Oh my me!! I am still recovering from my ah-mazing weekend in Vegas for the LoveNVegas Author Event. Let me tell you, if you haven’t been to this, you really, really should! Authors, models, narrators and readers all together for a fun filled weekend!
So let’s just say I start my travels the usual way….preflight cocktail and a little lunch so I was keeping it classy!
Every time I fly into Vegas, I just get giddy! Looking out the window of the plane, I am getting even more excited because I know I am gonna meet some fantastic people and some amazing authors!!
Proof you see everything in Vegas! (and maybe Elvis isn’t dead….)
Also, book friends are amazing friends!! Julie, who I met in Providence at the Renaissance City Author Event, graciously volunteered to pick me up from the airport and bring me to Planet Hollywood!
So the first night….Meet & Greet….nerves are high and alcohol is a balm to my nerves and my coordination….here is some photos and I will go into detail….
So many hugs! A sly photo and a beautiful meet cute in the ladies restroom!
Just a small sampling of the authors I met…
I was trying to be covert and get a picture of B.B. Easton’s hubby Ken in a onesie and still keep his anonymity intact, score!! B.B. Easton is such a cutie and so, so sweet! Her shark onesie had me singing that shark song (do do do do do) for most of the evening!
Staci Hart, I swear that lady is so funny and lovely and I can’t think of enough adjectives to describe her greatness!!
Helena Hunting! Gaahhhh such fangirl moment! So lovely! Her Canadian and my Minnesotan were just in heaven!
OH, so here is my meet-cute (coined by the fab Brittainy Cherry!!) So I go to the ladies room and I have had a couple of cocktails. I walk into a nightmare of funhouse like mirrors all over!!! I see some ladies talking by the sinks and vanity area. I go to the facilities….walk out to go wash my hands and realize it’s Brittainy Cherry and Kandi Steiner (in a cute owl onesie) so I go to make a quick right to wash my hands and almost run into a mirror wall!!! Talk about embarrassing…sheesh, but after I pulled myself together (and washed my hands) I calmed down enough to talk to these fabulous ladies and we had a good laugh at my “moment”! Right in front of a pretty wall of sunflowers!
Lauren Rowe, hands down the best hugger ever! Another of my “one click” authors. She was so gracious and beautiful.
Mila Grayson!! Who knew my selfie skills were so on point! She declared this photo of us one of her best! I made sure to get her “good” side. I thought both sides looked fantastic but what do I know?!?
First night in Vegas was a hit!! I also met some new book friends! Stephanie, Carla and Marica! You know who you are and Marica has some mad disappearing ninja skills!
Day Two…The Signing….
I start the day running!! Getting my gear. (I loved volunteering as a “bookmark”!) And getting ready to go full fangirl!!
First up! S. Ferguson!
She is part of the fantastic team of Social Butterfly PR. She has helped me immensely in with my blogging journey and working with PR companies! She is also a fantastic author and overall amazing person!
After our fateful meeting in the ladies the night before. She was so funny and fab and her books are phenomenal! She was so much fun to hang out with!
OMG!! So I had just finished Suit so meeting both the marvelous B.B. Easton and her terrific husband Ken was a dream! Both were so personable and sweet! And at this point, I have been laughing and smiling so much my cheeks were starting to hurt and spasm! But so, so worth it! What a beautiful couple!
Lauren Rowe!! Incredible, so much fun to talk to. And her excitement and passion about her books is so awe-inspiring! Her books were some of the first that I fell in love with when I got into reading contemporary romances and also inspired me to get into book blogging!
Staci Hart!! This girl got me to buy red lipstick! Her Red Lipstick Coalition series is fantastic! Well ALL of her books are fantastic! Here is a more “professional” shot of her and I. I had so much fun hanging out with her over the weekend!
Brittainy Cherry….whew! Her words slay me and to meet her in person…No words! She is so gracious and our initial meet in the ladies room the night before was made easy by her!
P.S. She is a fantastic hugger too!!
Helena Hunting! She is an absolute gem! Love her stories! She was funny and her husband was just a gentleman! Oh Canada! What a national treasure you have in her!!
The Van Dyken’s!! I got to meet both Rachel and Nathan, well the whole family! Their son Thor was just a cutie patootie! Rachel is a dream, so friendly! Nathan and I got to have a great conversation about football! Oh and Nathan looks just as dreamy in real life as he does on the book covers he graces!!
I was also tasked with a couple of “assignments” on my trip, not all fun and games for this girl!! Task one: Find E.S. Carter and give her a squeeze. This was assigned to me by the delightful Mae Wood! Mission accomplished! Loved her accent and she smelled divine! (Mae wanted to know!) Task two: This one was assigned to me on the fly by the lovely Michelle, Claudia Burgoa’s PA and a book friend of mine, Michelle too wanted me to introduce myself and give her a hug. When I walked up to Claudia and told her Michelle wanted me to find her, she asked if I was supposed to slap her! LOL! No ma’am, nothing but love from me!
Last but certainly not least! The handsome and sweet Wander Aguiar, cover model and absolutely stunning photographer! At this point, I was in full volunteer mode (Hence the “Bookmark” shirt). I was helping a bookseller at her table, keeping an eye on things as she got her books signed for her store. I was able to stop and chat with him as he was leaving. He graciously stopped and took pics with me. Love his accent!
Night Two – The Costume After Party…
So I was a real slacker here! I only got one photo of me trying to “bite” Kandi Steiner…She was the goddess Athena and I was your typical vampire! I had fun hanging with my new book friends, Carla and Amanda and dancing the night away! I also took a questionable selfie when I had my make up finished. The red eyes were a big hit!
Wrap it up Chatty Cathy….
This weekend was amazing, I loved everyone I met and the authors were fantastic. I enjoyed it so much I have already purchased my ticket for next year!!
My flight home was too bright and too loud (epic hangover from watching the football game Sunday night). Thank goodness for the awesome swag sunglasses from Helena Hunting and my earbuds!
Can’t wait for next year!!