The registration line for Lori Foster’s Reader-Author Get-Together snaked through the hotel lobby. Hating lines myself, I joined Samhain CEO and Publisher Christine Beashear and her go-to person, Marty, at the bar. Bartender Chris was serving up a Marriott Malito (I’m sure it was called something else, but I never can remember by the time I get to the room). It was made with Bailey’s, vodka, expresso and chocolate. Because it was a little sharp for my delicate palate, Chris was kind enough to get out the heavy duty whipped cream and top my chocolate coffee confection off. Now that’s the way to wait a line out.
When I finally made it into the ballroom, the pizza party was in full swing. There was an author or two at every table, so readers could sit with their favorites or get to know new ones. Authors were also designated with red heart necklaces. I really wanted one, but alas, I had no proof that I’d ever been published.
Bride Beth Eakin O'Neill
The volunteers supplied their own party when they surprised fellow worker Beth Eakin O’Neill with an after wedding shower. Beth shared her Hawaiian honeymoon adventure and then open the mound of gifts that included gift cards from Target, Home Depot and Bed, Bath and Beyond. There was also a Muppet Movie and her husband’s favorite game, Pass the Pigs. The ongoing joke was about the baby shower they wanted to have for her next year.
I caught up with author Brenda Jackson who has 10 new books coming out this year including her 75th career book, Hidden Pleasures, in June. She let me know that she didn’t want to miss this event because of her fans, but she would be back at work writing as soon as it’s over.
Over 100 raffle baskets lined the room filling both sides of the tables they were on. The bigger gift baskets which includes a Nook, a Kobo and even an iPad. I really bought the raffle tickets for the charity, One Way Farm for children, but yes, all my tickets went into the drawing for the iPad. The drawing is today, so hopefully, I’ll be writing the blog tomorrow with a smile on my face.
While I was scoping out the baskets, I met author Rhonda Stapleton who was showing off her amazing tattoo that covered her whole back. She said it took 16 hours to complete. It looked incredible, but all I can say is, “Ouch.”
I attending a Social Media presentation by Sheila Clover English of Circle of Seven Productions. That woman is so techno savvy that I’m putting her on my speed dial. She explained RSS feeds in terms we could understand and offered to help link a lot of the social sites into a doable platform. She’ll be at RWA, so go to her workshop if you get the chance.
Next up was Author Bingo. When the name of an attending author was called, you could mark it on your card for prizes. Nothing for me. The night ended with a dance party sponsored by Barb Hicks and Erin McCarthy. I lasted as long as I could, but ended up in my room and curled up with my Kindle. Perfect way to end the day.
Bottom Line: No Kindle, I will not forsake you when I win that iPad today.