Now it was time for us to go sit at one of the panels. There were two panels in two tents at every hour. While I really wanted to sit at Tent 2: Secrets, Serial Killers and Surprise Endings to see Kate Brian and Jennifer Lynn Barnes, I couldn't because Steph wanted to see the other Tent. This panel was called Around the World in 80 Myths with Tera Lynn Childs, Alyson Noel, Josephine Angelini, Colleen Houck, Ingrid Paulson, Brodi Ashton, and Tracy Deebs.
What was the last book that made you cry?
I wanted to hug Stacey Jay because she said A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness really made her cry. She said as soon as she finished that book, she got her kids and just hugged them. Stacey even got teary eyed on stage! Poor thing. Vivi Barnes' answer was the sixth Harry Potter book lol!
What is one thing that you love?
Kim Culbertson said she loves her students because that is what inspires her to write her books. Katie McGarry's answer was the sweetest! She said she loves her husband (he was there in the audience), because he puts up with her writing and loves her no matter what. Amy Plum said she loves Paris. Wherever she's at, since she was younger, she has always had a place in her heart for Paris. She fell in love with it so much that she moved there about 15 years ago. After, someone asked Jennifer Smith if she has found love in an airport. She laughed, saying no. The closest thing she's come close to love at an airport was talking with an 82 year old man about life lessons and love. Ha! Lauren Morrill then said she sat next to a really hot Chilean man on a flight and he kept flirting with her. She told him she was engaged and he told her that when she gets tired of him, come find him. Everyone in the audience said "Oooooo!" Lauren still likes to tease her now husband about it haha.
Steph and I needed a break, so we did not stay for the next panel. I did however get an awesome shot of Kasie West!!!
Finally it was time for the signing! All of Tent 1 authors got to sign first at 4:15. Steph and I made our rounds. Thank God I had my suitcase because I would have died carrying all those books haha. At first, I was worried that I would not be able to get ALL my books signed since I had so many, but the lines for each author were short! It was very pleasant and casual that we did not have to rush to get our books signed. Tent 1, I got my books signed by Tera Lynn Childs, Rachel Caine, Emily McKay, Gena Showalter, Mary Lindsey, Colleen Houck, Josephine Angelini, and Anita Howard. They were all super nice, especially Mary and Anita! Mary and I spoke about the weather of all things lol. Yup I'm not a good conversationalist haha, but hey she was great about it. Although I did not speak with Anita much, she is one of the kindest, most down to earth person you will ever meet. I'm so bummed I didn't get a picture with her though. Oh by the way, Steph made both of us these awesome t-shirts and they were a hit! Almost all the authors loved them and said our shirts rocked! Here is a picture of the shirt because silly me, I forgot to take a picture with it on...oops.
Next at 5:15pm, all the authors from Tent 2 signed our books. I got my books signed by Rachel Harris, Jennifer Smith, Amy Plum, Kasie West, Kate Brian, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Tamara Ireland Stone, Anna Carey, Alex Bracken, Kimberly Derting and Katie McGarry. When I went up to Jennifer Smith she asked if my suitcase was filled with just books? I told her yes, and she said that was awesome! I headed over to Kasie West's line waiting because her line was a little long. She asked if she knew us because she feels she should know everyone from online hehe. I told her no, but that she knows my friend Cee! As soon as I said her name, Kasie knew who she was and told me they took photo booth pictures together! (So there you go Cee, she said hi back at ya!) After, I went to Tamara I. Stone. I told her that I was the first person to show a picture of her book online. She asked for my Twitter name and she remembered!!! I was squealing with delight that she remembered! Eventually, I made my way over to Katie and I was fangirling as usual. She is also one of the nicest people I have ever met! I told her she is one of my favorite authors and that Pushing the Limits was my favorite book this year. She thanked me and told me that while she loves Noah, Isaiah has a very special place in her heart. Now I am all the more excited to read Crash Into You!!!
From left: Anna Carey, Josephine Angelini, Gretchen McNeil, Alex Bracken
Katie McGarry and I
My stacks of books I got signed!
So there you have it! I had the time of my life with such amazing people. I can't wait to go again next year and you should too! To end my recap with a big bang, I am giving away a signed Hardcover of Crash Into You by Katie McGarry. It was the most anticipated book I wanted at the book fest, and now I am sharing it with you too! By now you should know the rules, but here they are just in case:
No CHEATING! I check for cheating guys and if I catch you, I will eliminate you automatically. This is a US giveaway only (I'm sorry I cannot mail outside the US). You must be 13 years of age or older. I am not responsible for lost or stolen items. Once it has left my hands I cannot replace it, I'm sorry. Once a winner has been chosen, he/she has 48 hours to claim their prize. If no one contacts me, I will have to pick another winner.
Thank you reading my recap, I hope you enjoyed it! Good luck and as Meredith says on her blog, May the odds be ever in your favor!
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