Wicked Book Weekend started in 2013 as an excuse to meet my favorite authors. At the time, there were no indie book signings. There were a few conventions, but signings weren’t really a thing. I read e-books exclusively, so I didn’t really care about signed books (that’s changed a lot) I just wanted to meet my idols.
To tell you the truth, I read Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec and NEEDED to hang out with the person who wrote the book. I actually wanted to hang with the 2 main characters…and I totally did! In fact, I deliberately picked a hotel with suites so I could actually stay in the same little villa with Tara Sivec! (Stalker much?) Once Tara said yes, I decided to invite some of my other favorites like RK Lilley, Katie Ashley, Raine Miller, Jasinda Wilder, Colleen Hoover and Abbi Glines. Once they signed on, Tiffany King, Sarah M. Ross, Rachael Wade, Katja Millay, Carol & Adam Kunz, CC Wood and Luke Young joined in for the fun.
Since there weren’t any signings, I had no clue what to do. I didn’t want to line up in front of people, I wanted to hang out with them! I didn’t even realize that they would all have paperbacks and displays to set up. I had a beautiful little scrapbook printed for everyone with a page for each author that the readers brought around at the lunch. But the signing and the lunch were one in the same! What did I know? I wanted to try speed dating with the authors, but it never really worked, everyone was too busy having fun to follow instructions.
After the signing we had a full bus of women and jello shots take a trip to Fairvilla, the adult megastore, where we had vibrator sword fights, tied up Tara Sivec, and visited with Henry the ass raping gnome. The next day we got tattoos and the goats screamed all day and we learned all about Spiderman. It was a great time with PJ parties watching Pitch Perfect, Raine Miller teaching us about squirting and grape koolaid that made you forget it all.
Soon after, Book Bash was announced. Since it was only a 4 hour signing, I was asked to plan an after party, and the lineup was incredible! But we realized that planning an event long distance was hard, so I decided to move the event the following year from Orlando to the beach in Ft. Lauderdale, where it has been ever since.
2016 will be another fun time!
Sunday we have a blogger breakfast sponsored by the Copa Lounge authors, a Lularoe pop-up sponsored by Harper Sloan, and a BDSM demo sponsored by Kate Roth, Kristen Hope Mazzola and Robin Lee. Then we take off for a sunset boat bar crawl for Tara Sivec and Harper Sloan’s birthday, sponsored by Harper Sloan.
We have a HUGE giveaway!
Grand Prize: $50 Amazon Card
2 WBW Prize packages that include a fully signed scrapbook from the 2015 authors, a random signed paperback, a Beach Mat, a Kindle/iPad/phone stand, a TBR list and some other fun, cool swag.
Plus prizes from some of this year’s authors including:
KATIE ASHLEY: Signed copy of Redemption Road
CHLOE T. BARLOW: Signed copy of Three Rivers
CHELLE BLISS: Signed copy of Enshrine
LM CARR: Signed copy of all three in the Giving Trilogy
STEVIE J COLE: Signed Paperback of A Love So Tragic
LB DUNBAR: Signed Paperback of Paradise Fought: Abel
TM FRAZIER: Signed copy of Soulless
SR GREY: Signed Paperback of Inevitable Detour
ZB HELLER: Signed copy of Tied Together
DANIELLE JAMIE: Paperback of Wasted Love
ANNE JOLIN: Signed copy of Saving Steele
RK LILLEY: Signed copy of Breaking Him
LP LOVELL: Signed paperback of Absolution
ALY MARTINEZ: Audiobook of Fighting Silence for the trip
SIBYLLA MATILDE: $10 Amazon Card
KATY REGNERY: Signed Paperbacks of The English Brothers 1-4!
M. ROBINSON: Signed copy of Complicate Me
KATE ROTH: Signed copy of Skip To The Good Part vol. 3 (out of print and rare)
MD SAPERSTEIN: Signed paperback of Destiny Disrupted
SUSAN STOKER: Signed copy of Rescuing Rayne
**ALL MAILED GIFTS ARE US ONLY, (or pick up at the event)