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.)

This is about half the crowd – I’m standing halfway back and there are as many in front as these people, plus lots standing around me to the sides.

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.)

I’m so excited
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10 thoughts on “I’m so excited

  • August 10, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Photos cost baby… but I wish you would have stayed…. my pics Turned out lousy but I am going to try and post full video of Q & A including my brilliant questions… LOL Talk later!!!!

  • August 10, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Sounds like you had a blast! Nobody ever comes to my neck of the woods. sigh How awesome to realize you have so many co-authors in your backyard – and what a turnout! Wow.

  • August 11, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Ok totaly jealous here 😉
    It's great for all of you to have had the chance to meet her. I would have loved that. God I would love just to have a bookstore where I live lol!
    Thanks for sharing and for the pictures.

  • August 11, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Great Pictures. I'm sure it was enjoyable. We don't ever get any name authors around here either.

  • August 11, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Great pictures.Sounds like you had alot of fun.

  • August 11, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Nice pictures. Never get anyone to come to our neck of the woods.

  • August 11, 2009 at 11:04 am

    It really was a fun evening and it was great to meet you all. I couldn't believe how many people were there. I didn't get my books signed until around 9:45pm and there were still at least 50 people waiting in line behind me.

    Oh, and Nikki won a Dark Hunter pin. We ended up trading prizes, so now she has the t-shirt and I have the pin. LOL

  • August 12, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Thanks for the post and the pics Leah, it sounds like it was fabulous! So cool that you ran into other Samhain authors.

    (*waving* to Anara, I am halfway through and loving "batteries not required"!)


  • August 12, 2009 at 11:36 am

    *waving back to Bella*

    I'm thrilled that you're enjoying Batteries Not Required. I really loved writing Dana and Reese's story. They were just so much fun to spend time with.

    Thank you so much, Bella! You've totally made my week. =)


  • August 12, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    What a lot of fun. I'd be jealous if I weren't so happy for you all!

    Oh to live in the fast lane like you…and not the bush with the wolves and little critters of the forest.


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