Meet me in Las Vegas this week! And a Rafflecopter Contest!

 

Rider Relief FuncTomorrow, at the crack of dawn, I head to Las Vegas, Nevada for the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Finals. My schedule is packed, but I’m taking two bathing suits and hoping to leave this chilly 30 degree New York weather and lounge by the pool at the Luxor for at least a few hours on Wednesday or Thursday. Of course there’s bull riding events–for the cowboys, not for me– daily Wednesday through Sunday.Then there’s the Rider Relief Fund luncheon (tickets required) on Friday, my appearance at the Rider Relief Fund booth in the Fan Zone at Mandalay Bay from 11-2 Saturday and a book signing at Barnes and Noble right after the competition on Sunday. Monday crack of dawn, tired but happy I’m sure, I’ll head back to New York.

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If you’re in Vegas and around any of those locations, please stop by and say hello. I’d love to meet you. If by chance when you see me I happen to have a drink in one hand and a cowboy in the other just remember what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!  😉

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NEW RELEASE CONTEST RAFFLECOPTER !!!

And while I’m away having fun, I’m not about to leave you hanging so some of my fellow authors and I who all have releases on the 29th are having a Rafflecopter giveaway (click the embedded link to enter). Celebrate releases by Mari Carr, Kelly Jamieson and me all hitting Oct 29th with the rafflecopter contest (running now) and daily blog posts on all three of our blogs (starting Oct 27th).

Authors After Dark Savannah #AADSAV

August 15-18

Authors After Dark Savannah, GA at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott

FREE SATURDAY BOOK SIGNING – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, 2-4 PM, Aug 17th

Tomorrow I leave for historic Savannah, Georgia. My first trip there and I’m looking forward to the location as much as the event, because, you guessed it, it’s time for the annual Authors After Dark reader event!

For those attending the full event, don’t miss the Cowboy Hour on Friday at 5pm, I’ll be there with some of my favorite fellow western authors, and there will be books, and swag and games!

For the folks who like the panels, I’ve got those too. On Thursday I’ve got the Self Publishing panel at 10, the Men in Uniform panel at 2, the Erotic Romance in Not Erotica panel at 3 and a solo promo workshop Thinking Outside the Box at 4. Phew! Thursday is going to be a busy day, ending with the Bookie Awards followed by the Riverboat Cruise.

Friday I have the 11am Western panel, and as mentioned before the Cowboy Hour at 5.

Then, Saturday is the big BOOK SIGNING and if you’re local this event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and FREE.

In between it all I’ll be around, at the meals and hanging out probably in the lobby, possibly in the bar, so look for me and say hi!

For those who can’t make it, follow the fun on Twitter at #AADSAV

The RT Booklovers Convention (#RT11) in Pictures

 

TUESDAY NIGHT~WE ARRIVE

1 of the 3 living areas in our suite on the 32nd floor at the Westin Bonaventure for RT

WEDNESDAY~LET THE FUN BEGIN!

Some wonderful Aussie booklovers brought me treats all the way from their homeland!

Me & my swag at the Western Reader Round-up Wed afternoon

Ellora's Cave threw a fab Bollywood party with a hired Indian dance troop performing a stage show, authentic decor, henna tattoo artists, great 80s dance music & of course the usual EC enticing swag including the cover model playing cards & calendar

THURSDAY~Panels, Parties & the Faery Ball

The Digital Trends Panel Thursday

The MLR Suite Party

More from the MLR Suite Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reader & Costume Guru Carol Brown, Author Eliza Gayle & Me at the Venetian Faery Ball

FRIDAY~ Passed in a whirlwind with my Club RT time,  the eBook signing, the ARe Cafe Suite Party & Heather Graham’s Vampire Ball, none of which I got pictures of. (I hang my head in shame)

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SATURDAY~ The big book signing & Mr. Romance Contest

The Big Book Signing. I sat next to Sabrina Jeffries

Lots of abs as 9 contestants vied for the Mr. Romance 2011 title

 

SUNDAY~ the long journey from CA to NY

Finally home in NY w/ a carry-on bag full of books and swag collected at RT

January Happenings…

Now that the excitement of New Years has died down, what’s up with me the rest of this month? A LOT! Let’s go in order I guess…for simplicity sake.

January 5th, Wednesday night, I’ll be using my powers for good instead of evil to help raise funds and awareness for the Amyloidosis Foundation. This is a little-known disease, considered a “cousin” of blood cancers, which has affected someone very close to me.  We’re holding an event the 5th from 6 – 10 PM at Teddy’s located in the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco, NY and yours truly will be stepping behind the bar as guest bartender for the evening. There’s no cover charge but there will be some rocking karaoke courtesy of Big Rich Karaoke (of Montuak, Long Island fame) and your Ciro’s Idol winner Donna DeAngelis. All tips and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Foundation. Come one, come all, it’s open to everyone. No invite, no reservation necessary. Come for an hour or stay for the night. Come just to see if I remember how to mix a drink from my old days behind the bar. Come to see how many tips I, and our friend Whitney, are able to rake in for this worthy cause.

January 7th, Friday, will find me at Madison Square Garden for the opening night of the PBR 2011 season! I’ll be back in NYC again for the Sunday event (Jan 9th)  as well and I’m looking forward to hooking up with all the Makin’ 8 maniacs I’ve come to know and love on Twitter who’ll be in town for the events. If you’re going to be there, try and find us! Chances are I’ll have some cowboy swag to hand out.

ALL MONTH I’ll be over at the Coffee Time Romance Forums hosting CoffeeWrite. This is kind of a writing round robin. I write the beginning of a story, then it’s up to you all to write the rest, one paragraph at a time. You can post up to once per day or just once during the month if you want, but at the end of the month, I’ll be choosing the best contribution and awarding a prize. It officially starts January 5th HERE and is open to readers, published authors, aspiring authors, or anyone who wants to come over and have fun with us.

The month of January also finds me as the featured author at The Romance Reviews–Erotic. Hop over and read the in-depth interview where I spill never-before-told secrets behind the writing of BUCKED (Studs in Spurs, Book 2). AND of course, there’s a contest. The contest rules are at the bottom of the interview HERE.

Finally (phew) I’ll be at a group signing with my favorite peeps at the Borders Books in Middletown, NY at the Galleria at Crystal Run on January 29th from 2 – 5 pm. Stop by for swag and a chat, and maybe a book or two.

That’s it, that’s all I got for now. There is a super secret announcement that I’m not allowed to make just yet, but it involved that hot cowboy menage short story I’ve been talking about on Twitter for the past two weeks. More to come…

Cat

Is it time to buck yet? PBR Uncasville!

I’m back from the Authors After Dark Romance Convention and 2 days later, finally out from under the backlog of work that accumulated while I was off having fun. It was a hell of an event and I loved speaking on the panels, hanging with the readers and my fellow authors, making new friends, seeing old ones, and getting to know the book bloggers, booksellers, publishers–everyone!! Too much fun, too little sleep, but it was a great time.

Cat Johnson AAD 2010 Signing

Me and Eliza Gayle at the AAD signing

And now back to reality…as surreal as my personal reality is. I started this month with my live reading at Lady Jane’s Salon in New York City, I spent the middle of this month at AAD a stone’s throw from Newark, NJ, and I’ll end this month in bucolic Connecticut attending the PBR bull riding competition in the arena inside the Mohegan Sun Casino. Talk about surreal–try walking through the slot machines, past the 5-star restaurants, martini bars and high-priced stores, only to stumble through the doors of the indoor arena to find a dirt floor and pens packed full of live, very large bulls. Not to mention all those cowboys!

So that’s where I’ll be October 1, 2 and 3 (Friday through Sunday). If any of you happen to be attending this event, or even if you’re just local enough to drive to Mohegan Sun for the day, join me! I plan on planting myself near the arena entrance (probably at the bar!) before the doors open for each of the three events and I’ll have my promo with me–namely my LET’S BUCK stickers (modeled below by some of my Oklahoma fans). The word is these stickers are the hit of the Oklahoma rodeo scene and are being worn by the bull riders on their hats, helmets, vests and trucks… oh, and slings!

Let's Buck sticker on sling

Let's Buck sticker on Booty

So stop by Mohegan Sun, say hi to me, get a sticker for your car, or booty, or whatever. And you never know, I may even have copies of ROUGH STOCK and UNRIDDEN with me and could probably be persuaded to sell and sign one or two!

Authors After Dark

Heard at my house at oh-dark-thirty (specificially 4:30 a.m. this morning).

Husband: “What’s this scary looking blonde wig doing here?”

Me: “That’s for Eliza Gayle’s costume for AAD.”

Husband: “I thought some strange new cat had crawled in.”

Even in my sleep deprived state, or perhaps because of it, I broke out into hysterical laughter–the kind that keeps creeping back up on you out of nowhere even after you think it’s done.

So yes, the point of this post is that the Authors After Dark Reader Convention in New Jersey is only next week, which means there is a flurry of activity as I plan outfits both for the day panels I’ll be speaking on and the public book signing as well as for the nighttime literary figure costume party, gather swag and promo items, books and booze and everything else we’ll need.

I still have to hack a foot or so off the bottom of my own costume because though my 35-25-35 hourglass figure fit in the ballgown right off the rack, the fact I’m barely 5 feet tall means nearly everything is too long on me.

It’s going to be a hell of a weekend. Combine a bunch of readers, authors, editors/agents/publishers, vendors, a psychic, some alcohol AND an on-site tattoo artist, dump them all together in a hotel in New Jersey for a few days and who knows what can happen!

Of course I’ll post pictures…

Cat

Labor Day Weekend Cat News

JACK is holding as the #1 best seller at My Bookstore and More for the 3rd straight day (YAY! Thank you, readers!)

THAT is exciting enough in itself, but on top of that, tomorrow UNRIDDEN releases in print and tonight is my live reading at Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC (at Madame X’s on W Houston St).

UNRIDDEN PAPERBACK AT AMAZON.COM

And finally, the amateur bull rider I sponsor, Alvin Morris, took 2nd place at Drumright this weekend. Even better, no stitches required this week. Congrats to Alvin! (he’s the one pictured in the middle but this was taken before he received his good luck, official Cat Johnson LET’S BUCK riding shirt)