This year was the most amazing trip to Nashville for the 4th annual UtopYA Con. This was my third year attending and let me tell you it gets better and better each year. I not only go to buy books and meet authors, but also to see friends and people I consider to be family. Each year it seems my family gets larger and the time we share at the convention is priceless. I want to personally thank Janet Wallace for creating and putting together the best convention. My life will never be the same.
Oh and did I mention I get to buy books? This year my haul was filled with books from authors I met in previous years and tons of new authors. I save all year long so i can support the hard work these authors put into writing amazing stories for their fans to dive into.
Here are some photos of the many authors I had to privilege to spend time with.
Authors Casey Bond and Rachael Brownell had a great table. With the theme of the con being time travel, these ladies nailed it. See you girls at Great Lakes Book Bash!
I was in complete awe of author Jennifer Martinez. Always beautiful and full of energy, I had the biggest fangirl moment and thought I would explode when she hugged me.
Author Natasha Hanova didn't have an exhibitor table this year, but I found her. I have been wanting to meet her since the first year I attended and I couldn't help but becoming her stalker. She was so gracious and allowed me to have a few moments of her time. I just love her. (I see you Natasha <3 )
My sister and I caught up with author Nancy Straight. His Frozen Heart is one of my favorite books and I am waiting ever so patiently for Fractured Karma. *clears throat
She is always one of the highlights of my trips to Nashville.
Author Patti Larson!!!!!! She is so lovely and I was lucky enough to have breakfast with her before she departed. Such a kind person and absolutely one of the highlights of my trip this year.
Author Michelle Miller is always taking care of me whenever I see her. LOL And in the background you can see the always exquisite Starla Huchton.
Author Katie M. John was busy buzzing around all the panels, but I finally caught up with her. I love her book Beautful Freaks!!
Author Komali DaSilva is so cute and sweet! Truly one of the nicest people you could ever meet. I squeeled when I found out she would be there!
ARV-3 is one of my dream books. Not only does it have zombie like creatures and a kick ass heroine, but I have the honor of having a character named after me in the book. DREAM COME TRUE!!!
Author Jo Michaels rocks! Ok besides that she also made me laugh my butt off and even had time to have lunch with me and my sister. It is a true honor to call her my friend.
Author Diane Reed made me cry this year. Tears of joy from the kindness she showed me. She has a heart of gold and a sparkling personality to match.
I have so many more photos and good memeories to share, but I don't want this post to be too long for you to get to the giveaway I have to share with you. BUT I have one more event I want to share with you from UtopYA. It was a red carpet event that I had been floored by. Author Cameo Renae and Timid Monster brought us the After Light screening that is based on ARV-3 The after Light Series. Not only did we get to view this but we were able to interact with the arvie from the movie. Let me tell you he was creepy, that is until he removed the sharp teeth and answered questions with his southern twang. Then I wanted to hug him. LOL
Creepy!! I loved every second of it!
Hanging out with Shelley Custer (who also has a character named after her in the series) and actor Syderek Watson.
ARV-3 signed and in my hands!!! *squeel
Now for the GIVEAWAY!!!!
A tote signed by many of the authors that attended UtopYA, swag and a signed paperback by Author B. Kristin McMichael. To enter: Comment below "what is your favorite genre?" and share on any social media!I have already purchased my ticket for next year. This will be the 5th annual utopia convention. *note the title has changed but the fun will be even more amazing. To get your updates follow utopia convention on facebook.
OH YEAH! Here are a few photos from the awards night.
My girls! Terri Barber and Nanette Del Valle Bradford. I love these girls!!
Authors Sonya Loveday and Cadace Knoebel took me in and I swear they are my sisters at heart. I want to move closer to them and go to Harry Potter World together! LOL
Authors Komali DaSilva, Nadege Richards (my vampire sister) and Cameo Renae. These ladies were stunning!
Last but certainly not least Author Brenda Pandos. Beautiful, funny and a brilliant writer. Although I might have to freak out, Truly Madly Deeply left me hanging a bit and wanting to smack someone. Luckily I have the next serial to read. LOL