Saturday at the RT started off with breakfast with Mary G! I'd thought I would run into her more than I did, so I called her up and we had breakfast. Then it was back to the room to get ready for the big booksigning. I had a terrific time and actually sold more books than usual, but that wasn't the only thing that made it special.
Here are all the people lining up for the signing a couple of hours before the event.
This is me at my table. I hadn't even put out my bookmarks yet, but Sharon Lathan's husband came around to take pictures, so I got him to take one with my camera.
The writing team known as Lydia Dare (Jodie Pearson and Tammy Falkner) were there in costume since they were going to another event after the signing. I thought they looked wonderful!
Remember Charles Paz who was Mr. Romance a few years back? He was there, along with a few other cover models, which is what separates this convention from the RWA conference. The eye candy is MUCH better and easier to spot!
Then there was this fellow. Not sure why he was dressed as a pirate, but who cares? He looked like he was having fun.
Speaking of eye candy, Ivan Rusilko was at the signing, and Mary G went to get his autograph. She took this picture of him with my book, but had to get him to hold the book several different ways before you could actually see the cover because it's so shiny! She wanted to get an autograph for me, but I was stuck in the signing. They said, "Well, we could take him to her. We even have a camera crew."
They were hoping I'd be surprised. Needless to say, they were correct. Ivan is very sweet and he even smells good. I told him he had a beautiful smile, and he thanked me, saying that most people tell him he has beautiful "other things." Anyway, I talked to him for a bit, and they filmed us the whole time. Apparently Dateline is doing a segment on him. I don't know if they'll use that footage or not, but if they did, it would be VERY cool!
We went to the Sourcebooks cocktail party for librarians and booksellers, where I got my picture taken with Sean, the sales guy at Sourcebooks. He's the one who sold Rogue to Barnes & Noble with a one word sales pitch. He laid the book on the table and said, "MEOW!" That's him doing his cat claw thing. Interesting side note here, Slave was the first romance novel he ever read. *sniff*
LOL! Can you tell that Sharon Lathan and I both got the "wear red" memo?
I've had a great time here at RT, but I'm looking forward to heading home to see my family. Not long after the cocktail party, Sam called and asked if I'd checked the weather and wanted to know when I'd be home. They're calling for thunderstorms here on Sunday morning, which might delay my departure a bit, but I should be home in time to feed the horses.
For today's hunk, I figured I ought to post another pic of Ivan showing just a little bit more skin...