Top 10 Highlights of the RT Booksigning

1. Alyssa Day brought me bosom cookies. There is nothing better than sugar and baked goods in homage to bosoms. Thank you! And Barb Ferrer made the trip for the day just to say howdy to me and to her buddies.

2. So many people stopped to meet me, which made me incredibly happy.

Side Note: a very kind person stopped me while I was setting up my computer at Mr. Romance and said, “I know this is rude, but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your web site.” Please know: NOT RUDE! AWESOME! I’m often moving very fast or running my mouth at conferences like these, but please know that if you want to meet me, please introduce yourself. I love to meet the people who visit Smart Bitches, especially the lurkers. I’m a lurker just about everywhere else.

3. Jaye Wells and Sophia White were marvelous people to sit next to. Between them and Michelle Monkou at the Boonsboro signing, I have been tremendously fortunate in my table neighbors at book signings.

4. Jaye Wells is a sparkling person of excellent attitude contained in a sharp witty shell, and her books, to her surprise and delight, are a hit with the YA crowd. At least one teen had her mom bring her to the signing to meet the author, even though the book itself wasn’t marketed to the YA audience.

Plus, as I mentioned earlier, she said something so incredibly wise: “Any book that sells is good for all of us.” Amen to that. It’s not all a zero-sum game.

5. Dakota Cassidy stopped at my table as she took a break from her own signing, and told me that she has received some of the funniest reader letters, including one that read, “I just want you to know, I am a vampire, and you have got it allllll wrong.” HA! Anyone else received an email like that?

6. Two words: Aztec Lady. Me: SQUEEEEEE!

7. Sasha White had books piled everywhere, and signed a ton of them. But she also had readers stop by to meet her because they already owned all of her books and just wanted to shake her hand. How cool is that? And she ran out of bookmarks, because her bookmarks had her complete book list, and made a very handy shopping list. Take note, those planning the promo items!

8. Twitter RULES. Not only were Angela James and Jane running around taking pics of the authors, but because of a tweet from Angela James, one RT attendee took a detour down to Jaye Wells’ table to buy her book.

9. The blood drive organized by Raz Steel? BRILLIANT. I’m not eligible to give blood, but if I were, I’d have been up in that trailer like the Queen of the Doublewide, with some polyester curtains and a redwood deck.

10. My weirdest experience? Surprisingly NOT at RT: After the Princeton panel, I was walking back to the hotel so I could head to the airport, and a man followed me from the audience, and despite the fact that I was on the phone at the time, proceeded to tell me about how he met this romance cover model and had a wonderfully intimate relationship with her, how he found her based on the cover image and her modeling bio online, but then lost contact with her, and did I perhaps know her so I could help him find her? He didn’t recall her name, but she was blonde.

No, seriously. I’m not kidding.

Somewhere, Dakota Cassidy is nodding and saying, “See? I told you. You learn some funky stuff in romance.” OMG YOU ARE SO RIGHT.

Were you at the RT signing? Who did you meet or look forward to seeing? Or did you follow the Twitter updates as they happened? How was your signing experience? And does anyone know this blonde cover model?


Romantic Times

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  1. 1
    Jaye Wells says:

    I would also like to thank Alyssa Day for making the cookies and Sarah for sharing them. . Bosom cookies, they’re what’s for breakfast.

    Sarah, I started reading Heaving Bosoms on the airplane home. It’s awesome pie with a side of awesome sauce.

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    Jessica G. says:

    Sarah, I think you need a bodyguard. That last guy – stalker much? I would have cried and called the cops (if I didn’t have any mace). Agh!

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    Alyssa Day says:

    I’m so glad everybody enjoyed the cookies!!  Heard rumors that somebody blogged or tweeted that I said I’d frost your nipples anytime . . .

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    nekobawt says:

    i’m no expert on relationships, but from where i’m sitting, “wonderfully intimate” + “does not recall her name” does not = all that “intimate,” actually.

    unless he meant “iiintimate *wink wink*”, in which case..uh, wow. words fail me.

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    Kwana says:

    No. 10 very strange. Creepy really. Thanks for all the Twitter updates they were so much fun to us that weren’t there.

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    SB Sarah says:

    Sarah, I started reading Heaving Bosoms on the airplane home. It’s awesome pie with a side of awesome sauce.

    And you are awesome cake with awesome ganache drizzled with warm, melty awesome caramel.

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    Carrie Lofty says:

    That was a most unexpected yet pleasant quotation of Sammy Kershaw lyrics.

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    ev says:

    Someday I will get there.

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    Jill D. says:

    Hi Sarah!!!  It’s me Jill, I stepped out of lurking to tell you hi!  I was the one who stopped you in the hall Wednesday morning and said “Hi”.  You were walking with Jane and Roxanne St. Claire, heading for breakfast.  Anyway, it was lovely to meet you.  I had a blast at RT.  It was my first one and I hope there will be many more to come.  I think I am still in la la land.  I guess I need to get back to reality.  I can’t wait to dive into my pile of books (literally, I could dive into them I got so many!)  Hopefully, we shall meet again!

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    Side Note: a very kind person stopped me while I was setting up my computer at Mr. Romance and said, “I know this is rude, but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your web site.” Please know: NOT RUDE! AWESOME!

    Snicker…when i introduced myself to Sarah last year, i asked her where her horns were.  ;)

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    Mary Stella says:

    Ha.  Before I came over here to catch up on your blog, I posted the 15 reasons I had a blast at RT.  One of them was getting Tweeted by you.  Enjoyed talking with you and Jane.  Thanks for letting me pimp my friend’s book to you!

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    Larissa Ione says:

    I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to meet you at the conference! Congrats on the super successful booksigning, though!

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    Leslee says:

    Hey Sarah,
    It was such a pleasure to meet you in person at RT. I was the one who told you my husband and I did the Write Your own Paranormal and Write Your Own Vampire Romance on a car trip. I really enjoyed chatting with you!
    Best Wishes & Hugs,

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    Terry Odell says:

    We “met” as well, after a panel. Only now I can’t remember which one, but your were talking about a reader missing the point of the blog even though the “B” word is in the title.

    For me, the booksigning was great, because several people stopped by to tell me they’d already read one of my books!  Given how hard they are to find, it was nice to know a few of them made their way into readers’ hands.

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    SB Sarah says:

    Hi Terry! That was probably after the blogging panel, because I was talking about reader feedback and how I do get email about the site title.

    But having readers come up to tell you they liked your books? Seeing that I’m usually the reader who is doing that, I’m so happy to know it’s appreciated!

    And Leslee: the fact that Bosoms was road trip entertainment? Awesome! Especially since my hubby read the manuscript while I drove to/from his parents’ home to proof it for me. And giggled. I love that you guys did the same.

    Note to self: find Larissa Ione and introduce yourself next time you see via Twitter that you’re in the same place. I can’t believe I missed meeting you. GAH.

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    azteclady says:

    *squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee* I’m number six!

    It was so fantastic to meet you, Sarah!

  17. 17

    Holy my first comment evah on the SB blog!

    And yep, this is me nodding and saying those exact words you quoted. So I hereby dub thee officially inducted into the Authors+TheOccasionalChanceMeetingCanSometimes=WayMoreInfoThanYourSmallBowelCanHandle. Welcome, welcome :)

    It was awesome to meet you, darlin’—much, much success with your book!

    Dakota :)

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    I brought my copy of Beyond Heaving Bosoms which Candy had already signed for me here in Portland, Oregon during the Reader’s Luncheon and wanted you to sign it as well but I missed you at the Saturday booksigning….Waaaah!  I was signing my own book ther, and oddly had constant traffic (I say oddly because I’m a freakin’ newbie author) but by the time I got up, well…you were loooong gone.  That said, it was my very first RT and it was a fantastic nonstop romp even if I didn’t get a chance to run into you.  Oh.  yeah.  And that blonde cover model that dude’s referring to may have been the same lady cover model that RT introduced during the Mr. Romance Competition…supposedly she did all these romance covers throughout the years.  And like the guy, for the life of me her name eludes me.  She was definately blonde, though…Like that helps…I sound like him…  And yes, this blog is AWESOME.  As is your freakin’ book!!  I’ve been reading it to my hubbie and he and I have never had such orgasmic laughs in our lives.  Keep up the fab work.  It’s all about keeping it real in a world filled with huge, silicone bosoms.

    Best highlight for me?  Hanging out with real readers and meeting people who I felt like I knew forever (we just met).

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    Sandra says:

    Great one – really love the books, Romance is missing so much in our lifes these days…

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