June 14, 2012

Debbie's Book Expo America Experience

My BEA (Book Expo America) experience

 So this was my first year at BEA and when first getting there I was a bit overwhelmed. I mean the line was so long and there was so much to do and see. I was not even sure if I was in the right place. While waiting in line for the doors to open I go to see a street team in action getting ready to pass out masks to those of us enter to promote Melissa Marr’s Carnival of Souls.

Melissa Marr's Street Team
Waiting in line Day 1 for doors to open

The first booth I went to when I got in was Disney, seemed like a good spot since everyone stopped there. People acted like they were giving 100 bills away! So many people were pushing and fighting for books. I just waited until it was my turn and managed to snag ever book they gave away and a cool bag too!

After that it was off to Ellora’s Cave to get some adult books are me and I got to see some hot men and even meet Ashlyn Chase who signed her book Love Cuffs for me. I loved the book and review will be coming soon.

Sexy men of Ellora's Cave

The rest of the day was amazing as I got a ton of books and met some really people, some were fellow bloggers and some were bookstore owners, I even meet a really sweet librarian who had a list of wish list books for all the children who come to her dept.

Day 2 was a lot of fun and I got to meet some really cool famous people as you will see in the pictures below. Day two I focused on autograph signings and spent a good part of the day in line however I still managed to get a good amount of books.

Day 2 in line waiting for doors to open
More waiting in line

Inside BEA

Clifford The Big Red Dog!

Lois Lowry

The Line for Harlequin teen Signing

More of the line for Harlequin Teen signing
Kady Cross

Tin Gunn
Chris Colfer

Another of Chris Colfer

Melissa Marr

By Day 3 I was so beat, I almost did not go but so glad I did. I was much more selective in what books I got and even managed to get more signed copies of books and focused a lot more in just taking the whole experience in. I even got to meet Sylvia Day and got a signed copy of her new book Bared To You.

Kirstie Alley

Sylvia Day and I

I am looking forward to next year's BEA! Until then I have a ton of books to read and many reviews to come.....


  1. Thanks for sharing your experience! I really hope I can go one day!

  2. Yikes, I think I need to go next year.. that looks like SO much fun. Plus Kendra is in the Spencer Hill Press photo and she is AWESOME! Glad you had a good time!

  3. It was great to meet you at BEA! I enjoyed reading about your experience. I wanted to get in line for Tim Gunn's book, but it was just too long. You got some great pics too! Enjoy your books!

  4. Great post! I need to get mine up too. Maybe tomorrow or next week. I stayed in NYC till yesterday, and so am still recovering! I have to go pick up my mail, hoping my box of books made it home as unscathed as possible!

  5. Wooooow! Those are some seriously long lines! I wonder what the average wait time in the lines are. Still, it looks like BEA is a blast. And you made out like a bandit. Look at all that loot! I think you'll be in bookish bliss for quite a while.


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