So, a few weeks ago, my best friend and I went to Conestoga, in Tulsa, OK. (Okay, it’s been almost a month ago. What can I say? I’ve got a lot going on. Plus I procrastinate.) This is our second year to go, and we hope to make it a tradition. If you ever get the chance to go, I recommend it. It’s a good learning experience: not so big as to be completely overwhelming, but not too small, either. (Of course, it’s the only con I’ve ever been to, so take this with a grain of salt.)

I came back with a list of authors I want to try. Sitting in on panels listening to these people made me (in some cases) want to buy their books. In any case, here are my stats from the trip:

-number of authors at Conestoga I had already read: 8 (PC & Kristin Cast, Rachel Caine, Rachel Vincent, Marie Brennan, Deborah LeBlanc, Jeanine Frost, Shanna Swendson)

-number of authors whose books I bought there: 2 (Dakota Cassidy and Michelle Bardsley)

-number of authors my best friend bought there (and whom I therefore get to read): 3 (Patrice Michelle, Talia Gryphon, and Jaci Burton)

-number of authors I will buy: 5 (Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Ken Lorey, Mark Henry (OMG! The zombie lubrication teaser is enough to guarantee I buy his book.), Tiffany Trent, and Diana Gabaldon)

-number of authors I will probably buy: 2 (Melissa Marr, Steven E. Wedel)

-number of authors whose books aren’t out now but who will be in my TBR pile: 2 (Sarah Rhees Brennan, Devon Monk)

-author I was most impressed with: Jennifer Lynn Barnes. She seems so young when you first lay eyes on her. Then she starts speaking and you realize just how smart she is. (She’s even more impressive when you find out her education history.)

-author I was most intrigued by: Sarah Rhees Brennan. Okay, so at first, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of her. Some of the comments she had were made in this almost-fake British accent (the comments that were her spoken thoughts). But the more I listened to her, the funnier she became. BTW, her blog is in the same tone, which I find hilarious.

-most interesting workshop: How To Write a Sex Scene Without Blushing by Diana Gabaldon. Quite funny, actually. Especially since her first piece of advice is to wait until after your parents are dead, so you won’t have to deal with that embarrassment.

-only book so far from a con author that I couldn’t finish: Key to Conflict, by Talia Gryphon. I tried. Really I did. I plowed through 150 pages before surrendering, and that took me a week! I just couldn’t find make myself care about the characters. A paranormal counselor, twin vampire brothers, a mysterious ghost, all of these things are great. But the writing killed it for me. There was way too much telling of events instead of showing (sometimes I know that’s a necessity, but in this case, not so much). And I felt so removed from the MC that I just couldn’t do it anymore. Although, now that I think about it, that ghost was the most interesting thing. I’ll have to make my best friend tell me what was up with him.

So, those are my stats from Conestoga. Sorry for blathering on for so long. I know it’s been a while since I blogged about what I’ve been reading, so I’ll have to break that down into a more manageable size. Soon, people, soon. I promise.


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