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August 26, 2012

My time at Authors After Dark in New Orleans & giveaway!


Hi GCReaders!

So I finally have sometime to share my experience at Authors After Dark with everyone! When I got home I literally just sat around all week. Then this week I attempted to catch up with e-mails, blog post etc. It's been a very crazy month for me LOL.

We arrived at AAD (Debbie and I) three days before the convention so that we could sight see and eat at almost every restaurant possible. Yeah, I gained about seven pounds off that trip LOL! Once the convention started it was no sleep for us. Not that I was sleeping very much before that anyway, but it was just pure excitement for four days straight.

The convention started with a Welcoming party. The welcoming party was a lot of fun and I finally got to put faces to a lot of bloggers that I talk to on Twitter and Facebook. I also got to meet some of my favorite authors like Cynthia Eden, Alexandra Ivy, and Kelly Gay/Keaton. They were super nice!(See Video Below)



I attended AADNOLA this year as a Featured Blogger, and because of this I got the chance to attend a Blogger ARC Party. When I got there, the room was filled with boxes of books, and at each table sat an author. It felt almost like speed dating. It was fun! I got to jump around and chat with Joey W. Hill, Melissa Schroeder, Alexandra Ivy, Leanna Renee Hieber, Suzanne Johnson, and about three other authors. We got lots of goodies and books!

There were lots of panels and one of my favorite panels that I enjoyed a lot and for some reason it sticks out the most in my head was the self-publishing panel. Authors Melissa Schroeder, Eliza Gayle, Cat Johnson, Tina Folsom were a part of this panel and I have to say, it was very informative. I learned a lot about self-publishing that I never knew before and now I have so much more respect for self pub authors.

Oh, and any panel that Dakota Cassidy was on, I enjoyed a lot. That woman needs to be my best friend! She is just so much fun to be around. That was one of the first things I told Debbie and my friends. Any panels with Dakota Cassidy on, you need to go too! You will laugh your little booty off! LOL!


I also went on authors Suzanne Johnson's Post-Katrina Royal Street Tour. This tour for me meant a lot. It wasn't a huge tour, in fact it was only Suzanne, me, and three other girls. AND WE GOT TO RIDE IN A CAR LOL! Avoiding the HEAT! The heat in NOLA is not a joke! I was warned by tons of people how hot it can be and thought Please, I hate the heat. So anything in the 80's in bad weather to me. Oh no, the heat down there was always in the 90's and SUPER humid! It was bad!

Anyway, this tour was a bit sad for me, but fun at the same time. And I say that because Suzanne Johnson took us to some parts where Katrina hit and where it hit the worse. It was very sad hearing the stories. If you don't know, Suzanne Johnson actually lived in NOLA when Katrina hit. Luckily she manged to evacuate, but she was a resident there at the time. She also took us to parts that are in her book , Royal Street, and showed us DJ's (her main character) house.

Sorry if I am jumping here, but I am trying not to make this post so SUPER DUPER long. There is just so much to share. Debbie will be sharing her time at AAD as well, so be in the look out for her post.

I will let the photos/videos do the rest of the talking ;-)


Author Kelly Gay/Keaton and me having dinner at JAX'S Brewery. I swear, that is Apple Juice I am drinking ;-).


The blogger party where I got meet authors Kristen Painter and Sylvia Day.

This was our view from our hotel room.

 Author Joey W. Hill, Master of Ceremonies, welcoming everyone!

Welcoming Party!

A video of the Welcoming Party...


Author Stella Price giving us a fun welcome!

 Author Stella Price and Me!

I got to present an award at the Bookie Awards! I was so freaking nervous! lol


 I attended the Masquerade Ball as Ari from Kelly Keaton's Darkness Becomes Her.
My creator, Kelly Keaton, and Me (Ari) Kelly actually made the little crescent moon on my face. :-)

Sam (my partner in crime for the night) and Me (Ari) See that corset, when I first put it on, I put it on UPSIDE DOWN! LOL! Author PJ Schnyder actually pointed this out and helped me with my crisis. Thank you!!



PJ Schnyder, Lia Habel and Girl, whose identity will forever be a mystery to me, in their awesome costumes. I have no idea who was under that mask LOL!

 Some more awesome costumes!

Video of the Masquerade Ball...



All videos were shot using my iPhone.

After the ball some of the authors and us went walking the streets of NOLA in costume!



I also got to meet Laurie London. She attended the convention as a reader. I love her! We talk all the time on Twitter, so I was so happy I finally got the chance to meet her in person!

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For pictures, check out our Facebook page... http://facebook.com/GCReading

Registration for next year's Authors After Dark, which will be held in Savannah, GA, is now open! http://authorsafterdark.org/pages/registration.html

Next year is going to be even more crazy! There will be three PARTIES! Plus, for the first time ever there will be a YA Day, and guess who was asked to help out on YA Day? You guessed it.. ME!! I am super excited and cannot wait to share with everyone the list of authors that will be joining us for YA Day next year. We are still adding to it. :-)

In the meantime, check out the list of the adult FEATURED AUTHORS: http://authorsafterdark.org/pages/authors.html

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GIVEAWAY TIME!
I know, finally right? LOL!


Here is what I am giving away from Authors After Dark...


Plus, a cute little swag bag!



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58 comments:

  1. It looks like SO much fun. I love the photos, especially the costumes. Thank you so much for sharing the experience and having the giveaway.
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Thats seem like so much fun!! there is so much to do! thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Looks like you had a lot of fun! :) Love the masquerade look!

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  4. Sounds like you had a fabulous time!

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  5. Looks like you had a lot of fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  6. Sounds like you had a very fun time! I'm very jealous :)

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  7. Loved your costume! AAD is the one con that I would love to attend!

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  8. wow, thanks for all the cool pictures! I've heard all sorts of stories . You looked fabulous!

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  9. Looks like alot of fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. I LOVE your pictures it looks like you had so much fun. I too have walked around the quarter in costume one year

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  11. I wish would have gone to AAD! I live 1 hour away from New Orleans too. Looks like a great time!

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  12. It looks like you had a great time! Loved your costume!

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  13. It looks like you had a great time. Maybe the mystery girl will see the post and you will find out who she was :)

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  14. The girl in the Picture with Lia and PJ is A.L. Davroe, upcoming YA author!

    And Im glad you had a great time!

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  15. Wow, it looks like you had a great time. Someday I'm going to be able to attend this con. Great prizes you are offering.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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  16. This sounds like an amazing event! I wish I could have gone. Maybe I can wranglevit next year.... thanks for sharing. Totally jealous. :)

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  17. Sounds like so much fun!! Wish I could have been there. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  18. Nice pictures. It looks like it was a lot of fun.

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  19. Thank you for this post about"Authors After Dark" held in NOLA.
    I am happy to hear that your Blog and your talent has you speaking at these events. I loved your pictures! I feel like I learned so much about AAD and the yearly event. I would love to win these books you picked at the AAD and the swag too that you are sharing with us.A Big Cheerleader rooting for a awesome Blog!
    Cyndee Thomas cyndee.thomas0@gmail.com

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  20. Wow it sounds like a fantastic time I wish I could have been there .I love the photos .Thank you for sharing with us and for giving us the chance to win .Have a great week

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  21. It looked like a lot of fun. I would have loved to go on the Royal tour, I have been curious how NOLA has been doing so long after Katrina.

    Mel Brock

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  22. Very jealous, looks like you had a great time and meet lots of great people. Got some cool books and swag. Also looks like some great pictures. What a great giveaway.
    Christinebails@yahoo.com

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  23. Look's like you had a blast:)

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  24. That party looked like it rocked. I wish I could have been there to see DC in person. I'm a member of her private yahoo group. The costumes were gorgeous and I'm going to start saving my pennies so I can go next year.

    Thanks for hosting this really great giveaway.

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  25. Great pictures!! It sounds like ya'll had a blast. I love New Orleans, hope I get to go back someday. It's a great city.

    thanks for the giveaway.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  26. Looks like you had a ball!
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  27. Squee...I am so jealous that you met all these authors! Looks like you had a fab time!! I would also have NO IDEA how to put on a corset...LOL!

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  28. You look like you had a lot of fun! I love to dress up and have a ball!! You also wouldn't catch me in a corset. I don't know how they did it in real life!

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  29. AAD was awesome and for me the ladies from good choice reading and their friends made the trip!! I didn't know a soul there. D. and friends took me in and let me hang out with them (as much as i could keep up !!). Thanks to them for making it such a great trip!!

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  30. They are fabulous pictures and videos. I am a little jealous. :)
    Glad to hear you have a wonderful time!

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  31. Great post and love your pics. I had fun keeping up with your Tweets and pics via Instagram the whole con!
    I'm glad I was able to pop by and help out with your corset. Hope it wasn't too obvious to anyone around us. I was just like, "Walk with me." :P

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  32. It looks like so much fun. I wish I could have been there and the masquerade I would have really loved to have been there.

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  33. Oh my goodness that looks like it was so fun. I wish an event like this happened closer to me so that I could attend :) I love your costume, corsets are confusing I wore one to a party once myself and about passed out, never again :) I envy you the chance to meet so many great authors and bloggers thanks for the peek inside this event I enjoyed it very much. Oh and thanks for the giveaway

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  34. Man it looks like yall had fun!!!! :D

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  35. I bet you had a lot of fun. I enjoyed reading your post, and I loved all of the pictures. That was a great costume you wore.

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  36. This looks like it was a blast!! I am definitely jealous!! :) Thanks so much for this great giveaway!!

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  38. Thank you for sharing this event with us. I love all the pics and the details. It's almost like we were there. Sounds like a blast!!

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  39. Wow sounds like you had an awesome time. Thank you for sharing, I wish I could have attended.

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  40. The costumes look amazing. I don't blame you a bit with the corset, I can see myself doing the same thing!

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  41. Your costume was gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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  42. I was glad to have the chance to meet up with you, even it was a quick hi. It was crazy fun at AAD! The costumes were amazing.

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  43. I love the pics looks like so much fun

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  44. You are so lucky! That looks like you had an awesome time. I am so jealous.

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  45. This sounds great!! Id love to read it! Thanks for sharing and for the great giveaway!
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  46. WOW! It looks like you had so much fun! Thanks for sharing all the fabulous pics! I'm living vicariously through you!

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  47. Loved all the pics, looked like so much fun!! I'm a little green with jealously :)

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  48. The con was definitely lots of fun and I cannot wait for next year!!

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  49. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm hoping to attend AADSAV! :-)

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  50. It looks like you had so much fun!!! I am so jealous! Thank you for sharing and for the awesome giveaway!!
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  51. OMG!! What an amazing time!!

    Kendal
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  52. Looks like it was a lot of fun, great costumes as well!

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  53. That looks like so much fun. I am registered for next year! steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com

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  54. It looked like you had a lot of fun and the pictures were great!

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  55. Looks like a lot of fun. Love your costume! I hope corsets never come back in style.

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  56. Looks like a fun time! I would love to attend something like that.

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