Monday, June 8, 2009

Lots to talk about today...

So, this weekend was the Lori Foster get-together for readers and writers. It was a blast! There were sooo many people there, as well as authors I knew and many more I didn't. Faces I had seen on book jackets suddenly came to life; Lori Foster, Donna McMeans, Stella Cameron, Marjorie M. Liu.

Marjorie Liu was one of the biggest pulls to the event. I absolutely love her writing. She has two separate series going right now. One is a paranormal line with supernatural detectives, and a second line veers more towards urban fantasy. I enjoy everything she writes, but prefer the Dirk and Steele series. She has a release coming out for each line within the next couple of months. She also writes Marvel comics, which is a personal passion of hers.

I wanted to pick her brain a little more in depth, but I didn't want to appear like a stalker. She was very gracious with her time, though, and was a total sweetheart.

Her website is very informative and has a lot of helpful direction for writers.

The get-together raised a lot of money for the Animal Adoption Foundation. All of the proceeds from the raffle went to the foundation, and that itself raised over $6600.

This is a shot of some of the raffle baskets. I think I heard there were over 125 total. (I won 3, YIPEE!!!)

See Lori Foster at the end?
And the book signing was wonderful, too. A bunch of the authors were at tables at the edge of the room, and a bunch sat at the round tables. When we first arrived, the round tables were set up author, reader, author, reader. And there were eight spaces to a table. It forced you to be sociable.
It was really a wonderful time.
I'm going to close this blog for now, but don't be surprised if you see another one from me today.


  1. I enjoyed this morning's blog, Jennifer, and look forward to the next. Thanks especially for the pictures!

  2. No problem. May post some on the loop too.

  3. What a great post. The event was amazing. I had to refrain from stalking Marjorie too. She is so cool! I'm already looking forward to next year.

  4. Oh, I am too!!!! And next time I'm taking address labels for the raffle!!! I'm not used to writing with a pen anymore.

  5. Glad you had a good time, Jennifer. This was not how I pictured this event at all. Over the years, I've always heard people say it was very laid-back casual and so for some reason, I had it pictured as an outdoorsy thing. Thanks for posting the pictures. Lookin' good, Jan and Maddie! But I want to know, what are the two little figures in Maddie's skull cup?

  6. Hmmm, I don't know. I don't remember looking at it. May have to ask Maddie.
    It actually was pretty laid back. I took some nicer clothes with me, but I ended up just wearing jeans all weekend. And a neon gren t-shirt that said ,"GOT KISSES?" from TwoLips Publishing. I enjoyed it a lot.