Day one of the Tucson Festival of Books was so much fun! See my recap here.
Day two was just as equally awesome! T and I spent the morning walking around, checking out the ereader experience tent, looking at the different ereader options and the library ebook options. It was much fun!
We waited in line (again) for Kim Harrison, wanting to get more books signed by her. Our dear friend E from here at the Book Pushers is currently stationed overseas, and since I have some of her books, I rummaged through to try and get them all signed. Kim was super nice, signing all of E’s books for her, taking a picture with us and chatting a bit about the panel she had just been on. Between her and her other panelists, they had a HUGE line that wrapped around the courtyard of the signing area. People were waiting in line for a long time, and she was super gracious about it.
Later on in the afternoon we went to the paranormal romance panel with our dear friend Gini Koch, Erin Kellison, Eric Quinn, and Caris Roane. It was such a fun panel, and the room was overflowing with people, standing room only! I laughed so hard, cracking up at all the jokes flying between the ladies. It was a super fabulous time. I got the chance to hang out a bit with Erin Kellison after the panel, and she is such a sweetheart!! I wish we would have had more time to hang out, but she had a line of people wanting to talk to her, so I had to move on. But I have my fingers crossed that since we live so close, we might have the chance to get together again sometime soon!!
After that we headed over to catch up with Karen Hawkins and Julia London who were signing together. Both women were so incredibly nice and fun to talk with. I had a wonderful time just chatting books, Tucson and anything else that came up the two of them. They were both so down to earth and fun to chat with. I hate to admit that I while I’ve heard of both authors, I’d never read any of their books, but after talking with them for just those few minutes, I went and bought a book each. I just love supporting authors who are so wonderful to their fans!
After being out in the sun for that long, we went and got some gelato and pop corn, continuing to walk around check out all the booths and people. Very excited to announce that at TusCon later this year (Nov.) 2011 Patty Briggs will be the featured author!!! I can’t wait for November! Patty was the author who got my hooked on the Urban Fantasy genre, and I will forever be grateful to her for it. Anyone looking to meet her: TusCon is a great, fairly small convention where it can be very intimate to talk to authors.
The whole weekend at the Festival was amazing, and I had an incredibly fabulous time! This is one of my favorite festivals, and I can’t wait to see who Tucson will be able to bring out next year!
NOW, for a chance to win signed books, signed swag, a Kim Harrison name tag, and other cool con swag leave a comment below and let me know which author you would love to meet at a convention or festival. Because of shipping costs, this contest will only be open to US/Canada (Sorry International folks!). Contest will close on Friday the 25th, and a winner announced on Saturday.