Hola. Bonjor! Everyone doing good on this fine and very hot Monday? There has been a few things going on in the real world that has turned my ordinary mundane life into a life of hectic happenings and a very dirty home-front. First things, first, on the design front, I have been working my tail off for a few very special author ladies – which I’m so excited to showcase. But, because of the high demands of trailer and book cover making my free time has gone seriously down hill. So, pardon my quick posting and lack of commenting…
Secondly, I also had the pleasure to attend ALA 2011 (The American Library Association’s Summer Conference) which happened to be in my backyard, New Orleans. As of last year I had planned on attending BEA 2011 in NYC, but after I learned ALA would be in New Orleans – I ditched that idea and stayed close to home, even though I desperately want to make it out to BEA at some point!
If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of these conferences I highly recommend it. Not only do you have a chance to meet TONS of authors – you also get to chit chat with publishing reps, scoop up galleys, signed copies of finished books and lots and lots of swag. It was an event that had so much stimulation that I felt a little loopy as I processed everything. 

But, what I have to say was the best part of the whole event was meeting all my online buddies and fellow bloggers. Everyone was so nice. I really wish I would have taken more pictures, but of course all I have is this big camera and I didn’t want to haul it with me, so I just used my iPhone…bah – I know what I’m asking the hubs for via Christmas! 
Patti from BookAddictPatti.com
& Myself waiting for the doors
to open. We were hanging out
with Laura (Life After Jane)
and Autumn (From the TBR Pile)
Laura from Life After Jane
& me, again!
We are waiting in line
for an author signing.

I know a bunch of other pictures were taken and I can’t wait to see all them, but I got to meet a ton of bloggers and everyone was so nice. A special shout out to the awesomeness that is Bailey at IB Book Blogging & Sasha from Sasha and Em who nabbed me some books that I was unable to find. Then on top of my book angels, I also got to meet, Maria, Caris Book Blog,  Christie @ The Fiction Enthusiast,  Jess @ Gone with the Words & her friend Leti, Madigan Reads, Jen @ I Read Banned Books, Nerissa – Inthenameofbooks , Jamie & Josh (bookmarked)
Sab @ YA Bliss, Michelle @ Windowpane Memoirs and I could go on, because I got to meet so many bloggers. And then we got to go out and party…Bourbon Street here we come! Sasha & Nerissa had her mouth open the hole time in shock and Christie was so much fun!

Here we are on the balcony

Me, Christie (Fiction Enthusiast) & Sasha (Sasha & Em)

Leanna Renne Hieber and myself holding Darker Still
her new Young Adult novel.
Me being all stalker-like
with Julie Kagawa.

Then of course there were the authors…here is me with Leanna Renee Hieber.

Leanna and Julie Kagawa actually recognized my blog which nearly made me do a dance and act insane. That was the biggest affirmation of what I do. And speaking of the genius that created the Iron Fey series. She probably thought I was stalking her after that because it seemed that Patti and I kept on showing up where she was hanging out. And then I would smile like a lunatic and try to say something witty but it just came out that I would repeat her name – which I probably pronounced wrong. I hang my head in shame.

I also took a lot of stalker-esque pictures of authors, but I won’t add all of those because this would go on forever…and speaking of Forever, I’m sure you guys are ready now to see the books that I picked up. The reason my shoulders hurt and my back hurts and my feet hurt…

There is nothing like lugging nearly 40 books (first days haul) about a quarter of a mile, to find a Starbucks and then have them close the moment you get there.

The booklist in order of appearance:
Pathfinder  Orson Scott Card {signed}
Darker Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul  by Leanna Renee Hieber {signed}
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa {signed}
Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton
Personal Demons Lisa Desrochers {signed}
Wonderstruck Brian Selznick
Cut Patricia McCormick
The Future of Us by Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler 
Between Jessica Warman
Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead
Blood Wounds Susan Beth Pfeffer
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool {signed}
Pure Julianna Baggott