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img_0633It was a perfect sunny weekend at UCLA for the LA Times Festival of Books. The event attracts over 100,000 attendees and over 100 authors presented their books at the two day festival on the college campus.

It was my first year at the event as a published author, and I was grateful for the opportunity to sign copies of my book, The Perils of Cyber-Dating at the Authors’ Coop, near the LA Times Stage.

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to hear Tori Spelling promote her new best-selling book,?Mommywood. In addition, Alyssa Milano presented her book Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic, and Kristin Chenoweth talked about her book,?A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages?and delighted the audience by singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

The afternoon ended with a presentation by Bob Barker, but unfortunately I was unable to “come on down” to hear him talk about his new book, Priceless Memories?as it coincided with my book signing of my tell-all romantic memoir, The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online.

I stopped by to say hello to The Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti Stanger, another Jersey girl, whose book?Become Your Own Matchmaker: 8 Easy Steps for Attracting Your Perfect Mate?is still on the best-seller list.

img_0623On Sunday, I arrived in time to see Marlee Matlin, who wrote I’ll Scream Later?as well as three children’s books. She shared her exciting news that she will be receiving her star on Hollywood Boulevard on May 6th. Author and attorney, David Baldacci,img_0628?presented his book,??First Family?at the LA Times Stage and described a writer as someone who is willing to work for years in total obscurity with the possibility of never being read and having to endure repeated rejections. He shared his story with the audience which included a rejection letter that simply said, “I’m sorry. We only represent talent.”

img_0610I met many other authors who shared their stories on what they have learned about the book publishing process and made a few friends along the way.

I am grateful for Christiane Alexians and Carolyn Howard-Johnson who invited me to join them at the Authors’ Coop Booth. I look forward to my next book signing event on Sunday, May 3rd at Book Soup in West Hollywood where I will be raffling off the “Cyber Love Basket” filled with over $1000 of romantic goodies guaranteed to spice up your love life.

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