Yesterday Kresley Cole’s latest Immortals After Dark book — the OMG-I-need-it-now Lothaire — hit stores. In celebration for the book so many have craved, she is doing a brief book tour. The first stop was on release day in Dallas. And, for you, I went.
Kresley decided to bring along the cover model for Lothaire, Paul Marron. Now, I can’t say enough how much I love my husband or how hot he is, but I still got all sorts of excited at seeing the model dressed up as Lothaire, red contacts and all. (See photo*)
For those who are hoping to hit the next tour stops, here’s what I learned from the Dallas signing:
1. Though Kresley spoke of a “tipsy Q&A” with champagne in special flutes, there was no Q&A. A few people had flutes, but no one told us where to get them, etc. I don’t think this is a fault on Kresley’s part. The bookstore had poor signage for her event in general. Unfortunately, this means I wasn’t able to ask when we’ll get Nix’s book. I expect she knows we want it, though.
2. She personalized books, despite the bookstore saying she wouldn’t. Lesson learned: Kresley Cole loves you more than stupid rules.
3. Paul Marron is about 10 times hotter in person. Really. Breath-stealingly hot. Can’t emphasize this enough. Make sure to get a good look while moving forward in line so that you can be all cool when you actually meet him. He’s very sweet. (And he was eager to put his arm around me for photos, which made for an exceptional experience.)
4. Smaller turnout than expected. I arrived an hour in advance and still was done with the signing and photo ops in under an hour from start time. It may have just been because it was a Tuesday night in a less than ideal location.
5. Kresley is giving away e-readers for each tour stop. Make sure to find the sign-up sheet. Details about all of the events are on her Facebook page.
So, the important takeaways here: Kresley Cole is incredibly nice, considerate and brings the man candy to the book signings. If you live near any of the following locations, I suggest you make time to hit up the Lothaire book signing stops:
Wednesday, Jan. 11 – Austin, TX
7:00 PM – 8.30 PM
BARNES & NOBLE
10000 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78759
Thursday, Jan. 12 – Houston, TX
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
KATY BUDGET BOOKS
2450 Fry Road
Houston, TX 77084
Friday, Jan. 13 – New Orleans, LA
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
GARDEN DISTRICT BOOKS
2727 Prytania Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Saturday, Jan. 14 – Tampa, FL
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
839 Brandon Town Center Mall
Brandon, FL 33511
Oh, and your reward for reading to the end? I had both Kresley Cole and that gorgeous man playing Lothaire sign a hardcover copy of Lothaire for one VBC reader.
* I did take a picture with Kresley, but for some reason I look about 15 years old in it. It’s going into the “private” collection of other terrible photos of me. Besides, you guys just want to ogle the man candy.