Four Wenches and a Book Signing!
Our Trip to See Chloe Neill in Chicago
What happens when you combine three Wenches and an avid-follower-now-turned-Wench with one of their most beloved authors? You get shenanigans, that is what happens!
It all started in mid-June, when we got wind that Chloe Neill would be making her way to Naperville, IL to do a book signing for her then-upcoming book Biting Bad at Anderson’s Book Store. Well this got the Wenches a-buzzing and a-stirring and making plans to invade Chicago! Of course, it was an added bonus that Chloe Neill’s books all take place in Chicago—hence the series name, Chicagoland Vampires!
So Head Wench Barb booked a plane ticket into Chicago to stay with Wench Anne, our soon-to-be Wench Care rearranged a few things so that she could drive in, and Wench Natalie arranged to be there in spite of jobs and family obligations. We all dropped what we were doing and headed into the Windy City!
Click through to see what happened in typical Day-After style!
|Four Wenches at a book signing!|
Care: NATALIE! It’s The day after. I *still* cannot believe that really went down! The fact that I might have a possible guest spot in my FAVORITE book blog... Oh, and we met and had DINNER with Chloe Neill!
Natalie: Yes, Care, it really did happen! Everything from that fantastic (I really need to go to Le Chocolat Café again) hot chocolate to deep dish with Chloe Neill. And you can stop giving yourself a bruise from pinching yourself because you are officially one of us now...a True Wench!
Care: This is just unbelievable. UN-BE-LEIVE-A-BLE!! How did this happen? WHEN DID MY LIFE GET COOL?
|Natalie, Barb, and Care enjoying a chocolaty beverage|
Care: This is insanity! I’m still stunned, I mean, yeah, we got together (after a brief wrong-way in Mount Prospect) at the cutest little hot chocolate place Naperville could ever hope to have, but then we had this great dinner...
Natalie: Sometimes it’s those wrong turns that make the experience great! It was like a little Serendipity in IL. I mean that little Café just fit right in to my theme for the night—followed by The White Chocolate Grill for dinner!? Do I know how to pick a theme and stick to it or what!? Everyone’s food looked great. I know I enjoyed mine, but I felt so bad that we ended up late to the book signing!
Care: The food was absolutely fabulous—and the company was even better!
Natalie: It was an awesome time. But even more awesome was finally getting to see Chloe Neill and watching all three of you go just gaga over what she was saying. I’m glad we had some extra time with her so that I could get the answer to the setting question I missed!
|During the Q & A|
Natalie: Oh Barb was so fun to watch as she was so sweetly stunned. I was told by other Wenches that we must have photos of the event so they could live through all of us. I could not let my fellow Wenches down, could I? Krista is awesomesauce herself—she follows not only our blog but our Twitter and various other social media. It was so much fun meeting other fans of the Wenches there! Krista was so easy to talk to that I missed seeing Wench Anne get her book signed!
|Barb’s “utterly flabbergasted” face|
|We're kind of in love with our Saucy shirts!|
Natalie: Barb and I were not able to pre-order our books, so we were at the end of the line. Not that we were complaining too much, because we hoped that might give us a little more time with Chloe Neill. I have a little-girl crush on Krista now, with how calm and laid back she is. Krista, when you read this, please know that I’m sending you a huge hug! It was definitely great to see how many wonderful readers we have touched. I also heard that a reader was there who did not know we were Saucy Wenches...we will have to change that. Thank goodness we will all have shirts, only Barb and Anne were able to get shirts before the signing! Hi to all the Wench followers who were at Anderson’s in Naperville!
Care: No kidding! I so need one of those shirts! This is just insane, Natalie! Craziness! How did this happen?!? I mean, I know the steps and all, but... From planning, and coasters, to Giordano’s with the fabulous company we had? How does this happen to real people!?!
|The highlight of the trip—|
Chicago deep dish with Chloe Neill
Care: Did I see right, and you were doing more than just snapping sideline photos during the presentation?
|Merit shared our pizza!|
Care: It was an incredible evening, that’s for sure. I’m still absolutely stunned that everything turned out like it did! I started the day figuring on some food with friends, hanging out, and heading home, no big deal (aside from friends from across the country!!). And we ended up with so very much more!
Natalie: It really was. Well, my bed and Biting Bad are calling me. I loved catching up with you and sharing with our readers our fun evening. I know there have been a few photos here and there of that night in our online conversations, but here are a few more pics from our amazing trip.
|The reasons we went to Chicago!|
| First dinner at White Chocolate Grille
|| On Saturday, Anne showed Barb
some CLV sites! :-)
Have you ever had an awesome author experience, Saucy Readers? With Chloe Neill or any of your other favorite authors? We hope you’ll share your fond memories with us below!!