After the Con…the FanGirl Moment with @meganslayer #meganslayer #fangirl #writers #convention #RAGT18

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I have a confession. I’m a terrible fangirl. Really. I’m a writer and a voracious reader. I’m a sucker for a hot cover, too. But getting up the nerve to talk to those authors I love…that’s a challenge.

Cheryl Dragon is one of my favorite authors. So is Jocie McKade. The nice thing about them is I’m already friends with them, so talking to them is easy.

I love Morgan Malone and Gracie Guy, too. I’m friends with them, so that’s not a hardship to talk to them, either.

Now, don’t get the wrong idea. When I say hardship, I don’t mean it’s literally impossible or negative to speak to some authors. I don’t mean that at all. I mean, it’s hard for me to gather up the pluck to say, hi, I’m a sucker for your books. Silly, right? I want to hear people like my books, why wouldn’t others want to know I’ve enjoyed theirs?

I hate sounding ridiculous.

But this year, I went out of my comfort zone. I knew Ella Quinn would be at the event. I’ve had her on my blog for ages and loved her books for just as long. I wanted to say thank you for writing those books and put a face to the name, since she’d been on my blog.

I got my chance. Actually, I got to meet her and Jade Lee. I’ve loved Jade Lee’s dressmaker series since the first book. But Ella Quinn is a nice, sweet, soft-spoken lady. It was a great honor to meet her and I don’t think I sounded silly. There’s no guarantee I didn’t, but I hope I didn’t. I’m glad to call her a friend.

That’s one of the great things about #RAGT18. You can arrive feeling alone and leave with a whole slew of new friends. You’re not alone. I started going as a reader and now… well, I’m still a reader, but I put together a few choice words from time to time.

More on the con later. Promise.

After the Con… with @meganslayer #convention #work #writing #friends

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Every year in June, I have the opportunity to attend a great event. I love going to the Reader and Author Get Together (#RAGT18). This is my time to have writer-girl time. I get to fangirl. I get to just be an author for a little while.

I’m guessing you’re wondering what I mean by just being an author time. Here’s the thing… when I’m at home and writing on my side of my laptop, it’s me and the computer. I know I have fans. I know I have readers. That’s not me being full of myself. You email me and tell me you’re reading. I meet readers who tell me they like my work.

But when I’m at the con, I get to be an author. I get to be me. I get to meet the readers, talk about my books and even drop a new one. That’ll be in a later post. Trust me. It’s coming.

I get to think about writing, talk about writing and not have to deal with the unglamorous part of my life–pets who leave little messes, ferrying kids, paying bills and being a life partner. I don’t dislike those things. I’m a happy mom, wife and pet parent. But sometimes it’s nice to be recognized for being an author.

That’s part of the fun of the event.

I’ll have more this week. There was so much that went on at the event, it’s hard to cover it in one post.

Later, tater.

What’s your favorite book convention to attend and why? with @meganslayer #conventions #ragt18 #writing #authorlife

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I have two different conventions I like to attend. I’m sort of an oddball, though. The first big convention I love to attend would be the Lori Foster Reader and Author Get Together (#RAGT18) down in Cincinnati, Ohio. This convention always sells out and almost always in a matter of minutes.

The thing about this con is that it’s smallish. There are only 500 attendees, including the authors and it’s mostly readers. It’s all in one hotel and the hotel is small so there’s little worry of getting lost. One hallway and two turns…and you’ve seen it all. But it’s like being with family. Many of the same people attend and it’s fun. It’s not stuffy. You’re hanging out with your friends. Really.

There are raffles, lots of little things where you can hang with authors and the money for the raffles go to the animal shelter. You’re helping critters and could win a basket. I love it. Want to know more? http://readerauthorgettogether.com/

The other convention I like to attend that’s really not a convention, but rather a tiny event, is the Books and Brunch event put on by the Friends of the Keystone-LaGrange Public Library. Now, I see you’re thinking…a friends of the library event? Must be small. It is. There are only four featured authors. It’s only a couple hour event. But being smallish helps. You get to talk to the authors and you’re served a wonderful brunch for only $12 a ticket. How can you beat that?

I love being able to talk to the authors, to have great food and mostly help the library. That’s the big thing for me. For this event, all the money goes to the library for the renovations to the existing building. How cool is that? Find out more right here: http://www.elyrialibrary.org/KLCLFriends_Home.html

When the Con Comes Alive by @MeganSlayer #RAGT17

2017 RAGT Author I promised I’d write a post about #RAGT17 and I’m not going to welch on the deal. First things first, what is RAGT? It’s the Reader and Author Get Together. What’s it all about? Authors and Readers getting together for general fun time. We’re talking hanging out and talking about books. 🙂 It’s the brainchild of Lori Foster and I love to attend. It’s always a good time.

So many great things happened this year. First, there were over 163 first timers this year! Yeah, over 163 out of 515 attendees. We (Cheryl Dragon, Jocie McKade and I) ordered 175 first timer bags and all were given away. How cool is that? I want to thank the people who donated to those bags. Without you, the bags would be…well…empty! Erin McCarthy, Paige Tyler and CC Dragon donated books, so each bag got a book. If you donated to our bags, thank you. We appreciate it and the first timers felt the love. ❤

I wish I could say I got pictures at the event, but I didn’t. Nope. I forgot to take any. I’m sure photos of me will show up all over facebook and other social media. I’m okay with that. Look for me and if you see me, then tag me.

I want to thank CH Admirand for donating books to the volunteers at RAGT. That was so cool. We love those books. Besides, CH is just a fantastic person. I’m so glad I got to see her again this year.

Thank you to Cheryl Dragon and Jocie McKade for help with the Welcoming Committee this year. You both rock. ❤

As for the super secret, super special surprise this year with Madison Sevier, holy crap…did our surprise go over well. If you didn’t know about it, we wrote Faeries After Dark just for RAGT. You can get the print version right now on Amazon and on the 28th of June, the ebook version will be available. If you haven’t snagged a copy or were in our blogger lounge and missed out, be sure to grab a copy today! Thank you to everyone who showed up to the event. We’re already planning something super secret and super special for next year. Stay tuned. It’s going to be epic…again!

If you bought a copy of my book at the bookstore, thank you. It was a total shock to see my book there and I’m thankful that Gayle was able to get it in. It was a real treat to see it there. If you bought a copy of my books from me, then thank you! I’m happy to say I sold out and I’m thrilled the books are with you to enjoy and treasure. You all rock!

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Sparkling Authors promotion. Jocie McKade, Cheryl Dragon, Tina Holland, Constance Phillips, Renee Vincent, Amy Gregory, D Renee Bagby, Madison Sevier and I had a blast with this promotion. If you collected even a few of the charms, you’ve got a great start for a bracelet. If you got all of them, even better. Sparkling Authors, I’ll have that list to you soon for the newsletters. One thing at a time. 😊

As always, I want to thank the volunteers including Lady B, Sabra, Christy, Tommie, and everyone for making the event so much fun. Thank you to Lori for having a fun event that’s always a pleaser.

Whew…I think that’s everyone and everything. If you’ve never gone to this event, consider it. Through the raffles, we raised over $22,000 for the One Way Farm, over $1,500 for the local APL and had a blast just hanging out as a collection of readers and friends. Here’s to a fantastic 2018 and hope to see you there!

Find out more about the event here: http://readerauthorgettogether.com/

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