It’s eleven o’clock on Monday night – I just got in from the Sherrilyn Kenyon signing. They had a tremendous turnout at the local Chapters store. As far as I know it’s the only signing she’s doing in Ontario. (so far anyway) Pretty darned good for my local store to snag her considering we’re in quite an economically depressed area. But I think it’s all thanks to a fabulous romance-friendly section run by the best romance reader – Janine. (Who couldn’t be there tonight as she flew off to England yesterday in order to meet her husband who has been stationed in Afghanistan since April.)
I know it probably sounds weird to think that an author can get excited about meeting another author, but believe me, we have our fangrrl moments too. Especially by uber-successful authors like Sherrilyn Kenyon. (She’s earned her fame though, I don’t want to give anyone the idea that her success came easily to her.)
In one of the strangest coincidences of the evening, when I was standing at the checkout counter buying Sherrilyn’s newest book, Bad Moon Rising, the customer two in front of me was having some issues with her debit card. So I was chatting with the customer directly in front of me about a Twilight greeting card the store was selling. She said something about the sex in the book, or lack of it, and I laughed and mentioned how it was so different from my books. Turned out I was chatting with Anara Bella, another Samhain author, who apparently lives only blocks away from me.
I also met up with commenter/reviewer/tweeter HockeyVampiress and author Karen Dale (remember, she guest blogged for me on July 18th?) But just after they came in I had to go pay for my books and by the time I got back with Anara it was time to go listen to Sherrilyn. It wasn’t until I was driving away hours later that I realized I’d forgotten to get a picture with them both and started kicking myself.
While we were waiting for Sherrilyn to come out and speak, they gave out raffle tickets. Then while Sherrilyn was signing, her friend Dianna Love drew tickets and gave away prizes – shirts, pins, bracelets, etc. Anara was the lucky winner of this t-shirt. (Darn it, I really wanted that shirt, and Hockey Vampiress was coveting it too, LOL.)
I’d gone with my friend, Nikki, who I met in the romance section of this store when I was buying a Lora Leigh novel a while back. We got to chatting and I mentioned I was an author … and well, Nick’s become not only a fan but a friend.
Nikki won something too. (for the life of me I can’t remember what it was she won, LOL)
I didn’t win anything. I didn’t even get one of the bracelets they threw out to the crowd. *imagine a pouty face here*
Oh, yeah, I did win something … Sherrilyn’s congratulations for making into the Published Authors Network of the RWA today. (It doesn’t mean anything to anyone outside the RWA, LOL, but I was chuffed.)