As I was packing my luggage (and cleaning my house) for our trip to the mainland, Amelia attended Lori Foster's annual Get Together near Cincinnati, Ohio. Amelia just send me her recap ... which I share with you!
The event started on Friday evening with everyone getting registered and grabbing their goody bags, then we proceeded to socialize and eat a dinner of pizza with veggies and chips. It was an opportunity to meet new people and to catch up with acquaintances made from previous years. It’s a very casual atmosphere.
One of the activities of the event is the raffle. There are some raffle prizes which are more highly coveted than others – those that include an ereader are on the most wanted list. My club did well in winning some of the prizes this year – Mahlet won a tote bag of Nalini Singh books and a Beth Williamson tote which included some of Beth’s cowboy books; Dawn won tote bag of various books, Beverly won a darling little basket filled with goodies. I won a basket from Lori Foster which included her latest books, a t-shirt and matching cap, notebook, stuffed animals from Kate Douglas, books from Kay Stockham and an Adrienne Vittadini peach leather purse which made me the envy of many women there!
Something new this year was centerpieces created by the authors for the tables. They were so beautiful and creative! The authors also gave away their centerpieces. Our very own Dawn was given a Japanese doll handcrafted by Viola Grace! Dawn is a big fan of Viola Grace’s books!
One of the highlights of the weekend was an opportunity to chat with Nalini Singh about her Psy Changelings and Guild Hunters. She keeps her secrets secret regarding the future of her characters!
Authors and readers traveled from all over the US and from as far away as New Zealand and Israel to attend the Get Together.
Mahalo, Amelia, for sharing your recap! This is the one drawback to living in Hawaii - I miss the smaller conventions that offer intimate moments with favorite authors!
Have you been to a "book convention" or "book signing" - large or small, share your experience! One randomly selected commenter will win a choice of books from my RWA stash (RWA is hosting its National Convention from June 27 - July 1 in NYC ... I'll post my recaps the following week).
Kim in Tampa