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Saturday, June 5, 2010

My BEA Recap: Part 4

[Check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]

BEA Day 2

My third day in NYC was my second day at BEA. No getting up early this morning! I slept until 8-something and arrived at the convention center just before 9am. Unbridled Books was hosting a blogger breakfast and tweet-up so that was my first stop of the day. I met a few of the Unbridles reps and also a few new bloggers.
How Did I Get Here: The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO
After browsing the booths some more – and finally making it past every booth at least once! – I got in line to see Tony Hawk. Kiddo is a new fan of skateboarding and loves Tony so this was a must-do for me. His book is called HOW DID I GET HERE: THE ASCENT OF AN UNLIKELY CEO. I was in line for about 30 minutes but it was totally worth it. Not only did I get his signature of the book excerpt but I also got a Tony Hawk hat to take home to Kiddo!

Tony Hawk

By this time I was ready for lunch – and, more importantly, a break! – so I headed downstairs to the food court. I found my roommate Monica and joined her table of bloggers. I was so exhausted that I barely talked during lunch at all.

After I’d recovered a bit of energy I headed back into the exhibit hall. My first stop was at the Title Town booth where I met author Richard Logan and picked up a signed copy of his book ALONE: ORPHANED ON THE OCEAN. [I read this entire book on the train ride home; look for a review next week.]

Heart of Lies: A Novel
At 2pm I was the second person in line to meet M.L. Malcolm and get her to sign her book HEART OF LIES. Ms. Malcolm is a new-to-me author whom I’d met at the Harper Collins Blogger Event the night before. I can’t believe I don’t have a photo of her – she wore fabulous hats both times I met her! Her book is historical fiction set during the World War I era AND she said she’s very much into historical details; needless to say, I’m very excited to read this book.

Right next to Ms. Malcolm’s signing line was Alison Green signing copies of A FOX IN THE DARK. The book looked adorable so I picked up a copy.

Finally the craziness of the past few days caught up with me and I had to find a place to sit down. An empty corner nearby served the purpose, and I propped myself against the wall to read A FOX IN THE DARK. It was adorable, and it’s simple, fun story was the perfect antidote to my over-stimulated brain. [Kiddo read it to me after I got home; look for a Mom and Son review coming soon.]

Book Blogger Convention Reception

The Book Blogger Convention’s Reception was set to begin in an hour but I couldn’t take any more of BEA so I headed downstairs an hour early to see if anyone needed help getting ready for the reception. They didn’t (those ladies really had it together all week!), so I was able to chat with the two other bloggers who arrived early, Care and Kim.

Meet Care @ Care’s Online Book Club (with Copley the lobster) and Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness

Very soon the room began to fill up, and I have to say that this was unexpectedly my favorite part of the entire week. The room was buzzing with conversation between bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists, and everyone was excited to be talking to each other. I moved from group to group, meeting new person after new person, and generally having a fabulous time. I wish I had pictures of the mass of people, but I was too busy chatting to take any.

Smuggled to Dinner

As the reception ended I was scrambling for dinner plans. I wanted to hook up with bloggers that I hadn’t really gotten to know so that I could meet even more people. As it turns out, one of my blogger pals had accidentally double booked herself that evening so I was able to take her place at one of the events – woohoo!

And guess who I got to have dinner with? The Book Smugglers! Thea and Ana had reservations at a club/restaurant for about 10 bloggers that evening, and it was a blast. The food was delicious, abundant, AND inexpensive, and the conversation was fabulous. All the other bloggers at dinner were new to me, and that’s exactly what I was hoping for.


me with Ana @ The Book Smugglers
me with the two Book Smugglers

our dinner group: Kendra @ Lurv a la Mode, Christine @ The happily ever after, Ana & Thea @ The Book Smugglers, Charlotte @ Lusty Reader, Janice @ Janicu's Book Blog, Angie @ Angieville, Kristen @ Fantasy Cafe, Laura @ Laura's Review Book Shelf, and me

I got back to the hotel before 11pm and chatted with my roomies before heading to bed, very excited about what was to come tomorrow.

TO BE CONTINUED …

13 comments:

bermudaonion said...

The reception was so much fun!!

Care said...

OH YES! What FUN we did have! :)

Serena said...

By the time of the book blogger con reception I was beat and headed to the hotel for a nap before my scheduled dinner with bloggers. I really need to get off my sore feet. Looks like you had a great time!

Trisha said...

So glad you were there -- nice to meet you!

Heather J. said...

bermudaonion and Care - I had a great time - glad you both did as well!

Serena - Oh that's too bad. :( It was a wonderful event.

Trisha - It was great to meet you as well!

Michelle said...

For a last minute addition that BBC reception seemed to get the most positive reaction of anything! I'm glad that it served it's purpose and gave everyone an opportunity to mix and mingle in a casual way.

I was bummed not to be able to make the Smuggler party. I intended to go but man, with BBC the net day we had loads still to do and I had to bail. :( Glad to see it was a fantastic time!

lustyreader said...

so great to have met you, glad you were able to come to the book smuggler event and all these awesome wrap ups have convinced me i definitely need to actually ATTEND bea next year ;)

Heather J. said...

Michelle - It was a fabulous event! I'm so glad you all decided to do it, even though it was pretty last minute. It was well worth the extra effort IMO.

lustyreader - Absolutely! BEA was wonderful - I hope you can come next time! And it was great to meet you as well. :)

Elizabeth said...

So glad you stumbled upon our book signing and got to enjoy A Fox in the Dark. Please let us know when you post your Mom and son review! It sounds like you had a great time at BEA -- we did too!
Elizabeth Bennett
social media editor
tiger tales

Elizabeth said...

Oh, and check out our facebook fanpage -- we have posted your blog! We would love to have you as a fan...
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Wilton-CT/tiger-tales/183496001305?ref=ts&ajaxpipe=1&__a=5
Elizabeth
tiger tales

Heather J. said...

Elizabeth - Thanks for stopping by! Our review will go up on 6/15 and I'll email you the link then. :)

Elizabeth said...

Looking forward to it!
Elizabeth

diaryofaneccentric said...

I think you will enjoy Heart of Lies. Overall, I really liked it.

You certainly did a lot while you were in the city!

--Anna

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