I'm exhausted, my feet and calves are KILLING me and my right shoulder is tender as hades and seems to have a semi-permanent indentation from lugging a tote bag full of books and other stuff around all weekend but I had a BLAST!!!!! OMG....you wouldn't believe the number of authors there! There were a few in particular that I was looking forward to seeing and I did! I got autographs, books signed, took a few pictures AAAAAAAAAND!!!! I got my picture taken with (and had a book signed by)........................ LEE CHILD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I went with two friends, B and C. The convention started Thursday but we didn't get there till Friday because B had midterms. We went to some panels on Friday and after each round of panels, the participating authors would go to the book sellers room and do signings. We made sure we watched the schedule so we knew when to camp out there and get things signed. We each had some books with us that we brought from home and I think we got everything signed that we wanted short of one book of mine. That author's line was just way too long and since I already have a signed book of hers (Sue Grafton) I wasn't going to stand there for that long. LOL That night, we were hanging in the bar with a couple of authors who sat by us at a panel. That in turn, got us introduced to an agent who introduced us to a client of hers and also drug us around introducing us to other authors. (That's when I met Lee Child. The client drug me over and then laughed at me afterwards when I squealed like a lunatic once I was out of Lee's earshot.) We had a great time! Unfortunately, B's grandmother was taken to the hospital so a friend came and picked her up and although her grandmother is now fine, B didn't make it back. We picked up some stuff for her though and I'm hoping I got the books she wanted. Saturday was more panels, more signings and more fun. Today featured a book bazaar. Each person got 5 tickets when they got to the convention. If you took those to the bazaar, you could turn in a ticket to an author and get one of their books. Not every author participated and the books were older releases but it was still awesome! The only thing....they had it set up in the lobby and the tables were fairly close together. With the number of people (at least 200) it was a complete madhouse. I got the ones I really wanted, gave away my extra tickets and got the heck OUT! LOL It's a good thing I don't have panic attacks because otherwise I would have been huddled under a table somewhere sucking my thumb and rocking.....it was THAT bad. But...the books I did get are all signed and I wound up with a couple of business cards from an author and an agent. I tell you....I was just in awe. I like my rock stars too but authors? GODS I tell you! LOL I didn't really get a chance to take many pics but here is the link to my photobucket album. There is one picture there of a picture that was in my hotel room bathroom. C thought it resembled something....I'll let you decide for yourself. http://s272.photobucket.com/albums/jj161/mstang67chic/Bouchercon 2009/ If you are a book lover and ever get the chance to go to any kind of a book convention....GO!!! It was amazing!!! I will sleep like the dead tonight as I was running on pure adrenalin all weekend but it was a total blast!