I’ve traveled to a lot of cool locations for book events, so when Gina Maxwell, Rebecca Yarros, and I were all going to be at the Indies Invade Philly signing, I saw an opportunity for a little extra time with two of my best friends. A lot of times our trips are so fast that we have to squeeze in most of our talk time between the hours of 11PM and 3AM, which then requires consuming massive amounts of caffeine later. So for this trip, we decided to fly in a day early so we could have an extra day together. Best decision EVER!
My adventure with Rebecca Yarros started when we were up in Denver, having dinner with the lovely Liz Pelletier (CEO & Publisher at Entangled Publishing). We got a call from the airline telling us they’d cancelled our red-eye flight and put us on a 7AM one—the flight Rebecca and I purposely avoided because this is us in the morning…
Luckily, Liz invited us for slumber party fun, with girly movies and frozen yogurt! I repeat: FROZEN YOGURT!!!! (Just pretend this cotton candy is frozen yogurt & it’s scarily accurate.)
The next morning, after waking up way to early, we finally made it to Philly and met Gina in the airport! After a year of not being together IRL, the group hug was epic.
Here’s a snapshot at the Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philly, where you can find just about any kind of food.
Here’s a picture Rebecca took in downtown Philly while we walked to get Pizza later that night.
*not pictured: Gina & I getting in trouble for not knowing who one of the statues was of, even when Rebecca said his name like we should. We were like “oh, yeah. That guy.” *clueless blink* Apparently he was a president or something. I looked up William What’s-His-Name and he was only president for, like, 6 months, so I don’t think it really counts. LOL
Gina and I *might’ve* just gotten there right under the buzzer after staying up super late and EST messing with our alarms. Unfortunately, Rebecca was down a ways with a non-stop line so we missed getting a pic with her AT the signing. (Also, regardless of what it looks like, I’m not on Gina’s lap. I just had 5.5” heels that make me crazy tall. Full disclosure: I’m also not opposed to sitting on Gina’s lap-Hehe)
We met lots of amazing readers & authors & had a blast in Philly!
And then it was time to say goodbye, & there was another group hug & it was totally sad. But more girls’ trips are in our future, & until then, we’ll chat non-stop via text, FB, & every other way we possibly can. I’m so glad that I have awesome girl friends who are always down for an adventure & here’s hoping we have lots of #TravelTuesday logs in our future.
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Darby Quinn has a bone to pick with Cinderella. Burned one too many times by ex-boyfriends, Darby has lost all belief in the happily-ever-after that the fairy-tale princess promised her. She’s sworn off love, Prince Charmings, and happy endings and she’s happy about it. Really. Or at least she was…until she met Jake, her gorgeous neighbor and the manager of her favorite restaurant. But Darby has rules about dating, ones she’s culled from her years spent with so-called “princes,” and starting something with Jake would break all of them.
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Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.