Another day’s winding down at Authors After Dark, at least for this chicken, who’s too tired to go to the male strip club (behave yourselves, CJ and Boone!) after a crazy day.
It got off to an interesting (“interesting” is one of those dangerous words, you know) start at 10 a.m., when I was scheduled to do a “Supernatural New Orleans”-themed reading with four other authors. One had a conflicting event and dropped out which left three other authors…who never showed up.
So it’s me and about 40 or 45 people. Good exposure, right? There was no time to be shy, so I just barreled in and talked about ROYAL STREET and read a bit from the first chapter of RIVER ROAD. We talked about Jean Lafitte and Cajuns and…it was a lot of fun :-). So to everyone who came expecting to hear a lot more well-known people than me, thanks for making it a fun hour.
Next, I was off to a blogger event for new authors, so I was able to hand out some blogger bags with goodies in them, and had a chance to chat with some awesome bloggers.
Then it was time for the first field trip. I had volunteered to take four people around town to some of the Katrina sites, and some locations from ROYAL STREET. It was raining when we left, but I figured it would stop soon. No. Not at all. By the time we looped through Lakeview and Mid-City and got uptown, the winds were up to 45 mph, the rain was coming down in heavy sheets, making visibility awful, and water had begun pooling in the street. I later learned the city got 3.5 inches of rain in under an hour, and a lot of people got stranded. Even the French Quarter was flooded! I was really afraid we would stall out in the deep water, but in hindsight it was kind of funny–it was like Katrina special effects for the tour. :-). This was actually after the water had gone down a little.
Next, it was off to a blogger ARC party, and I was able to hand out some advance copies of RIVER ROAD. Got to meet Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine.
And our mistress of ceremonies herself, Joey Hill.
And Judi Fennell and Alexandra Ivy.
Finally, there was a panel discussion about alpha male and beta male heroes in urban fantasy and paranormal romance, which was interrupted by yet another emergency evacuation. Fortunately it also was a false alarm since we didn’t even get out of the room before it got called off. Sheesh.
So today…have you ever stalled out in deep water? I have, when I lived in Houston. I got trapped at home or at work by high water several times in New Orleans but never in my car. What will today’s winner get? A surprise bag of books and swag from some of the great authors here at AAD this year. I won’t say what all’s in it (well, because I don’t know yet), but it will be good stuff!