KaLiCon 2019

Hello and welcome!

Less than 3 weeks to go and I will be in Belleville for another awesome book event. I get to hug my tribe YAY

KaLiCon is multi-genre event organized by the amazing Kali Willows and her awesome team, various authors attending and hopefully lots readers coming to see them. There will be a silent auction with generous donations from the authors, bloggers and local companies. the proceeds will be going to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.

The event is 3 days of mingling and fun, with several events giving readers an opportunity to get up close and personal with the authors.

For more info check out the KaliCon websiteTwitter and Facebook.

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Thursday… if you like paranormal stuff…

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Thursday afternoon…. THE ELVEN GAMES 2.0 !!!

I was there last year helping M. A. Abraham out. If you missed my blog post, check it out here. We are plotting the Elven Games again, all who attended last year said that they had fun, so lets hope they will find the new games as much fun.

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The ‘audiobook chairs‘ will come back and so is the ‘Pin the tail on Andress’, by popular demand. Poor dragon. Does he looks terrified? I would be too LOL will be pinning his tail back on 😉

There will be a big announcement at the Elven Games from Ms. Abraham and I can’t wait to chat about it.

Double feature movie night on Thursday in our PJs 😉

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with virtual appearances with “The Lost Boys” actors before the movie. I am one of those who has not seen the movie and I am looking forward to it.

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On Friday night… Murder Mystery Dinner with full production.

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On Saturday …. the book signing is FREE to the general public.

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Look for this gorgeous banner on Saturday at the signing. Make sure to stop by and say hello, get some chocolate or if you see me walking around, stop me and say hello… I’ll be the taller one of the two with Elven tiara and ears 😉 There will be a table giveaway too!

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Saturday night…

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For the authors that can’t attend, there are still opportunities to sponsors, a great way to get your name out there. Businesses can sponsor too. Here is the form.

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Here are the authors attending, check them out, maybe you will find something you like to read.

Sharon Bailey
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Sandra J Jackson
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S. D. Ferrel
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Rochelle Bradley
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Peter. J. Roe
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Pépé G Woodman
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Orlena Cain
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M. A. Abraham
website • Facebook • Twitter

Kendra Mei Chailyn
website • Twitter

Kali Willows
website • Facebook • Twitter

Kacey Hammell
website • Facebook • Twitter

Joy Goddard
website • blogTwitter

Johanne Levesque
Facebook

Jennifer Daniels
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E. J. Babcock
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Daryl J Ball
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Daniel Coldspring
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Dan Buchanan
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Crystal St. Clair
website • Facebook • Twitter

Chrissy Snyder
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Caitlyn Fournier
website

C. A. King
website • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram

Avril Borthiry
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Andi Lawrencovna
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Allison Cosgrove
website • Facebook • Twitter

Agnès de Savigny
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A few of the authors signing at KaLiCon 2019 joined Andi Lawrencovna to make a boxed set, the KaLiCon Reader’s Bundle, where each share a short story, giving the readers a chance to get to know their writing styles and the worlds they created. It will be available FREE until the event starts. How awesome is that?

I invited their heroes, heroines for a chat to give you a little more than the books and have fun while doing so. Check them out here.

Download the bundle via BookFunnel and start reading today.

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Until next time… read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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RTC2019 – thoughts and a giveaway

Hello and welcome!

I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs about my plans to attend Romancing the Capital in Ottawa, Canada again this year, I did and had a blast. Got to see old friends, made new ones and as usual I went over the budget by a smidge 😉

Eve Langlais and her minions rocked it as usual. Looks like this is it, at least for a while, so I am glad I went. I want to thank all the sponsors, the authors and those who helped them for a great event.

The VIP bags were full with the generous donations from the authors.

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Thursday afternoon I was so excited to finally met in person one of my longtime on-line friends, Gayle, AKA Dark Angel, and we had a great meal and got caught up on our lives.

Then in the evening, I attended the “Audio & Crafts with Deborah Cooke, Debra Dunbar, and Mandy Rosko. Check out this steampunk bracelet and key chain I made, supplies brought by Mandy Rosko.

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Got to chat with Will Dages from Findaway Voices, he actually remembered my name from the awesome giveaway I won on Twitter, I was their 1,000 follower. You should check out their website if you are an author looking to get your books in audio or distribute them.

Friday morning I attended “Romance Reader Cover Bingo with Lacey Silks where I won a box of chocolates YUM

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Then I did “Sexy Cover Puzzles with Becca Jameson.

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These are just a few, I attended more after I reigned in the migraine that hit suddenly, that was a rough one too. I took a lot of breaks and wore my sunglasses for the afternoon.

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I got to put my costume-making skills to the test again, and boy, were they tested. I could not finish it fully before the event because the day I planned to, everything went sideways and had to take care of the issues thrown my way… my DS was joking that he could see the steam coming out of my ears… which took most of the day.

So here I am on the night of the Steampunk Ball and am trying to put together the costume… but again… the corset was giving me attitude, the boots didn’t fit because my ankles were swelled up (I had to settle for my funky clogs), hot flashes and my hands were not cooperating… seemed like something was telling me give up… but I said, dammit! I will not give up! So I didn’t 😛 I think it turned out pretty good.

I was again the BBF (book boyfriend) collector … steampunk style 😉

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My props were a couple of very old books bound in leather, the publishing year was not noted in them but one of them has a dedication and it was gifted for Christmas in 1934, two hand made leather bound journals…

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… and a chain with keys and lots of books.

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The food was excellent, there were prizes for best costumes and dancing too.

Also got a lot of charms too, I am sure I missed a few when I was down with a migraine or because a couple of authors didn’t give them if you didn’t guess the clue right. Oh well.

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Saturday morning had breakfast while attending Books Books & More Books Bingo with Becca Jameson and Elle Boon. We used caramels instead of stamps, they were yummy too.

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Then I had fun at “What’s Your Fortune… in Bed?” with Desiree Holt, Elle Boon, Susan Hayes, NJ Walters, and Zoe York. You should have heard the riotous laughter as the readers got to read their fortune cookies and acting them out. These were the ones I got… adding at the end “… in bed”.

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Later I was at “Draw a Stickman Cover!” with Mina Carter, Susan Hayes, and J Thompson. Had a few laughs at my stickman drawings of the covers LOL

Also attended “Two Truths and a Lie” with Molly O’Keefe, Deborah Cooke, Susan Hayes, Ellis Leigh, Zoe York, and Lilith Darville. I won one book from Ellis Leigh when I guessed her trivia.

Then I attended Milly’s World Lunch, hosted by Milly Taiden, Ophelia Bell, Godiva Glenn, Sheri Lyn, Jennifer Wedmore, Roxanne Witherell. I was sitting at Godiva’s table and got chatting, a new author for me and I am looking forward to discover her books. We got a tote bag with goodies from the authors.

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Then there was the book signing, I got to chat with the authors (got lots of swag for you),  other readers and bloggers. Here is my loot 🙂

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OY this is getting to be a long post and if you got this far in reading, you deserve a shot at the giveaway a bag full of swag and a couple of signed books generously donated by Freya Barker and Mina Carter.

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Just tell me in the comments who is your ultimate book boyfriend, with name, book title and author. If you can’t choose, give me the latest one 😉

Sexy Mr. Random will pick a winner from the comments after 3pm EST on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Open internationally! GOOD LUCK!

Until next time… read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

Romancing the Capital 2019

Hello and welcome!

I will be returning to RTC in Ottawa this August and I AM SO EXCITED squeeeee

Last time was in 2017, I went with M. A. Abraham as her ‘bossy Elven helper’ 😛

And the time before that, in 2015, when I attended my very first event of this kind, I remember it like yesterday, such great memories. I was high for months after that. To realize that there are other people beside me that are in love with books and read voraciously was a heady experience since very few of my friends read gasp I know, right?

I found my reading tribe on-line and I am grateful for them. They understand my ORD (obsessive reading disorder) 😉

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So this year it will be the same place, same hotel from August 1 to August 3, 2019. Three days filled with fun, I saw the schedule and I am already making plans . See all the info at the event website. Eve Langlais is an awesome event planner and hostess and I am glad that she keeps making this event happen.

Some of my fave authors that I met before are attending: Deborah Cooke, Amy Ruttan, Freya Barker, Carey Decevito, Zoe York, Susan Hayes. Looking forward to meet Mandy M. Roth squeeee

The two main reasons I decided to attend this year were Michelle M. Pillow and Melissa Schroeder. I’ve been reading/listening to their books for years and they are on my authors-to-meet bucket list. I actually gave a big loud woop when I saw the announcements, I got the ticket right after. Found out recently that Ms. Pillow had to cancel, I almost cried, but I understand, life gets in the way sometimes. I hope is nothing serious and I will get the chance to meet her one day fingers crossed 

Ms. Schroeder! Warning, you will be the one to get the big squeezy hugs, times two 😀 I will probably be stuttering and get red-faced, but that didn’t stop me before… I am an event veteran now, full blast fan-girling here HAHAHA

Generous sponsors are making this event possible…

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Tickets are going fast, there are a few left, check out the website.

Or if you live in the area, the book signing on Saturday is free to the public.

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I am looking to order a tshirt, but can’t decide… hmmm .. what do you think?

Shirt 1

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Shirt 2

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Shirt 3

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Leaning towards version 1, but I am sure it will come to me soon enough LOL

Meet the Authors!

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MarianneMoreawebsite

MelissaKeirwebsite

MelissaShroeder⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ website

MichelleMPillow⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ website

MillyTaidenwebsite

MinaCarterwebsite

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NikitaSlaterwebsite

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OpheliaBellwebsite

ShannonMayerwebsitewebsite

SheriLynwebsite

SusanHayes⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ website

RobynPetermanwebsite

RoxanneWitherellwebsite

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ZoeYork⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ websitewebsite

Check the websites out, you might find something new to like 😉 the ones that have stars are the ones that I already read and recommend with ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Looking forward to discover more new ones to love.

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Stay tuned for the customary giveaway after I come back from the event.

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

RTF 2019 – thoughts and a giveaway

Hello and welcome!

It’s been a while since I posted… you know… LIFE !!!

Today I would like to give you my thoughts on the latest adventure in the book world. I attended Romancing the Falls 2019 on May 18, I mentioned in my last post.

Freya Barker! Congrats on another awesome event and kudos to your team, the volunteers were exceptional.

Look at this beautiful stand-up banner that greeted the readers this year! I am jealous of my friend who won it, but I am happy for her too. I wouldn’t have the space to display it in my little place LOL

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Got to ‘boss around’ M. A. Abraham again 😛 (sorry … inside joke), help with the table and got to sneak away to get my pre-orders and get a few more of course 😉

These are the books I got… I did pretty good, right? Just a tad over my budget.

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Also got a few prezzies too.

Finally got a ‘squishy willie’ I had my heart set on for a few events now but never managed to snag one, thank you Tricia MUAH

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I adore Renea Mason and love her books, got a few BBF in her various series. I listened (a few times) to the audiobooks, narrated by the scrumptious voices of Erin Deward and Noah Michael Levine and cannot recommend them enough, if you like ménage that is.

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Received these colouring books from Christine at Sweet & Spicy Reads for blog giveaways Thank you Christine ❤ Check out their website, you might find some new books to love.

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Awesome swag too, these are a few that stand out to me

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Got to hug again authors I met at previous events, shared some laughs and of course the signature jello dicks were present too, along with some jello hearts, thank you Kerri ❤

… there were also a few authors I read, but met for the first time and a few new-to-me authors.

J.S. Scott was one of the ones I met for the first time, she donated a book for the giveaway on this post. I discovered her books not long ago and from what I read so far, I will continue for sure. Melanie Moreland donated an audiobook for a giveaway in the Aural Fixation group I am part of on Facebook. A great group for audiobook lovers, just reached 7,000 members WOOT !!! Janine Infante Bosco was so much fun and so was the duo who makes up Kindle Alexander. The upbeat energy that another duo, Morgan and Jennifer Locklear, gave off was contagious. Jen Luerssen is a new author for me, the book covers got my attention, so I bought some. Shiloh Walker is another new to me author, some titles caught my attention that will have to check out.

I wish I had time to meet them all, but missed a few because there was a lineup every time I got a change to get away from the table or the ‘shiny’ kept me busy LOL

For the first time since I’ve been going to these events, I got snubbed / ignored by a couple of authors when I approached them. It wasn’t a pleasant feeling, and believe me, I do not expect royal treatment, I am a nobody, but a hello or a ‘goawaybecausemyphoneismoreimportantnow’ would have been enough. I will not mention names, but they lost a reader/reviewer. Not a big deal in the big scheme of things, but I could have used that time to go see the others tables I missed visiting. Moving on…

Overall it was a great event, seeing my book ‘tribe’, the people I interact on FB often or see at events and consider friends, left me ‘high’ again. Such a positive feeling! THANK YOU for the hugs, laughs and your friendship. And the prezzies too XOXO

The silent auction was a resounding success, with the generous donations from authors and bloggers and proceeds going to Niagara Falls Public Library Children’s Literacy program.  I think it was over $2,500 that was collected. My contribution was this basket, it didn’t go for the cost of it all, but was a good sum nonetheless. Every penny counts, right? I bid on a few baskets myself but didn’t win any.

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Now to the best part… because you are all amazing and I love sharing my loot with you.

Giveaway contents:

  • a VIP bag

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  • swag and books

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  • a tote bag from me

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Q: Tell me who would you like to meet if you could?

Sexy Mr. Random will pick the winner from the comments, after 3pm EST on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Open internationally! GOOD LUCK!

Until next time… read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

Romancing the Falls 2019

Hello and welcome!

Getting ready to attend Romancing the Falls again, RTF for short, the book signing event in Niagara Falls, Canada in May 2019. Freya Barker and her team are working hard behind the scene to bring this event to us. I attended the first one in 2017 and had an awesome time. If you missed my post then, you can read it here.

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An event with over 70 authors attending and hopefully many readers coming to see them. There will be a silent auction with donations from authors and bloggers. The proceeds will be going to Niagara Falls Children’s Outreach Programs. I will be bringing two baskets for sure, one from the always generous M. A. Abraham and one from my blog. There might be a third one in the works 😉

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TICKETS can be purchased here.
VIP ticket includes early entry (11:00 am), after party & dinner and swag bag.
Signing only ticket includes 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM signing.

Look at the line up (current at the time of posting). I AM SO EXCITED!!! Some of my faves and some new-to-me authors.

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Alissa-Rose

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Allison-Cosgrove

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Amy-Cecil

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Amy-Ruttan

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AW-Clarke

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CA-King

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Carey-Decevito

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Cassia-Brightmore

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Cathryn-Fox

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Christi-Barth

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CJ-Allison

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CJ-Lazar

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Claudia-Burgoa

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CM-Seabrook

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CP-Smith

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Crystal-StClair

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Dakota-Willink

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DD-Prince

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Douglas-McLeod

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Elle-James

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Erin-Cristofoli

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Eva-LeNoir

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Eve-Langlais

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Freya-Barker

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Geri-Glenn

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Gillian-Jones

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Harlow-Stone

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Janine-Infante-Bosco

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Jayne-Rylon

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JC-Hannigan

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Jenn-Luerssen

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Jennifer-Field

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JM-Walker

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Josette-Reuel

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JS-Scott

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Kaleigh-Malcolm

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KaLyn-Cooper

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Kate-Redwood

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Kelly-Gendron

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Kendra-Mei-Chailyn

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Kerri-Ann

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Kindle-Alexander

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KL-Donn

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Kyleigh-Castronaro

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Lacey-Black

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Laramie-Briscoe

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Lee-Ryder

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MariaLisa-DeMora

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Marianne-Maguire

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Melanie-Moreland

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Mignon-Mykel

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Monica-DeSimone

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Morgan-Jennifer-Locklear

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Nikita-Slater

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Nikki-Sparxx

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RB-Hilliard

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RK-Gleason

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Roisin-Black

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Rosanna-Leo

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Sarah-Darlington

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Shannyn-Leah

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Shiloh-Walker

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Stacey-Kennedy

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Susan-Cairns

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Susan-Stoker

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Tricia-Daniels

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Willow-Winters

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Wish me luck that I can keep within my budget… stop laughing 😛

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Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

Book world adventures – Autumn 2018 edition

Hello and welcome!

As I posted about these in September and October, I attended two books signings this fall. It will be a long post but bear with me, it will be worth it.

In September there was Ignite Your Soul Author Event in London, ON Canada.

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Love their slogan: Real books. Real People. Real community. Come ignite your soul with us!

I was a PA for the day for M. A. Abraham but also got to mingle with the other authors, bloggers and readers. Here is my haul.

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This year it was the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex who was the recipient of the silent auctions proceeds. The authors, bloggers donated some great prizes to bid on. I bid on two and won one, which is not too bad.

After the signing, the VIP guests attended the Autumn Harvest Dinner After Party where the buffet dinner was delicious, there was dancing with DJ entertainment and photo booth to goof around in, I got to use the spanking paddle on a few friends LOL the night ended with tears rolling down my face and holding my stomach from so much laughter. Yeah I am looking at you Tricia and Angie … I am still waiting for the demonstration on how to eat the tiramisu properly 😛

All in all it was a good event and we had a good time, kudos to authors
Crystal St. Clair & Erin Cristofoli and their awesome team of volunteers, looking forward to next signing happening in 2020. Check out the website for more info.

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In October there was a brand new 2-day event, KaLiCon held in Belleville, ON Canada

It went beyond expectations and thanks to Kali Willows and Kacey Hammell, along with their amazing team, the event was a great success. Friday schedule was packed. There was the Elven Games I got to put together with M. A. Abraham where we had musical chairs, musical toys (a variation of musical chairs for those with mobility issues), puzzles, crafts, frog games, bow & arrows, also pin-the-tail-on-the-dragon, also games involving balloons, spoons and knees too 😀

There was the Author-Sponsored Luncheon, then Author Speed Dating (chat with the author for 5 minutes then move to the next one), then Cider Sampling with Kayleigh Malcolm. I have to say I never really liked cider before, now I certainly do. Later on was the VIP Cocktail Party where we got to try some yummy cocktails. I tried the KALICON DRAGON and BOOK WHORE… YUM … got to keep the menu sign YAY

We also had virtual signings from authors who could not be at the event and we chatted over video link. Lots of prizes were won, I did too, got a dragon eye necklace from Kali Willows.

On Saturday morning there was the Guess Whose Line is It, where there were lines read from various books and who guessed right won the book. I won Clone – Book of Eva by Paxton Summers got to keep the board and signed too. Also won a t-shirt from her.

Again, I was assisting M. A. Abraham at the signing but also got to sneak out and check out the other tables, meeting new authors along with hugging my faves. My haul is smaller this time 😉

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The silent auction was a resounding success, with the generous donations from authors, bloggers and a few local companies.  My contribution was this necklace I made using aventurine, chalcedony, corralium, turquoise and 925 silver. The chosen charity was the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.

The plans are already in place for next year, I will be there helping M.A. again, plotting the Elven Games. Make sure you reserve your spot as soon as possible, go to the website for more info.

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Now to the best part… because it is my birthday tomorrow and you are all amazing and I love sharing my loot with you, there are two parcels, each containing:

  • two signed books chosen at random from the ones below. I purchased a copy of the Word Search for Warriors from C. A. King then got thinking, it is for a great cause, so I bought another one to share with you. Shaded by Love – Coloring Book was gifted by Kerri Anne, Clone – Book of Eva was gifted by Paxton Summers and Essence Derived was gifted by Carey Decevito specifically for this giveaway.
  • swag
  • VIP bags from both events
  • a tote bag from me, also this fan made by me

Sexy Mr. Random will pick the 2 winners, after 3pm EST on Monday, November 26, 2018, from the comments. Open internationally! GOOD LUCK!

Until next time… read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

KaliCon 2018

Hello and welcome!

Getting ready for a brand new event happening later this month, but this time going East.

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KaliCon will be in Belleville, Ontario from October 26 to October 27, 2018, organized by the amazing Kali Willows and her team.

A multi-genre event with almost 50 authors attending and hopefully many readers coming to see them. There will be a silent auction with generous donations from the authors, bloggers and a few local companies. the proceeds will be going to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. Chapters/Indigo will be in attendance selling a wide range of  titles. There will also be a colouring corner for children stocked with bags donated by C. A. King!

Come for the whole event which includes 2 days mingling and fun, with several events giving readers an opportunity to get up close and personal with the authors.

Or just join in for the book signing on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm, which is FREE to the public.

For more info check out the KaliCon website, Twitter and Facebook

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I will be helping out M. A. Abraham on Friday morning for the Elven Celebrations and on Saturday signing at her table. Look for this gorgeous banner, make sure to stop by and say hello, get some chocolate or if you see me walking around, stop me and say hello… I’ll be the taller one of the two with Elven tiara and ears 😉

Here are a links for the authors attending, check them out, maybe you will find something you like to read. I know I will go over my budget again… as usual 😀

Allison M. Cosgrove

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Avril Borthiry

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C.A.King

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Caitlyn Fournier

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Carey Decevito

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Cecil S. Paul

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Christina Minaki

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Claudette Melanson

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Crystal St. Clair

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D.L. Jackson

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Dan Buchanan

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Dan Mayer

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Daryl J. Ball

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David Alexander

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E.J. Babcock

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Erin Cristofoli

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Kacey Hammell

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Kali Willows

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Kate Reedwood

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Kate Richards

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Kayleigh Malcolm

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Kendra Mei Chailyn

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Lee Ryder

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Lorelei M. Hart

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M. A. Abraham

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Marianne Maguire

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Orlena Cain

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Roxanna Cross

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Sandra J. Jackson

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SD Ferrell

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Shaunna Rodriguez

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Smith Barner

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Solease M Barner

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Tricia Daniels

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Also there will be LIVE VIRTUAL author appearances by:

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virtual-Desiree Holt

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virtual-Dominique Eastwick

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Ignite Your Soul Author Event 2018

Hello and welcome!

It is that time of the year when I am getting ready to attend a book signing I’ve been attending for the last few years now. Amazing event, small, intimate and what I like about it is that I can spend time with each author and find out what’s what.

IGNITE YOUR SOUL Author Event 2018
in London, Ontario, Canada!

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Love their slogan:

Real books. Real People. Real community. Come ignite your soul with us!

This year is going to be even more amazing, M. A. Abraham will be attending as a signing author along with some fabulous authors, some returning and some new ones too. Before I went as a reader and blogger making small contributions to the registration bags and baskets with books and swag donated by authors. Remember my post last year? Or my post from the year before?

This year I will be helping out Ms. Abraham at her table and sneaking out from time to time to feed my book hoarding addiction 😉

So here is the info….

September 29, 2018

DoubleTree by Hilton

300 King Street, London, Ontario, Canada

Every year a charity organization is chosen to have the fundraising for and this year Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex is the recipient of the silent auctions proceeds. The authors, bloggers are donating great prizes to bid on.

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I will be selling my one-of-a-kind hand-made beaded bracelets adorned with the purple ribbon charms with proceeds going to the same.

Many genres to choose from, so join us for another fabulous Canadian book signing convention! Here are a few of the titles that will be available for purchase.

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For the VIP guests there will be the Autumn Harvest Dinner After Party too with a delicious buffet dinner, DJ entertainment and photo booth to goof around in.

Check out the website for more info, for a list of the authors attending and if you have any questions you can contact the organizers on the site or the event Facebook page.

Here is the link for ticket purchase form.

I hope to see you there, if you do, stop by the table and get some swag and a hug too… just ask those who got one, they say I give the best hugs 😀 or if you see me walking around, stop me and say hello… I’ll be the one of the two (the taller one 😛 ) with Elven tiara and ears 😉

Until next time… read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

My Bday Surprise!

As I trudge down the walkway towards my workplace, I reflect on how this is supposed to be my birthday. No one should have to go to work on the anniversary of the day they were born. It should be declared a national holiday for at least one, right? No such luck. Well, there is no help for it; bills need to be paid, so in I go.

Halfway into the building it begins to sleet and I race the last few steps towards the entrance of the building before I get wet. As I close the door behind me, I lean back against it and give a sigh of relief. I made it before any harm was done. It seems this is not going to be my day. I can only imagine the workload that is waiting for me. It is then that I notice that a puddle of water surrounds the cubicle that I call my office. I want to cry. There is water raining down from the ceiling, onto my chair and the floor that surrounds it. Luckily, that does not include my computer, or the tasks that were piled up beside it for me to do. Those things are safe, which means I will be able to work, but from where?

Eniko,” my boss’ assistant waves to me from the other end of the building to catch my attention.

I frown, but say nothing, as I have found it is something safer that way. I might be feeling borderline schizoid today, but I am not quite ready to blow quite yet. I walk to where she is standing, and she smiles nervously at me, as she points to the door of an actual office that no one ever uses.

You will be working in here today because of the water problem over your work area.”

What else can go wrong is the first question I ask myself. Well, maybe out of sight will mean out of mind will play a factor with the staff and I will actually get some work done. I am about to find out. I open the door ever so slightly, poke my head into the room, and do a double take. The room is partially hidden by a screen of flowering vines that strikes a memory in me of another place and time. There is soft music flowing through the air, and the scent of pine mixed with that of the exotic flowers. I grin and wonder if anyone else knows about this. I check, looking from one side to another. No one is watching to see what I am doing, or for a reaction from me. They are more concerned with the leak in the ceiling where I would normally work.

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I walk up to the flowers and close my eyes in ecstasy as I take a deep breath in to catch their fragrance. It is heavily mixed with pine, but the sense that I have smelled them before lingers in my mind. Ah yes! Star Flowers! Remember where I smelled them before? Check it out here.

I stand straight, remove my coat and stop short, as someone from behind me covers my eyes with a hand. I gasp loudly, as I am pressed back against a chest that feels like marble. My coat falls from my fingers, as a soft baritone voice flows through my mind, and the touch of breath tickles my ear.

You must not peek, my lady, or you will ruin your birthday surprise.

I feel suddenly giddy, as I wonder who could have arranged this so neatly, and for some reason I am not at all frightened. I can tell this person will not hurt me. I smile as he guides me around the wall that hid the rest of the room, and I get the impression we are not alone. We come to a stop, and he once again whispers against my ear. “Brace yourself, it will seem very bright in the room at first. You will take a few moments to get used to the difference. If you feel you need extra support, know I am here for you. All you need to do is say something and I will come to your aid.

It may be for the best if you don’t go too far,” I agreed.

The man takes his hands away from my eyes and, he is right, I am momentarily blinded by the sunlight in the room as it shines brightly through the windows. There is only forest out there though; again I can only wonder how that happened. I turn to ask, but the words die on my lips as I take in the scene before me. The walls are a light blue marble, the furniture rich and so comfortable looking. There are potted plants everywhere, looking like they were place indiscriminately around, yet they belonged where they sat. I look further and there is a man reclining on a couch in an alcove, as he watches me. Then he smiles widely as if inviting me closer.

Welcome Eniko, and Happy Birthday. We were told from a reliable source that this is a very special day for you,” the man on the couch addresses me. Something tells me he isn’t what he appears to be. He has done something to disguise his body, but not by much.

His hair is blond, his eyes a greyish blue, his chest… Oh yes, his chest… it is naked to the eyes, and I feast upon it. He is wearing trousers and a cape that is clamped at his throat with a jewelled catch. His arms are decorated with golden cuffs, decorated in Elven scroll. That is what I am sensing about him, he is an Elf, but his ears are missing their points. I wonder why.

Come sit with me, my name is Alexyndhe, and I will remove the glamour I placed on my ears, so you know what is real, and what is not.” He spoke.

Within moments the points appear on his ears, and I find myself drawn to him. I sit on the couch beside him and reach out to touch the edges of his ears. “They are real,” I breathe out in awe.

I look at Alexyndhe and his eyes are closed, even as his lips are parted as if in ecstasy. He sighs softly as I remove my hand and his voice rumbles with passion as he makes his objection known. “Don’t stop, your touch is like the softest of silk. It is sweet, and my soul yearns for more of the same.

The second Elf comes laden with glasses and a carafe filled with wine, and then places it all on a small table before us. His voice is smooth and warm , “My name is Cyran. Is there anything else we can do for you on this day?

Anything?” I can hear a slight squeak in my voice, and it has a wobble to it that doesn’t belong to me. Cyran is slightly darker than the first, his eyes are green, and his dark hair flows over his shoulders in silken sheaths. I feel a need to touch it, to feel the texture run over my fingers.

As my hand reaches for him, he steps closer, and my fingers come into contact with the skin on his chest. He feels like he is made of marble, just as I thought Alexyndhe’s chest was when I saw it. I look back at the light Elf and he takes my second hand into his, to place it upon his chest, as he smiles gently and speaks in a quiet manner. “On this day, anything you want can be yours.

Anything?” My voice quivers, and it sounds breathless even to me as I repeat the word in a questing manner.

Anything,” Cyran confirms. “We are at your command, and your wish is our desire.

Am I glad I went to work today!

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Don’t ask what happened next, because I don’t kiss and tell. Besides… I know you have good imaginations and you know me 😉

My many thanks to the reliable source, you know me too well XOXO

Can you guess who was the reliable source? Tell me in the comments and you are entered to win a $5 Amazon GC, my gift to you. Sexy Mr. Random will let me know who wins after 3pm EST on Sunday, November 26, 2017.

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

My newest adventure in the book world

Hello and welcome!

As most of you know I am not  a bookworm, but a huge book dragon, and I have the cup to prove it too. 😀 thanks Becca for the decal! Good conversation starter…

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My latest adventure in the book world took me to London’s Ignite Your Soul Author Event and I had a blast. London, Ontario that is. When I posted on FB that I am going to London, everybody was so excited, until I told them it was not the one across the pond but 2-hour drive away, they called me a tease, not sure why 😛

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Check out the pictures posted on their website. This was their 4th year and my 2nd and every year they sponsor a local charity. This year it was the National Service Dogs who received the proceeds from the raffle and silent auction.

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I had the opportunity to add my contribution to it by adding various swag to the registration bags and also bringing three baskets with books and swag I had on hand from 3 generous authors: M. A. Abraham, Sharon Hamilton and Renea Mason and added my own little surprises to them. THANK YOU again ladies.

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I updated my signing bag adding my own logo, what do you think?

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… also made some fans to give out with one of my faves memes…

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Of course I went over my budget, it is the norm for me and my friends laugh when I tell them that I have a budget for books and ask why I even bother 😛 Here is my hoard from this signing. Carey Decevito‘s hunks are finally in my possession, I’ve been eyeing them since the Ottawa signing YUM

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I also got a few freebies which are always welcome, some will go on my signed treasures shelf and some will make their way into giveaways or care packages that I mail to friends. Thank you Kayleigh Malcolm for always looking out for me. Thanks go to Freya Barker who donated “Menu for Romance” & “Shaded with Love” for the giveaway on this post.

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… and lots and lots of swag, fun stuff, sweet goodies and a few prezzies that were received along with book purchase.

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Amy Ruttan‘s duckies are so cute… R.K. Gleason‘s chocolate pops are a favourite and the red tentacle finger thingy almost disappeared in my son’s room, otherwise known as the black hole LOL ….  Emerald O’Brien‘s cup was a welcome gift and I know the perfect recipient for it too… the mini rubber man is a wine glass ornament and won it at Shannyn Leah‘s ‘poke a cup’ contest.

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I bought myself a t-shirt from Marianne Maguire because the one she gave me years ago is getting really tattered from so much use, the words on them crack me up…

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She is a riot and the time spent with her at the signing and the hours between the signing and the dinner afterward were well spent. We talked, laughed and got the inside scoop from her Otherworld, a world I happily immerse myself whenever I have the chance.

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I also got myself a pair of fingerless gloves from Erin Cristofoli, impulse purchase for sure since I could make them myself. She has a page for her creations on FB, the Butterfly Kissed Crochet. Check it out, some really neat things are available for purchase.

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I got to meet some new authors, sweet AW Clarke and his fire-cracker wife, they were also dinner companions, lots of laughter.

C.J. Lazar is another new author and I was so embarrassed because I was addressing his sister sitting at his side until she mentioned that the author is him *facepalm* He was gracious about it and laughed it off, but I think my face was all kinds of red at the time.

Another dinner companion was Elle Klass with her boyfriend, they came all the way from Florida. They were very entertaining. If you are into horror check out her books, they sound good and if you contact her, ask her about the audiobooks, tell her I sent you or let me know and I can get you connected 😉

Kayleigh Malcolm and her hubby were sitting at the table too and they were so entertaining as usual, loved seeing them again. She gives the best hugs.

Kendra Mei Chailyn is another one of my fave authors, a fun lady that is full of sunshine and smiles, she was joined by her sweet niece who gave me a naughty bag with all kinds of goodies… and no I will not show you what was in it, use your imagination… NAUGTHY imagination 😉 We danced our tushes of after the dinner and shared some laughs.

Do you know who is another awesome hugger? Zoe York! She is bubbly and energetic, you can’t help but like her. Her books are yummy, especially her naughty alter ego, Ainsley Booth. She was there too and bugged her about the book I am waiting for in paperback LOL

I tried to chat with everybody, buy at least one book from every attending author, paperback or ebooks on a stick. All in all it was a great event, kudos to authors
Crystal St. Clair & Erin Cristofoli and their awesome team of volunteers, looking forward to next year.

Now lets get to the best part. Sexy Mr. Random will pick a winner on Monday, October 16, 2017, from the comments to receive this bag, including a bracelet made by yours truly among books and swag. Tell me, if you had to pick one, what is your fave swag.

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GOOD LUCK and until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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