazy* and start doing what appears to be psycho-girl jumping jack leaps, IN HEELS, bouncing up and down, pretty much shrieking my husband’s name… (while trying not to plow the model down in the process). Yep. This wasn’t happening near Paul. It was right in FRONT of Paul. *eyeroll* OMG. Kill. Me. Now.

Maryse & Lothaire (Paul Marron)

  • Oh lookie there! My husband finally looks at me (when he is nudged by his fellow newfound techie friend) and NOW I have to reign my crazy in, and smile for that one picture that I should have had 30 of, while I was still in my naturally happy state. Oh who am I kidding? Even with all of that, I was thrilled! I proceeded to apologize profusely, and I think all was forgiven as he had a glint of amusement in his creepy red eyes. I was embarrassed, yes, but Paul was so sweet and accommodating that I’m thinking I didn’t freak him out too much. I hope. ;)

Maryse and Penny in front of Kresley Cole’s tour bus.

A bit of cooling down time (from all that jumping, and stressing, I think I overheated a bit). No no!! I know what you’re thinking!! “Lothaire” had nothing to do with it! hee hee ;) Penny and I unloaded our heavy but signed books, and then lightly hugged their tour bus a bit. It was just so shiny and beeaauuutiful!! I just couldn’t resist!

The rest of the evening was wonderful!! We watched as everyone got their books signed, pictures taken, and as the evening progressed, had even more opportunities to chat and take more photos with Paul as he stood amongst the crowd. Sweet, charming and friendly he was easily approachable, and super agreeable. Well… to be fair, us girls didn’t do much approaching (we’re chicken!), but my husband thought it was a kick to see us red-faced when he did all of the “approaching” for us…

Maryse, Paul Marron (Lothaire) & Penny

To quote Penny describing the evening:

Penny: Oh wait till you hear! Lol Kevin is the man, he just walked over and got him and brought him to us!!

Maryse: Yes… Yes. Kevin. Did.

I had to hug it!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to chat with Kresley as she was behind a table, and signing away, but we were able to get tons of gorgeous spontaneous pictures of her. *Ahem* I think my husband has a crush. ;)

So the night ended in a small cozy group chat where readers asked her questions, and she answered. Mostly it was a fun laid-back session, where she discussed things like traveling on a tour bus, Nix’s potential novel (no definite answer on that one), her upcoming YA series, a t-shirt giveaway trivia contest, and she “hoooooo’d” like Lothaire’s Elizabeth would, for us. She had it perfect! And of course, there was that “Is Paul single?” question, that was answered so perfectly! I got that on video! (A quick montage of video clips from the evening coming soon – but there will be NO spoilers, so no worries! AND more pictures to follow!!) ;) So there it is folks, a week of built-up excitement came to fruition, and proved to be a wonderful event that I will never forget.

BTW – almost finished Lothaire’s book and I AM LOVING IT!!!!

So… I have THREE signed copies (signed by both Kresley Cole & “Lothaire”) to give away, over the course of the next few related posts.

For this post, I am giving away ONE copy to one randomly selected lucky winner.

How to enter for a chance to win a copy?

You just need to retweet this post. Do it by clicking my Twitter account link (https://twitter.com/#!/ItsMaryse), which will bring you to my TWEET. Then, re-tweet away (or retweet it into your Twitter account manually, by copying the Tweet below):

@itsmaryse at the Lothaire Book Signing with Kresley Cole & Paul Marron. PLUS! A Signed Copy Giveaway – http://tinyurl.com/77zap3u

or this one:

@itsmaryse is giving away a signed copy of Kresley Cole’s “Lothaire”. Retweet for your chance to win. 4 details–> http://tinyurl.com/77zap3u

Might I remind you… Paul Marron touched these books. :)

Retweet that link by tomorrow Monday, January 16 2012 (10pm, USA EST). On Tuesday January 17th 2012 at approx. 9pm EST, I’ll randomly select one lucky winner among all the Twitter users who retweeted this post, and I will list the winner at the top of this post (and attempt to contact you via Twitter).

The winner will be contacted and will have 24hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance.

Here’s a suggestion. If you want to enter to win the book, after you’ve retweeted, you may also pre-send me your mailing address, by email, in case you do win (include your twitter name in the email address, too). In a couple of my past giveaways, there were some issues with getting the mailing address on time, so to avoid this, if I pick your name, and I already have your address, then all is good. Sorry for my international readers, this is a open to U.S. residents only (but you’re welcome to comment and join in any time!!).

And while you’re here, if you haven’t already joined me (actually “us”, ’cause we’re a big group now) on Facebook and Twitter, whatcha waiting’ for?!

 

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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Jane January 15, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Husbands and cameras… – thank all the Gods that Penny was ready with her camera, LOL. And I have to say I LOVE the picture of you climbing up the side of the bus – I almost snorted my coffee out of my nose when I saw that. I am sooooooo envious Maryse, Paul Marron looks EDIBLE!!!!!!

Sherry ;) January 15, 2012 at 7:51 PM

OK, so that was awesome!!! I lived every minute of it with you :D You are Da Bomb!!!! BUT, Kev is THEE BOMB ;) and I’m so glad you got to meet Penny!!!

Whoohoo…awesome day for me…..I mean…for you :D
Great pics of my Salvatore :D

Jimi January 15, 2012 at 7:52 PM

I don’t do twitter but would LOVE a copy! So jealous! Wish I could’ve made it down for all that! Absolutely LOVE the pic of you and Paul!

Ebbsterr January 15, 2012 at 7:57 PM

SO jealous! Congratulations!

PS, ur husband rocks!

Maryse January 15, 2012 at 8:00 PM

No worries, I still have two more books and each giveaway will be different!!

kayla robichaux January 15, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Hehe I love how he signed our books “Forever Lothaire”…get it? Cuz he’ll live forever! Narf….

kayla robichaux January 15, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Oh and I was totally feeling ur anxiety all day too. My mother in law almost cancelled our plans to go baby clothes shopping and I told her “NO! If we don’t go what will I do to pass the time until 6?!” I texted my sister all day (she’s the one that got me into IAD and was going with me) with a countdown every hour on the hour….it was excruciating!

Maryse January 15, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Ohhhh yes, Kayla!! I swear I was a mess! But I wouldn’t change a single bit of it. Even embarrassing myself was fun! (well… after the fact. On the spot, I think I really did growl) LOL! Were you nervous once you approached them for the signing? And i did get a kick out of “Forever” Clever!

Maryse January 15, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Ebbsterr… yep, he made up nicely after he almost missed my photo opportunity, so I was quite happy!

kayla robichaux January 15, 2012 at 8:46 PM

I posted a link to my pics on ur Facebook for u! There’s a pic of me when I was next in line! She was so wonderful and made me take off my boot so I could show her my tattoo I got dedicated to her and Katie MaKalister’s vamps. Then she squeeled and made her editor come see it Haha! And then meeting Paul was awesome, but as I said on ur fb, it was exciting to see him but as soon as Kresley started the q&a it was like he completely left my brain when she started talking. So hilarious and sweet! I asked her what her hubby thinks of her steamy scenes and she says he’s always telling her good synonyms to use for body parts and stuff! Hehehe she said he’s learned not to ask questions.like when she wakes him up in the middle if the night and tells him to crawl on the floor so she could measure him to see if Bowen could fit through the 2 ft tunnel….Lmao!

Penny January 15, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Thats the story and we’re sticking to it! Hehehe…
What a great time, Kevin did make up his momentary distraction ten fold with all the amazing pictures and interviewing(more or less) Paul!
Maryse left out that some of the bus molestation pictures actually stopped traffic in front of the mall :) but no one seemed to mind! It was really great and only could’ve been made better by getting Paul out of his clothes, oops, I meant jacket : p

Maryse January 15, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Oooooh Penny!! That reminds me. Okay that does it. There will be officially a part two of this blog post (with, of course, more pics).

I got more funny stuff to mention!

megan January 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

I am so jealous! Congrats!

sandra January 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Ohhh congrats , what a day …. love the photos and the story. Don’t do twitter so can’t win but that is ok.

Sara January 16, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Saw the picture of you with Paul right before I started reading Lothaire (and of course then had to check out all his model shots) and yes the book is SO good, but it’s even better being able to TOTALLY picture Paul as Lothaire in all those scenes from the book.. you know the ones I’m talkin’ about. ;)

Love your story and so glad you had a great day!

Sali January 16, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Oh I luv this !! I got a a full visual in my head of the jumping up & down in those killer heels I sware I’m still giggling lol !! I am a total newbie to twitter so I’m going to get my sexy nerd of a hubby to re-tweet ur post 4 me ahhh got to luv the hubbies …..even if they nearly miss the photo op of a life time lol

Shavaun January 16, 2012 at 2:31 AM

Thank you for your break down of the day! I totally enjoyed reading it and could envision myself there! You are so lucky! When are you posting the video to Paul’s answer?

Rebeka January 16, 2012 at 3:39 AM

I’m from Australia.

But I was just imagining the book arriving in the mail.

HE TOUCHED IT.

I swear i’d lick the book.

infinitieh January 16, 2012 at 4:25 AM

I have been so jealous of all the lucky folks who got to meet Paul in person! At least I get to read people’s experiences and look at their photos.

I have tweeted and posted on my Facebook wall.

Jeannie Smith January 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Congratulations! I am so jealous – but excited for both of you too! I would have been too chicken to approach him also.

I want to win that book so I can hug it and just stare at the cover for hours while my kids ask me when am I going to go food shopping….

Susie Branum January 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I so wish I could go to events like this, but I have no car and I have never heard of them coming to my area of North Central Florida. But thank you for such wonderful photos!! He actually looks way HOTTER in person which is funny because it’s usually the other way around! lol!
Well thanks again I really enjoyed reading about your experience and I REALLY want to win so thanks for this giveaway!!

OK so here is my retweet https://twitter.com/#!/SexySusie85/status/158957650678263809

Maryse January 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Hi Susie! *hug* I feel you. I’ve missed quite a few events in the past, but this year I’m gonna do my best to know of as many as I can. I’ll post ‘em as I find them.

Yep! His “smoldering look” is a kick! I called it his “Lothaire Death Stare”. Loved it!

Maryse January 16, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Kayla! I can’t find the link? :( Can you send it to me in an email?

Maryse January 16, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Rebeka!! You’re hilarious! *hug*

Shavaun January 16, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I keep checking back for the videos of him answering questions! ah! I can’t wait! I watched the undergear holiday video and man I had to fan myself! lol

Maryse January 16, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Jeannie! It was well worth it, for sure! Embarrassment and all… well worth it.

Maryse January 16, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Shavaun…

Oh I have 400 pics and still need to work through the video clips so I don’t post any spoilers or unimportant stuff (like my video camera staring at the floor). You know how it goes…

I’ll let y’all know when they’ve been posted, for sure!

P.S. his answer was clever ;)

Maryse January 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM

infinitieh… I’m also looking up everyone else’s pics. It’s fun to re-live it through their eyes too.

Maryse January 16, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Sara… he does make a perfect Lothaire, doesn’t he? Yep. He perfected that Lothaire Death Stare for sure!

Maryse January 16, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Sali… those “killer’ heels were killer in more ways then one. Ouch! A day standing and walking and then eventual “leaping” in them sure wore on me… :P

Maryse January 16, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Sandra… no worries! I have two more signed books to give away and those will not be “Twiiter” contests.

Maryse January 16, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Oh Jane!! Yeahhh I tried my best to give it a hug. I knew I looked silly, but it had to be done!

And well… if we’re gonna be honest, I was trying to actually give that huge book cover, on the side of the bus, a hug too. But no matter how my I stretched… I couldn’t reach. Luckily I got to sort of hug the real thing. ;)

kayla robichaux January 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I posted it on ur wall, I’m Kayla Jason Robichaux on fb!

kayla robichaux January 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM
Maryse January 16, 2012 at 3:01 PM

The link isn’t working… I wonder if it’s because your photos are in a “private” folder? I can’t wait to see ‘em!!

kayla robichaux January 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM

K, just took it off private (duh!) haha, oh and heads up girlfriend, Paul made a facebook last night!
Link to my pics: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150585566854254.436858.655494253&type=1
Link to his facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/PauL-MarroN/349477195062745

Maryse January 16, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Great & gorgeous pics!!! I love that we are able to see his eyes so well in one of them!! I’ve got a ton to sort through tonight, so I’ll be adding more too!

Sali Benbow-powers January 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Rebeka :) I’m from australia to mate :)

I luv ur visualization of the book arriving lol if u do get it can I come over & lick it too lol ….I would totally do the same 4 u ….us Aussies got to stick together lol
Xoxo
Maryse hope ur feet arent to sore from those killer heels mate lol but u know wat the say ” suffer for our art ” & a great pair of heels r totally a for of art ;)
Can’t wait 4 some more pics xoxoxox

Kathryn Hughett January 16, 2012 at 7:07 PM

I am so jealous. I didn’t realize that Paul Marron was Lothair too. What a chameleon. I am looking forward to doing a luncheon with Larissa Ione in April. She lives near where I live and someone is having an event with a bunch of romance authors. For $43 dollars I get to sit at Larissa’s table and have lunch with her. I am stoked.

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