Guest Blogger: Kelly From Books and Kisses + Giveaway

Hi All, Kelly from Books-n-Kisses here. When Fiction Vixen asked me to write a guest blog I will admit I was scared to death. I think I actually had a bit of a panic attack. Who wanted to read about me or what I have to say. What do I write about? Aaahhh, so this is a little glimpse of the pressure that authors feel. So after my small panic attack I decided I would share my journey to meet a few of my favorite authors. Hope you enjoy my post.

It was a dark, gloomy morning. Okay it wasn’t it was a beautiful sunny August morning in Oregon. My day started like any other, breakfast, coffee getting ready for the day. But today was different. Today I was going to a book signing. Today I was going to get up close and personal with a few of my favorite authors. As I was driving up to the signing I had to say a little prayer that I didn’t go total fan girl.
Finally after an hour and half drive I made it to my destination. Jan’s Books Store.After getting over my nerves I realized that the authors where just people like me only with a heck of a lot more creativity.

I spent four wonderful hours with four wonderful authors and had a great time getting to know the authors better. I spent WAY too much money but got some wonderful new books. Now that I have the signing bug I am aready looking forward to my next signing. Which for me was the Emerald City Writers Conference

Here are a few Pictures from my adventure to Jan’s over the summer.

 My Damage!!!!

The wonderful Kate Douglas and Me

Me & the UBER Funny Lisa Hendrix

Me & the SUPER Sweet Meljean Brook

The Super Nice Minnette Meador & Me

Thank you for reading about my journey. If you have a chance to meet your favorite author I would say GO FOR IT…

I would like to give away a $10 e-gift card to Amazon.

Please be a follower of my blog Books-n-Kisses Blog
Please answer this question: Who is the one author you would die to meet?

Giveaway is open until Nov. 12, winner announced soon after.


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  1. Mary DeBorde [M.A.D.] says

    Wow – looks like you had a GREAT time, you lucky thing lol
    There’s so many talented authors that it’s really hard to pick only one – but I think I’d say Carrie Ryan as I absolutely love her Forest of Hands & Teeth trilogy 😀

    • Kelly Mueller says

      Hi Mary,
      I have Carrie’s book sitting in my pile to read. I really need to get to them. I have heard wonderful things.

      Thank you for stopping by

  2. Karen C says

    Wow, that is a tough question to answer! I can think of about a dozen I would love to meet, but will say Karen Ranney. She’s a phenomenal writer of several genres and has a wonderful sense of humor that you often see peeking out in her work.

    I am a follower of both Fiction Vixen and Books-n-Kisses under

  3. Na says

    There’s not a lot of book signings in my area, at least that I am aware of but I would love to meet some of my favorite authors and new one too! I’m pretty shy but it’ll be nice to tell them how much their characters and stories mean to me.

    Some authors I’d like to meet are: Kristin Hannah, Lisa Kleypas, Brenda Joyce and Karen Marie Moning.

    I’m a GFC follower of both blogs :)

  4. says

    I’m a happy follower of both :)

    I have so many stinkin’ authors I would LOVE to meet..but here are a few. Elizabeth Hoyt, Kresley Cole, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Sandra Brown, Lydia Dare, Oprah….just to name a few :)

    I met Laurell K. Hamilton a few years ago! It was awesome and she was incredibly nice. That’s my exciting author story 😀

    • Kelly Mueller says

      HI Brunette Librarian.
      Love that name…

      Did I mention I met Sherrilyn Kenyon a few weeks back? Got a t-shirt signed by her that I will be giving away on my blog next month…

  5. Sherry S. says

    I have a lot of authors I would love to meet starting with Jayne Ann Krentz. I would also love to meet Linda Howard, Lori Foster, Lora Leigh, Sharon Sala, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Christine Feehan to name a few. I’ve never met any authors but I think it would be so great to.

    • Kelly Mueller says

      it truly is awesome to meet the person behind the books you love. I hope you get to meet one of your favorites soon.

  6. Jennelle S says

    I know it may not be very original, but I’ll have to pick JK Rowling. I’ve been lucky, a lot of the authors that I haven wanted to meet have actually come to my local bookstore.

    I follow both blogs as sablelexi.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  7. Maria D. says

    Looks like a great time was had by all!

    I think the author I would love to meet is Nalini Singh…I just love her writing!

    I am a follower of both blogs

    • Kelly Mueller says

      OH Maria,
      I would LOVE to me Nalini. Have talked to her online. But face to face is so much better.

  8. Andrea says

    Right now I’m thinking Kresley Cole because I think her books are imaginative and hilarious. I would love to have a few drinks with Cole and Gena Showalter.

    • says

      Hi Andrea.
      I so agree with you. I would love to meet Kresley Cole. I had a chance a couple months back but I got sick..
      and Gena Showalter I would go total fan girl on her

  9. Kristina Parmenter says

    WOW! Looks like you had a blast! There are hardly ever any signings around where I live(but that is Ohio for ya!)
    Anyhow i would love to meet Kim Harrison, or lara Adrian..or maybe JR Ward..oh gosh so many to choose from!

    I am a follower of both blogs as kristina Parmenter (i know original


  10. Sheree says

    Hi, Kelly! Living or dead author? I would love to meet P. G. Wodehouse but he died in 1974. Or perhaps a talk by Isaac Asimov but he died in 1992.

    Of the living ones, I’d love to meet Terry Pratchett again (he has Alzheimer’s now), Jayne Ann Krentz (who was fun and informative), and Daniel Handler as Lemony Snicket (one of the funnest talks I attended). Actually, many of the YA and children’s authors were vastly entertaining – I loved Scott Westerfeld’s talk. Authors whom I haven’t met but would like to include the Butchers, Jim and Shannon K.

    GFC follower on both blogs.

  11. erinf1 says

    Thanks for an awesome post! I just went to my very first author signing and it was Rachel Caine and Chloe Neill. It was a blast! I would love to go to more but there’s not a lot around where I live :(

    But If I could, I’d love to meet Nora Roberts, Nalini Singh, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Ann Aguirre, Neil Gaiman, etc. etc. etc. :)

    GFC : erin (both blogs)

  12. Jeannie says

    Great blog Kelly, you write in a way that let’s me enjoy vicariously :-) The authors I’d most like to meet are the phenomenal Thea Harrison as well as the equally fantastic JR Ward! Love the Alpha males they have introduced me to & the women who love them

  13. says

    Hi Kelly! *waves* Nice to meet you :-)

    I am sooo jealous you get to meet all these wonderful authors! Living in Europe I am green with envy when I hear about these author tours and meetings. I would love to meet Kelley Armstrong, Erin Nicholas, Laura Bickle, Rachel Vincent, Carolyn Crane and I could go on :-)

    I follow your blog.

    Thank you for the chance!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. Cathy M says

    What a fabulous group of authors, no wonder you had a blast. Looks like we have a lot of paranormal romance fans here, with lots of my fav author’s already listed. Another one for the list is Shelly Laurenston, love her humor.

    gfc follower of both blogs

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

    • says

      HI Cathy,
      Thanks for stopping by. I had a blast. It is really fun to meet the authors. We all keep in touch still. Have some lunch dates set up with them too.

  15. miki says

    I think i would like to meet ilona andrews. Since i live in Europe it’s nearly impossible for me to meet anyone^^ ( i was lucky for my birthday Patricia Briggs was in Belgium but it was one opportunity only ^^)
    thanks for the giveaway


    gfc follower : miki

  16. says

    I would love to meet Stephen King. If I could just sit down with him for an hour or two and find out what makes him tick and how he comes up with crazy and creepy stuff that he comes up with, I’d be a happy happy girl! I wish I had even just an eight of his talent!

    GFC follower Tiffany Drew


  17. Linda says

    I live in Asia; any authors like to come out visit? That would be super awesome!

    There are so many authors I’d like to meet but a few of my favourites are Lisa Kleypas whose books are just awesome; Ashley March because she seems so nice & funny! & Brandon Sanderson whose book Elantris is my all time favourite.

    Sending me a plane ticket would work too!

  18. Lexi says

    I have never been to a signing but always think it would be a lot of fun. Unfortunately my husband and I have three kids under the age of two right now (yes there is a multiple there) so its tricky to get out and do stuff. Guess I will just live vicariously through you guys and be jealous of who you get to meet and books you get to pick up!
    If I ever get to meet an author my top pick would be Karen Marie Moning. Love her Fever series and her Highlander series, the best of both worlds.

    A fun post, and yes I am jealous!
    Thanks for a chance in your giveaway!
    GFC follower FV and Books and Kisses Lexi
    eyesofblueice (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. Chris Bails says

    I did have the opportunity to meet one of my favorite authors a couple of years ago. I met Charlaine Harris and was the nicest woman I ever meet. I had her sign 3 of my books, she gave a talk about the Sookie Stackhouse series, and her other books, and had the woman that does the audio books with her. She was very funny. If I could meet any other authors I would choose Laurell K Hamilton, Jeaniene Frost, Ashlyn Chase, JR Ward, and Lauren Dane. I love meeting famous people, so anyone would be cool. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win the GC.

  20. says

    First of all, that looks like the cutest book store :)

    Hmmm…which author – I would have to say Gordon and Ilona Andrews. Because I’m in love with every book they write :)

    Nice post!

  21. Barbara Elness says

    I would love to meet Gini Koch – i love her books and I think she’s hilarious so it would be fun to talk to her.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  22. Mary Preston says

    Right now I would love to meet Neil Gaiman. His writing is brilliant & he is doing great things in getting people to read.

    I follow: Mary Preston


  23. Susan W. says

    Hi, Kelly! I have a hard time deciding which author I would like to meet. I have so many favs! Shelly Laurenston, J. R. Ward, Jacquelyn Frank, Nalini Singh, Moira Rogers, Marie Harte and Stephanie Jullian just to name a few.

    I’ve been following Fiction Vixen for a little while and just checked out Kelly’s blog. Signed up for RSS feeds to follow Books-n-Kisses and got many new authors to check out!

  24. Jen B. says

    I have been lucky to attend a couple of book conferences this year so I have met a lot of great authors. I would love to meet Karen Marie Moning, Shannon K. Butcher, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jessica Andersen…. So many. But the one that I would probably get crazy over is Jacqueline Carrey. I just love her books!

  25. donnas says

    I think it would be a tie between Nora Roberts, Neil Gaimon and Stephen King. I wouldnt know what to say to any of them.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  26. Mariee says

    I’ve never been to a book signing, but I’d like to someday because they always look like a ton of fun. I’m a big Anne Stuart fan so I’d love to meet her someday.

  27. Amber Hughes says

    Great post Kelly! That is wonderful that you got to meet some of your favorite authors.

    If I had to pick just one author, it would be JR Ward. Her BDB series is my favorite. Of course, there are many others I would love to meet: Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Jeaniene Frost, Rachel Vincent, Larissa Ione, Lara Adrian, Kelley Armstrong, Darynda Jones, Thea Harrison, Virna DePaul, Chloe Neill, Richelle Mead, Laura Wright, Sherrilyn Kenyon…just to name a few! LOL!

    I follow both blogs under Amber Hughes


  28. Emily Tardy says

    One author I would die to meet… Honestly I’d love to meet any of the authors that I read.

    I read the Author’s Note in one of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s most recent releases that made me really want to meet her, so if I had to choose I would love to meet her =D

    thank you for the wonderful giveaway

  29. Pat L. says

    Would love to meet Robyn Carr. Was lucky enuf to meet James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Barbara Delinsky at signings.

  30. TrishJ says

    I would love to meet nora Roberts, but I’m sure I wouldnt be able to utter a single coherent sentence.

  31. Diana N. says

    I am SO jealous you got to meet so many fabulous paranormal/urban fiction authors. I now have a list of 4 new names to try later! :) But out of all the many authors I would love to meet, it would have to be NORA ROBERTS! She is my queen. From her spectacular writing career to owning an Inn and a bookstore, she does it all!

  32. Julie Witt says

    I would love to meet JK Rowling, Kelley Armstrong, Janet Evanovich, Stephen King, and Lisa Bergren!! I actually could keep going but I’ll stop here!! lol

  33. Anne R says

    I would want to meet JK Rowling, Jeaniene Frost and Deborah Harkness just to name a few.
    Looks like you had a great time meeting everyone, thanks for sharing.