So...I'll be heading out at the crack of dawn on Tuesday morning, driving to New Orleans for Authors After Dark. I'm both petrified and excited. It's my first convention (excited), I'm there with a bunch of amazing authors, pretending to be one of them (petrified), it's in my beloved New Orleans (excited) in August (petrified--if you've lived through an August in New Orleans, you'll understand this). I have a bazillion-and-one things to do before I leave--stuffing gift bags, making swaggy stuff, and, oh yeah, packing (petrified). I'll get to meet a lot of folks in person that I've met online (excited and petrified). And I'll be blogging from there (excited).
So if you're going to AAD, I'll see you there!
If you live in the area, remember that the book signing on Saturday (at the Royal Sonesta, 300 Bourbon Street) is open to the public. Did I mention there are some awesome authors going to be there?
If you aren't able to get to NOLA, check in here, as I'll upload photos and observations whenever I get a chance.
Here's what my schedule looks like so far, just as a hint of what to expect...
Tuesday....On the road. Check-in. Get my swaggy stuff into the welcome bags. Meet up with friends from NOLA for dinner. Hang around hotel and play fangirl.
Wednesday...Lunch with NOLA buddies. More fangirlishness. Opening event.
-- A mini-reading themed "Supernatural NOLA," where I'll be reading a bit of Royal Street or River Road (haven't decided yet). The other authors will be Kristen Painter, Jaye Wells, Kelly Keaton, and Erin McCarthy. (petrified)
--A meet-and-greet with some faboo bloggers and other new authors.
--A two-hour FIELD TRIP, where I'll take four readers on a driving tour of New Orleans, including some of the most heavily hit areas from Hurricane Katrina, locations in Royal Street, and lunch at my character DJ's favorite neighborhood spot, Franky and Johnny's.
--Another blogger event where I'll be handing out a few rare ARCs of River Road.
--I'll be participating in a panel discussion on Alpha and Beta Heroes in Romance, along with authors Kelly Meding, Diana Rowland, Carolyn Crane, Theresa Meyers, and Melanie Card.
Friday--Another two-hour FIELD TRIP, only this group doesn't get lunch--they get sno-balls from DJ's favorite sno-ball stand Hansen's Sno-Blitz on Tchoupitoulas Street. Unless Hansen's is closed, which it often is, in which case it's sno-balls from Tee-Eva's on Magazine.
--A lunch with authors and AAD directors extraordinaire Stella and Audra Price.
--I'll be on a panel talking about humor in romance, along with authors Dakota Cassidy, Judy Fennell, Darynda Jones, Boone Brux, Mari Freeman, and Damon Suede.
--I'll be on a panel talking about urban fantasy, along with (and I could have a nervous breakdown at this point) Kristen Painter, Jess Haines, Kelly Gay, Darynda Jones, and Jeaniene Frost.
--Dinner with author Joey Hill and humongous Masquerade Ball, where I anticipate going dressed up as A) a mysterious hooded figure; B) a crazed Mardi Gras attendee; or C) a middle-aged author. Could go either way at this point.
--Book signing, 2-4 p.m., Evangeline Suite. Also hope to visit publisher tables and see if there are some folks there from Tor Books.
--Samhain Publishing reception. Goodies? Did I hear goodies?
Sunday--Big farewell event with lots of prizes and promises to do it again next year. (Savannah, baby!)
-- Long, dull drive back home in time to get up and slump off to the day job Monday morning at 7:30.
So there are the plans, my pretties. If you can't be in NOLA, stop by here and see what's going on during the week! (And I'll be here on Monday with my Reader's Choice, of course. Can't miss Reader's Choice!)