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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

LA Times Festival of Books

I don't know about you, but I've never been to the LA Times Festival of Books. I know, right? I live in Los Angeles, and... BOOKS! But there's always the parking and the crowds and whatever (excuses) else I happened to be doing that gorgeous April weekend that the festival was held.

But then an opportunity came along. An author friend bought a booth and was selling space at the tables to cover the cost. So I bought half a table for Saturday, April 18th. And then another author had to drop out, so I did some quick switching and bought another half.

Now here's the thing. A full table at an event like this one seems like a great thing, but I've been to author events with a full table, and I've been to ones where I've shared the table. Here's a little (TMI) background on me - I almost never feel like I fit in anywhere, and I almost always feel like an impostor at author events. So when I'm by myself at a table, trying not to feel like an idiot (there's a better word, but it's not appropriate), and hating self-promotion, it's a painful thing. But if I get to share a table with an author whose work I've read, whose books are the ones I buy for discerning friends, and shout from the social media rooftops, I don't have to talk to people about MY books. I can talk about theirs.

My usual table-mate at author events is currently on pregnancy bed rest, and she's pretty pissed about it, so I didn't even bother to ask her. It would be a little like holding up a bottle of Opus One in front of the pregnant lady and saying "I'm so sorry you can't share this spectacular wine with me." Mean, just mean. But there's another author whose books I devoured a couple of years ago, and who I (stalked) met at an author event last year. And as I suspected, not only are her books outrageously good, she's a pretty fascinating, funny, interesting person to hang out with.

And she said yes to the other half of the table!

Ladies and Gentlemen, for those of you who have (been productive/getting things done) not seen my posts of Facebook and Twitter, may I present the incomparable Elizabeth Hunter!

And just in case you have been (living under a rock) doing other things besides reading, here are some of her truly exceptional paranormal romance books:

All of them are available on Amazon, and pretty much everywhere else, and book one of her Elemental Mysteries, A Hidden Fire, remains FREE for e-books.

I will not be wearing the eponymous white fisherman's sweater my mother made forty years ago that graces not only this picture (for facial recognition purposes only, and for those of my LA friends who haven't seen me in a decade), but my character, Saira, in my books.

And just in case you missed my previous post about the revised edition of Marking Time being available, also for FREE, you can find it here.

But here's the thing about ANY author event, no matter how many amazing authors (and boy, there are SO MANY coming to LA this weekend!) and no matter how big the crowds are, it's the friendly faces of people who have read our books, or people willing to stop by and chat that make all the difference.

So, although the published literature about the LA Times Festival of Books doesn't list our names, you will be able to find Elizabeth Hunter and April White, talking about books, signing books, and just generally hanging out at booth 132 on Saturday, April 18th from 10am-6pm.

We'd LOVE to see you there!