I spy Claudia Gray

Claudia Gray

She has tons of books to read and I suggest you check them out.  All of them have amazing covers! I have read her book “Fateful” which is a stand alone.  The rest of them look really good to read.  Be sure to check them out.

Constellation Series

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Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

Firebird Series

 

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmaticassistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. To accomplish her goal, she must learn how each world works, and confront the many people she has the capacity to become. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows — including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

 

Evernight Series

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The Evernight series, four books from HarperCollins beginning in May 2008, follows the story of Bianca Olivier.

When the story begins in Evernight, Bianca has just left the small town where she’s spent her whole life. She’s a new student at Evernight Academy, a creepily Gothic boarding school where her classmates are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn’t fit in.

Then she meets Lucas, another loner, who seems fiercely determined not to be the “Evernight type.” There’s a connection between Bianca and Lucas that can’t be denied. She would risk anything to be with him—but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart… and to make Bianca question everything she’s ever believed to be true.

 

Spellcaster Series

When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to the place than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia can sense that a spell has been cast over the tiny Rhode Island town–a sickness infecting everyone and everything in it. The magic at work is darker and more powerful than anything she’s come across and has sunk its claws most deeply into Mateo . . . her rescuer, her friend, and the guy she yearns to get closer to even as he pushes her away.

Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, shadowed by small-town gossip and his family’s tormented past. Every generation, the local legends say, one member of the family goes mad, claiming to know the future before descending into insanity. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl from a car accident actually come true, he knows he’s doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his terrible family curse, and to prevent a coming disaster that even now threatens the entire town, including Nadia’s family, her newfound friends, and her own life. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel depicts a dark and unforgettable world of witches, curses, buried secrets, and star-crossed romance.

 

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Eighteen-year-old maid Tess Davies is determined to escape the wealthy, troubled family she serves. It’s 1912, and Tess has been trapped in the employ of the Lisles for years, amid painful memories and twisted secrets. But now the Lisle family is headed to America, with Tess in tow. Once the ship they’re sailing on—the RMS Titanic—reaches its destination, Tess plans to strike out and create a new life for herself.

Her single-minded focus shatters when she meets Alec, a handsome first-class passenger who captivates her instantly. But Alec has secrets of his own. He’s in a hurry to leave Europe, and whispers aboard the ship say it’s because of the tragic end of his last affair with the French actress who died so gruesomely and so mysteriously….

Soon Tess will learn just how dark Alec’s past truly is. The danger they face is no ordinary enemy: werewolves exist and are stalking him—and now her, too. Her growing love for Alec will put Tess in mortal peril, and fate will do the same before their journey on the Titanic is over.  (This was one of my favorite books!  I may have to catch up on her newer stories that she has out!) 

 

Star Wars

 

She also has some Anthologies    (I am not going to list all the anthologies..click on the link to go to her homepage and check them out.) Hope you take a peek at her work!

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Fiction

These are today’s fiction books that I saw.   Any of them going on your to read list?

 

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Little Fires Everywhere

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

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World of Tomorrow

June 1939. Francis Dempsey and his shell-shocked brother, Michael, are on an ocean liner from Ireland bound for their brother Martin’s home in New York City, having stolen a small fortune from the IRA. During the week that follows, the lives of these three brothers collide spectacularly with big-band jazz musicians, a talented but fragile heiress, a Jewish street photographer facing a return to Nazi-occupied Prague, a vengeful mob boss, and the ghosts of their own family’s revolutionary past.

When Tom Cronin, an erstwhile assassin forced into one last job, tracks the brothers down, their lives begin to fracture. Francis must surrender to blackmail or have his family suffer fatal consequences. Michael, lost and wandering alone, turns to Lilly Bloch, a heartsick artist, to recover his decimated memory. And Martin and his wife, Rosemary, try to salvage their marriage and, ultimately, the lives of the other Dempseys. Meanwhile, with the Depression receding, all of New York is suffused with an electric feeling of hope, caught up in the fervor of the World’s Fair and eager for good times after a decade of deprivation.

From the smoky jazz joints of Harlem to the opulent Plaza Hotel, from the garrets of vagabonds and artists in the Bowery to the backroom warrens and shadowy warehouses of mobsters in Hell’s Kitchen, Brendan Mathews brings the prewar metropolis to vivid, pulsing life. The sweeping, intricate, and ambitious storytelling throughout this remarkable debut reveals an America that blithely hoped it could avoid another catastrophic war and focus instead on the promise of the World’s Fair: a peaceful, prosperous “World of Tomorrow.”

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Jade City

Jade is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. It has been mined, traded, stolen, and killed for — and for centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their magical abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion.

Now, the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon’s bustling capital city. They care about nothing but protecting their own, cornering the jade market, and defending the districts under their protection. Ancient tradition has little place in this rapidly changing nation.

When a powerful new drug emerges that lets anyone — even foreigners — wield jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones — from their grandest patriarch to the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets — and of Kekon itself.

Jade City begins an epic tale of family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of jade and blood.

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Dark Legacy

In a beautiful compound hidden away from the world, Emeline Sanchez tries to blunt the pain that has wracked her body ever since her terrifying ordeal in the labyrinth beneath the city—when she was forced to exchange blood with an evil master vampire.

Now, it’s his voice that haunts her…that calls to her in the dark…that never lets her rest. And while the children that she helped to free from his clutches struggle to heal, watched over by their Carpathian protectors, Emeline knows one thing: She must sacrifice herself to keep them all from harm…

For her beauty is irresistible to the vampires, her psychic ability like a drug. Whipped into a frenzy, they’ll never stop coming for her. And only the taste of one Carpathian warrior—the rush of his blood—can save her…

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Floating World

In this dazzling debut about family, home, and grief, C. Morgan Babst takes readers into the heart of Hurricane Katrina and the life of a great city.

As the storm is fast approaching the Louisiana coast, Cora Boisdoré refuses to leave the city. Her parents, Joe Boisdoré, an artist descended from freed slaves who became the city’s preeminent furniture makers, and his white “Uptown” wife, Dr. Tess Eshleman, are forced to evacuate without her, setting off a chain of events that leaves their marriage in shambles and Cora catatonic—the victim or perpetrator of some violence mysterious even to herself.

This mystery is at the center of Babst’s haunting and profound novel. Cora’s sister, Del, returns to New Orleans from the successful life she built in New York City to find her hometown in ruins and her family deeply alienated from one another. As Del attempts to figure out what happened to her sister, she must also reckon with the racial history of the city and the trauma of a disaster that was not, in fact, some random act of God but an avoidable tragedy visited on New Orleans’s most vulnerable citizens. Separately and together, each member of the Boisdoré clan must find the strength to remake home in a city forever changed.

The Floating World is the Katrina story that needed to be told—one with a piercing, unforgettable loveliness and a vivid, intimate understanding of this particular place and its tangled past.

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Secret, Book and Scone Society

Miracle Springs, North Carolina, is a place of healing. Strangers flock here hoping the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. If none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a fresh-baked “comfort” scone from the Gingerbread House bakery, they exchange their stories with owner Nora Pennington in return for a carefully chosen book. That’s Nora’s special talent—prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person’s deepest pain and lighten their heaviest burden.

When a visiting businessman reaches out to Nora for guidance, she knows exactly which novels will help. But before he can keep their appointment at Miracle Books, he’s found dead on the train tracks.

Stunned, Nora forms the Secret, Book, and Scone Society, a group of damaged souls yearning to gain trust and earn redemption by helping others. To join the society, members must divulge their darkest secret—the terrible truth that brought each of them to Miracle Springs in the first place.

Determined to uncover the truth behind the businessman’s demise, the women meet in Nora’s cramped and cozy bookstore to share stories and trade support. And as they untangle a web of corruption, they also discover their own courage, purpose, and a sisterhood that will carry them through every challenge—proving it’s never too late to turn the page and start over . . .

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The Thousandth Floor

New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….

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Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

Becoming a Christian is the best and worst thing that has ever happened to Sarah Hollenbeck. Best because, well, that’s obvious. Worst because, up to this point, she’s made her very comfortable living as a well-known, bestselling author of steamy romance novels that would leave the members of her new church blushing. Now Sarah is trying to reconcile her past with the future she’s chosen. She’s still under contract with her publisher and on the hook with her enormous fan base for the kind of book she’s not sure she can write anymore. She’s beginning to think that the church might frown on her tithing on royalties from a “scandalous” book. And the fact that she’s falling in love with her pastor doesn’t make things any easier.

With a powerful voice, penetrating insight, and plenty of wit, Bethany Turner explodes onto the scene with a debut that isn’t afraid to deal with the thorny realities of living the Christian life.

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No Time to Explain
 
Richmond Rogues’ left-fielder Joe “Zoo” Zooker has his own ritual for the start of spring training—a weekend of pure pleasure, including as many pretty faces and curvaceous bodies as he can charm into his bed. After that, he’s all about baseball, especially with hungry minor leaguers eager for their own shot at the majors, just waiting for him to strike out. But when a beautiful woman with a smart mouth brushes off his flirting, he’s determined to go to bat as often as it takes to win a smile aimed only at him.

Stevie may be new to the beach town of Barefoot William, but she’s seen plenty of charmers like hot and hunky Zoo before. Managing her aunt’s doggie daycare business, she’s up to her ears in rowdy puppies—and she doesn’t need a lifelong hound like Zoo breaking her heart. Still, there’s no denying the attraction between them, and as spring training heats up, lust suddenly begins to look a lot like love . . .

 

Want to Read

Here are some books that I want to read:

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New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War.

August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.

But as history tells us, it all happened so differently…

Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict—but how?—and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father’s newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears—and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?

Christmas 1968. With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris—a cherished packet of letters in hand—determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter is waiting for him…

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Sequel to Insatiable!!  Vampires…adventures of Meena Harper!

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Emma Clayton’s love life is decidedly passionless and predictable. Following her move from Los Angeles to a quaint English village with her fiancé Ben, all that changes when a violent electrical storm whisks her one hundred and sixty years into the past. Trapped in Victorian England, Emma is determined to find a way home, back to her fiancé and the life he’s mapped out for them. That is until she meets the captivating Lord Henry Drake, son to the Earl of Pembrooke. Handsome and gallant, he quickly challenges her understanding of love and duty. But Emma is hiding a terrible secret. She knows of Lord Henry’s untimely death, a date which is fast approaching. And before long, she will be forced to choose between saving the man she loves and returning to a life that seems so far away.

 

Finished Reading

Okay I know I’m behind posts and reading…Life calls.  I”m a mom who is working and doing one million things.  Even tackled cleaning some the areas of my house that needed to be done.  So at the end of the day, I am tired and I need sleep to keep going.  So sleep rules.

I  just posted three other entries and decided to do one more before I go to sleep.

I just finished reading this book. It is such a cute story!!!   I forgot how much I love reading these style books.  I think this would fall into chick lit with humor and romance.   Laney and Noah are quite interesting and you can see the journey they go on.  It hits a bit of home of one trying to find yourself.  (I’m still working on that aspect..who isn’t?)  Oh I do have to say that the cover caught my eye!  It awesome. I want the hair color!  Check it out:

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Dictatorship of the Dress (“Much “”I Do”” About Nothing”)

By Jessica Topper

As the dress-bearer for her mother’s wedding, comic book artist Laney Hudson has a lot more baggage than the bulky garment bag she’s lugging from New York to Hawaii. Laney is determined to prove she’s capable of doing something right, but running chores for her mom’s fairytale nuptials is proving to be a painfully constant reminder of her own lost love.

So when she’s mistaken for the bride and bumped up to first class, Laney figures some stress-free luxury is worth a harmless white lie. Until the flight crew thinks that the man sitting next to her is Laney’s groom, and her little fib turns into a hot mess.

The last thing Noah Ridgewood needs is some dress-obsessed diva landing in his first-class row. En route to his Vegas bachelor party, the straight-laced software designer knows his cold feet have nothing to do with the winter weather.

When a severe storm leaves them grounded in Chicago and they find themselves booked into the last available honeymoon suite, Laney and her in-flight neighbor have little choice but to get better acquainted. Now, as her bridal mission hangs in the balance, perhaps the thing Laney gets right is a second chance at love.

Parenthood Adventure 1

Becoming a parent does change your life.

When I was younger I never really thought about marriage and having kids. I was not one of those girls who thought marriage was something to do.  Did I think of Prince Charming and fairytales?  Oh yeah!!

Well I got married and then eventually had kids and then got divorced.   I decided to share a little bit about parenthood and challenges that I have gone through or will be going through! Perhaps my adventures will help out another parent who is going through this.

First off I am going to share this moment that happened about 10 years ago.

Long ago in a little house tucked away in Iowa, I was up one night with my first born.  My husband at the time was away for work so I was home alone.  The reason I was up was because my son was hungry.  I believe it was between midnight to 2 a.m.  It was dark and quiet in the house.  While feeding my son, I felt awful and broke down crying quietly.  I remember being worried about my son not getting enough milk because he would fall asleep during the process of breast feeding.  It felt hard.  Then about a few minutes later I thought to myself, “Women have been doing this for centuries!”  I thought about the women in the past giving childbirth in the fields.  I even thought about my own  mother and grandmothers.  If they could do it, so could I!   I snapped myself out of it telling myself I can do it.  I then took my son back to his crib and then I went back to sleep at the same time.  (I learned the trick was to sleep when my son was sleeping.)

Eventually the breastfeeding lasted for 6 months because I was done. It was taking a toll on me and I made the decision to stop.   Once he was on the bottle, it was a breeze!

I wanted to share this moment because it was a simple moment.  Maybe it was the lack of sleep or the hormones kicking in at the time but I remember this moment.  As a first time parent, you get to go on many adventures that teach you many things.

Remember you can do it!

Chicago Comic Con Wizard World 2017

Today’s blog is off the topic.   I wanted to share this experience.  Thursday I went to Chicago Comic Con.  I wanted to do another adventure for myself.   Just something for me.  I felt inspired to go.  Before I headed off to the comic con, I had to do things around the house and tend to mom duties. (Clean house, shopping and dropping off school supplies)  Once I completed the tasks (most of them), I threw two granola bars in my purse got into my van and off I went.

Well of course while driving towards Rosemont Convention Center, the  lovely Chicago land area had to have traffic.  This was from construction!   I wasn’t mad or rushed.  I took my time.  It was such a beautiful day out and I was in a good mood.  I had the music blasting.  After driving under the one overpass, and a bit further down, I saw the sign for parking!  Butterflies were hitting my stomach.

I entered the parking lot as I drove around in circles.  Luckily there were volunteers guiding the cars.   I found a great spot to park on a hill.  I did wonder if my van was going to flip over.   Yes I did think that!!  I got out and walked towards the Rosemont Convention.  The last time I was at Chicago Comic Con was about 5-6 years ago.

Anyways I walked up to the doors but  they had security scans before you could go inside.  Being safe is important!  The staff was great great.   Once inside the main doors, I found my way to the check in area.  After that was all down, I headed off to the autograph section but Christian Kane wasn’t there!  The first though that came to my head is that he got stuck in traffic!    I just hoped he was okay.    There were a bunch of other lovely ladies there that told me I needed  necklace thing and I was so confused.   I went back to the main area and asked the staff there about the autograph print out I had.  They said what I had was fine.  I thanked them and then headed back as no one was to be found at all.  Well I had time to kill.  The next signing was at 630 pm.  (Later I realized the necklace thing was for VIP people…sadly I cannot afford that…maybe one day!)

I decided to walk around.  I saw Kevin Sorbo from a distance.  The guy looks the same from his day of Hercules.  Yes I did watch Xena and Hercules back in the day.  Who isn’t fascinated by mythology, magic and adventure?      I managed to catch some lipreading about his kids and wife and then work.   He did some interviews  which was pretty cool.   I then saw Nicholas Brendan from afar.  That made my day too!   Yup totally Buffy and Angel fan here.   I took a moment thinking all these amazing people took time out from their schedules to do this event for their fans.  That is awesome.  I must point out they all look amazing.   Has all of them found a natural fountain of youth somewhere?   I wonder.

I saw lots of interesting things while waiting for 630 pm to come around.  What I saw upstairs was that they had a lot of cars.  Some cars were: Back to the Future, Supernatural  (I wanted this car),  and Knight Rider.   There were some others.

Top Notch by Design which had these amazing bags!  I wanted like three of them but I had to be good.

TeeTurtle which had some cute shirts.

Moonglow Jewlery!  It was so cool. I was torn between the owl and the cross necklace.  Very cool pieces.   (I took a peek at the website:  there’s a cool fairy one too!!)

I also saw Ultra Sabers .  I wanted to get one for me.  Sadly they were too high priced for I but they were so amazing.  It would be fun to own one of those.  I know my boys would love this.

Deviant Apple Illustrations was amazing.  You need to check his art out.  He had some amazing pieces there.

Carlations:  Carla Wyzgala Illustrations had some pretty amazing artwork too.  She had a She-Ra small mini art print that I wanted to get….maybe next time!

Levi Craig does these amazing watercolors!  Check him out on instagram at levicraig75!    I think he’s in the process of getting a website up.    I wanted the Wonder Woman and Tardis print.  I was soooo tempted to get it.

I did attend an event of storytelling in songwriting which was fun. Very talented guy! Check out musican/Songwriter:  James Morris Band

Saw this amazing author in the artist Gallery.  Please check her out.  I will be reading one of her books soon.   Check out the author  S.A. McClure

And now back to my adventure after mentioning all those awesome creative people that I saw!

Before I went back to the autograph side, I found a seat and pulled out a granola bar I threw in my bag.  I knew I was going to have to eat something.  Smart move huh?  Plus in a way I’m saving money.   After devouring the granola bar, I threw the wrapper in the trash and off I went back inside.  I saw the sign up and it said that “Autograph tickets must be purchased at the table.”  Well that threw me for a loop!   Inside I was freaking out because I knew I did not have that much cash on me.  I had already paid for the autograph online.   So I walked back on over to the autograph booth that was nearby and talked to Faith Miller (Yup I remembered her name!!!)   She said what I had was fine.   Whew!

Back in line I went and waited.  After five minutes of waiting, a staff person of Wizard World comes along as she told us to wait on this side as the VIP peeps go first.  While waiting I met some other ladies who talked about why they liked Christian Kane.  It was pretty interesting to hear.    One of them said that they liked him better with the long hair.  I replied he looks good either way.   We all chuckled.

Then the guy behind me was a fan of him from his ‘Leverage’ days.   I asked him if he had seen Christian in ‘The Librarians’ yet. He said he is on Season 1.  I told him it’s awesome and he had to watch all of it.  I was so glad to be able to unnderstand everything that was being said!  For me to be in a huge area that echoes can be a challenged because it I have to focus and sometimes figure out what they are saying since I’m deaf.

Then around the corner he appears!  Yay!! I was glad he made it.  He looked very dreamy and amazing as he does.  I wonder how does he stay in fit?  Maybe from all that golf he plays.  I should get back into that game although I wonder if my curse is broken.   Short version: too many bad things happened to me on the golf course.   Anyways, he came around and said something as I missed it.  Drats!  He sat down as we all cheered and clapped.   I could not take my eyes off of him.

Then there’s body guard guy (I don’t know his real name and what his job was but I assumed he’s a bodyguard/PR guy. I”m just going to call him the body guard guy) pulls out the photographs for autograph, setting it up.  Then Christian comes back out from the table and gave this beautiful lady a hug who’s in a wheelchair.  It was such an amazing moment to see.  I was glad to be there to witness that.

The lady who was in the wheelchair did post a picture on Twitter Friday night (Wolife M Nobles)  and she looked amazing!  She wrote a quote “I have NEVER been held that tight in my life.  LuvedIt.”   Hope she doesn’t mind me posting this but it was such an amazing moment.

Then autographs begin. I lost count of time and was trying to think of what to say to him.  I was a bit nervous thinking I’m not going to be able to understand in him the echoing area.  Yeah I do think about these things at times.  Having people repeat themselves always feels a bit awkward.   I do not want people to get frustrated either.  Some people are cool with it as other sometimes immediately change how they talk to a deaf person.

The line keeps going and going. I finally get up there and ask the lady to put my name on the sticky note.  She did and was totally cool with it!  I found out her grandmother had the same name as I!   That was awesome.   I really wanted the one with the guitar and blue background but I could only choose from the ‘The Librarians’  which was okay.  You go with the flow!   I get up there and hand him the picture to sign as he said hi and wrote my name.  I didn’t really say much.   I should’ve said something else…I dunno like “Hope your trip to Chicago was good.  Have you gotten any golf games in?   What are you going to do with your time off?”

What I did was that I handed him a gift.  I spoke, “This is for you.”  I had gotten him a journal.  I believe he said, “You didn’t wrap it?”   I think he was joking in a way.  I couldn’t tell.  I replied with, “I didn’t have the time.”  I really wanted to hear the southern accent but sadly with how loud it was I couldn’t.   I really hope he liked the journal and will use it!   I’m such a geek with a big heart sometimes, I think.   Oh! He did shake my hand.  I should’ve asked for a hug but nope I chickened out.  You think someone with an aries sign would be bold!!

While walking away, I looked at the picture and felt this smile across my face as I was glad that I came.   Just seeing and meeting someone that is so creative and kind is amazing.  He’s talented.   I hope he continues to do so.  I wish him all the best.    I then glanced back watching mingle with his fans.

While walking away, I decide to mingle a bit more in the artist gallery.   I saw many amazing people that were about and chatted with strangers about the things we like.  I saw children having a great time.  Adventures are everywhere.    While walking outside in the night sky, I was in high spirits.  I almost wanted to dance across the street but I did not.  I got to my van as it was still there.  While getting in my van, the car that was parked next to me was about to depart too.  Funny thing that car arrived the same time I did.  That was a cool moment.  Down the ramp I go and try to find my way back on River Road.

Driving in the dark is not always my favorite thing to do but I knew where I was and how to get home.  I listened to some music in the car and just had the windows down which was amazing.   Although having the windows down does affect how you listen to music.

I was tired when I got home but it was worth it.  Maybe I’ll go again next year.  I followed people on Twitter who got to hang out with Christian.   Gotta keep up with the adventures of #Kaniacs  #KaniacsStealChicago  on Twitter!

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The top threw me for a loop thinking we had to pay cash. On the website it said Cash Only and then it switched to where you could pay ahead of time. It all worked out in the end.

 

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Autograph!