As I may have mentioned 😉 I’m a huge Ilona Andrews fan, and I especially like the Hidden Legacy series, because the books are romance in an urban fantasy setting, rather than urban fantasy with strong romantic elements. All Ilona Andrews books have the same basic components: lashings of imagination, fabulous world-building, characters to care about, strong community, sparkling dialogue, underpinned by kindness and humor, but I love them most when there’s a double helping of romance in the mix.
I was already excited about the upcoming release of Wildfire, the third and final (maybe) book in the series, which will be on sale next month, on 25th July. Then I discovered that Ilona (or more likely Gordon and Ilona, as the author is a husband and wife team), will be in Orlando to promote the book while I’m at RWA National. Whee!
I have two opportunities to see my favorite authors in person. One is at the Avon Digital Day, being held at the RWA conference hotel on Wednesday July 26th. The other is the following evening, at Barnes & Noble in downtown Orlando, with Jeaniene Frost, who also has a new book to promote. I’m planning to hit both events, but based on my experience of past conferences, I suspect the Digital Day will be a zoo.
I’ve never been to an author event at a bookstore, and I have no idea how that’s likely to work or what to expect. I’m hoping it might be a bit more manageable than the Avon day, but that’s guesswork. So far the bookstore website just lists the event and the start time, though I’ll be keeping an eye on it for more information. In the meantime I thought I’d ask around and see if anyone else has experience of attending these kind of events.
Have you ever been to an author event or signing at a bookstore?
Did you enjoy it? What did you like (or hate) about it? Was it worth the effort?
Do you have any tips, hints or suggestions for me? I’m thrilled that I’ll get this extra bonus out of my trip to Orlando, and I want to make the most of it.
PS More details about the Hidden Legacy series, Wildfire, and the schedule for Ilona’s promotional tour, can be found at http://www.ilona-andrews.com.