TBT: Meeting E.L. James for the 1st time

Hi Followers!

So this was a Blog Post I had written for another Blog on my experience I had when I had met E.L. James back on Thursday May 10, 2012.  

On this day, it is when my life had changed of being introduced to many of you authors that I now love & promote.  I had discovered you all because of Mrs. James books, recommendations from book lovers I have met & made some amazing friends since then.  This experience also inspired me to get back into my hard core reading & begin blogging.

THANK YOU Erika for bringing all these wonderful experiences and people into my life!  I am truly blessed! 

***My Day Meeting E.L. James***

Okay so where shall I begin???

Well 1st off, I almost did not go to this book signing because I was very discouraged when B&N told me that they were not going to give out wristbands for this event!

I seriously thought this would be super crazy and that there was no way in hell I was going to get to meet her!

Well, my gut instinct said to go check it out and see how crazy it really is going to be!


Got to the B&N at about 1:30pm to see how bad it was! To my ultimate shock, it was running like a regular day, no lines in site! So I go up to the Customer service line and ask them what the deal is. The girl tells me all I got to do is buy one book from their store and I can get it signed personalized to whoever and also get up to 6 books signed! She then tells me that no lines can start to form inside the store for seating till 4pm! I'm thinking cool but YEAH THE FUCK RIGHT in my head about no one lining up early. SO i go upstairs to the area where the siging is and they were still setting up books and seats.

So I get on line to purchase another book so i can have her sign it with the other 2 I already had and go outside to kill 2 1/2 hrs before I can get in the line to try to get a guaranteed seat for the Q&A and signing.

I decided to go to Starbucks, cause let's face it, I'm addicted to that shit like crack & of course and I need something to get me more pumped up for my nerves to be even more high then they were at the time to pray that I will get a seat in the signing!

So back to the signing....3:30pm rolls around & I head back to B&N. I go straight upstairs to the signing area after using the loo so I'm all set to wait! I see a security guard and ask him where is the line going to start, he asks me if i bought the book and I tell him yes. He then points to a wall and tells me the line has started and I can go on it to wait to be seated!

I FUCKING SQUEALED!!! YES OUT LOUD!! Fucking dork that I am, I go to the line and notice only about 20 people in front of me!

MY INNER GODDESS is fucking dancing like ANA in my head!!

Right away I meet all these awesome ladies on the line who are all like me in shock that we are going to get to meet E.L. James!! Within 10 minutes of being in the line, they start sitting us right away! I'm stunned and in shock that they sit us before 4pm! I wound up being in the 3rd row from the stage!


So the wait begins! All the ladies I met, first thing we discussed is who is CG going to be played by! Thank goodness everyone agreed Chris Hemsworth is a MAJOR NO!!!! Henry Cavill & Ian Somerhalder are the top favs!

***Well now we all are HAPPY that Jamie Dornan is playing MR. Grey! Who would have known!***

I met my Crissy & Mags also known as  +Laters Baby   (Laters Baby Website) who had just started their site a couple of days when I met them!  (and now we are seeing the movie together this Friday & our friendship has grown!)

I also met +Colleen Hoover  +Tina Reber  while waiting for the Q&A to start.  I had just been told by another fan to read Tina's book "Love Unscripted" which had just came out a bit ago and then BAM, she turns around and she is right there in the front row in front of us!  The event had not even started and I already was overwhelmed with joy on meeting all these amazing and wonderful people! 

"IT'S TIME....7PM"

She is introduced and comes out!


I took video of the whole Q & A so I will not go into detail of what was said cause you can just watch it! Sorry it is 2 parts! I pressed a button on my Ipad and had to record it in 2 parts!

Part 1:

Part 2:

After the Q&A, signing time! I get all nervous again and get myself mentally ready to what I want to say to her! My Inner Goddess gets in her business suit & whips out her notepad!

My turn is up with EL James and she looks up at me and smiles and Says "Hello Lauren!" (they put our name on a sticky note for her to personalize our book for us)

I blush and say Hello back to her & I tell her that I am so happy for her success with the books and that I read them when they were MOTU (Master of the Universe Fan Fic) I also tell her that I look forward to seeing the movie being made and thank you for taking the time to meet us fans! She smiled so big when I told her I read MOTU 1st and she also said thank you for my kind words! I told her to rest up and take it easy!

She is the sweetest and most down to earth person to meet!

After I got my books signed, I exchanged numbers and Facebook profiles with all the beautiful ladies I met at the signing & we have grown in our friendships thru the years.

My last of this story is when I was on the train home, I finally opened my book to see what she wrote in it and she signed it:

Lauren, laters baby 


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