Friday, July 1, 2011

RWA Loot + Photos

Going to the RWA Literacy Autographing was amazing- but rather than just tell you let me break it down for you...

Tuesday June 28, 2011

5:55 Wake up, alert and excited for that afternoon's RWA Autographing!

5:58 Realize that actually involves getting out of bed.  No longer so happy.

6:30-7:30 Run to catch the Metro to get to Union Station to catch BoltBus to NYC...
which sounds simple except five different Union Station workers gave me different directions to BoltBus, and the bus lines to NEW YORK and NEWARK were two feet apart (really, who does that in a loud, crowded terminal?!).  Luckily, I got on the right bus just as it was ready to leave.

11:50 Arrive at Penn Station, NYC.

12:00-3:30 Shopping on Broadway!!!
While the Autographing was the purpose and highlight of the trip, I was really looking forward to spending some time walking around Times Square area.  My three favorite places I visited were:

Toys R Us
It has a Ferris Wheel inside the building!  How cool is that!  No, I didn't go on it (there was quite a line, mostly of little kids) but I thought about it. 
Each one of the passenger cars represents a different toy. There's a pink Barbie car!

The Disney Story
This place really is magic.  You can't tell from the picture, but the tree is an LED screen of some sort- the images move and change!  Whoever designed the store was a genius.  The place was fun just to walk through.
A kids area.  It has a touch screen so people can choose to watch clips of any particular Disney movie.  The Princess and the Frog was on when I went by.
The entrance to the Princess section of the store. Apparently I wasn't the only one who thought it was photo-worthy :)

The M&M Store
There is an entire store dedicated just to M&M's- key chains, magnets, plushies, and of course, the candy itself.  Huge vats of it in every single color.
One of their fun little in store gimmicks was a "mood analyzer".  Stand under the beam, and the screen tells you what kind of M&M you are.
I was Dark Pink.  I guess the scanner knew I was off to RWA!

3:30-4:50 Chill in the Marriott's Atrium Lounge
I get to the hotel two hours early, read the Marriott's events board (at the main entrance) and see the Autographing is on the sixth floor, and decide to people watch in the hotel's bar for the meantime.  While hanging around the Atrium I spotted Roxanne St. Claire and Julie James, and chatted on and off with some RWA attendees.  I really wished I could have come back after the signing, but NYC buses wait for no gal...

4:50-5:05 Essentially, I was lost and confused
Forty minutes before the Autographing was about to start, I return to the sixth floor only to be told the line starts on the first floor (because of it's huge, wrap around the block length).  Really?!  It would have been nice if they had made that clear earlier on (i.e. at the main entrance!).  But- it turns out there are some advantages to being places you aren't supposed to be...

First, I meet SB Sarah!  Fun  fact: This photo was taken by Jaci Burton, just as Jennifer Crusie checked in behind her.  Oh yea.  (Kat- this picture is for you <3 )
And... while taking the elevator back down to the first floor, I was given some free books by a volunteer from the Librarians Luncheon.  Moral of the story- always smile to people on elevators!
-The Iron King by Julie Kagwa
-The First Love Cookie Club by Lori Wilde

5:05-6:40 Wait in line
This was the not-so-fun part.  But I was in good company.  All of us loved romance novels, so there was always something to talk about.  I met both Rita from Not Another Romance Blog and Jamie from For the Love of Romance, who were quite a bit of fun to talk to. 

6:40-7:30 Collect Swag!!!
Then, finally, I was in!
Here's what I walked out of the signing with:
-Yours for the Taking by Robin Kaye
-Start Me Up by Victoria Dahl
-Something About You by Julie James
-A Lot Like Love by Julie James
-Here Comes the Groom by Karina Bliss (unfortunately unsigned, Karina Bliss couldn't make it herself)

-The Countess by Lynsay Sands
-Unveiled by Courtney Milan
-Nowhere Near Respectable by Mary Jo Putney
-The Perfect Scandal by Delilah Marvelle
-Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah McLean
-The Darkest Hunger by Juliana Stone

-Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
-The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton
-The Princess in His Bed by Lila DiPasqua

I didn't take as many photos during the signing (I was crunched for time, and I didn't want to hold other people up either), but here's a couple shots I snapped:
Robin Kaye, holding up Yours for the Taking.

And Eloisa James and me!

7:45-1:05am Pay, dash out to Port Authority and take the bus home. 
A very successful day :)


  1. This is so awesome!! I'm glad you had a great time! Thank you for sharing your pics!!

  2. Absolutely fabulous! You made it into one grand adventure. Hope next year is just as exciting! :)

  3. Super cool meeting you DL! You really racked up! I missed SO many authors!!! But i went home with like 10 books so I'll have something to read to console me! lol!

    I think I mentioned RomCon to you while on line. I forgot what your response was. Email it to me-I just sent you a message!

  4. Alas, it was so packed and nuts I could only make it as far as the K's and only pick up 3 books before I had to skedaddle. Large crowds like that freak me out. It also took about 5 minutes before I realized I could never live in NYC.
    On the other hand, I could have really gotten into that M&M store!!!

  5. Carrie- Thanks!

    Eileen- I hope I can go next year. That would be awesome.

    Rita- It sounds like you racked up too! But I know what you mean... no matter how many you get, you know there were still those other authors you would have liked to see.

    Kristie (J)- As fun as the whole event was I had a headache afterward. Darting through crowds like that gets so intense!

  6. What a great day you had! And meeting some of those favourite authors is just awesome. I have read The Domestic Gods series, didn't know there is a new one out :)