Let’s blow this blog up! I have a copy of Kresley Cole’s latest release, LOTHAIRE, signed by Kresley and Lothaire. He wrote “Forever, Lothaire.” In red. *faints*
Last week, my dear friend Kresley Cole set off on a book tour to celebrate the release of her first hardcover, the latest in the beloved Immortals After Dark series, Lothaire. And what a tour it was! With stops in Dallas, Austin, Houston, New Orleans, and Tampa, Kresley and Paul Marron — the cover model — and a fabulous advance team climbed aboard this bus…yeah, this cover-wrapped, rock-star-worthy, attention-seizing, marble-and-leather interiored bus that sleeps twelve…to make meet, greet, and sweep readers off their feet.
I caught up with the tour in Tampa on their last night, where Kresley & crew were giddy with success and adrenaline (and possibly the after-effects of New Orleans, but I’m not saying), yet one hundred percent on point when they walked into Books-A-Million where (yet another) crowd of well over 100 screaming, crazy, crying (yes, friends, some cry) fans waited in line for a chance to meet their writing idol, get an autograph and picture, and bask in her beauty. Then readers were guided to Lothaire himself, allowed to gaze into the dreamy crimson eyes of a violent (and smokin’ hot) vampire. Oh, and of course, get some pictures
of with him. (Like Julie Leto trying not to look under the leather…where Paul was wearing…nothing.)
After all gazillion books were signed, the group gathered around their goddess and began a question and answer session that revealed one thing: these ladies knew their IAD characters and storylines. They weren’t just “invested” in the series, they were living and breathing the world.
At one point, I stood off to the side with the literary agent Kresley and I share, unable to wipe the smile off my face or blink away a tear of pride. While I watched her handle every question with humor, poise, honesty, humility, and grace, I couldn’t help thinking that Kresley has been my friend since day one in this industry; our debut novels came out the same month from the same publisher — we’ve been together in the trenches, in the weeds, and in the bar. Okay, mostly in the bar. And there are those (2) hour long phone calls that keep us both laughing through the craziness of this business.
How easy it would be to let that green monster into my heart; let’s not lie, we may have started together, but Kresley — a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author — has eclipsed me in the game of words. But that monster doesn’t dare make an appearance because Kresley Cole deserves every moment of this fame, fortune, and fangirl adoration. [Warning: gushing dead ahead.] Kresley’s earned her success with sweat equity, raw talent, and an imagination that can’t be stopped. I’ve never met a writer who works so hard, cares so much, or spends so much energy on the details that make a story perfect. She’s one of the great writing talents in the romance world, and one of the classiest, kindest, most generous people I’ve ever met. I’m so proud of her — can you tell???
We all had dinner together after the event (Paul had salad and water — the price for perfection, I suppose) and even then, more fans approached the table and Kresley graciously signed their books and let them take pictures. At the hotel, several miles away from the signing, two more excited readers snagged her in the lobby.
Kresley likes to say her personal motto is “Go big or go home.” She went big all right and now she’s home…writing the next masterpiece, lucky for all of her legions of fans!
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