Loved by My Piano Man at BookCon

The first ever BookCon was… all right. The swag was plentiful, but the amount of space and its arrangement, the competence of the security team, and the scheduling of the panels left much to be desired. Maybe this was to be expected—this being the first BookCon and all—but considering that the people in charge were the same ones who have been planning New York ComicCon for years, I expected less pandemonium.

My Piano Man and I still had a blast. We (and a few hundred others) missed the first panel we had in our schedule, My First Novel: Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me about Writing, Publishing and Promoting a Book. There was not enough of space. But we got lucky with the alternative. We made it to Stan Lee’s Zodiac: Comic Book Legend to Children’s Book Author, and got two signed pre-view copies of Zodiac. My Piano Man also got me an autographed copy of File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents, by Lemony Snicket. My third treasure is a copy of Boy, Snow, Bird, by  Helen Oyeyemi. I can’t wait to read her awesome retelling of the Snow White fairy tale.

We only attended three panels: Multicultural Publishers in Conversation, The Evolution of a Book Cover and as mentioned above, Stan Lee’s Zodiac: Comic Book Legend to Children’s Book Author. I’ll tell you about the multicultural panel in a future post.

The cover panel was formed by Helen Yentus and Oliver Munday, the creators of the covers for Boy, Snow, Bird and Without Their Permission, respectively. The two artists were brilliant. Stan Lee’s panel was hilarious, informative and touching. The 91-year-old co-creator of Spider-Man confessed that he no longer hears or sees well, but asked everyone not to pity him for the fact that he can’t read much. “I’ve read many books,” he said, listing Alan Poe, Shakespeare and a few others as his favorite authors.

For me, reading is like exhaling—writing is the inhaling part of the breathing process. I’ve always being afraid of not being able to do it. If the time comes when I can no longer experience stories, I hope to show Stan Lee’s fortitude towards the topic.

Now to the loved by my Piano Man at BookCon bit… How many of you thought something sexy after reading the title? Come on, be honest *Rhissanna, cough*. Of course his sexy bits always make me feel loved, but it was something he said that left me brimming with the joy that can only be evoked by the knowledge that someone loves you completely. I was waiting to get a free book, and told my Piano Man that he didn’t have to wait in line with me. He could go browse for things he wanted. He told me, “No, I’ll wait in line. The second book will make a good giveaway.”

I kissed him hard, and stood in line grinning like a lunatic in love and occasionally groping his backside inappropriately. This might not sound like much to some—not the groping but the bit about my Piano Man standing in line to get a book for one of my Wicked Darlings—nevertheless, it means the world to me. I’m marrying this man in 28 days, and knowing that he keeps in mind the simple things that matter to me makes me happy beyond believe. I’m a happy Witch, and my Lover is perfect for moi…

Here is some of the loot we got at BookCon 2014. I want to share the fun. If you want one of the books (except the first three), add the title to the end of your comment about this post. I will pick a winner, using Random.Org, on Wednesday, June 4th.
  
   
   

This is the rest of the swag. I love the Nightmares! sleep mask. ;-)

And the winner is
Congrats, Petoskystone! Please message me with your mailing information, and I’ll drop Without Their Permission in the mail. (Yes, I know how wicked hilarious that sounds *hehehe*)

36 comments:

  1. Your Piano Man is truly a special man; WOW! is the wedding really only 28 days? Seems like just yesterday you were telling us about y'all getting engaged; so excited for you!!! As or which of these books I would most want I have to say His Majesty's Dragon, I am loving the cover and like that it's a book one, that means more to read!!!

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    1. He is, isn't he? And yes, only 28 days to go--27, now! Time passes so quickly. I'm with you, I can barely believe that we've been engaged for almost a year.

      Great book choice!

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  2. Aw, c'mon, you don't think Rhissanna's the only one whose mind went there at the title of this post, did you? *giggles wickedly*

    *ahem* Anyway! BookCon sounds like it was a lovely time for you two. I love hearing the wonderful things you and your Piano Man get up to, and the things he does for you.

    And I'm entering, of course. For Hounded. :D
    -Fox

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    1. Oh, I knew other people's minds might go there. But there was no "might" when it came to Rhissanna, lol! She reminds me of me. ;-D

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  3. I'm sure your Piano man would be perfect for most women, but then they would have to get passed you first lol. My son would never forgive me if I didn't enter the draw and ask for Zodiac...he always thinks it is so cool trying to spot Stan Lee in any of his movies :D XXX

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    1. He is quite the treasure, and I feel so lucky to have found him!

      Your son is a very intelligent boy. :-D

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  4. People are always surprised when they find my mind is a gutter. A pink, moist gutter. So, yes, I assumed amorousness but in the context of warm, loving proto-husbandly ways. He sounds a sweetheart and that's more important than most other things, because it lasts.

    But never mind that! You saw Stan Lee! STAN LEE! Everyone favourite Uncle! (And a huge influence on the cultural sensibilities of our age.) We'll miss him when he's gone.

    When you read 'His Majesty's Dragon', count how many times the hero (not Temeraire, the human captain) sits down with a 'fresh pot of coffee'. When I read it, I thought of you.

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    1. They are surprised? They must not know you! *cough*

      This is my third time seeing Stan Lee, and it was as wonderful as the first two times. He is 91-years-old! And he can keep a room laughing and totally focused on him for hours. Charisma doesn't quite capture the man's attitude. There is something else. And yes, that "something else" will be totally missed after he leaves us.

      Now, I know I'll be reading His Majesty's Dragon looking for coffee, lol!

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    2. Three times! You've see Stan the Man three times? That's the charm, right? I can't tell Hubby. He'd be so jealous. Spider-Man and him are childhood buddies.

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  5. Magaly this is the best when our partners are a PART of our everything! :) I am so happy for you, and he is a great man to think about your wicked darlings!
    Please.. after seeing the book titles, which one do you think I picked up? lol - Having my Baby. (is it international giveaway?) Anyway, I loved the title. But Interview with the Vampire - mmm.. It's ok, I have that movie with me ))
    I am happy you still had great time at BookCon! Looking forward to hear about Multicultural Publishers in Conversation.

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    1. When we were on our way to BookCon and I was joking about how I picked what I was going to wear weeks in advance--I rarely do that--I asked him, "Did you ever think you'd marry this much geekness?" And he say, "I wished and hoped for it. But I never dreamed I would." Yes, he's ridiculously funny, too, lol!

      You know what's funny about the book? That when I picked up, I thought about you! ♥

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  6. I loved the part about reading and writing as exhaling and inhaling for you, poetic and poignant.

    What a man! Thinking of giveaways will earn him lots of points with all your blog friends :)

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    1. Some things which are just a hobby or a job for some are life to the rest of us, aren't they? And thank goodness for that!

      My Piano Man got all kinds of points, indeed. ♥

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  7. What an exciting adventure.

    I know you have traveled a hard road to find your piano man. May you both live happily ever after.

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    1. You can say that again, lol! Thank goodness the walking is now a lot easier and more fun, in the company of another. ;-)

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  8. Oh, the wedding is getting so close! Squeeeee! You're a sweet couple, you are.

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    1. *squeeeeees with happiness because she missed Debra*

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  9. You two are so damned cute, together! What a life you will have.

    I like "Somewhat Close to Normal" - having a book by that title would be a sardonic reminder of reality :)

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    1. I haven't read Somewhat Close to Normal, but the title also intrigued me. I wonder, wonder, wonder...

      And yes, we "are so damned cute!" LOL!

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  10. woof! He looks tired ;) 28 days? Seems that time is speeding up! That's a pity about the poorly managed Con. Esp. the security aspect. 'Without their permission' by Alexis Ohanian.

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    1. I have no idea where time is going to, but wherever it might be it seems that it wants to get there yesterday.

      I hope BookCon is better next year...

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  11. What an absolute darling to think of your blog. I love that you're so completely in love with one another.
    Not long now, until you're husband and wife. You must be so excited!

    Oh, look at all the swag! Brilliant! A lovely selection of books too.
    I wonder if there's a BookCon coming to Wales any time soon :)

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    1. He is a keeper and a kisser. ;-D

      We are very excited, indeed.

      BookCon in Wales... *dreams about going, too*

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  12. Oh to have a BookCon.....*dreams*......we don't get such things down here by the sea in our little South East of England peninsula ! Glad you had such a blast and what a haul - I squealed when I saw you picked up one by Helen Oyeyemi which I will now rush off to find on jolly 'ole Amazon ;).

    Only 28 days......so exciting. Your Piano Man certainly earned a lot of brownie points.....where on earth did you find such a thoughtful, caring, sweet sweet man?????? (yes, and sexy too....!)

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    1. I was all smiles and thinking of you while in the panel with the artist who created the cover. It seems she loves Helen's work just as much, which made the cover more difficult to create. After seeing the panel, I've gained a different kind of respect for publishing houses' art designers.

      25 days!

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  13. You have seriously intrigued me with your view of inhaling and exhaling - I think of them the opposite way, that reading is inhaling and writing is exhaling!! Somewhat more predictable and less poetic, but I need to know why you "switch" them. Discussion will happen...

    I would so love Somewhat Close to Normal. Just the title is reason enough for me to pick it up, but it sounds like it's amazing itself anyway!

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    1. When I read I'm relax, light; it's just like emptying my lungs before taking a shot with a rifle in order not to ruin my aiming. I let my imagination float and be driven by what someone else is telling me via a story. But when I write, my lungs are full of life, visions, ideas, characters... full of things I need to keep inside, shaping them, until they can be born into a story. And by the time they do come out, they are so very mine that even if someone reads them--especially when someone reads them--they continue to be part of what's inside me.

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  14. I would have been so out of my mind at BookCon! I'm always reading, at work, at home, in the car...always looking for something to keep my brain active and me in my happy place. Thanks for sharing some of your adventure and some of your goodies! I'd love to read either Hounded or His Majesty's Dragon.

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    1. It was pretty awesome. I bet it will be better next year. And we have New York ComicCon in October, too!

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  15. I thought i already said so, but congragulations! I can't wait for wedding details? What you 'll wear what he 'll wear. What you 'll say, where. I am sure it is going to be unique and beautiful!!!
    Lots and lots of love!!!!!

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    1. Thanks a million! Details coming REALLY soon. ;-D Yes, we're exciting about sharing. We've had quite a bit of fun figuring out what to wear (especially the Little Princess, lol!).

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  16. Shoot, I missed the giveaway. I knew I was behind in things!
    Your Piano Man is one special guy ;o) You two deserve each other ;o)
    Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. There will be more! I mean, I need to make room for more books, right? *hehehe*

      He is special and wonderful... I keep on telling him, and he keeps on agreeing. ;-D

      Hugs!

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  17. I missed the contest and just wanted to say Blessed Be and congratulations on your upcoming wedding. my husband and I will be married for 11 years in December. we got married on the solstice and even had a fairly big earthquake on our wedding day right as my hubby was saying his vows to me.

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    1. "a fairly big earthquake" on your wedding day sounds appropriately witch. The Great Mother was dancing for you guys!

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