For those that don't know, I won a contest from Emily Giffin! Details here.
Emily is a New York Times Bestselling Author of 5 of my favorite books (all of her books!) Her latest book, "Heart of the Matter" was released on May 11th. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced, authographed copy from Emily before the trip. I LOVED this book and it is possibly my favorite Giffin book to date. Although, I may be biased since I have been all hyped up from excitement! If you have not bought this book yet, RUN out and buy it. I do suggest reading Emily's books in order though. So start with "Something Borrowed"; which is being made into a movie starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinski right now!
The contest included airfare, 2 night stay at - the brand new - Loews Hotel in Atlanta, gift card for $150 at Bistro Niko and VIP access to Emily's Launch party. My lucky +1 (Erica) and I had an amazing trip and no surprise the best part was meeting Emily!
Erica and I walked into the VIP party and probably looked out of place. I say this, because we just were not sure what to do with ourselves and at this point there were only a handful of people in the room. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I spot Emily. She had her camera out snapping pictures and laughing with friends. I couldn't get over how normal she was and I didn't even met her yet! For some reason, I was expecting bodyguards to usher her into the room. As I was being entranced by all of this, Stacie Hanna - Emily's promotion planner - came up to us and Erica said "This is Amy, she won the contest!" Thanks to Erica, because I couldn't talk at the moment. Stacie was sweet and kept saying she was so glad that we came - who would turn down this invitation?!?! Stacie walked us over to Emily and then it all became real. Emily was all excited and gave me a big hug. She asked us what we were up to so far in Atlanta, talked a little bit about the contest, introduced us to people and complimented our dresses/shoes. Which by the way, Emily looked amazing! After we talked for a few, we started taking pictures. With my camera, another photographers' and even Emily's. She knows her way around a camera!
After pictures, she signed books for the few lucky people that we bought books for. While she signed, we talked about "Something Borrowed" hitting the big screen. She dished about the cast and her time on set. Emily even gets to make a cameo in the movie!
The crowd started to grow and we decided to share Emily with everyone else. :-) Erica and I mingled around the party meeting new friends. Towards the end of the night, we decided to get in line so we could again thank Emily and say goodbye. We took more pictures and chatted for a bit telling Emily that we already bought tickets to see her when she comes to Grand Rapids in June. Emily said "we will be like best friends by then."
Emily is the one of the sweetest people I have ever met. She is grounded, friendly, funny and so very personable. Which makes me an even BIGGER fan. I will never forget this trip!
Me with Emily and her new cover!
Me, Emily and Erica
More pictures are on my facebook page and a few "PR Photos" here.