After breakfast, I made my way down to two Publisher Signings - Harlequin and Avon. KristieJ was at a workshop, so I agreed to score her any Harlequin Historicals, SuperRomances, and single titles that looked promising. I also managed to get a few things for myself. After that I went to Avon. Oh.....Avon! I told myself I was just going to walk around and pick up maybe a couple of books. I stopped by Beverly Jenkins' table and she said, "Wendy, so nice to see you again! Would you like a print copy or an ebook?" Upon hearing these options I may have said "Shut up!" That's right kids - for many, many, many of the authors there Avon not only had print copies but also free digital downloads. So what started out as Wendy taking just one or two books turned into an ebook orgy.
|At the Harlequin signing - Holy cow! Maggie Shayne and Brenda Jackson!|
After that it was Awards Luncheon time. I was so happy to see that this year's Librarian Of The Year got a wee bit overcome on stage accepting her award - if only for the fact that it made me feel better about my own Librarian Of The Year year (I. Was. A. Mess.) Kristan Higgins was the luncheon speaker, and she was fantastic. She really brought home the value of the romance genre, and what it means to readers - especially during trying times in their lives.
|My ebook orgy at Avon|
After munching on the tasty nibbles at St. Martin's, Limecello and I shared a cab to the Avon party. I mixed and mingled - once again running into Lynne and Blythe from All About Romance, and getting stopped by Laura Lee Gurhke who proclaimed she was seeing me everywhere. I had a great time, which I'm sure I'll be paying for tomorrow (when this blog post goes live).
(ETA: Rosie, bless her heart, gave me two bottles of water upon my return last night and I slept in this morning)
It's been a great conference so far, and I've had a chance to reconnect with so many awesome folks. Tomorrow is the final day, and RITA night. It should be fantastic!