My Adventures at LoveNVegas 18… AKA – What happens in Vegas doesn’t need to really stay in Vegas!

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!

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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!!

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Proof you see everything in Vegas! (and maybe Elvis isn’t dead….)

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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!

Night One…

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….

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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!!

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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!

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Next…Kandi Steiner!!

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!!

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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!!

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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!

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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!!

Fangirling Hard and No I Am Not An Alcoholic….

Hello all,

Yes I made it home safely!! I hope you all had a chance to keep up with my IG, Facebook and Twitter posts over the weekend. I was posting photos like crazy!! But I just want you all to know, the drinks were good, they sure were pretty and I couldn’t help myself with posting photos of them all!!

I am going to add a few of my absolute favorite photos of my weekend here….

 

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What I first got in line, image my surprise when I see the fabulous B. Cranford attending as a reader! (It’s like the US magazine segment…Stars, They’re Just Like Us! moment) I about tripped over my own feet to say hi and introduce myself! I may have scared her when the weekend went on with my forcefulness in asking questions…I am such a dork and was just so excited I couldn’t help myself! She was gracious and I floved her accent!!

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My main reason for traveling to this author event was to meet this fabulous woman! Kate Canterbary….by the time it was my turn to say hello and try not to pass out from my excitement, I was sweating like a pig in fleece and I had to warn her before I hugged her! She was an absolute doll and before the weekend was over I got to talk to her a few more times and get a little story about a couple we saw at the get together that us “Canterbarians” had with her.  The way she comes up with scenarios on the fly is what makes her such an amazing story teller!

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A new to me author Jeannine Colette! She was beautiful and so gracious! I will be reading more from her!

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Gahhhh! Meghan Quinn!! She was another one of my had to meet on my list! In my excitement to come to this event, I completely spaced my pre-order from her! She told me to come by her table later and if she had any extras she would gladly help me out! Boob squeezes were implied and hugs were aplenty! She was amazing!

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Holy Hell it’s Julia Kent!! Need I say more?!? Another had to see author! I fell in love with her Shopping Series and been shamelessly stalking ever since! She graciously gave me a signed copy of one of her books for a giveaway I am going to have coming up soon! An absolutely lovely human being and so honored to have met her!

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A funny story on how I met this new to me author  Sara Ney

There I am at the Providence airport, waiting with a fellow reader, Karen, for a ride to our hotel.  Another reader Amy, who is from Providence graciously volunteered to pick us up and bring us!  So we are waiting for our baggage when who do we see? Sara! And she too needs a ride!

I got to spend the drive to the airport in the back seat with Sara and Amy’s 8 year old daughter (who was an absolute doll).  Sara was hilariously funny when talking to the 8 year old! I laughed so hard and told myself I need to know more from her!

I will be stalking her shortly!!

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An fabulous end to a fabulous event! A group of Pervy Girls (fans of Kate Canterbary) met for drinks at Rooftop at the G. Kate joined our rowdy crew and it was just the cherry on top of a weekend I will never forget!

Book friends are truly the best friends! I made amazing new friends, got to “meet” friends that I have talked to on FB and met some phenomenal authors….memories have been made!!

 

 

 

I’m Leaving….On a Jet Plane!!

If you are reading this….

I am currently boarding or already on (depending on your time zone) a jet plane.  Heading to Providence, Rhode Island. I have never been to this lovely city but I am so excited to be going!

I am meeting authors that have really inspired me to start this blog.  Which holy crow, is almost a year old! I am hoping to come up with something spectacular for my “blogiversary”!

I am so looking forward to making new “book” friends and finally “meeting” friends I have made on Facebook, Twitter and IG that I will finally see in person!!

I hope to take pictures, lots of pictures that I can share with you!!

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Ramblings….Wine weekend and prison tats…sheesh

Well followers, I got to ramble a bit….

So yesterday, there was a wine festival in the neighboring town. This is the second year that we have gone and we have soooo much fun.  Enjoying wine, laughing with friends and buying endearing yard art and other crafted items….this year my yard art will include swinging roosters…I will have to post a pic when I can get my hungover ass outside to put it up.

After the festival, we decided to do a little bar hopping…so we stop we go in….and here’s where my musing will happen.

As you can see from my blog logo, I have a neck tattoo….it’s something special to me and it’s says “Bibliophile”.  Now since I have gotten it, I have been asked repeatedly what it means and I happily explain the definition and proudly tell them it’s a badge of honor for me…now some people thought it meant something about bibles, and I say I have read that too.  And I have had a few idiots thinking it said pedophile, like I would brand my body with that…people see “….phile” and go dark fast.

So back to the bar with my girlfriends…I need a refill so I meander up to the bar to get fresh cocktail, Grey Goose, Sprite and lime. (Can’t go too exotic in a small town.) Now yesterday was hot, I mean hotter than five kinds of hell hot, sweating like a whore in church hot.  I wore my long hair up in a messy bun with a cute bandana so my neck was exposed for all to see.  Now, I am a 46 year old, slightly “fluffy” gal, and not to stereotype myself or anyone else, I am the LAST person you would expect to do hard time in a state or federal penitentiary.

I am waiting patiently at the bar (I really was!!) for my refill when a gentleman (I use the term sarcastically) asks me if I have been to prison.  At first I wasn’t sure if he was talking to me because I wasn’t looking or interacting with him at all.  So when I did look at him and said “Excuse me?” I realized he was talking to me.  I looked a little confused and he said “Well you have a neck tattoo…” Now I don’t know much about “prison” rules/regulations but I didn’t know that a neck tat was an admission to serving time. I wasn’t sure to be amused or pissed at the assumption so I go to my “go to” persona, Sarcastic bitch, Lola….and Lola proceeded to say “Why yes, yes I was, for stabbing a man who asked stupid questions…I didn’t hear your question….”

Now I am proud of all my tattoos, well except for my first and I am in the process of fixing it.  They have meaning, they have history….I love them.

 

Eden Books…An Alternative to Corporate Online Booksellers!!

I have to give a big shout out to this new and incredibly amazing idea! When I found out about what Eden Books was going to be about, I read up on it and I was honored to receive an invitation to be a reader/blogger advisory member.  
What is Eden Books you ask?  Well take a look at what they say on their website:

Eden Books will be an online bookstore dedicated to romance and women’s literature. We’re a multi-vendor marketplace with a social media component.  

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