In Memoriam: My Notebook

Today, we have lost someone near and dear to all of us. And of course by “we” I mean me, and by “all of us” I mean nobody else while give a flying monkey about what I’m referring to. But I believe it deserves honorable mention that today I reached the last page of my blogging notebook, and it must be laid to rest.

You all know that feeling. When you come across the perfect notebook.It’s a rarity, and you remember it forever. For me, that happened almost a year ago, on September 6th, 2014. I’ll never forget that wonderful day.


I was in the basement level of the local Staples with my coworker, and it felt like we’d been searching aimlessly for over an hour before I found the most stunningly beautiful notebook which would fulfill all of my blogging needs and desires.

What followed was a torrid love affair for the history books. Stand back Romeo and Juliet, you’ve got nothing on us! I took my notebook with me everywhere, and treated it with the utmost care.


Not only did I use it to take notes of every book I finished reading for future review referencing, but I also used it to plot out my posting schedule for the month, keep track of books which authors asked me to review, and scribbled ideas of non-review related posts I wanted to feature.


This is where I outlined the multitude of reasons why I could never date Christian Grey, why I prefer my Kindle to physical books, and where I jotted down the most noteworthy of sexual locations which took place outside of the bedroom. Looking back on all of those good times fills me with so much happiness, and fond memories.


But alas, nothing amazing lasts forever. For the last few months I regrettably started to notice that the pages of my beloved notebook were dwindling down.

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Our time was measured, and we both knew it would have to end. And today, on an unassuming Tuesday in July, we reached our final page together.


This notebook has been with me almost since the beginning of my blog, but sadly we can’t go any further together. Farewell, old friend. I shall hold onto you until I have reviewed every book of notes contained within your fragile pages. And then, I will most likely replace you with the exact same brand of notebook from that very same Staples store. Rest in peace on my bookshelf. And to all of my readers out there, in lieu of flowers, please don’t send anything, and instead laugh at the ridiculousness of this post.


Photos courtesy of my coworker K. 

BookExpo Roundup

I’m back from my glorious adventures at BookExpo America! Gather round, I’ve got stories.

The Unexpected

IMG_2198This was my first venture to BEA, so I really didn’t know what to expect. The most common piece of advice I heard for first timers was to wear comfortable shoes. I’ll admit, after three consecutive days of visiting booths and standing in line for autographs, my toes are a little sore. However, my shoulders ache something fierce! I figured I’d get a couple of free tote bags while I was there, but I never imagined I’d acquire about 10 lbs of free books every day. I actually had to buy another suitcase so that I could bring my clothes back home with me. Altogether, I hauled backed 36 books, 28 of which were signed. Now, did I lug back too many books? Ha! There’s no such thing as too many books.

The Highlights

Although each day was an adventure, what with the Bloggers Conference on day 1, and my first booth visits happening on day 2, the highlights of the trip definitely took place on the third and final day. While everyone was lining up bright and early Friday morning to see James Patterson, I was anxiously waiting for the doors to open so I could visit the Romance Writers of America booth for an author autograph signing. Seeing how many people were in front of me to enter the exhibit area filled me with dread (the line stretched around 1/2 of the convention center), as I was worried they’d run out of books by the time I arrived at the booth. But alas, the doors opened promptly at 9:00am, I made a mad dash for my designated booth, and was 5th in line to get my collection of romantic short stories, Premiere, signed by Sylvia Day (Crossfire series), Laura Kaye (Hearts in Darkness), and Monica Murphy (One Week Girlfriend series). That’s right people! I got one book signed by 3 amazing romance authors in one go. To say I got a little emotional will make me sound like a super freak, but ah hell, I got a little emotional!

IMG_2175So that was the first highlight of the day. The second came a bit later in the autographing area, where Laura Kaye was signing one of the novels from her Hard Ink series, Hard to Come By. I’m happy to say that I was actually first in line for the signing. When I saw that one of my favorite romance authors was going to be at BEA, and that I might actually have the opportunity to meet her, I couldn’t believe it. Not only do I think her book, Hearts in Darkness, is hands down the best romance novel to ever feature two people trapped in an elevator, but it was actually one of the first books to really inspire me to start blogging. That might sound strange to some of you, but after reading something I enjoyed so much, and having nobody I knew to share it with, blogging was an outlet for me. Getting not just one, but two novels signed by the impeccable Laura Kaye was an amazing experience, and one I’m not likely to forget. Especially since I have a photo of it!


The Rest of BEA

Overall, I had a lot of fun! Everybody I met was so unbelievably nice, even the authors. I learned some good tips at the Bloggers Conference, especially when it comes to interacting with authors and publishers. Not feeling obligated to provide a review in exchange for a free book was a great piece of advice. The Harlequin booth had some awesome signings, as well as some delightful pics of ruggedly handsome hotties around their boothing area. The Ellora’s Cave booth was hilarious with their calendar models out front to lure in the ladies, and their tagline of, “Helping make Babies since 2000.” After all, romance novels are an aphrodisiac. Love it! Sure, I sort of felt like cattle being herded around in the autographing area, and my shoulders are still sore from carrying around so many books, but it was totally worth it!

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Well hello there!


Next Year BEA is Headed to Chicago!