Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sherrilyn Kenyon NYC Book Signing

I trekked into Manhattan yesterday evening for Sherrilyn Kenyon's Acheron book signing at the Columbus Circle Borders. Sherrilyn is the talented author of the Dark Hunter and Dream Hunter series as well as several other series that I have not yet read. Sherrilyn is not only a talented and successful author, she's also a gracious, kind and warm person. She truly deserves all the success she has achieved in her writing career.

I took the train from my suburban town in New Jersey to New York Penn Station and had my trip planned so that I'd get to the Borders a bit before 7 pm. I didn't check the weather forecast before leaving home and was surprised that sunny blue skies gave way to gray skies and a sudden thunderstorm upon coming out of Penn Station. After walking in the rain for maybe 10 blocks, I found a sidewalk vendor selling umbrellas for $5 (just before a pair of street cops shut him down for lack of proper permits, I might add! Phew for me!). I still got drenched, though. I arrived at the Columbus Circle Borders just moments before 7 pm and Kate got there at the same time. Imagine our disappointment when we learned that the start time for Sherrilyn Kenyon's Booksigning and Talk got changed to 6 pm!
We missed the entire talk and Q&A!!! Yeah, so sadly I have no tidbits or Kenyon news to report on that end.

Here's a picture of me and Kate shortly after we arrived at Borders:
Surprisingly, we don't look like drowned rats. I think my hair was still very damp and I honestly don't think my shoes or jeans ever dried out that night.

I would guess that there were a good 100 readers there to meet Sherrilyn and get their books signed. Shortly after arriving, Kate and I met up with a few familiar faces. We chatted with authors and fellow twitterers Liz Maverick and Marianne Mancusi, and also aspiring author, book reviewer, and book seller Stacey A. (I'm leaving off her last name, because I'm not sure if she would want her last name revealed). I had met both Liz and Stacey a few weeks ago at a dinner rendez vous that Ann Aguirre arranged when she was on stop over in the NY/NJ area last month, so it was fun meeting up with them again so soon. I also got to see my friend and fellow JR Ward fan, Terri, a.k.a. moonwindt, who is also an upcoming author of paranormal romance. I also chatted with other readers there--it's just so easy to strike up conversations with fellow romance readers.

There was a dude there posing as Acheron, but in my humble opinion, he didn't quite have the stature or attitude to pull off Ash. But really, who could possibly pull that off?
Liz and I decided to he was really a Squire posing as Ash.

And look! I got to try on THE Acheron jacket:
All throughout the signing, author Dianna Love --who is a dear friend of Sherrilyn Kenyon and co author of the novel titled Phantom In The Night -- raffled away a slew of Dark Hunter promotional material. Dianna was great and kept the readers entertained. At the very end, Kate and I each finally won something-- some cool manga Dark Hunter posters that we got Sherrilyn to sign.

Finally, it was my turn to chat with Sherrilyn and get my Acheron book signed. This was my fourth time coming out to meet Sherrilyn in the last year, and I was touched that she remembered me. Like I said in the beginning of this post, Sherrilyn Kenyon is such a warm and gracious person. She makes each of her fans feel special and appreciated and she is truly thankful for all of her readers and adores each and every one.
I don't think I'll ever get tired of meeting this fun and amazing woman. I hope she comes back to the NJ/NY area soon so I can visit with her again.

To learn more about Sherrilyn Kenyon, you can visit her website here. Thanks to Kat at the blog Wit and Sin, who has made tidy lists of her favorite book series, you can also check out the book orders of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series here, and her novels written as Kinley MacGregor here.

Just for kicks, here's a picture of a double decker train. I was on a very very PACKED double decker train out of NY Penn Station heading to New Jersey after 11 pm last night. NYC is truly the city that never sleeps.

Isn't that cool?


  1. Looks like you had lots of fun. Bummer about the rain though. I have read two of her Kinley MacGregor novels and they are just as good as the Dark-Hunter ones. :)

  2. It was a lot of fun. I have two MacGregor novels on my shelf. Someday, Anna. Someday. ;)

    I have to admit New York City is magnificent during a thunderstorm. Almost surreal to look up at the skyscrapers that disappear into the clouds. And all the umbrellas moving down the sidewalks. And the sound of something so loud, yet natural, as thunder echoing between the buildings. Like Gotham City, you know?

  3. Nice pictures! Too bad about the rain and the 6pm thing.

    I haven't read Sherrilyn Kenyon *duck*. I don't know, the Dark-Hunter novels, there are just so many. It's intimidating. But I read one of her MacGregor novels ("Born in Sin") and thought it pretty good.

  4. That's awesome you met up with so many other people there. NYC--the place to be man! Sounds like you had a great time.

    We are driving to Toronto on Wednesday to meet her. I'm really excited and refuse to chicken out! I finished Acheron yesterday. Loved it!

  5. Thanks for the fun pictures. I love them. You guys look so cute. I haven't read Sherrilyn Kenyon either, but so want to. And I love your little details, like the umbrella seller, and your description of the buildings disappearing into the clouds. Oh, sounds so cool.

  6. We look pretty good as drowned rats. LOL.
    Sherrilyn continues to amaze me with her love and devotion to her fans. It was a fun night.
    So the double decker train is real! WOW.

  7. I thought Ash was supposed to be about 7 feet tall or something - and for some reason I pictured him as blond with long hair.
    Still - it's cool that she has "Acheron" along with her on tour.

  8. I haven't read all the Dark-Hunter books, so I gotta wait on Ash, but I'd love to meet SK. She seems like a really nice person.

  9. Oh wow, how exciting!! You guys are so lucky!! I love the pictures. How nice that you get to meet up with each other.

  10. Where are the HORNS??? I wanted costume pics. ;) Fun. I wish I could have been there. Thanks for sharing and letting me live vicariously. :)

  11. No, hornays!!!

    That's like Jay Bush not eating beans! lmao

    Sounds like you had fun. We missed out on a Q&A this time as well...unless she did it at the end. Not sure...they had us wait outside this time due to fire codes...blahblahblah.
    *le sigh*

  12. Ugh, it didn't look too crowded at all! That was one of my biggest problems with it. NYC & Sherri, that means crowds!! Or so I thought. It looks like you had lots of fun! Great pics! Wish I would have gone now.

    :) Barbara

  13. WOW!! I wish i could have been there. It was so cool that we all got to see her. I got to touch that jacket, for she did not seem to want to part with it in SF.


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