Awesome Blog ~ Atria Indies Talk Baltimore MD with Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl

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The Fall in Love 2014 Tour Bus transporting the trio of wonderful authors of #AtriaIndies arrived to 100 N Charles Streets just as I was pulling up to a stop light.  I had beautiful blue butterflies fluttering around in my stomach!  Author sightings in Baltimore and the surrounding area is common, but I haven’t seen one in quite some time.  This signing held the 3 of the top Atria Indie authors right now, Jamie Mcguire, Abbie Glines and Colleen Hoover.

I have followed both Jamie McGuire’s and Abbi Glines career for a while and had their actual self published books on hand with me. Jamie actually remarked at my slightly oversized self published book  of Beautiful Disaster and Abbi Glines said I was the first to have Predestined and Existence signed for her during her whole tour.  Happy Sigh…

Once I saw the piles of books other girls had toted along, I was really sad though because I had left a handful of unsigned books home.  Sigh…  Tis OK, I do plan on meeting them again.  AND hopefully one day I will be meeting Jamie with her daughter Eden Fierce so I can get her book, Eyes of the Woods, signed as well.  Everyone is probably tired of me saying this, but the main character in Eden’s debut novel is named Eris, which is only a letter away from my daughter’s name, ERYS.

I hope you enjoy this pictorial edition of my #AwesomeBlog Post!  NOTE:  I did bring #RandomSwag with me, so if you see me around town say hello and I just may have some goodies in my handy dandy Kristen Painter messenger bag!

Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl

PS ~ Upcoming Signings

*Books a Million at Arundal Mills will be hosting an event September 11 ~ Kim Harrison will be signing her new release The Witch with No Name and other available books (pssssttttt….  I maybe there)

*Barnes and Noble, Tyson Corner Mall will be hosting an event September 22 ~ Jeaniene Frost will be signing her new release The Beautiful Ashes and Melissa Marr will be signing her new release Made for You (I WILL BE THERE)

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I just arrived and I made two new friends!  Donna, Ms Jacquie & I are just waiting around until the trio comes to discuss their lovely books!  Notice how my folding chair is PINK and of course my darling Kristen Painter messenger bag!  ♥


********THE LADIES HAVE ARRIVED*********

2014-09-05 14.56.56The #AtriaIndies Trio have arrived!!  YIPPEEEEE!!!

2014-09-05 14.03.23Yuppers it is HOT!!!  Jamie is fanning Abbi!  Teeeeee heeeeee!!!  They were cute!

2014-09-06 01.53.08I can’t take credit for this picture.  I borrowed it (shhhhhhhh) from the #AtriaIndies site.  It was such a closer look at the trio I had too since I was all the way in the back.  If you don’t know the ladies are Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire and Abbi Glines.

*********WAITING IN LINE**********

2014-09-05 14.07.40Ms Jacquie and I take a selfie while in line!  :-)  Phew…  It was hot!

 2014-09-05 14.06.35Christina and I take a selfie while in line.  We are getting closer.  Kinda…  In the background you can see the author tent!

2014-09-05 14.06.11Christina, Theresa Coleman and Carol McCall with their handful of books!  They have way more books then I did!  LUCKY!  I didn’t think to bring the rest of my books.  Pouting…  I really wish I would have listened to my gut and taken them with me anyway.

**********MY TURN TO GET PICTURES********

2014-09-05 14.08.28I loved this selfie toooooooooo much NOT to include it!  One of the assistants was on hand to take the pictures of the trio with the fan’s camera.  WELL OF COURSE, my phone was on selfie mode and sensitive mode (any tap on the phone it, the camera snaps a picture).  This is the resulting beautiful face!  I LOVE IT!  I wish I took note of her name like I did the ladies I stood in line with.

2014-09-05 14.09.12My Picture with the ladies!

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My Picture with the sign.  I took a picture of Ms. Jacquie with the sign so she was kind enough to make sure I had my picture taken with it as well.  She is my new Baltimore Book Buddy!!  #AwesomeSauce!

**********PICTURES WITH THE BUS*********

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2014-09-05 14.14.07The Bus Pics!  :0)

2014-09-06 01.53.30I also borrowed this picture from #AtriaIndies because I loved it.  <3 (YES YES YES…  DID YOU NOTICE WHO THAT IS? Kami Garcia, Author of the Beautiful Creatures series was there! See below for my ultimate fangirl moment)

**********FANGIRL MOMENT*********

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Now I was a total fangirl the whole day.  Who wouldn’t be right!  I was able to see two authors I totally loved and was introduced to Colleen Hoover who I am a newbie bookie to her novels.  BUT then I spy my SQUEAL FANGIRL AUTHOR!  I love love love love the Beautiful Creatures series.  I even payed top dollar for a signed first edition of the first two books in the series AND I was wearing my version of Lena’s necklace, so when I saw her I raced up to her and asked her to sign a special gift for the #NerdHerd.  (NEGLECTING OF COURSE to get an true autograph for me)  They do say the selfie is the new autograph though so I am a OK right!  I am babbling again and in my head I can hear Cianna telling me to “GO TO SLEEP GLADYS”.

**********MEETING NEW INDY AUTHORS**********

2014-09-05 16.59.58The best thing about going to signings is meeting new people, both bookies and new authors.  Some people are just as giggly as myself and like to talk and talk and talk.  Some people think I am nuts because I talk and talk and talk.  Even though I try to say I am shy, talk BOOKS to my soul and we are best friends for life.

I offered to take pictures of these two lovely ladies so they could get one together and as they thanked me we discussed books.  I told them I ran Nerd Girl with my besties and they told me they wrote.  ABOVE are their lovely books and below are their links!  It wouldn’t be a Nerd Girl day without promoting a new author now would it!  :-)

The #NerdHerd knows the drill, hope over to their page, give them a like and say the #NerdGirl says hello!  I will be watching and maybe you will get some #RandomSwag!!!

Not Yet, A Novel by Laura Ward     *     @LauraRosnerWard

Deviation Book 1 & Conviction Book 2
by Christine Manzari     *     @Xenatine     *

**********FOR THE NERD HERD*********

2014-09-05 14.47.17As some of you can see, we are nearing the 10,000 Likes milestone!!!  Above will be part of the prize from us!  I will be collecting awesome lovely things from every signing I go to!  Who wouldn’t want this beautiful tablet cover, Atria Indies tote and Who’s your Book Boyfriend button??  Who knows what else I will be adding!  Stay tuned!!

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The NerdGirl

Blogger, Reviewer, Promoter extraordinaire, I don’t think you will find ANYONE that loves books more than her. Gladys will read anything but prefers paranormal and fantasy. She likes historical and some contemporary ….. as long as its not predictable.
  • Laura Ward Author

    It was so great to meet you! Thanks for the shout out to new Indie authors! Your support and excitement made the day extra special for us!

    • Gladys Gonzales Atwell

      It was a sincere pleasure to meet you as well! I hope to see you both at future signings! The big Baltimore Book festival is coming up. Maybe I can do a feature on you both if you are attending. Coffee in the shade maybe? Then we can hop over to the Ukazoo tent and I can introduce you to Edward so we can talk about getting you both a signing. :-) You know where to find me now! ♡ Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl

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