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Friday, 28 March 2014

IADU Signing Gold Cost.

What an amazing event! I arrived in Gold Coast a few days early and immediately dashed over to the international airport to pick up my bestie and all round awesome dude, David Michael Author of the amazeballs United Series. 

David was a surprise visitor for the event and came to check out the sights of Oz. I was way excited for him to be there and we had the best time in the history of evers, creating hashtags and just being dorks. My time with him will forever rank at the top of my favourite things. Cue huge smiles and happy faces!  

The lovely Jess organiser of IADU and blogger at A is for Alpha B is for Books was sweet enough to come and pick us up along with a car full of my paperbacks. One of the sweetest, funniest girls I've ever met! Much much love to our awesome sauce girl of many talents.



And refreshments!

Skip ahead a day and Carmen Jenner my favourite whore walks through the doors in all her smurf glory! Not surprisingly we didn't bother with proper intros just called each other names and squeezed the hell out of one another.  

Tongues out bitch!

Manpower was next on our list of things to do, so we all put on our prettiest bloomers and hit the bar to see oil slicked hotties rip off their clothes and shake what their mommas gave em. 
And by god, did they ever. 

At one point not only was I having coconut oil and man sweat licked from my hand but we had a very buff boy dancing on our table ... Poor David was so overwhelmed he almost passed out. 

Enter a few too many drinks and the hashtags begin. 

An interesting elevator ride with a couple of cute girls we later found out were fans. Insert some chick removing a belt in the lobby of the hotel with her teeth and a little more fun along the way. 

we wound up back in Jess's room. There was wine, giggles, bed cuddle puddles and you guessed it more hashtags.

After the best cuddles EVER copious amounts of coffee and a few fuck off I'm sleeping's David pressed publish on Cursed (The United series #2) You need that book ... like now. 

Celebrations included a quick trip to Pac Fair to pick up all the pretty things but turned into a heap of pretty things that we hoped would fit into our luggage.

Enter becky! Editor of the year (It's true look it up) from Hot Tree Editing with a damn cute english accent! 

Friday night football is a must when you have a friends over from the states. Off we go to watch cute boys in short shorts tackle each other.


Fast forward to signing day! 

In walks me in my PJ's to the author breakfast. I did warn everyone it was going to happen. Pj's and socks for the win! Hey... I pulled it off. Carmen and Simone even fixed my face while I woke my ass up.

Thankfully there are no photos of that! 

Signing set up time. 

I walked in the doors and took a step back there was a table with my name on it ... I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd come far enough to see my name on a table at an event that promised to be all the things. A few times I had to pinch myself, take a breather and refocus. Thank god for BFF's who know when you're quietly having an internal meltdown. 

Authors started pouring in the doors to set up and still I was thinking what the hell am I doing here ... among the likes of Abbi Glines, Carmen Jenner, C.M Stunich, Kylie Scott, Bella Jewel, Bj Harvey and Kelly Elliot and so, so many more!

I was still convinced Jess and Jodie (The amazing co-ordinators) had invited me by accident. 

David did an amazing job of setting me up while I pretended to look like I knew what I was doing.

Sexy promo boy! 

The event itself blew me away.

It was so well put together and welcoming I was feeling overly blessed to be included. 
One tiny meltdown and a cuddle later I was on track to meet all the amazing people who stopped by to see us.

Doors are open and people start pouring in. I'm staring with absolute shock David looks at me and laughs before people start heading over. Que mind blank. Why am I here... what am I meant to be doing? Internal cursing is imminent and up steps the first of a group. 
Insert hashtag #FakeItTillYouMakeIt 


Amazing gifts and awesome bloggers!

No awkward hello's here ... this time. 
Jodie Event coordinator and blogger at Fab, Fun and Tantalizing Reads

Add in some more...

Super amazing people and the super amazing gifts you all bought me PLUS super amazing fun!!! 

It was insanely busy. But somebody stomped his foot and used his daddy voice until I sat down and ate. 

Did I mention the cute cover model, boob signing and hot firemen? 

Pack up pics were a bit of cheeky fun. 

Wiped out as we all were we took our blisters and bad hair back to our rooms to get ready for the V.I.P Dinner. 

Insert more #AuthorsBehavingBadly
and super fun rides on the baggage trolly's.

Cute dates and .... drinks. Yeah, this is where it gets messy.

Squishy booby hugs and dress malfunction flashing.

Sweet girls and bum grabs.

Messy Jess! 

Jen and her rockin outfit! 

Messy photo booth! 

And ... #AuthorsBehavingBadly hit the beach with a bottle of wine and our formal wear.

Carmen bought to us #ILoveToFacePlantTheSand

I learned that I can still cartwheel ... in a cocktail dress... drunk ... on the beach.

However after much giggling and empty bottle and me sitting in waist deep water, in my dress, covered in sand we made our way back to the hotel hoping we wouldn't get arrested in the meantime.

After the after party ...

Wake me up when my head doesn't hurt please ...
Our previous night ensured I woke up with a hangover and a blown out knee.

Thinking we'd take it easy for the day we hit the beach to banish the pasty white skin and check out the talent...
Somebody got a little snap happy. 


And perfect penis pockets in the sand ... gotta protect the merchandise! 


x x x 

Cross Promo before we said a teary goodbye to Carmen.

(Me reading Enjoy your Stay and Carmen reading Blessed (The United Series #1)

Come back, Carmen ... come back! 

We tucked our tears away and hit the sand for the rest of the day before dinner and drinks with the sweet and sassy Kristine from Glass Paper Ink bookblog and her lovely hubby Michael. 

It was pretty damn neat having dinner drinks and a great chat with those two. 
Plus our waiter at Hard Rock found us drinks with #AllTheThings

Monday rocked around way too quickly however it bought about some more tanning and reading! 

And a Skype chat to our Care bear in Utah! 


Even from the tenth floor. 

Sushi for dinner .... This was a cherry popper for me. I'd never had it before so off we went. Sake and all...


Yum Yum! 

And a quiet walk on the beach. 


Leaving our mark on the shores of GC! 


And some special bubbly from Kristine and Michael topped off the night and helped celebrate Destry (Rough and Hard #1) going live.

With sulky faces we started our last day together in GC. there was laughter and tears all through the day. A bit of a wander around GC and some new ink for both David and I.

I was contemplating knocking her out and taking off with her shoes ...

Ink Love! 

'Make each day count'

And my fav shirt in the history of ever! 

The rest of the day kind of spoke for itself ...

Once we'd shopped ourselves out we got sorted jumped in a cab and headed out to Draculas! 

Who knew we loved M&M ?! 

Draculas was AMAZING and so much fun! 
I'll definitely be going back again one day.

The cab ride back to the hotel was more than bitter sweet. Not only did we know it was our last night in GC but it was the last night before David headed all the way home to the states and I went back home too.


Cuddles and heavy neck breathing didn't last long until it was time to head to the airport and say goodbye for a while.

I'm not gonna lie there were plenty of tears. Even Lola Stark cries ... bet you didn't know that! 

Nobody needs to see those photos.

I sat at the airport waiting to catch my flight contemplating....

One week. Just one and yet it was the most amazing week of my life. I laughed, I stumbled, I cried. I met the most precious people I'll ever find and I wouldn't trade a single moment of it for all the pretty things in the world. 

I read a quote once ...

 'One day somebody is going to hug you so tight it'll sticky tape all the pieces back together.' 

That's never been truer than at this moment. I met a heap of people who did just that. They've all made a huge impact on how I want my life to go and who I want to be. 

Before I'm done with this post I want to say thank you to all the fans, contributors and organisers of #IADU14 you all made it such a special event that truly will go down in history. 

Here's a few words to summarise it all....

The best portions of your life will be small nameless moments spent smiling with someone that matters to you. 
Don't let those moments fall by the wayside. 
They are the key to your happiness.