When the doors opened the folks were let loose on the innocent prey that was over 450 authors all ready to sign their books, give away gifts, hug old friends and greet new ones. Naturally the queues for some of the bigger names grew rapidly... whereas some of the less known names got to watch the queues for famous people and just people watch in general... We did spy many interesting promo items mind you - bookmarks with little silver hand cuffs - bags with sparkly lettering - pens - bookmarks - more pens - huge printed cover flats.... and so so so much more. It's a bit like Christmas in Dallas - in JUNE.
Now Jenna will be back after some sleep to tell you about what it was like to wander round and meet some familiar faces and Fiona will be here to tell you what it was like signing books with a little RITA flag in front of you - but in the meantime I'll tell you about some of the lovely people I MET.... people like the very very lovely lady who was halfway through my book on the plane on the way here and just wanted to say 'hi' - (made my night) - or the reviewer who popped over to say she'd reviewed my first two books and really enjoyed them - (amazingly amazingly sweet!!!) - or Penn who I know from the eharlequin boards and who is a local Dallas-ite (WAVES AT PENN!!!) - or some lunatic woman called Jennie Lucas whose very first Modern title comes out in the UK NEXT MONTH - so A NEWBIE!!! And this is a pic of me and Jennie smiling sweetly for official photographer Jenna... how cute are we????
So all in all my first ever book signing was jolly good fun!!! Even if there were sooooooooo many people in the one room.... Mind you - a part of me really wanted to be wandering round those tables finding my favourite authors too... ;)
Still to coem we have a smorgasborg of authors pictured at the signing - Fiona's impressions of the signing with her RITA flag...and Jenna's THURSDAY THIRTEEN of the best things in the GOODIR ROOM....
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