Last weekend was the third LoveLetter Convention in Berlin. I went together with Aurian and met more bloggers. To show some of the highlights I made this blog.
We started as a group of four. Aurian and her three guest-bloggers: Peggy (from Belgium), Karin (from Austria) and me. Soon our group was expanded with Vanessa (from Germany) and Jutta (also from Austria).
At the first day, Saturday, we were up early to avoid standing in line. We were successful, others weren't so lucky...
We got our badges and bags quickly. This years it was Milka-lila!
Our first event was the blind date in the Lounge. We were early and found a place at a table. There we metAnnie West, Larissa Ione and Kelly Hunter. We got some photo's and autographs in our books and on the bags.
|with Kelly Hunter and Larissa Ione|
|with Larissa Ione, Karin, Annie West and Aurian|
|with Sylvia Day|
After that we went to the Meet and Greet with Maya Banks en Nalini Singh in the garden. Maya gave some of us a waterbottle and she signed the first of the two books I brought. Because of the long line I only gave her one to sign. I regretted that later, because her health wasn't good and I didn't saw her again because she went back to her hotel.
Next was Nalini Singh. One of my favorite authors and the star of the convention. I had three books with me from my friend Rinske. She signed them all, and with different dedications.
Then the two books I brought. She started to sign, then found it was already signed by her, two years ago. Oeps! After that she signed "Heart of Obsidian". And of course there was a photo opportunity.
At eleven another round of blind dates. These are the best events of the convention. You get to talk to the authors, and they get to ask you some questions. And they are good source of books, swag and other gifts (bags, a nice koala from Annie West and pens) ;-)
At twelve o'clock we went to the Round Table about Contemporary Romance. With Fiona Harper, Sarah Harvey, Kelly Hunter, Ann Major, Jane Porter, Nancy Warren en Annie West. Very good discussions about the reason for writing in that genre, the pitfalls and the rewards.
After lunch a Q&A with Sylvia Day en Nancy Warren.
At three o'clock I took a workshop with Michelle Willingham. About her travels in Scotland and Ireland and how this inspired her in her historic novels.
She has a teachers background and knew how to hold the attention of her public. She brought candy from the USA as reward for answering her questions. I got Junior Mints and Karin Reeces Pieces (a kind M&M with peanut butter taste).
At four we wanted to go to another workshop, given by Nalini Singh, but it was full, so we went to a reading. It was about the first kiss. Fiona Harper, Kelly Hunter, Ann Major, Jane Porter, Annie West, Michelle Willingham and Nancy Warren read from their own work. A scene with the first kiss between the main characters.
The last event from day one was another round of blind dates. They really are my favorite event. So many nice authors!
A fine way to wrap up this first day!