Yesterday I attended High Tea with Susan Elizabeth Phillips at the Adolphus Hotel. It was 3 hours of food, laughs, and women talking about books. At our table, we covered a whole list of genres and our favorite books. I have a list of authors to try now and walked away with a copy of Call Me Irresistible (which I am half way done with–too fun). The whole afternoon, I was laughing and making new friends. My cheeks hurt from all the smiling I was doing. I am a firm believer in books will unite people and romance books have the best fans.
In the pictures above were our fantastic hostess’ from Fresh Fiction. I have said this before and I will say it again, I am so lucky to live in the same city as this fantastic group. It is a romance readers dream place–so many events and the best people to put them together. So thank you Gwen and Sara Reyes for a wonderful afternoon!
By now, you know I love food! So I had to share the wonderful spread we had at the tea. The dessert tray was amazing and the sandwiches were to die for. No I did not count Weight Watchers points because this was a once in a lifetime experience that I was going to enjoy to the hilt! The wait staff and employees at the Adolphus were very nice and extremely courteous. The French Room was as wonderful as all the hype–I would like to do dinner there one time. It would have to be an extra special event though as it is more than I would spend on 4 dinners at even my favorite restaurant but I turn 40 at the end of the year, that might be just the event to celebrate.
The WONDERFUL Susan Elizabeth Phillips took the stand after we finished munching on all the goodies! I haven’t laughed so much in one afternoon than I did yesterday. She had great stories about her adventures in Tulsa and why you can write a book based in Texas. Evidently anything can happen in Texas, no matter how outrageous, and people will buy that it happened. I don’t know what it says about us Texans but I am pretty sure that it is true.
Spotted in the Audience Rosemary Clement-Moore! You guys really should check out her books if you haven’t. They are Paranormal Funny YA and just really fun.
I love that Susan talks with her hands. These were taken during her story about Tulsa which had bad weather while she was there. She really got to experience the “shut down” the town for some ice. We just aren’t equipped in the south for that kind of weather. She was a trooper though and was able to find a place that didn’t shut down for a book signing. Gotta love the authors that love their fans!
Susan did a wonderful giveaway of little heart shaped erasers. It was “Name that Book” and a bunch of fun. We were all laughing and trying really hard to identify the book that the passage came out of. She has some great fans that could identify them pretty quickly 🙂
After the event, Susan signed books for everyone that was there and took pictures. So, I kind of admit that I took everyone’s pictures and I hope they came out well. This is my friend Summer with Susan, Summer is the one that got me to read Susan in the first place. She loaned me Nobody’s Baby but Mine and that was enough to hook me. Susan is a wonderfully fun person that I could see sitting down for dinner and drinks with anytime. I would recommend meeting her if you ever get a chance.
My signed book! I hold it very close to my heart.