Posted by Carly at Aug 2, 2008 6:00 am
Straight from San Francisco – The plotmonkeys would like to say how wonderful it was to meet so many of you face to face! A big, huge thanks to our guestbloggers! If you aren’t posted today, we will have you posted Monday – it was hard to coordinate and get internet access. And now without further delay, guestblogger DONNA M!!!!!!!!!!!
To the Plotmonkeys & all that visit there,
The four Plotmonkey’s (or is that Plotmonkie’s!) are very friendly, warm delightful people. I had the pleasure of meeting all of them at the RWA book signing held Wednesday evening in San Francisco. If any of you ever get a chance to attend go, it is an experience. I stayed in a hotel across the street and wandered over to see just where the book signing was being held so I knew where to go. It might have been about 4:15, not sure! Much to my surprise when I found the right place there was already a long line of people waiting. Someone told me they had started lining up about 3:00 pm! Can you imagine?! After waiting in line for what seemed like forever, my legs & feet were protesting, 5:30 finally came and everyone started going in. It was like the sale the day after Thanksgiving! You had to be there! It was a huge room, like a big ballroom, filled with authors. Around the perimeter are big names, Debbie Macomber, Suzanne Brockmann, Nora Roberts, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, to name a few. Needless to say I think the Plotmonkeys are big names. I avoided those long lines & headed directly for Janelle Denison as the authors in the center are at long tables in alphabetical order. Janelle gave me a big hug, as they all did, and we had a nice chat about Oregon. She signed Wild for Him for me and off I went to find Leslie! I recognized her right away and got another big hug, a picture taken with the two of us & left with no book because it was one I already had! Darn! She was still friendly & gracious. Next came Julie Leto, moving just a tad easy due to her surgery but looking great. Another hug, I love it!, She was signing Phantom Pleasures. How lovely to have all these to add to my TBR pile! Now for Carly, last but not least, they were all so nice when I introduced myself, it made me feel so good and so glad I had decided to take this little mini-vacation! Carly was signing Hot Property and I got one of her goodie bags. Yea!! After seeing all the Plotmonkeys & having a picture taken with each of them I wander all around to see who else was there, what other books could I buy & found Roxanne St. Claire, remember she guest blogged. She was very friendly also & what a salesperson I got her two latest books, remember it was for charity. Isn’t that lovely. I cannot wait to get busy reading. Seeing all these authors and all these recgonizable names was a WOW! moment or hour! It is somewhat overwhelming & the noise level is off the chart. Take over 400 authors plus even more readers and you have a whole lot of talking going on!! I have to confess to having a heck of a headache when I decided to leave as I was hungry and did not dare buy anymore books. It was a blast! Oh yea, I also got to meet Paula which was an unexpected bonus.
Speaking of a bonus! This morning I met Cher, Lori Borrill and Jill Shalivs. Jill invited me to a Blaze signing that Cher & Lori also came to with me. Guess who was sitting next to Jill at the signing…Leslie! I got the Blaze of hers that I didn’t have, signed of course. There were 5 or 6 authors for that all Blaze books I didn’t have. A perk I never even dreamed about. While I was waiting to meet Cher I got to have a nice chat with Jessica Andersen, also a guest blogger one Saturday.
This has been a wonderful experience I wouldn’t have missed. Thanks to the Plotmonkeys that helped make it so special, Cher & Paula that I see everyday on the blog and Jill Shalvis that was so generous to invite me the the Blaze signing. I would not have known about it!
Thank you to the Plotmonkeys for letting me ramble on about my experience and thanks to all that visit the Jungle for reading this. I know it is probably very long but there was so much to say.
NOTE FROM JULIE: No, Donna…thank YOU!! I loved meeting you and all the Plotmonkey readers. Your report is MUCH appreciated.
I have to apologize to Paula R and Cher…I had your posts all ready to put up, but I saved them in my email file and due to circumstances beyond my control, they got downloaded to my PC back in Florida and are no longer here for me to grab in SF. I’m going to have them forwarded back to me…please, everyone, stop by in the next two days for Paula and Cher’s reports!!!