August 16, 2011

My time at Author After Dark 2011 + Giveaway!

(Giveaway is at the end of this post)

I've been thinking really hard the past couple of days since I got home from the Authors After Dark con., on what exactly to say and how to put into words the AWESOME, FANTASTIC, and UNBELIEVABLE time I had. This was my first time attending and it will not be my last.

When I first heard of this event, I had no clue what to expect, or exactly how it would go. I thought maybe it will be like Book Expo of America, or like one of the many signings I've been too. Boy, was I wrong! Authors After Dark is so much more up close and personal with the authors and full of lots of different things EVERYDAY! They have different type of panels, dinners, parties, etc.

One of my favorite panels was the "Guess the author by the sex scene." It was hilarious! They had asked us to write our names down on a piece of paper, along with the name of our favorite celebrity. I put my name and Paul Walker. If you know me, you know I have a huge obsession with this man lol. Anyway, they read a sex scene out loud from one of the books and used my name and Paul Walkers. I nearly died LOL. My cheeks were super bright red and let me tell you, it got hot in there pretty quick lol. My husband is so going to kill me LOL. Anyway, I attended lot's of great panels and learned a lot from them. I originally registered for this event because Lara Adrian, Larissa Ione & Alexandra Ivy were going to be there. Once I got there, I met and discovered tons of new authors. They were all super nice and some were just handing there books out without a second thought. My To Be Read pile is officially well over five hundred books.

The staff and the authors were just amazing! I had no problems at all and everyone was super helpful and willing to talk to you. The only issue I had was the hotel. We stayed at a Double Tree in Philadelphia and let me tell you, they sucked! They hung up the phone on us, were not helpful at all, were over charging guest, cancelling things left and right. The only time they were super nice and willing to help out was when we were all checking out. I do not recommend this hotel to anyone, unless you want crappy service and dirty rooms all the time. I felt so bad for Stella Price and her crew because they had to deal with a lot junk thanks to them.

Anyway, I will stop talking now and share some photos with everyone. Here are only a couple, but you can find the rest on our Facebook page.


 Author Kristen Painter and Me

 Author Larissa Ione and Me

 Author Alexandra Ivy and Me

 Authors Lara Adrian and Larissa Ione

Author Lara Adrian, Me & Larissa Ione
Here are some random photos of the Mythos ball, Steampunk ball, and dinners!

 Alexandra Ivy and Me in my greek goddess costume

 Alise on Life, Me and Grace @ Books Of Love in our costumes

 Cover Artist Tricia aka PickyMe and Me in our costumes

 This was the best I could do putting together a Steampunk outfit lol

 Larissa Ione was all steampunked out too :-) 

 Author Theresa Meyers and Me in our costumes (You guys need to see her on the dance floor. She rocked it!)

Author Leanna Renee Hieber and I believe her Husband all dressed up. Loved her costumes!

 Lara Adrian and Me

 Larissa Ione and Me

Larissa Ione's Birthday Cake

 Author Stella Price and Larissa Ione

 Author Stella Price in one of her many awesome outfits and Me

 Theresa Meyers and Me again a couple days before the Steampunk ball

If you want to see more photos, visit our Facebook page. :-)

I had a blast and I cannot wait for next year!

Check out where you can find a list of next years authors, how to register & more! 

Now...Of course I wouldn't attend one of these events and not share some of the goodies with our Romance lovers! ;-) 

I have SIX copies of Carolyn Jewel's latest book in her Witches series, My Dangerous Pleasure, plus a sampler book to go with it and lots of Swag!

So that is SIX winners!!!!
Thanks to the wonderful staff of Authors After Dark, they lots of left over copies and let me have some to do this giveaway! They rock!
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  1. Awesome pics! I also had such a blast and I'm so glad you did too!

    I loved meeting you! It was a fabulous event and I can't wait for NOLA!

  2. Larissa! Ah! I miss you! You are awesome!!! I cannot wait to see you again!!! :-) Love ya girl!

  3. Miss you too hon! You rock and I so hope you' go to next years event! I already miss everyone =/

  4. I'm so jealous that you were able to go to AAD 2011. I am crossing my fingers and hoping to go to AAD 2012.

    Thanks for the giveaway and maybe I will get to meet you next year in New Orleans.

  5. Michelle, I hope so too! You have to let me know if you are going or not. This year there were so many bloggers there I usually talk too and I had no idea they were going to be there lol.

  6. Love the pictures! That sucks that the hotel was so sucky- you should definitely complain to their headquarters or something. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Danielle, trust me I am sure lots of people have already done that lol. That hotel went down!!! lol

  8. Wow how I wish I was there. It looks like you had a great time. I am definitely going to try to attend next year.


  9. Love the pics! Looks like you had a blast.

    Lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  10. This looked like so much fun. I'm trying to talk my husband into letting me go to the RT Booklovers Convention.

  11. Sooo lucky!!! I LOVED Larissa's Steampunk dress. I want it! :) hehe

  12. You lucky you!! :)

    Cherry Mischievous

  13. The pictures were awesome!! Looks like a great time was had by all.

  14. It sounds like/looks like you all had a lot of fun! I really want to go one year. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  15. Looks like you had a lot of fun:)
    Great giveaway,thnak you so much..
    LorettaLynn aka Temprance

  16. You are so lucky you were able to go! I love the pictures of you with the author!

  17. What great pics! This looks like a total blast. Thanks for sharing it with us. Oh and thanks for the chance to win. :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  18. Glad to see you had a great time... I've seen some other blog posts where they didn't have as much fun.

  19. Oh my gosh! You looked absolutely amazing!! I'm so glad you had a good time, and maybe next year I can be there to enjoy it too (wishful thinking, I know, but a girl can hope, can't she?)!!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  20. Very nice and cool pictures. I think it's awesome that you got to meet some interesting people/authors.


  21. You look fabulous! Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. I'm glad you had a wonderful time.

    rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

  22. Aw your pics are gorgeous! I saw your new Twitter avi and loved it there too! Thanks for sharing and doing the giveaway :)


  23. Loved the pictures, it looks like you have a wonderful time.

  24. Aww thank you everyone for the wonderful comments! I had a blast dressing up! It gave me an excuse to finally wear a goddess costume and try out steampunk. Though I think I could have done better with my steampunk outfit lol

  25. Thanks for sharing and what a great giveaway thank you for the chance!

  26. Great pictures. Based on all the smiles, it was a wonderful event.

    cathy m
    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  27. Thanks for the great giveaway!! I bet you had alot of fun, Love the Steampunk costumes!!!


  28. Awesome. I'm so jealous you got to go. It looked so much fun. ^^

  29. It looks like you had a blast! I love your costumes!! :) And thanks for the giveaway!

  30. Sounds like Authors After Dark was awesome! Thank you for a great giveaway!

    books4me67 at

  31. that is so very cool =) Your steampunk outfit was great ;) looks like it was a fantastic time. I would have loved to meet Lara Adrian. i love her books and hear she's very nice in person. Thanks for sharing your pics...I'll have to check out the rest on FB.

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  33. Awesome Pics!!! It looks like you had Fun:) Thanks for the Giveaway!!

  34. Oh! This looks like SO much fun!! Thanks for sharing these photos and THANK YOU for the giveaway opportunity!!
    -Carly Waid

  35. WOW! So awesome meeting all those authors! You must have had a fabulous time. Looks like it. I loved the Goddess outfit!

    mary_reiss @

  36. Wow! It looks like you guys had so much fun!
    By the pictures, it looked pretty cool!
    I loved your steampunk outfit by the way! The costumes the authors wore were wicked. lol
    Thanks so much for the giveaway too! (:

  37. So glad you had a good time, I have read different things about the conference. Love the pictures.

  38. Wow, what awesome pictures! AAD must have been so much fun. Lots of amazing authors were there.

  39. Great pictures.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  40. It looks like everyone had a great time. Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. Looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing.

  42. That Steam punkian outfit is the bomb! good improvisation.
    I don't see where in name and email to enter Steph from Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
    Twitter: @fangswandsfairy


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