Recap of KISSCON, Kansas City
This was an amazing experience. I’d never been to an intimate setting and book signing like this before. Woodneath Library in Kansas City, Mo, was the location of this event. Chairs and a stage were prepared for 9 authors and about 300 people. This was a free event.
Ok…let me start at the beginning of the day. Ruby and I decided it would be a great idea to support the bookstore that was sponsoring this event. They are called Rainy Day Books and they are a small book store that isn’t a corporate conglomeration. This was a true floor to ceiling-books everywhere-all genres represented bookstore. They had very nice staff that wanted to help, point out their favorite books and explain up-coming events they have planned. These ladies knew their stuff and were happy and helpful with a heaping bit of make-you-smile. I enjoyed myself immensely.
Next thing on the agenda was the meet and greet of these 9 lovely authors. Marie Tremayne is the author of Lady in Waiting (watch for the upcoming review here on One Book Two) was the newest member of the panel having only one book pubished at the moment. She also has one in edits and one she’s currently working on.
Lenora Bell and Cathy Maxwell are also historical romance writers except they have lots of books out there waiting to be read. Currently, I’m in the middle of reading What a Difference a Duke Makes (watch for the review here coming soon). While I read Cathy Maxwell in the anthology, Four Dukes and a Devil, I picked up her latest A Match Made in Bed.
The authors that Ruby Lee went to see were Jill Shalvis, Lori Foster and Jodi Thomas. These ladies all write contemporary romance. Along with these contemporary artists are Lori Wilde, Linda Howard and Alisha Rai. Granted, I have never read the works of the contemporary artists, but there were 300+ people sitting in the audience that obviously were huge fans.
After a couple of introductory rounds, the panel were subjected to rapid fire questions. Some put the authors on the spot by asking them to reveal their secrets if they answered yes to questions that started with “Never, have I ever…”. Audience members laughed at the panelist answers because along with the characteristic of great story teller was the fact they all are great entertainers.
When the speaking part was finished, everyone that wanted a book signed waited patiently in line for their chance to speak with their favorite author.
The final part of the event was the ticketed portion. Ruby and I splurged on VIP tickets to see what that would entail. We each got a goodie bag (pictured above) and a glass of wine with a side of cheese, crackers and the best darn cupcakes I have ever ate.
All in all, it was a great experience and definitely worth driving 5 hours to attend. Thank You to all those great authors for making our day memorable.
Posted on April 1, 2018, in Review and tagged Alisha Rai, Avon Books, Cathy Maxwell, Harper Collins publisher, Jill Shalvis, Jodi Thomas, Kiss Con, Lenora Bell, Linda Howard, Lori Foster, Lori Wilde, Marie Tremayne, Nervous Nell, Ruby Lee. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.