Part 4 of my trip to the Orlando Romantic Times Convention
It was Saturday morning, and I was up much too early considering how late I had gotten to bed, but my excitement for the book fair was enough to keep me wide awake and ready to go.
Look! It’s me and Richelle Mead! Book reader, and author = happy combination!
I arrived right on time, and couldn’t wait to seek out my favorite authors. As I walked into the large ballroom, setup with rows upon rows of tables, fully loaded with books, and an author behind each pile, I felt like a kid in a candy store.
Suddenly, that overwhelming feeling took hold of me again, as I turned in circles trying to decide where to head to first. All authors were seated in alphabetical order, and the public was even provided an author seating plan to help us find our favorites faster, but my mind literally went blank! Who was I looking for again? My absolute favorites that I knew by heart (including all of their titles) escaped me, as I realized I couldn’t even put two words together (this happens to me everytime I walk into a bookstore, too!)
I walked around aimlesssly, and there was that silly grin on my face again. I passed by tables, smiling at all these authors, just hoping to have a spark of memory flicker me back into conciousness. All of a sudden, a ray of light amidst my fog, a hand waving at me, sparking my mind into high gear again. There was KATHY LOVE. The minute I saw her, all names came back to me! It is safe to assume she was my first lucid encounter of the day, and I quickly picked up everything new on her table. She graciously signed my books, and I giggled with glee as I continued on my way.
Ahhhh now that my mind was finally working again, I decided to make a plan. First, visit all of my favorite authors to sign the books I already had, and then proceed to purchase all of the new releases that I still didn’t have. Despite the aisles being packed with tons of fans, I managed to meet and speak with all the authors I approached. I also enjoyed meeting some new authors that other fans at the event, had recommended to me. I met up with my favorite authors such as Kerrelyn Sparks, Jeaniene Frost, Adrian Phoenix, and Kathy Love, and found my way to books from authors I had just recently been introduced to such as Terri Garey, Vivi Anna, Jeri Smith-Ready, Stacey Jay, Michele Bardsley and Larissa Ione.
Terri Garey. Cool right? She was so fun! I loved meeting her! A complete joy to meet the night before at the Vampire Ball (pictured on the right). The left pic is after my doubletake the next day at the fair. Can’t wait to review the books I got from her at the fair!
Michele Bardsley. Hilarious during the awards ceremony, and even while she signed my book! If this is indicative of how funny her novels will be, I have much to look forward to when reading her series!
Jeaniene Frost. I was hoping to get her newest novel (not yet released), but alas, my luck was not THAT good! While it had been given out a day or so previous, I missed that event (argh!)
Here is one of my favorites – Kerrelyn Sparks. I have read her entire Love at Stake series (and reviewed it too!). So fun to discuss my favorite male “Vamps” with her! She even signed a “bookmark” type thing that featured Jean-Luc (my favorite Vamp that I had not brought the book of)…What was I thinking?
The Romantic Times Convention TOTALLY exceeded my expectations. I will absolutely be attending again!