My night at A Night of Magic
I’m back from my magical weekend vacation, and what a weekend it turned out to be! I got to meet some amazing women, finally meet my best book bud (Lissa) in person, win books in a silent auction while donating money to two very worthy charities (Race to Erase MS and Reading is Fundamental), hear very exclusive readings some two upcoming new books, and to top it all off, a bagpiper! How cool is all that? Let me break down my night for you, so that you can be both jealous, and prepared to go next time a similar opportunity pops up somewhere else.
The event took place at a fan-girls (and guys) dream shop, called Whimsic Alley. It was like all the cool little items from those monthly geek boxes got together and opened a store just for my shopping pleasure. Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, Star Wars, Sherlock, you name, they had it. In the back of the store, there is a banquet room, but not just any banquet room, oh no, this banquet room was decorated like Hogwart’s Great Hall, complete with the starry ceiling. I was simply amazed at the details that went into the decorations in this one room. I tried to take pictures, but they do not do the room justice. I borrowed some pictures from Stacey Marie Brown because hers turned out WAY better than mine. THANK YOU!
They also had some vendors set up in each of the rooms at Whimsic Alley to sell their handmade wares. I got these cool book boxes from Kit’s Designs by Kit on Etsy (Facebook and Twitter). Lovely designer. She also made the Chelsea Fine book charm bracelet that I won in the silent auction.
Next, I got this cute little teacup candle, called the Fantasy Mystery Candle. It had this delightfully light vanilla scent, so it didn’t interfere with my migraines, and as I burned it, I realized there were charms inside the wax. Eight in all, with an Alice in Wonderland theme to them. I LOVE IT, and I just purchased another one from her Etsy shop with a Harry Potter theme. You can find them at Bewitched Bazaar on Etsy.
Then we have the FANDOM scarf. Guys, this scarf is awesome. When they said EVERY fandom, they meant it. It is amazing. I didn't get a picture of mine before the girls confiscated it, but here is one off their website. These same ladies also made the tote bags free swag came in, and was designed by S&Sink on Etsy. You can also find them on Instagram and Facebook
Also there were vendors from The Sorcerer's Phone, Leelo Jewelry, and Simon and Duffy (Who made a special candle just for Heather inspired by The Collector's Society called "The Catalyst" that smells like old books and tea!)
During the talks and readings and silent auctions, we had Tress Maksimuk, the amazing bagpiper. I've heard the bagpipes played before, but it was so cool to watch them being played up close and personal. Tress played wonderfully and beautifully and no, I did not cry during Amazing Grace, though I really wanted to.
Lots of items were up for bid in the Silent Auction to benefit the charities, and I am not even sure I got all the names of those who donated. I'm not even going to attempt to list them all, but I will show you pictures of the lots that I won.
Part of my winnings were the Anew and Best Kind of Broken boxes from Kit's along with the Chelsea Fine bracelet. I purchased The Collector's Society one along with a Harry Potter one for the oldest daughter.
I won three Alice in Wonderland themed bracelets, which I have already put up for Little A for Christmas, along with the Time turner Necklace that came in our Swag bags for Big A.
Books, books, books, how I love thee. I won two separate auctions of books. The first one was donated by Heather Lyons's publisher and contains several authors and I am excited to read all of them. The second one was donated from Melissa Haag and contains books from her judgement of the six series as well as a copy of one of my favorites, Touch
Now on to our front liners. The ladies of the night. The Authors. Four fantastic ladies that gave their time to answer our questions and let us in on some secrets, as well as do a reading for us. There is nothing as spectacular as hearing a book read aloud by that book’s author. If I had access to a TARDIS, I would sit at the feet of great literary minds such as Charles L. Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll), J. R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and more importantly Jane Austen and Mary Shelley, just to listen to them read. So for me to hear these ladies read from some of my favorite contemporary novels, was a true treasure.
|I would post the pictures from the photo booth, but I didn't want to get banned from all author events in the future!|
I’m just going to go in order of how they were sitting at the table because I cannot rate one woman over the other. They are all fantastic, and I will continue to stalk all of them. (I stole this picture from Stacey Marie Brown, too!)
|Books I had autographed by Heather Lyons|
|Books I had autographed by Shelly Crane|
|Books I had autographed by Stacey Marie Brown|
I fangirled maybe just a tiny bit (Read: so big I almost passed out) before the start of the event because she recognized who I was from Facebook and remembered my name! EEKK! I’m better now, but eek! (Yes, I’m a dork.) Stacey read from City in Embers (Collector’s Series #1) and put all our signed books in these cute little Sprig bags. If you don’t know who Sprig is, READ THE BOOKS! If you notice in the pictures, there are two copies of Darkness of Light. That's because I plan to do a giveaway on one of them to celebrate the release of her Spinoff book, West, as soon as she announces the release date. We meet West in the Darkness series, now he is getting his own book. Yay, sexy man-beast!
|Books I had autographed by Chelsea Fine|
Chelsea has given a TEDx Talk for the younger generation (it is on her Facebook, and I highly recommend everyone watching it!) and been on a panel two years in a row for UtopiaCon in Nashville. Be sure to check out her blog and the accompanying videos, like I said funny little sister everyone wants.
That was my weekend, and I couldn’t have asked for a better one right before school started for my kids and me. I hope I get a chance to head out to L.A. again.