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Jim Dale to Noir Fiction — Busy Busy Weekend of authors, books and FANS!!!

July 13, 2008

Jim Dale re-creating his HP readings
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From Friday night with two, yes, TWO signings to Saturday’s PORTUS 2008 festivities, to a single signing on Sunday, this has been a FULL, crowded and EVENTFUL weekend in Dallas! I mean, it’s not like the price of gas is cutting into our books budget! Uh huh, so I’m cutting out food…and being on the WW, it’s hard, especially with all the good healthy and in season fruits and veggies. It just means less stops at the Cheesecake Factory next to the Lincoln Park Barnes and Noble! (SORRY, Ellen!!)

Rhys Bowen at Lincoln Park BN
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First up our double hitter night: Rhys Bowen, author of the Lady Georgie mystery series set in England in the 1930s. Poor Georgie! She’s been told by the Queen she’s to put up the latest German princess they’re trying to marry off in England and you can’t say no to the Queen! So penniless Lady Georgie manages to round up a “butler” (her grandfather) and a “cook” (grandfather’s lady friend) to set up a real house for a short stay. But all is not working as planned when the Princess shows up with a chaperone, a maid AND a mouth full of “American” English! A ROYAL PAIN is fun and the 1930s UK is great to visit! (Think Lord Peter Whimsey period!)

Vamps and Werewolves in Plano
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Then we rushed to Plano to catch the book launch of ACCIDENTALLY DEAD by Dakota Cassidy and a visit to Texas by Michele Bardsley of the mom is a vampire fame! These two authors are hoot by themselves, so think of them together!!! And they have coffee, tea and luscious – not-on-weight-watchers treats as a reward! Gotta love signings like that! NO?

(I still miss Cheesecake Factory)

Jim Dale autographing line
The line for autographs by Jim Dale
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And Saturday I got to go all “fangirl” which is apparently very different from “fanboys” but since I married a trekkie guy it didn’t seem too much different..Just the majority of these fans (HP variety) are my kids’ ages! WHEEE!!! But the big draw for me was the FAMOUS Jim Dale!!!! I feel I should be shouting that! I put down $75 to go and see him at 8am on a Saturday morning. I am SO not a morning person any more! Especially if I’m up to 2am working the night before. Age, etc. But for Jim Dale, well, I not only went but also got three friends to go too! AND we ALL LOVE LOVES LOVED Jim Dale. HE was so good! And to see him do the “voices” we’ve listened to in all the HP books, well, just amazing! AND HE IS SO NICE. This part can NOT be emphasized enough! See him if you get the chance. And if not, just hang out listen to the CDs!

Also saw a Wrockumentary about Wizard Rock Bands. Did I mention I was old? Well, the documentary was well done, but the music isn’t to my old tastes. And the scenes about the last HP book release party, well, I was very nostalgic! Then Gwen played some other Wrock (Wizard Rock) on the way home and it was very very good. The documentary starts with the very first musicians growing up with HP, now there are over 500 groups so chances are you can find some for your music tastes as well!

Two tables, two authors, one hour!
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Sunday was an afternoon signing with mystery/noir authors Anthony Neil Smith and Victor Gischler. They were in the middle of a “Texas Book Tour” and enjoying a Sunday afternoon in Dallas!

Gwen will be reporting her PORTUS 2008 activities soon. If we don’t see, we’ll be sure to HOUND her! She’s got stories to tell!

So much for our weekend… books and all … and I found time to read THE DRAGON EARL. It’s not out until September but it’s very very good! And a different kind of historical romance but sexy which I really really love and needed after all that HP pandemonium *evil grin*

Take care and read…books!!!

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