So it's a good thing the trade show itself was during the day. For those of you who don't know, BEA is a giant book trade show. It's technically not open to the public, expensive to attend, and not really to the benefit of an aspiring author...unless that author gets a pass from a friend, can get to the BEA on the bus, and just wants to go and see what it's like. Not only did I feel pretty A-list about that, I got to spend the afternoon with Leigh Purtill, who wrote All About Vee—which I thought was the bee's knees.
I'll warn you now, I don't have a lot of photos. I could tell you the reason for this is that there were a lot of people, so getting good shots of things would have been difficult, but the truth is that most of the time my hands were full of books. (You can read a list of my loot over on Good Karma Reviews.) The BEA website has photos in the digital press room of one of things I didn't go to.
However, I did get to pick up a couple things for some people. As well, as I met Gena Showalter, who I constantly hear good things about from Rachel Vincent. Mostly we talked about you, Rachel, and how funny Gena and Jill Monroe's Author Talk videos are. Gena signed a copy of Catch a Mate for me and for Rachel, because she's working very hard this summer and needs nice things. I have another little birthday surprise I picked up for Rachel, so she'll have to wait and see what it is....
Because of Boom's supreme awesomeness—I had to get a picture with him. See? Angry eyes. Also, I think he might be about to eat my badge.