Highlight of my week (a.k.a. meeting Lothaire at Kresley Cole’s book signing)

Chelsea with Lothaire. Yes, be jealous, that is a vampire's arm wrapped around me.

Chelsea/VBC with Lothaire. Yes, be jealous, that is a vampire's arm wrapped around me.

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
10000 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78759

Thursday, Jan. 12 – Houston, TX

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
2450 Fry Road
Houston, TX 77084

Friday, Jan. 13 – New Orleans, LA

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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.

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74 Responses to “Highlight of my week (a.k.a. meeting Lothaire at Kresley Cole’s book signing)”

  1. Savanna says:

    I feel so behind the times since I haven’t even started reading the series, let alone book 12! But just from all the positive comments I have read about this book, I’ve decided to get caught up so I can be swoony too!

  2. ChrisS says:

    Wow! I wish her tour was coming to a book store near me. Although there were some bumps, it sounds like it was a good time.

  3. Ning says:

    Aahhh! You’re so lucky!! I wish I was home in Houston, but no I have to go to college! I left just 2 days before the tour stop in Houston!

    But I just finished this book. I’m totally in love. I wish she’d tell us when Nix’s book is!

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  4. Kati R says:

    You are one lucky girl. Goes to show that I shouldn’t have moved from Texas. lol. From all the tweeted photos and blog posts I saw of the events, it sounded like a VERY fun time. I just recently started reading her books. As for the eye candy, well, that’s pretty darn genius to bring him 🙂

    Kati @ Romancing Rakes

  5. Sheila Eyre says:

    You lucky lucky lady, here in the uk I don’t get to meet my favourite authors, plus scrummy models too.
    I would love to win a signed copy of this from you but it sure I can from here.
    If so thanks for entering me for a chance. 🙂

  6. Barbara says:

    OMG…you are so lucky! Wish I were you..would have LOVED to have been there! I KNOW you have a GREAT time! Thanks for this AMAZING opportunity to win a signed copy!

  7. Wilma says:

    I wish they made stops in the Northeast, like CT, and New York I would like to attend with my daughter. I also appreciate the chance to win to win a book.

  8. Mel Thomas says:

    I am soooo jealous! Immortals After Dark is one of my favorite series and Lothaire one of my most anticipated books of the year. I would love a copy signed by both Kresley and Paul. Thanks for the opportunity!

  9. Kathryn says:

    Thanks for the chance to win a signed copy. I’d love to start a new series!

  10. Phoenix Carvelli says:

    OMG is the phrase of choice! WOW!!! You lucky girl! Unfortunately, I don’t think I will see them at the book signings anytime soon. 🙁
    I would so love to win the autographed copy! Thanks for getting both of their autographs!
    Enjoy the warm fuzzy feeling every time you admire that photo!


  11. adelle medberry says:

    Lucky lady, he is gorgeous! Makes me want to read this book for sures, Sounds like you had a great time.:))

  12. latisha depoortere says:

    Thank you very much for this great giveaway can’t wait to read this one!
    tishajean@ charter.net

  13. Kimberley Fischer says:

    You know…they need to have Paul sign it too! LOL!

  14. Shauni says:

    This was a great post.. made me smile and I could just see me reacting in a similar way to Paul.. *Grins*

    I hope she makes it up Chicago way soon.. I am sure I will make the time to go visit!

    Thanks for offering this great opportunity!


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