We all braved the rain and met for lunch, including new SoCal bloggers KC and Kristin of Smokinhotbooks, and authors HelenKay Dimon, Tessa Dare, Sabrina Darby, and several of the Romance Divas.
I spent much of lunch chatting with HelenKay, who was simply delightful. And as a special surprise, she gifted me with a copy of her soon-to-be-released Leave Me Breathless. Which I read last night, LOL. And adored. Review to come. All I'll say right now is. Whew! I never knew a judge could be so hot!
Anyway, after lunch, we trekked on foot over to the UBS, where I proceeded to buy way too many books. Plus we had our usual bookswap, where I proceeded to take too many books. And if that wasn't enough, Nikki and I stopped at Starbucks on the way home (yum!) and then once we got back to my house, Nikki innocently asked, "Wanna hit Borders?" Uh.... duh. Where I proceeded to buy too many books. but they were buy 4 get 1 free. So here's my stash from yesterday:
(Oops, just realized Candace Camp's Suddenly is missing from the picture.) I started reading Janet Dailey back in the 70s, when she wrote a Harlequin Presents for every state. One of my favorite ones was the Indiana one - called My Indy Man. When I saw it at the UBS (along with several other Dailey "state" books, I just couldn't resist picking it up. And the Sarah Mayberry in the picture? Yup, in the "free" bin outside the UBS. Score!
Here are the SoCal Bloggers who were left by the time we got around to remembering pictures.
From L-R: Tracy, Holly, Nikki, Rowena, Rosie, Lisabea, Renee.
We seem to take a lot of pictures in parking garages, don't we girls? And aside from the flat that Holly had when she tried to leave, the day was pretty much perfect.