Welcome for the first Book Lovers Convention in New Orleans, LA!!!
I arrived earlier today to the Hyatt Regency New Orleans for the First Annual Book Lovers Convention.
In May of 2018 when RT (Romantic Times) announced Reno was the last convention after 37 years cries could be heard world wide. Literally world wide. Each year readers, bloggers, authors, publishers, librarians and book sellers from across the World would converge for five days of fun filled days.
My first RT Con was in Chicago of 2010 where I got to meet J.R. Ward. It was there that I had the privilege to meet the staff from Fresh Fiction and they provided me with the opportunity to begin writing reviews which has brought me to this day where I'm making a go of it as a blogger for my own website.
After arriving at the hotel I registered and received my reader book bag and a special industry professional bag. (look for more about all the goodies I received). I then made my way up to the Regency Club on the 32nd floor where I've been finishing up my work so that I can enjoy the next 5 days. The club room had the best thing ever... a machine that makes, coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, hot water for tea or hot cocoa, steamed milk and foam. I'm on my second decaf double espresso with a splash of steamed milk, yum! I can see this will be a spot I frequent over the next days and I'm sure I'll be adding a few regular coffees to add a bit of caffeine to my days when I need a pick me up.
BLC kicks off tonight at 6:30 PM with a Jazz Fest Party with a live Jazz Band, Food trucks and of course dancing, lots and lots of dancing. Tonight's party is hosted by Authors: Melody Anne, Pam Binder, Lexi Blake, Will Chapter, Tina DeSalvo, Christine Feehan, R.L. Merrill, Terri Osburn and Karen Rose.
Well I better get going so I can start having fun and brining you all the details!!!
Welcome to our first #SundayFeature. Today's focus is on New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author Nalini Singh. In addition to today's feature we will being reviewing a book everyday this week from Nalini Singh's different series.
· Born 1977 in Fiji
· Raised in New Zealand
· Spent 3 years in Japan
· Resides in New Zealand
· Big break in 2002 when Silhoutte Desire purchased her first book Desert Warrior
I read my first Nalini Singh book Slave to Sensation, in the summer of 2009 after I had attended RT Booklovers Convention and met Nalini at one of the breakout sessions.
Singh’s kindness was evident from the moment I met her and I was smitten with her accent. I thought I could listen to her talk all day.
Once I returned home I began reading so many of the books I won and received from the convention. I literally filled two suitcases, and two carryon bags with books and swag. I had to leave several books, baskets and swag in Chicago.
Once I got through a few of my new books I picked up Slave to Sensation book 1 of Singh's award winning Psy-Changling Series. From the first chapter I was swept up in the story and couldn't get enough. I quickly read all the books in the series and waited with bated breath for each new release.
Not only is Singh's Psy-Changling series amazing, every series she writes is fantastic and unique. Each day this week I will feature and review a different book from each of Singh's series.
Psy-Changling :15 books in the series.
Psy-Changling Trinity: 2 books in the series with the 3rd book launching in June 2019, Wolf Rain
Psy-Changling : There are 32 Short Stories, Novellas, Deleted Scenes and “Slices of Life”
Guild Hunter: 11 books in the series with the 12th releasing September 2019, Archangels War
Guild Hunter: 15 Short Stories, Novellas, Deleted Scenes
Rock Kiss: 4 books in the series.
Rock Kiss 6 Novellas and short stories
Hard Play: 2 books in the series:. The most recent is, Rebel Hard September 2018 with more books to come.
Silhouette Desire: 6 books under this publisher from August 2002 to February 2007.
The saying goes the more things change the more they stay the same. In the summer of 2008, my marriage was a bad place to be and I felt hopeless but then something magical happened. My daughter Kat returned from visiting my parents in Washington and asked me to try a book she read. Intrigued by her suggestion (up to this point neither her nor I were heavy into reading)
I picked up the book and read it cover to cover in the first 24 hours. I was captivated by the story and I relished the escape from our home life. There were two sequels which we quickly purchased and when the fourth and final book come out there was a huge book release party at our local Borders Bookstore. My girlfriend, her daughters, my three younger children and I attended the party and picked up our copies at midnight. We returned to my home where we proceeded to stay up all night reading it.
The series was Twilight and that summer my younger children and myself became deeply bonded. We talked about the book, read it together repeatedly and we escaped our crummy home life for the fictional world Stephanie Meyer created. That summer was magical with sparkly vampires and brooding werewolves. Money was always tight but the library and used bookstore became our favorite places. Our love for reading began and my obsession with reading was born.
The following fall while in my next to last semester of nursing school I felt strong enough to ask for a divorce. That November the first of the Twilight Saga Movies came out and the kids and I skipped school to see it on opening day. In February 2010 Kat and I went to San Francisco to celebrate my birthday and attend The Twilight Convention.
It was the first time either of us had done anything like it. We had a blast. We met new friends, met many of the cast from the Twilight Movie and just had fun. In April of 2009 while continuing to heal from my divorce and getting to read to finish nursing school I felt like my life was seemingly starting over. I had never traveled much and never by myself, but I saw that my favorite author J.R. Ward was going to attend an event in Chicago. So, determined to branch out and do something new I signed up for the event, Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention.
That it was almost 10 years ago, and I still remember how liberating it felt doing something just for myself. I was amazed to meet so many people attending who were so down to earth. It was at that RT that I met the lovely ladies of Fresh Fiction (www.freshfiction.com) who provided me with the opportunity to read tons of free books and write for them.
After a few years writing for Fresh Fiction I decided to start my own blog. Life has had some huge ups and downs and my blog has been at a standstill. Fast forward to 2019 and here I am healing from another divorce and relaunching my website.
Today I’m writing this intro letter and officially relaunching my website with a fresh new look and updated format. I am determined to ensure its success.
So, without further ado, I welcome you all to Latte Addicted Reader and hope we can share our love of books and all things coffee.
Check out the pictures below from our Twilight Memories