This past weekend, I was able to experience a new convention, Penned Con!, thanks to the lovely author, Elise Kova, who shared some free tickets to the event, which is how I found out about it! Great big thanks to Elise! I’m so glad I could attend and hope to go back next year 🙂
As this was my first time going, I wrangled a friend into going with me and we drove a little over two hours to arrive for Friday’s afternoon session of signing. We were able to find parking pretty easy and check-in was super quick. We even had a few minutes to scour the swag tables before they reopened the doors to where the author tables were all set up.
Earlier this week, I tried to do as much recon and research as possible to find out how this works and who was planning to attend. The above picture shows all the books that were already on my shelves that I took with me to get signed by attending authors. Obviously, that included all my (not yet signed) Elise Kova books as well as a couple for Kel Carpenter, and I saw that Shannon Mayer was able to attend!
There were so many people in such an enclosed space that it was really hard for me to hear anything for most of my time exploring, so I didn’t do much talking. However, I did pick up my preorders and a few impulse buys (only a few due to budget reasons!) as well as lots of information to look up later.
My preorders are along the bottom, the two newest from Elise Kova and the first two from Audrey Grey’s new series. Across the top, you’ll see two of my impulse purchases, The Fire Prophecy by Megan Linski and Alicia Rades and Or Dreams and Dragons by Karpov Kinrade (which has been on my Amazon wishlist for awhile and I hadn’t realized this author would be here). Shannon Mayer was giving away copies of the second book in her Rylee Adamson series for free and is definitely a good reason to locate a copy of book one.
And the last one I picked up will actually be mailed to me because the author was hit by the Amazon Disaster (Amazon had a printing/printer issue and wasn’t able to deliver product to many of the authors in time for the convention). But I am excited to receive it in the mail soon!
After we were done flitting between the two stuffed ballrooms of people, my friend and I decided that we were all peopled out and would not come back for the free evening dance. However, we did have a couple other things we wanted to do while in St. Louis, so off we went!
After spending a bunch of money on books, we sold your old books to Half Price Books, where I found the third I’ve Been Killing Slimes light novel and four books in the Otherworld series (on clearance), which I decided meant that I should reread the books I have and continue the series. Because my TBR isn’t long enough 🙂
Then on Saturday, I was shopping with my mom at our local used bookstore, where I found a bunch of the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire, which I haven’t started yet but I love her Toby series, and a book I had just added to my wishlist, Black Blade Blues.
What a wonderful book-filled weekend!