So, today, I want to talk about the authors I would give my right arm to see. Have you taken a look at the list of authors who will be appearing in the author signing area? This was me when I saw it:
Yeah. Pretty freaking excited. So, now comes the arduous task of whittling down my list to the authors that are a top priority and trying to maintain some semblance of decorum and professionalism when I don't get to see them all. Because, I am realistic. I do know that I won't see everyone I want to, despite planning this thing within an inch of its life. So, this is my Dream Team. My Ultimate Wish List.
1. Richelle Mead - This kick ass chick is numero uno on my list. She lives on the west coast, so seeing her is going to be difficult at any local events. Plus, she wrote the Vampire Academy series and is in the middle of the Bloodlines series, two HUGE obsessions of mine. I expect to see some ARCs of her new series, Gameboard of the Gods there, but if the BEA author signing list is correct and she has The Fiery Heart available, I might just hyperventilate myself into a coma.
2. Diana Gabaldon - I've been a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon's for a long time. She's another west-coaster, so I don't know when I might have another chance to see her. She should be signing the latest book in the Outlander series, Written In My Own Heart's Blood, which is a MUST for my bookshelf.
3. Jennifer L. Armentrout - Jennifer Armentrout doesn't live too far from me. In fact, I've seen her twice before. But, she's signing Frigid, which isn't due out until November. I really want that book. And, I think Jennifer is pretty frikkin' awesome, so I love any chance I have to get some face time with her.
4. Cinda Williams Chima - I have loved everything written by this woman. Her fantasy series, The Seven Realms, is the best I've ever read. When I heard she was going to continue the Heir Chronicles series, I was so stoked. When I heard that she was going to be signing copies of The Enchanter Heir at BEA, I totally fangirled.
5. Rick Riordan - Greek mythology is one of my favorite things to read, and the Percy Jackson series is one of the most creative and entertaining adaptations of Greek mythology I've ever read. I already have plans to hear him speak at the Children's Author Breakfast. My goal is to get his John Hancock of one of his books - specifically The Serpent's Shadow!
So, there you go - my favorites list. Wish me luck as I make my plans to stalk my favorite authors (in completely socially-acceptable ways, of course!)!