Shoes, Baskets, Books and Chocolate

Barbara Vey -- June 8th, 2008

Nikki Enlow

The fabulous feet of Nikki Enlow

You know, one of my favorite parts of any conference is getting to know new and interesting people.  At the Lori Foster Reader and Writer Get-Together, one of those turned out to be budding romance author Nikki Enlow.  We shared a table and while we talked nonstop about books, authors, publishers, editors and Dora the explorer underwear, Nikki’s eyes lit up when the discussion turned to shoes.  Then she showed me hers.  Yes guys, I was speechless.  Nikki called it her "author branding" and personally, I think it will work.  I’ll remember her…and her shoes.

Tina Trevaskis and Sue Grimshaw of Borders books

For anyone who’s ever gone to a conference, you know that a lot of times you can’t get from point A to point B without stopping every few feet to talk with someone else you either haven’t seen for quite a while or always wanted to meet or sometimes just looks interesting.  Because of that, the conference Continental breakfast was all gone by the time I arrived.  Lucky for me, other talkaholics were in the same boat, so Joyce and I had the pleasure of breakfasting with Sue Grimshaw, romance buyer for Border Books and Tina Trevaskis who’s been in the industry for years and knows everything and everyone.  

Janet Eaves, Magdalena Scott, Joyce and Maddie James
Janet Eaves, Magdalena Scott, Joyce and Maddie James with the Ladies of Legend Basket

Back to the ballroom where they started raffling off over 50 gift baskets.  While I didn’t win any (no surprise there), Joyce made off like a bandit by winning 4!  A total of 19 books, 12 varieties of chocolate, lotions, candles, a booklight, gift cards, journals, a pewter sailing ship bottle stopper, hats, a teddy bear, sunglasses, false mustaches, coffee mug, shot glass, and more tote bags than you can shake a stick at.

One of the more interesting happens was the book swap.  A room was set up and books were lined up.  You could walk in and swap out books you’ve alread read with books you wanted to read.  Later in the afternoon there was a booksigning, but by that time most of the readers had already managed to talk to their authors and get their books signed because of the very nature of the conference.  

Bottom line:  Note to self:  Get to meals earlier…no stopping to talk.  Ok, that’s never going to happen.

Event organizers Linda Keller, Lori Foster and Dianne Castell.

Reader Ann Roberts

31 thoughts on “Shoes, Baskets, Books and Chocolate

  1. mary s

    Well Barb–there’s always next year to win baskets!! But it sounds like you’re having a great time!! Thanks for sharing your fun experiences!!

  2. Judy F

    Hi Barb, I didn’t get to met you but I enjoyed your talk at the get together. I had so much fun. Sorry I did win about 4 baskets too. LOL I am sad its over already

  3. maddie james

    Hi Barbara, It was so good to see you. We’re happy that Joyce won our Ladies of Legend basket! We hope she enjoys her “stay” in Legend, Tennessee… Maybe you’ll have better luck on the baskets next time. I didn’t win anything either. :( Oh well.

  4. Magdalena Scott

    Barbara, WOW, it’s such fun to be pictured on your blog. What an honor! I hope both you and Joyce will love Legend as much as the four of its authors. This was my first time at the get-together. What a great weekend! Sorry about that whole raffle basket thing. I, um, only won a couple. And one of them is small. At least it’s small compared to the giant one…hm… Always love reading your blog! Thank you! Magdalena

  5. Nikki

    My shoes and I are honored to be featured on your blog, Barb. :-) I had a great time chatting with you at lunch. Interesting conversation can make a good meal taste great, don’t you think? And a big howdy to Joyce, if you’re out there. It was lovely meeting you. I’ll try not to be such a lurker. Promise. Can’t wait to see in you SF! Nikki

  6. Edie Ramer

    Loved Nikki’s shoes! That’s a great brand. Joyce is going to have a lot to blurb about in the weeks ahead. And I hope you didn’t come home to any flooding, Barbara.

  7. LoriFoster

    Hi Barbara! It was so fun to get to visit with you this past weekend. Thank you for attending our event! I’m so glad you had an enjoyable time – I sure did. I’ll be smiling for a week. :-) big hugs! Lori

  8. Toni Blake

    As an example of how crazy this event was, Barbara, I think I actually posed for a photo with you at someone’s request without actually getting to say hello to you! ; ) There were a couple of other people in it, too, but I can’t say who at the moment ; ) Anyway, sorry I didn’t get to say hi, but it was a wildly fun time, as always : )

  9. BookstoreDeb

    I love this event. There is always so much going on. People to chat with, things to do, books to enjoy! Barbara,I was glad to finally meet you after reading your blog for so long! Nikki, you go girl!

  10. Leanna Renee Hieber

    Wow, Nikki, those shoes are H-O-T!!! Blessings to Linda, Lori and Dianne for creating such an amazing event, I was floored and filled with joy by how much money the baskets alone raised for charity! So many blessings!

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