This was my first time attending Book Expo America. I found out from a friend that I could attend as a Power Reader on Saturday. The ticket was $49. I arrived at the Javits Center really early…like 6:30 in the morning. Registration opened at 7am, so I wanted to be early thinking that the line would be really long. I was actually surprised at how few people were there that early. I walked right in and had my registration badge within a few minutes.
I walked around snapping some pics and then found my way to the line to get into the exhibit floor at 9am.
Once 9am it was a mad dash to the exhibit floor. I made sure that I mapped my way around before I went in. I knew where I wanted to go before the doors opened.
The first place I went to was to see Sabrina Jeffries. She was there signing copies of her newest book What the Duke Desires! Sabrina Jeffries was super nice. She signed her new book and took a picture with me.
Jamie McGuire was there signing copies of Walking Disaster. There were 300 tickets available and I snagged one! I was super excited to get a signed copy of Walking Disaster.
Next came the large signing of Harlequin authors. There were numerous authors that I wanted to meet and I was really looking forward to it. Signing started at 10:30 and when I got in line around 10:45 ish I was told that there might not be enough books for everyone. Which in some ways was disappointing but I was really excited to meet the authors present. I was able to meet Susan Mallory, Linda Lael Miller, Julie Kagawa, M.L. Kelly and Michele Willingham.
By the time the Harlequin signing was done I grabbed a ticket to see Sylvia Day at the Harlequin Booth. I was the first in line out of 150 people. Pretty excited about that! She was signing a novella called Spellbound for a new series for Harlequin.
In addition to a signed copy of her novella I also received a great bag and a Lauren Dane ARC of CAKE! I was so excited!!!! I am a huge Lauren Dane fan and couldn’t believe how lucky I was.
Emma Chase was also at BEA! She was in the signing area with her newest book Tangled!
Next came a stop at the Ellora’s Cave booth. It was fun to see some of the cover models and dancers. I was also able to meet the lovely Desire Holt.
The final author that I met was Tara Sue Me who was signing copies of her new book The Submissive.
At the end of the day I was completely exhausted! I spent many hours walking the floor of the Javits Center! Even though my feet hurt it was totally worth it! I can’t wait until next year!