#IABE in Des Moines!

Last weekend I attended the Indie Author Book Expo in Des Moines. Though foot traffic at the Valley West Mall was lighter than usual, thanks in part to the crazy heat and the art festival, we still had a great time! I got to meet many new to me authors and of course saw some from last year. Looking forward to the next one!

We got to Des Moines Friday and checked in. The motel we got this year was really cute. Even Booy approved:

We had dinner at Zombie Burger and tried to watch our ritual Forensic Files (when ever hubby and I stay in a motel we watch Forensic Files) only, we were too early! It wasn’t on yet! *gasp* And then when it did come on the cable went out! Well, a chunk of it did, including that channel, so we ended up watching Live PD and then called it a night.

Since we went to bed so early we got to the mall EARLY! Yes, WE were early for something. It shows what a crazy weekend it was! We got set up pretty fast:

As I said, we had lighter foot traffic than usual, especially on Saturday, so I had a chance to scoot around and visit other tables. There were a lot of amazing authors there who you should check out!

We also had a surprise visitor:


Day two went about the same as the first day, though some of our authors were one day only, so we had a smaller crowd, but it was no less fun. Booy was sad to have to check out of the motel, but he did at least help pack:


A friend of mine came to visit (though for some reason we took no photos of him!) and I pawned a book off on him, so that was a win-win. We actually stayed a little after five, but then packed up so we could make it home in time for Villisca’s amazing fireworks display! And though it has nothing to do with the expo, it seems like a fitting end to a great weekend!

Have a great week everyone and if you’re interested in an autographed paperback hit me up in email (joleene@joleenenaylor.com) or facebook messenger!

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