Tuesday, May 01, 2012

FINAL DAY: Simply Ali's Authors After Dark Birthday Bash!!

Simply Ali welcomes.... ALI!!!

Hi readers!! I felt it only fitting to give our girl Ali the Authors After Dark celebrity treatment on the final day of her Birthday Bash! :)

But first
Ali has a few things she would like to say to everyone...

Now for the post where I try not to get too gushy and emotional…

I want to thank everyone for helping me celebrate my birthday with a Bang! this year :). I’ve had so much fun this month, getting to spotlight awesome authors and having so many great readers visit and interact. All this has made me even more eager to get to Authors After Dark this year, and I’m so happy that I get to help one lucky winner attend with a registration.

Thank you to the authors who gave their time and allowed me to host them here on
Simply Ali as a Spotlight Author. Your generosity of time and the giveaways you offered have been much appreciated. To those who stopped by and took the time to answer comments by other readers, you are awesome, thank you!

Thank you to the readers for stopping by and commenting! You helped make this month an absolute blast! I hope this month you got to know some new to you authors and maybe even add a new title or two to your tbr pile.

I started this blog a few years ago to share my love of books, especially romance novels, and this month I definitely did just that! I want to continue with this momentum and plan to have additional events, author tours, reviews, and more, and I hope you’ll come back to visit.

I also have two people I need to give HUGE THANKS to…

Joy of Joyfully Reviewed is just full of awesomeness… without her, I may have gone crazy a while ago… although, she does have her own way of driving me crazy, lol. She’s been a lot of help and was there when I needed her. If you have yet to meet her and will be at AAD, just look for the bunny ears ;)

And now… a round of applause for Miranda! Without Miranda, there may not have been a Birthday Bash. She was essential in helping me organize everything and is absolutely brilliant! The posts all look as great as they do all thanks to her:). I am so lucky to have her help and it’s with her continued help that I hope to grow
Simply Ali. She is simply fantabulous!

Again, thanks to the spotlight authors (in order of appearance):

Joey W. Hill
Jessica Jarman
Cynthia Eden
Cat Johnson
Melissa Schroeder
Jess Haines
Kris Cook
Diana Castilleja
S. A. Price
Sophie Oak
Carolyn Crane
T. J. Michaels
P. J. Schnyder
Eliza Gayle
Jaye Wells
Leanna Renee Hieber
Jade Lee
Tilly Greene
Samantha Kane
Rosalie Lario
Beth Williamson
Stacey Kennedy
Jessa Slade
Mia Watts
Kris Norris
Sasha White
Bronwyn Green
Mari Freeman
Erin Kellison
Damon Suede

Check out Ali's Interview answers :)

Randa: Is there an author that makes you go all “fangirl?”

Ali: There are a few, but I've had the pleasure of meeting two :) Melissa Schroeder and Maya Banks. I love, love, love their books and they're both amazing and kind in person. One author I'd love to meet is Diana Palmer... because I think I can honestly say she was my first auto-buy author, and when I first started reading romance novels I just devoured her books, lol. I think I'd be really nervous if I ever met her in person... who am I kidding, I get nervous meeting anyone, LOL

Randa: Who are you most looking forward to meeting at AAD NOLA, the author to make you most likely go fangirl there?

Ali: T.J. Michaels! I've enjoyed her work since Carinian's Seeker and am looking forward to her Seals of Destiny series. Plus, how could I not love an author who's doing a Zombie Apocalypse countdown?! mwahahaha Make sure to join her Zombie Apocalypse Response Team (ZART)!

Randa: If you could co-write with another author who would it be and why?

Ali: I think it would be Melissa Schroeder. She just amazes me writing in so many different genres and with so many titles out, she's still able to keep things fresh and exciting... forget about co-writing, I think I'd be happy just sitting in a corner and watching her work her magic, lol. Don't let her know that, she probably wouldn't let me near her again, lol.

Randa: What are you looking forward to most about AADNola?

Ali: OMG, everything! I love getting a chance to meet new authors and readers and seeing those I haven't seen since the last convention. I'm also looking forward to just being in NOLA, again, and sightseeing a bit. I'd mention the bunny, but I get to see her so many times this year, lol

Randa: The world is under attack and you are forced to run for your life. You only have room for one book in your survival kit, what book do you take?

Ali: Well, I had to think about this for a moment... I'd love to take one of my favorite romance novels, but I'd probably take a survival book. Then maybe I can survive long enough to find some other interesting reads, lol

Randa: If you friends were asked to describe you in one word what would it be?

Ali: Goofy. To this day, I'd like to believe they mean that in a good way, lol
Randa: I would say beautiful soul! I know that's two words...shhh! :)

*Favorite color: Black... unless we're talking about crayons, red-orange

*Favorite food: Buffet? I love food and it's so hard to pick just one.

*Boots or heels: Heels

*eReader or Print: eReader

*Beer, Liquor or Wine: Wine

*Favorite place to get it on besides the bedroom: ha, lol... I turned red reading this one, lol... sofa

*Favorite TV Show: So many, but right now Touch is a new favorite

*Favorite Book series (besides your own): The Harmless series by Melissa Schroeder... as many times as I've mentioned her you'd think I was a stalker, lol

*Pj’s or Lingerie: Pj's

*Vampires vs. Shifters: Shifters... specifically, werewolves who have mates

Want to know more about our lovely Ali...you know you do!

When you're a child who's reading a book, and all you wonder about is whether two characters will become a couple, you realize as you get older that the romance section is where you should be.

I've enjoyed reading since I was a child, and after I discovered romance novels, there was no ending for my hunger of books. Next to reading a good romance, I love sharing my love of romance novels.

When I'm not reading, you'll find me watching too much tv (Current favorites are Touch, Doctor Who, and Grimm), goofing off with the Brat (my 10yo sis), or discussing either the Zombie Apocalypse or when computers rule the world with my friend, lol

Facebook / Twitter
Today because she loves you all so much
Ali is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card for the daily prize!!

To enter please tell
Ali what have been your favorite parts of the Simply Ali Authors After Dark Birthday Bash!!

Your comment today will be your final chance to get your name in the Grand Prize Drawings for
One Kindle Fire & One AAD Nola Registration
to one Winner
One Loaded Kindle
to another Winner!!

If you tweet today and leave your status in the comment with your EMAIL you will gain TWO extra entries for a Total of THREE today!

The Grand Prize Drawings will take place on May 3rd and the results will be posted shortly after.


Mich said...

Sigh...I'm sad this is almost over, but have to give props once again to Miranda and Ali! This has been such a fun month. I think the best parts have been reading the great interviews to see things you have in common with some great authors, and to learn about new authors to read. I know that when I need a new book to read, I will stop back by these April entries here at SimplyAli and choose from some great books/authors.

So, thanks again for a super fun month, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALI!!

Mich said...

Oops and I forgot my email...

I re-tweeted for the extra entries as well. (@antinmitchfield)

kianeeko AT gmail DOT com

Amy S. said...

I've enjoyed all the author interviews. I tweeted about the contest. My tweet name is amysmith98.


Happy birthday Ali

azteclady said...

*raising coffee* And yet another happy b-day (or happy b-month :grin: ) and a thank you for the party!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the opportunity to learn about 'new to me' authors to add to my reading pile. When I first starting reading, not only was Diana Palmer a go to author but so was Iris Johansen. LOVED their stuff and still have 'keepers' on my shelf today.

Keep celebrating and enjoy yourself at AAD!

Laura K lkubitz60609@yahoo.com

savannah said...

Ali I had so much :) I glad to have celebrated your birthday bash with you! My favorite part was meeting new authors and getting to see interviews by a few I already knew. Thank you again for the amazing birthday bash :)

Joanne said...

I can't believe it's ending. *sad face* I had so much fun meeting so many different authors. I've added quite a bit to my wishlist this past month.


Diane said...

Nice to meet you Ali!
What was my favorite part?
Meeting so many new authors and re-visiting with some old favorites!
We never have enough books and learning of different ones helps us choose many more.
Thanks for the wonderful contests!!!

dsadle53 at yahoo dot ca

Cynthia Garcia said...

My favorite part about this month has to be finding so many new authors! My TBR list has grown so much this month it's crazy lol!

Happy Birthday Ali! Thank you for the fantastic giveaways and all of the fun!

I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/CynthiaCene/status/197326601053147138


DiDi said...

Ali, thank you for a wonderful celebration. You are truly a sweetheart and I hope your birthday has been wonderful!


Maria D. said...

Loved this month long celebration. It was great getting to "meet" all of these authors (many who were new to me) and it was fun to read the interview questions and their answers. Thanks for sharing your birthday with us!

I Tweeted today's post: https://twitter.com/#!/crazymidwestgal/status/197338058482384899

junegirl63 at gmail dot com

Maria pronounced Mariah said...

My favorite part was getting introduced to so many fabulous new authors!

I too am a huge Melissa Shroeder fan. She is on my must read list and as well as a few others that you had visit this month. But I have no doubt that many others will soon join that list!

Thanks to everyone who took time out and participated this month it was loads of fun!

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Has to be the many different authors - some I have heard of, read, and some I have never heard of before now.

To see the diversity in the answers to the questions, to see favorite colors, and such.

Ali's always been such a sweetheart!!! Even though I jokingly told her I'd raid my friend's Sailor Moon collection for her. LOLOL

Awesome too that she shares the birthday month with my middle son and baby brother.

Raonaid at gmail dot com



kog said...

Thanks to all for such a great celebration! You certainly know how to celebrate in style, Ali!

My favourite part of this blog-fest is reading all the author interviews, espeically with the authors who popped back to answer my questions.

I'm also excited just for the chance to win an entry to AADNola. Something to dream about.

katherine dot ogrady at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

This is only the second comment I have left but I have been following the blog since I found out about it. My favorite part has been learning about new authors to put on my tbr list! Happy Birthday! Thanks for the fun! I added on fb and followed on twitter!
Amanda Chesshir

my twitter status

Ali said...

@Mich I'm so sad it's over, too :( I loved reading everyone's answers, too :) *yay* I'm so happy to hear you'll be reading the posts from April again :)

@Laura K, ooh, I enjoyed some of Iris Johansen novels, too :) But, Diana Palmer was definitely my fave... thank God for ebay, which is where I found a lot of her older titles, lol

@DiDi omg, it has been a great birthday month... having this Birthday Bash definitely helped :D

@Raonaid ooh, I'm still waiting for the Sailor Moon collection ;) lol

@Amanda aw, thank you! I'm so happy to hear that almost everyone has discovered a new author :)

Timitra said...

Ali I hope you enjoyed your birthday bash, I know I certainly did even though I came on the last few days of it!!! My favourite part has been finding new to me authors!


Julie S said...

Author appearances are pretty nifty. Also, of course, giveaways rock ;)

SusanR said...

I too would describe you have having a beautiful soul - great description Randa!

Your bash was a blast! it was great to get to know new authors, and find out more about authors I already love. Thanks so much for the great month. :)

SandyB said...

Congratulations on your birthday! I think a month long celebration is a good idea. This is such a great idea; I really wish I had bought my ticket to AAD early enough to go and then I could meet you. I have met Miranda and Joy and you are lucky to have two such great ladies in your life. Thanks again for the contest and even more for the opportunity to meet so many authors.

Tina B said...

My favorite parts have been meeting so many great new to me authors! It was so nice to learn about them and read excerpts from their books. :)
Happy Birthday month, Ali!!! I, too, will miss the everyday mayhem. ;)
Have fun at AAD!
I tweeted it ~ https://twitter.com/#!/Trb0917/status/197436101273718784
trb0917 at gmail.com

Harlie Reader said...

Ali, you have done a brilliant job with your birthday celebration. Major kudos to you!

For me the highlights have been finding new authors. :)


Harlie Reader said...

Diana Palmer is an auto buy for me, too. :)

Chelsea B. said...

Hi, Ali! This has been such a wonderful event; a complete blast! The best part for me was reading the terrific interviews, such fabulous questions! I looked forward every day to seeing how the next author would answer :-) I've definitely added some books to my TBR pile!
Best Birthday Bash EVEA!


Brenda Hyde said...

I have had so much fun during the birthday bash:) I loved the interview questions, and meeting new authors. I Wish I was going to AAD, but I'll have to enjoy your pics and post about it instead. I'd love to meet you and Joy--I've known her online for awhile now and she's so much fun.

I tweeted--messed it up and tweeted again. Had a brain cramp O_O https://twitter.com/#!/moonsanity/status/197446281495445504

Thank you for so many cool posts.
wayfaringwriter at gmail dot com

elaing8 said...

This has been a great bash.I found a couple new authors to read.Looking forward to reading their books.And I really enjoyed all the interviews.



Anonymous said...

I love the Fast and Flirty quizzes!


StacieD said...

I love the survey questions at the end of the posts. You get some unexpected answers. It was a fun Birthday Bash!

geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

marybelle said...

It has been a brilliant BASH thank you. I have discovered new authors & re-visited favorites.


Nancy G said...

I enjoyed meeting all the different authors, and adding so many book to my overburdened wish list! Wonderful birthday bash!

nancyg5997 at gmail dot com

JoAnna said...

I hope you had a wonderful birthday celebration. I know I had fun! Thanks to all the authors and Miranda.


beckerjo at verizon dot net

Susan W. said...

Happy Birthday, Ali!!! I came late to the party but I enjoyed going back and reading the blog archive. I have added severl names to my wishlist and moved other names to the top of the list. Thank you so much for all the author interviews and giveaways. What a very generous thing to do for your birthday!


Cathy M said...

Thanks for sharing your birthday celebration with us Ali, and thanks to Joy,Miranda, and all the fabulous authors for keeping us entertained every day.

Favorite part was the interview answers.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

bn100 said...

Thanks for a fun and amazing birthday bash. My favorite parts were the favorite questions and answers in the interviews.


Cathy M said...



caity_mack at yahoo dot com

erin said...

Happy Birthday. I've had a blast and sounds like so have you :)

As for what I loved about this event... all of it!!!!!!!!


Abby said...

The part I loved most was the great interview questions! Especially the Lingerie and where to get it on. Even you blushed so it's pretty good eh!

Thanks for the fun month!

reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

Kathy Ivan said...

Hope you had a stupendous birthday and got lots of cake and tons of good books. Thanks for a great month.

kathy at kathyivan dot com

Stella Ex Libris said...

Once again HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALI!!! Wishing you another wonderful year full of great friends, exciting new authors and lots of fantastic books to discover!

Thank you so much for putting this Big Bash event together, it was terrific! I loved getting to know a bit more about the authors thanks to your original interview questions (and yep I unashamedly admit that my fav questions the one I always sought out was the "best place to get it on" one ;-D LOL)

Thank you for all the fun and here's me crossing all fingers and toes here :-)

+2 I also tweeted here: https://twitter.com/#!/Stella_ExLibris/status/197594626792767488

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Melissa B said...

First ~
AWESOME birthday bash, Ali!
I've so enjoyed it ~ and OMG, the best part is that you've totally given me some new authors to try ~ and some awesome books I hadn't heard of! I love to add to my ever increasing TBR pile, lol.

Thanks to Miranda, too ~ for the awesome posts, and for getting your B day surprise together!

Carol L. said...

I hope your birthday was a HAPPY, HAPPY time. :)The best part was celebrating with you and meeting new Authors, finding new books and getting an opportunity to win some of them. It was great.Happy Days and thanks.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com