Like many writers, I don't really like leaving the house, so the thought of traveling across the country always makes me want to lie down in a dark room. But it's okay, because once I get there I won't want to come home. Though I'll have a jet-lag headache the first night, I will progressively gain energy as my body learns to function on zero sleep.
If all goes well with my flight, I'll be in the hotel bar (to socialize, not to get wasted--I'm a total lightweight) by around 5 or so. I mean it when I say if you see me, come say hi. No, I really mean it. Then I will probably crash early due to the time change (and also to watch the end of the Women's NCAA championship game--go Irish!!).
Here's my schedule for the rest of the week:
3:30-4:30pm: Club RT. I'lll be available to sign books, take pictures, hand out fun swag, and just chat with readers. During the 3-3:30 slot, I'll be sharing Club RT with one of her favorite fellow urban fantasy authors, Adrian Phoenix, and will be giving away a signed copy of Bring on the Night. At the end of the 4-4:30 slot, I'll give away a signed copy of Shade. Stop by and say hi!
Thursday, April 7
2:45-3:45: Reader's Entertainment Hollywood Mixer. Basically, a party. Come eat and drink with me and other authors, including Cherry Adair, L.A. Banks, Renee Bernard, Melanie Dickerson, Judy Duarte, Sheila English, Chris Marie Green, Fiona Jayde, Sabrina Jeffries, Melissa Marr, Kat Martin, Larry Jay Martin, Amanda McIntyre, Alyson Noel, Alexandra Sokoloff, Samantha Sommersby, Kerrelyn Sparks, Jennifer St. Giles, and Rebecca York.
Friday, April 8
1:30-2:30pm: Panel: Mastering Sexual Tension. Yep. With fellow authors Nina Bruhns, Sylvia Day, Barry Eisler, and Gennita Low (moderator).
Saturday, April 9 - TEEN DAY!
11am-2pm: Giant Book Fair. Free to convention goers, open to the public for a $5 admission. I'll be seated in Row 2 as part of YA Alley.
2:30-3:30pm: TEEN DAY Author Speed Reading. With Kelley Armstrong, LA Banks, Rachel Caine, Tera Lynn Childs, Melissa de la Cruz, Heather Davis, Clare B. Dunkle, Alyxandra Harvey, and Kathryn Smith.
5-6pm: Teen Day Interactive Workshop: How do you Build a World? Learn how these authors create their worlds and characters, complete with drawings, monologues, reenactments, and pantomime! Then it's the audience's turn to build and populate worlds. With Ally Carter, Cassandra Clare, Alyxandra Harvey, and Alyson Noel.
6:15-7:30pm: TEEN PARTY! With music and refreshments. FREE gift bags filled with goodies to the first 250 who register! Featuring all the YA panelists and YA authors who sign at the Book Fair.
For the complete (and completely exhausting) convention schedule, visit the RT Booklovers Convention web site.