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I’ve been trying to find time since I returned from the Olde City, New Blood conference to post pics and blog about the general fabulosity of the event and the people involved.  Unfortunately, as usual when I return to the office from a con, I’ve been swamped.  But since today started with an ultrasound on my not-so-little-boy’s belly, I needed a pick me up this morning.  Posting about Olde City, New Blood was just the thing.

First off, its unbelievable to me that this was the first time for Jennifer Morris pulling together a convention.  She did an amazing job.  I’m still in awe of all the incredible authors, bloggers and readers she managed to pull in for the conference and how warm everyone was.  Picture one big coffee klatsch or bar round table, and you’ve pretty much summed up the weekend.  Jennifer also came up with some really fun concepts like the Mystery Science Theatre-esque movie showing, which I heard Damon Suede rocked, the flash fiction panel in which the audience gave up prompts leading to fun things like a horror/romantic comedy featuring a heroine on a space ship with a hyperdrive dealing with a platypus infestation.  (Let’s just say that by the time we were done, they were venomous, shape-shifting platypi aliens who wanted our heroine to breed with them to create a whole new race.)  Possibly the most fun, though, was the Character Dating Game, where many of us portrayed the characters from our book, a la the cheesy 70s game show.    In the first match up, our bachlorette was Agent Parker Adams (aka her author Karina Cooper), definitely a take-charge kind of girl.  Her dating options were (from L to R) Daemon, the hero from Jennifer Armentrout‘s Lux series, Deacon Chalk, from James R. Tuck‘s Occult Bounty Hunter series, and Criminy Stain, Delilah S. Dawson‘s creation for her Blud series.  In the second match up, we had Karina Cooper again, playing her colorful heroine Jessie, Tawdra Kandle, playing her mind-reading heroine Tasmyn Vaughn, me in the guise of Gina Covello, fashionista of the fanged (she asked me to fill in for her since she doesn’t show on camera) and Criminy Stain, who’d failed to find “his” perfect match the first time around.  I’m happy to say that wasn’t true in the second dating game!

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The charity signing was a HUGE success, and I’ve posted some pics below for your viewing pleasure:

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Pictures:

1- Damon Suede of Dreamspinner Press sweeping me off my feet

2- Lea Nolan, Me with my eyes closed, J.A. Souders and Janice Hardy, ready, willing and able to sign books at a moment’s notice

3- Janet Breakfield, Pamela Palmer and Cynthia Eden

4- Elisabeth Staab, Tes Hilaire and Elisabeth Naughton

5- James R. Tuck, Karina Cooper and Alex Hughes

6- J.A. London, aka Loraine Heath

7- Jenna Bently/Jennie Bently and Lexi George

8- Amanda Carlson and Kristen Painter

9- Erin Quin and Rosalie Lario

10- Alex Hughes, Delilah S. Dawson and Jess Haines

11- Nancy Haddock and her new friend Vlad

12- Caridad Piniero and Dianna Love

12- Amanda Carlson and Jennifer Armentrout showing off each others’ books

13- Don’t know what’s more fab – Kristen Painter or her poster

14- our event planner Jennifer Morris with author Amy Lane

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1-Delilah S. Dawson and Karina Cooper all dressed up for the steampunk panel and James R. Tuck because he’s awesome

2- Dinner: Sarah Nicolas, Janice Hardy, James R. Tuck, Alex Hughes and Sarah M. Ross

3- Dinner continued: blogger Sarah-with-an-h whose last name I have to catch from The Book Life, Micki (ditto on the last name), Amy Christine Parker and J.A Souders

We had an incredible time on the first leg of The Sunshine Tour this past weekend.  Huge thanks to Books and Books in Coral Gables and to Barnes & Noble in Fort Myers for hosting us and to all who came!  I’m not sure why some of the pics came out fuzzy, but I will try to rectify this post haste!  Don’t forget there’s still time to join the #SunshineSyndicate and be entered to win our huge, amazing giveaway and that even if you missed our stops, you can still swing by the stores or order signed copies of our books!

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Pics above from the Coral Gables stop at the amazing Books and Books!

Group pic L to R: (Top) Karen Amanda Hooper, Gabrielle Joseph, Sarah Nicolas, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Gaby Triana, (Bottom) J.A. Souders, Heather Burch, Lucienne Diver, Jenny Torres Sanchez

Karen Amanda Hooper and her books TANGLED TIDES and GRASPING AT ETERNITY

Jenny Torres Sanchez with her books THE DOWNSIDE OF BEING CHARLIE and DEATH, DICKINSON AND THE DEMENTED LIFE OF FRENCHIE GARCIA (forthcoming)

J.A. Souders with her novel RENEGADE

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Still from Books and Books!

Gaby Triana with her book RIDING THE UNIVERSE

Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Florida Book Award winner!) with THE RED UMBRELLA and A THUNDEROUS WHISPER

Me and Vlad with some of my books: REVAMPED, BAD BLOOD, FANGTASTIC, FANGTABULOUS

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Now at Barnes & Noble in Fort Myers (after a quick stop for Heather Burch and I at the outlet mall…I know, you’re shocked):

L to R: (Top) Jenny Torres Sanchez, Karen Amanda Hooper, Danielle Joseph, J.A. Souders, (Bottom) Me, Trish Doller, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Heather Burch

Heather Burch with her book GUARDIAN and the little crown headband we picked up at said outlet mall

Me modeling (okay, there’s a theme here) my outlet mall shoes and Heather modeling the shoes I nearly mugged her for (photo credit to Jenna DeTrapani)

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Trish Doller and Christina Diaz Gonzalez chatting away

Our awesome organizer Sarah Nicolas and Karen Amanda Hooper

Danielle Joseph and Jenny Torres Sanchez