Finally made it to the Cafe du Monde at 9 a.m. and was stuffing my face with beignets at 9:01. By 9:02, I was completely covered with powdered sugar and throughout my blood stream there was a party going on, "Hooray, sugar!! Lots and lots of sugar!! Must have more sugar!!" At 9:10 the party was over, but I was already in hyperdrive. (Word to the wise, eat there, but don’t use the restroom…just trust me on this)
Terri Love, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love Snell (pictured near Jackson Square) and I then went on a 2 hour walking tour of New Orleans. Sherri used to live here and knew the area well. She pointed out Tennessee Williams’ house and we visited an amazing cathedral (of course, I walked inside, wandered to the alter and all I could think of was The DaVinci Code, so I kept looking for clues…I know the answer is here somewhere). We went into VooDoo shops and touristy shops. My favorite item…a bag of coffee called " Get the F*** Up, extra strong coffee. " I like it when the brand name explains exactly what the product is and can do.
Sherri and Dianna are collaborating on a book due out next year, Phantom in the Night and were scouting locations for the story. I’ve never been involved in that process of the writing and it was fascinating to hear them talk about how characters would get from one place to the other. Sherri remarked that the area had "great alleys for people to be dragged into." (I’m always amazed how 2 people can look at the same thing and see totally different things, but it also answers the question why I will never be able to write a book, because all I saw was an alley)
I have read so many books with New Orleans as the locale that I was mesmerized by the buildings. I really wanted to see what the insides looked like. While strolling through one neighborhood, a man parking his car stopped to ask if we were looking for something. We said no, but I asked if he lived there and when he answered yes, I asked if I could see what the inside looked like. So here’s Keith Marszalek in the doorway of his book filled apartment. (Our kind of guy) Darn, I forgot to ask if he had any ghosts living there. I hear there’s tons of them in New Orleans.
Next up is registration and a meet and greet with Sherrilyn. Here she is with fan Lena Stevens who made her a gorgeous green netted hat that had a spectacular swan pin on the back. Everyone got gift bags that included several books, a K-Con 2007 mug, posters, candy and a Dark-Hunter tatoo (that I will be sporting tomorrow).
The faithful Kenyon followers all left with smiles on their faces and their bags bursting with goodies, scurrying off to change into their attire for the evening’s Vampire Ball.
Bottom Line: I may have to go back for that coffee which would make a terrific gift for my brother.
Really Bottom Line: Day 2 and still no sign of naked, unconscious man…2 more days to make it happen.