My First BEA

It was crazy wonderful to hang out with so many amazing writers, bloggers, editors, and publicists for three whole days in NYC. Here are a few of the highlights:Meeting up with Sharon of SharonLovesBooksandCats at the amazing Strand Bookstore. Here's a shot of Sharon and Steph of StephSuReads next to my book on the shelves. Yay!

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About an hour later and after some book scores, Sarah Darer Littman and I headed to Teen Author Carnival at the lovely Jefferson Market Branch Library. Huge thanks to the amazingly organized organizers - bloggers Mitali Dave, Devyn Burton, and Korianne Wey. I was on the "Real Life" panel with a bunch of amazing writers, including Sarah, Lauren Oliver, Barry Lyga, Jon Skovron, Sara Mylnowski, Stephanie Kuehnert, Ned Vizzini, Courtney Scheinmel, and Melissa Walker. Our panel really gelled, and I had so much fun chatting and getting to know all of them. Hope our paths cross again!After we had three sessions of excellent Q and A's, we went into the signing area. I left my brain somewhere and forgot to bring my lovely swag to pass out, which was doubly unfortunate, because I was standing next to Linda Gerber who had brought ARC's to pass out and sign and had a huge line. It took me about ten minutes to figure out that they were ARC's and free.I was thrilled to meet Emma, a twitter buddy, aka @sekritemusister or her blog, Booking Through 365. Vania of Reverie Book Reviews and my awesome swag designer came by to say hello.  And I also got to meet Kristi, the Story Siren, and give her a big hug. Here's a shot with Mitali, me, and Kristi. I'm the one wearing flowers -- kind of a theme with me.

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Other highlights included meeting my Tenner and critique buddy, Denise Jaden, author of the forthcoming Losing Faith.  Denise and I were on the same wave-length, because I seemed to run into her everywhere. I also had drinks at the literary mecca, the Algonquin Hotel, with Tenner buddies, Jen Nadol, Dia Reeves, and Jackie Dolamore. Jackie and I crossed paths frequently, and I had a great time getting to know her.  She has an amazing mermaid book coming out next spring ... more later. Jackie and I parted ways on Thursday when I couldn't resist a signed audio version of Rick Riordan's The Red Pyramid and she went off in search of a graphic novel for her beau. It was also fabulous to see "old" blogger friends, like James aka Book Chic and Susan of WastePaperProse. I also got to meet bloggers in person, including Khy, the Frenetic Reader, and Sarah of Sarah's Random Musings.Here's a shot of Denise and me at BEA.

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I also spent lots of time with the wonderful Irene Latham, author of Leaving Gee's Bend, including a visit to the American Folk Art Museum, which was very cool. Jame Richards, author of Three Rivers Rising, another Tenner buddy, joined us for the museum and lunch. Here's Irene in front of a very cool quilt.

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My signing on the last day was amazing. I had a huge line of people for Forget-Her-Nots, and it was fun to meet librarians, bloggers, and book-lovers who were all excited to meet me. Toward the end, they had to tell me to sign faster and write less so we could get to everyone, which my publicist said was a great thing.In short, it was a whirl of friends, books, laughter, and lots of walking. I'd do it again in a heartbeat!