We have lots of Authors After Dark fun to share with you all. This two day party is filled to the brim with Author Interviews, Reader contributions, Videos galore and Prizes that you really don't want to miss out on!! Without further ado... Let's get this party started!!
Please welcome Jessica B. to Simply Ali If you all remember Jessica was the lucky reader that ended up winning the AAD Registration from the Birthday Bash!
My name is Jessica B and I won the AAD registration from Simply Ali’s birthday bash. AAD was awesome!! It was a lot of fun. I loved how the authors asked to join readers for meals that weren’t provided.
I also loved how AAD had tours with authors. I was able to go on a tour of the historical garden district with Theresa Meyers where we were able to see Anne Rice’s house, the Manning house (football player), the house used as the hospital for the Benjamin Button movie, the Lafayette Cemetery and much more.
They had panels that were fun to attend. The rooms were a little small and so some of the panels were VERY packed but it was fun to get to know the authors more. I enjoyed how the authors were able to relax and show their personalities. I have a list of books by authors that I loved meeting in person that I am looking into reading now.
It was amazing to meet and spend time with the talented Ali and Miranda, along with authors Jessa Slade, Joey Hill, Beth Williamson, and many many more.
This was a once in a lifetime thing for me and I wouldn’t change my time there for anything! Thank you Ali, for a once in a life time trip that I will never forget.
Authors After Dark truly is a conference that every romance lover should attend at least once in their lifetime! I had so much fun that I hardly know where to begin. Let's start with the excitement. My journey to AAD was made with a friend, Jessica, she drove from Illinois to Tennessee, to get me and then we hit the road to Nola together. You could literally feel the excitement in the car! Not only was it our first time at Authors After Dark but our first trip to New Orleans as well. To say that we will never be the same because of the experience is no lie, for instance there were thousands of men wearing red dresses all day Saturday :) more on that later.
We finally arrived and were welcomed by some of my favorite people Ms. Joy Harris & Ms. Melissa Nix (co-owners of Joyfully Reviewed) who escorted us to the AMAZING Melissa Schroeder's suite for the Harmless Addict party. Melissa S. went all out for her fans!! Lots of fantastic swag and heck she even brought along her cover model Derek (what a cutie!) Laurie London! I feel like I've know her forever just through twitter but getting to meet her in person was so much better! Next it was dinner with the wonderful Erin Kellison :)! Yes, this is a convention where the authors hang out with the reader 24/7. Not only did we have dinner with Erin but the fabulous Jessa Slade as well. Another first I met two wonderful ladies from Australia Karen and Tracey. I bet you rarely think about the people half a world away reading the same things you are and loving them just as much. This dinner was an awesome experience.
I was dying to see Ms. Ali and can you believe it I had to wait until Thursday lol! Finally meeting Ali and getting a chance to know her in person was so exciting! Thursday was filled with lots of awesomeness. Author panels were great my fave being Men In Uniform! I loved Melissa Schroeder and Kris Cooks Saint's and Sinners Welcome party! It was a great opportunity to chat with readers and authors! Friday brought more panels including the Cover Art Panel hosted by Ms. Robin Ludwig! I was so excited about attending this panel and was not disappointed. Ms. Ludwig has some spectacular work out there including design for the Authors After Dark website. She was extremely kind and generous with her time and eager to answer all of our questions. Thank you Robin you made my trip so much greater! Ali and I got our Interview fun on as well and the Saints and Sinners Open bar with Melissa Schroeder and Kris Cook...AWESOME!! Then it was off to a fabulous dinner provided by the conference (which catered out-of-this-word food) leading into the Masquerade Ball. The costumes where out of this world!! I will be sharing some more photos with you later because you can't appreciate the detail until you see it.
Book-signing Saturday was packed with excited authors and readers! You could feel the happiness buzzing around in the packed rooms. Readers got the chance to have all their precious favorites signed by the authors they love. Saturday was also the last chance for people to get their raffle tickets bought and get those tattoos or corsets. The raffle baskets brought by Authors and Bloggers were phenomenal. The tattoo and corset salon was very cool. I didn't partake in the tattoos but I had a very sweet woman give me a corset. See, she had one that didn't fit and was planning to buy a new one with the excellent corset lady at the conference. She saw me sitting in the bar and offered it to me! That is the kind of generosity that you find at Authors After Dark. Thank you once again to Jackie Fitzpatrick!! I love my corset!!
The Author Pub Crawl Saturday night was CRAZY FUN!! AAD was taking place the same time as the annual Red Dress Run in New Orleans so there were over 7,000 men and women roaming Bourbon Street in red dresses Saturday Night! I drank absinthe for the first time with Laurie London. I may love Laurie but Absinthe well it rather sucked. LOL! I found Bourbon Street to be quite the experience. I don't think there is anywhere else that you can find total chaotic debauchery and preaching going on in the streets at the same time!
Sunday we were treated to a delightful Champagne Brunch courtesy of the fantabulous Kallypso Masters!! She went all out the food was again AMAZING and the company was even better. It was the perfect way to end my Authors After Dark experience. It was so sad to say goodbye to everyone! I am definitely already looking forward to Authors After Dark 2013 in Savannah!! I hope to see some of the Simply Ali family there!!
Thank you to AAD mastermind Stella Price and her staff for making everyone's experience unforgettable! And a special Thank you to Ali for making my adventure perfect!
Check out my AAD Nola Food & Fancy Slideshow below. Tomorrow I will have more fun for you all to see!
This year I had the privilege of attending AAD in NOLA. Not only was it taking place in a wonderful city, but this was probably one of the best cons I have attended. Yes, it was that good!
At AAD, I attended several panels in which were informative, not to mention they were was also very interesting. Some of the workshops offered this year were fantastic. What I did wish was that I had some kind of superpower so that I would have been able to attend all the panels, because at times, it was hard to decide which panel I wanted to attend! Oooh, there were also tons of parties in which were plenty fun. They gave away some awesome goodies. Who doesn’t appreciate goodies, lol. One of my favorite events was the Pub Crawl down on Bourbon St. I had so much fun, ok... I had too much fun, lol.
One of the things I love about AAD was that there were plenty of authors. I definitely got the chance to meet some new authors and I got to see some of my favorite ones, too. Also, just like at every con, you are constantly busy, but I really appreciated that I was able to actually explore NOLA. It was very nice and very considerate to have had set time aside to be able to explore city. When traveling to different cons, I never get the chance to actually go out into town. This was definitely a plus.
I definitely cannot wait to attend AAD Savannah!
Cowboy Lust ft. Runaway Bride by Delilah Devlin
There’s a reason Western romance novels never go out of fashion. The cowboy is an iconic figure that embodies the dichotomy of the fiercely independent, earthy alpha male and the male as a nurturer. Given a picture of a man on a horse, wearing Wranglers, chaps, and with a broad-rimmed hat , women melt. Cowboys take care of their women, in every possible way. Wild and wayward women are gentled by the scent of horse, cow, and crisp, clean sweat; the sight of sun-kissed skin; the feel of work-hardened thighs and arms; and the sound of a deep-voiced, Texas drawl. COWBOY LUST satisfies readers who long to be rode hard and put away wet. Risky and risque, these classic stories are set in romantic settings from Montana, Texas, California, Mexico, and the Outback of Australia. Master of the wild west love story, Devlin’s strong and memorable characters range from hunks on horseback to a feisty female gunslinger. COWBOY LUST corralls within its pages a rodeo star, a cop on horseback, and lots of studs in spurs so hot you’ll be ready to take a vacation on a dude ranch!
Fournicopia: Delta Heat, Book 2 by Delilah Devlin
Gus Taggert knows a setup when he sees one. When one of his police officer buddies sends him on a doughnut run to one particular doughnut shop, Cornucopia, he hesitates. It’s too frilly and pink. However, the woman behind the counter serves him more than a couple dozen gourmet doughnuts, she gives him a mini-lesson in submission%mdash;something he’s eager to learn more about. When she orders him to see her that night at the BDSM club, La Forge, he’s more than eager to obey.
Newly vetted Domme, Aislinn Darby, has a sub she’s eager to take for a test run. The large, burly cop is the kind of alpha guy she’s been dying to tie up and spank. However, after she takes him through his paces, she finds herself more than willing to let him take control, something she hasn’t enjoyed with a man before. Gus’s brand of loving is addictive, but now she’s doubting herself and her own ability to control a scene. She has to have him back for one more go, only this time, she’s going to do it with a crowd around them to ensure he doesn’t forget who’s in charge. She bribes him into submission. Accept her dictates, and he can have her any way he wants as reward.
What Gus wants is Aislinn in the middle of a scene he orchestrates himself with the help of three of his best friends.
Laying Down the Law by Delilah Devlin
Triplehorn Brand, Book 1
A lifetime ago, Zuri Prescott kicked the dirt off her boots and ditched her small-time small town for the glam city life—and lived to regret it. When she’s framed for a bank job, she lights out for home, seeking refuge with her old high school sweetheart while she figures out her next steps. Only she discovers that the boy she left behind is the last man she should trust.
Sheriff Colt Triplehorn knows trouble when he sees it, especially when it comes in the form of a familiar trespasser, caught naked between an angry bull and her underwear. Sure she’s up to her usual no good, he grants her sanctuary at his ranch—the better to keep an eye on her, and purge her from his system once and for all.
Reconnection is sweet and hot, but the heat can’t hide the truth. When Colt inevitably finds out what Zuri’s running from, it’s too late to put the fire out, and he’s got a career-compromising choice on his hands. Follow the letter of the law, or follow his heart.
Product Warnings: When a sheriff captures the girl who got away, expect revenge so hot it leaves brands on two lonely hearts…
Welcome Melissa Schroeder
Surrender: A Little Harmless Military Romance by Melissa Schroeder
To claim the woman he loves, he will have to be the Dom she desires.
Navy Seal Malachai Dupree has everything a man could want. Well, not everything. The one woman he wants is too innocent for his Dominant needs, so he plays the role of supportive friend even if it kills him.
Amanda Forrester is tired of being treated as if she were fragile. She might have been through a rough patch losing her husband in the line of duty, but she is not a wimp. Her feelings for Mal have grown and she is more than ready to be the woman he needs in and out of the bedroom.
One night she pushes him too far and the result is more than either of them ever expected. Mal wants forever, but after losing one husband, commitment isn't in Amanda's vocabulary. What she doesn't realize is that Mal is one Seal who isn't backing down until he gets exactly what he wants: Amanda's total submission.
»WARNING: The following book contains: Sexy Navy Seals, a stubborn woman, handcuffs and crops and all kinds of naughty things. This book has one of those hot Duprees, so you know that you will need a glass of water to cool off. Every Addict will tell you that reading a Harmless book is anything BUT harmless—so read at your own risk.
Desire by Blood by Melissa Schroeder
By Blood, Book 1
A man with a secret.
Nicodemus Blackburn has seen the best and worst of mankind. Five hundred years of dealing with them teaches the vampire to be very wary of the creatures. Unfortunately, alarming events leave him no choice but to enter the world of the ton to hunt a rogue vampire—one who is making his own army of blood thirsty vampires. Searching for the villain is not the worst of his troubles. That can be laid at the feet of bluestocking Lady Cordelia Collingsworth.
A woman on a mission.
Cordelia has always been an outcast, even in her own family. She has forged her way in the world with her ability to write, and Nico Blackburn is the focus of her next article. Before she can obtain any information about the mysterious man, she is pulled headlong into a scandal that leaves her with no choice but to marry Nico—a man with dangerous secrets.
A passion that consumes them both.
Thrust into a world she knows nothing of, Cordelia finds herself falling in love with a man who claims to be a vampire. As their passion grows, so does the danger around them and Nico will have to call on all of his powers to protect the one thing he has realized he cannot live without: his opinionated, infuriating, and thoroughly delectable wife.
Welcome Heather Long
The Taming of the Thief (The Fortunate Buddha) by Heather Long
Some would kill to know what Sophie Kingston knows. Rich and powerful people will do anything to possess the secret, but not even Sophie realizes how much danger she is in—or how far they will go to hunt her down and take it from her. But when she sees a murder no one can prove, the threats to her life keep coming.
Billionaire Pietr Sauvage is neck deep in the hunt for The Fortunate Buddha when a lead draws him to New York and thrusts him into the life of art history specialist Sophie. What began as a favor turns into a desperate need to protect the sexy curator from the dark web of deception threatening to pull her under.
Too Many Thieves…
Lost in the shadow of intrigue and danger, Sophie must learn to trust Pietr, a man with an agenda, a man she can’t help but desire, before the ruthless thieves steal their only chance.
Raising the stakes heightens the attraction…
Hels's Gauntlet by Heather Long
After facing down the Wizarding Council and defeating their enemies, Helcyon, Cassandra, and Jacob have begun to find a balance in their triad. Cassie stunned her partners with news of her pregnancy, and the stakes are raised as the men must consider what potential her child will have. Government pressure increases, bombings disrupt Wizard and Fae business around the world, and splinter groups among the Fae make themselves known.
With the Danae on the hunt to bring Cassandra back to her side, Helcyon must block her every maneuver to shield his mate and best friend from a promise that dates back a thousand years. The shifting of oaths leads to the awakening of ancient powers, but history is unforgiving, and the arrival of Hels’s brother adds a new complication that could destroy their futures before they even begin. When a dangerous gambit forces Jacob and Helcyon to make hard choices, Cassie must trust that her lovers will survive the gauntlet.
Yesterday's Heroes by Heather Long
Boomers, Book 1
Aurora “Rory” Graystone Codename: Halo Abilities: superior reflexes, I.Q. and aptitude for calculating probabilities Mission: find missing teammates
Rory knows she’s being watched, and she’s not about to let the hunter catch her in his trap. She’ll confront her stalker, a man she suspects is involved in the disappearances of other superheroes–if she can ignore the sensual heat that fills her every time he’s near…
Michael Hunter Codename: Hard Target Abilities: expert tracker and sniper Mission: kill Rory Graystone
One of five desperate men sent back in time to save the future, Michael believes eliminating Rory is the key to his mission. But even as he takes aim, a split second of doubt causes him to miss his shot.
Drawn together by passion, and on a collision course with fate, can Rory and Michael work together to change the future? Or have they set in motion the horrific history the time-travelers are trying to prevent?
Welcome Elle James / Myla Jackson
Thunder Horse Redemption (Harlequin Intrigue Series) by Elle James
Life in the North Dakota badlands always has its dangers...but the shooter who attacks Roxanne Carmichael has definitely raised the stakes. Already struggling to keep her ranch from bankruptcy, Roxy is now faced with new threats around every corner. To make matters worse, her ex-fiance, FBI agent Pierce Thunder Horse, is visiting his family's ranch--and once the Lakota lawman learns Roxy's at risk, nothing will shake him from her side.
When Roxy threw his ring back in his face two months ago, Pierce promised Roxy that he'd keep his distance. But leaving her without protection is not an option. Pierce is determined to stick close, mend old wounds...and strengthen the unrelenting desire that still rages between them.
The Witch's Initiation (Harlequin Nocturne) by Elle James
Chicago's top undercover cop, Cal Black, has faced his share of danger, but he's never tangled with the paranormalâ€¦until now. His mission is simple: to investigate the disappearance of a sorority girl from a private college. But there are two complications: the girl's a witch. And her sister is the enchantress who broke his heart.
Deme Chattox isn't looking for a man. Especially a bad boy like Cal, even though every inch of her body remembers the magic of his touch. What she is looking for is her little sisterâ€¦and Deme is determined to find her without Cal's expertise. The other Chattox sistersâ€”and their mystical powersâ€”are all the help she needs. That is, until they unearth a terrifying secret buried deep undergroundâ€” and Deme finds herself possessed by a desire that threatens to destroy her.
Boots and Bareback by Myla Jackson
Welcome back to the Ugly Stick Saloon!
Old Man O’Brien’s plan to get his sons hitched is about to work a little too well…
Isabella Severs’s life is a shambles. When her fiancé dumped her, he took the horse she’d raised from a colt, and she wants him back. The horse, not the fiancé. Though she’s scrounging every penny working at the Ugly Stick Saloon, there’s no way she’s going to make enough to buy Sundance back before he’s put up for auction.
Until Old Man O’Brien makes her an offer she can’t refuse. One night of stripping for his son Jesse’s bachelor party, and all her problems will be solved.
Sean, Gabe and Tanner aren’t interested in settling with any one girl—until Isabella’s eye-popping performance on a mechanical horse gets their blood pumping. She’s perfect: sexy as hell, and well-suited to ranch life.
Yet as the brothers vie for her attention, they discover there’s a vulnerable woman beneath the sass. And instead of a winner-gets-the-girl competition, they find themselves joining forces to convince her she’s worthy of the love of a good man…or three.
Welcome Laurie London
Seduced by Blood (Hqn) by Laurie London
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two Vampire coalitions:
Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors….
Hot-blooded and hard-edged, Tristan Santiago has an uncanny ability to see beneath the surface—a skill that serves him well as the Guardians’ region commander. But when a deadly plot against his fellow vampires is uncovered, he must turn to the one woman he can’t read: the beautiful yet mysterious Roxanne Reynolds, whose sensual presence soothes his tormented memories.
Roxy had put love before duty once before, with devastating results. But to root out a dangerous killer in their midst, she must put her faith in Santiago, the one man skilled enough to break through her defenses. Posing as lovers, Santiago and Roxy work side by side—and discover a powerful craving that threatens to consume them both…
Thank you to all of the wonderful Authors for taking the time out of the AAD fun to interview with us!! We really appreciate it!! Stay tuned readers we have more interviews coming tomorrow that you do not want to miss!!
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