Natasha has gotten us all together and helped the local authors connect with those of us who are into blogging. It's a win win for everyone really. :)
During a delicious dinner I got to mingle with the lovely Lisa Mangum author of The Hourglass Door that I enjoyed (and her second book Golden Spiral was released earlier this year), told us all about her day that was full of books (author appearances, book signings, and this party).
Later Valynne Maetani and Bree Despain joined us and we all talked about the lovely book we recently finished, Matched (by Ally Codie, released Nov 30).
After everyone was done eating, we went around the circle and introduced ourselves (and our blogs or books depending). I'm not certain but I'd say we had about 60% bloggers and 40% authors. It was a fantastic turn out. (Here is some of our circle.)
Natasha had asked that we all bring a book for a swap so we threw them in the middle and all took a turn running in to grab what we wanted. I snatched a book that Bree had her eye on (but graciously let me have) If I Stay by Gayle Forman (I've seen the lovely cover on friends blogs and have wanted to pick it up for a while.) Then after everyone had a turn there were some extra so a few of us went in for round two and I picked up Day For Night by Frederick Reiken. Very excited to add these to my to be read pile!
I also met a few other nice people like author Leisha Maw who is adorable and has a great blog, Sheralyn Pratt author of The Rhea Jensen Series, City Of Angels, Barbara Richardson author of Guest House, a fellow blogger Graham Bradley who writes over at Graham Chops. And of course a few friendly faces I already knew like Caty from Book Bound and Brodi Ashton.
Thanks so much to my dear friend Jenni for letting me borrow her pictures. And no, we didn't call each other and coordinate outfits. :) Just pretend it's the new uniform for Team We Love Books!