Guest Blog & Giveaway: Britt Bury gets star struck & win THE DARKEST DAY

July 6, 2012 Giveaways, Guests 37

Britt Bury is here today to talk about being star struck while meeting some of her favorite paranormal authors.  Britt’s paranormal romance,  THE DARKEST DAY is the first in her Immortal Heart series (available now from Grand Central Publishing).  We have a giveaway attached at the bottom of the post!

Guest Blog

Britt on Meeting her Favorite Authors


Britt Bury

Thank you so much Abigail for having me! I wanted to stop by and talk about some of my favorite paranormal authors and the experiences I’ve had with them.

First, I should explain that I am neither elegant, nor vocally savvy. Words just fall from my mouth and most of the time I come off sounding like a total moron. So when I say that my favorite authors include: Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Gena Showalter; the best thing for me to do would be to stay away from all of these women for the rest of my life because it turns out, I get a wee bit star struck in their presence.

Last year at the RWA national conference, I stood in Kresley Cole’s book signing line, clutching her new release in my hand and bouncing on my toes. “It’s her! It’s really her!” Yes, I was chanting that, and pretty soon, people were looking at me like I’d forgotten my meds—which I had—but anyway!

Okay, I finally get up to her and she’s all classy and calm and asks me, “Who do I make this out to?” A normal person would respond with a name. How hard is that? Not very. Did I say my name though? Of course not. Instead I opted for, “I think I just peed my pants a little…”

She glances over the table, “Really?”

A nervously start laughing. “Pssshhh, of course not …” Yes, really.

Somehow, I get out of that situation, only to find myself staring down Sherrilyn Kenyon. I look at her and what do I do? Burst into tears. Why? Hell if I know. I then go on blubber about all her books, how amazing they are, and how I love the color of her hair…pretty soon I’m snotting all over the place. I realized right then I have a knack for making people feel really uncomfortable.

Fast forward a year later and I’m in Chicago for the RT convention. I’m certain that I will never embarrass myself in front of an author I’m in love with again. I do my best to just stay out of their way and hope I won’t leak in some way near them. Charming, I know, but hey, you have to start somewhere.

Goal: No Leaking On New York Times Best-Sellers.

Easy enough right? No, it was stressful as hell! After an exhausting day at the conference, I duck into the ladies room and have myself a good old fashion panic attack. Heaving and crying, I jam my head between my legs and hope to god I don’t fall over because the heels I’m balancing on are five inches too tall and touching the floor of a public bathroom skeeves me out. Concentrating on not falling over, the door opens and there she is, Larissa-frickin-Ione staring at me. My hair is psycho, mascara is running down my face and all I can do is look at her while hyperventilating and say, “D-do you k-know who you are?”

And they say first impressions are the most important.

Crap. I’m in so much trouble if that’s really the case.

 Britt BuryBritt Bury writes paranormal romance where the immortals are fierce, the stakes are high, and desire can be deadly. Britt was raised in Corvallis, Oregon and attended Oregon State University majoring in Liberal Studies. When her dream of being a professional karaoke star and Elvis impersonator didn’t pan out, she turned to writing. She currently lives in the Silicon Valley with her brilliant husband, two sons and an obscene amount of fish.




Giveaway provided by Britt Bury
One copy of THE DARKEST DAY by Britt Bury

The Darkest Day (Immortal Heat, #1)


Available on July 3, 2012 from Grand Central Publishing



Izel Campbell was raised to believe she is an immortal Fionn with the magical skills of persuasion. But when she travels to Scotland to visit her ancestral home, Izel discovers that she is actually the world’s last living human. Forced to run for her life, Izel crosses paths with Kelvin Kerr, the Campbells’ greatest foe-and the most magnificent warrior she has ever seen.


A thousand-year-old battle chief of the Kerr clan, Kelvin lives only to avenge his father, who died at the hands of the bloody Campbells. Honor demands he kill the Campbell heir, but when he learns that the lovely Izel is both Campbell “and” human, Kelvin is torn between duty and desire . . .


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37 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Britt Bury gets star struck & win THE DARKEST DAY”

  1. Rebe

    Oh yes! I had an academic fan girl moment when I had my favorite author sign her book. I was sooooo embarassed afterwards because I kept grinning like a loon while she was signing it. So dumb…

  2. debbie

    Yes, I went to meet one of the soap opera stars that my mom adored. (I don’t watch it, but she had watched the same show since I was born.). It was really last minute, my 2 month old son had just had surgery, and I admit, I was exhausted, and not at my best. Anyway, we went to meet him, and as we walked away, he said I was really ugly. I wanted to go back and bop him with my diaper bag. It did make me feel embarrassed.

  3. Natasha

    No, I haven’t yet. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Carl

    I don’t think I have had one of those moments. At least not that I remember. Maybe I’ve blocked them all from my memory.

  5. Viki S.

    Kind of. My husband got me a club floor room at the Ritz when Bon Jovi was playing in town. The concert was fantastic but when we stepped off the elevator it opened right into the club room. It was packed which surprised me for being so late at night. I went to grab a bottle of water when this security dude started screaming at us to get out it was a closed party. I look around and the band is in the room with multitudes of “young” girls. I tore my arm out off this jerks grip and told him I was staying there, had a paid room and if I wanted a bottle of water I was going to have one! A Ritz staff member handed me a bottle of water and a few minutes later came to my room asking to make good on the me being accosted. So it was kind of embarrassing but not in a good way. My opinion of Bon Jovi has forever changed.

  6. Yodamom

    I went to the city zoo with a college lecture series. I was deeply in lust with one of the very fit visiting lecturers . He was not aware of my feelings, he may not have even known my name. Well I was going to become known to him on this trip! I was going to thrill him with my daring athleticism by climbing on a bear statue to get a photo. I did, and I split my new white pants all the way up the middle seam ! Oh but it gets better, I was begging everyone to take a picture just before..”zzzz rip” and they did take my picture, many of them. My ugly panties and red face where not to be forgotten. I didn’t even get a wink from Mr. Dreamy. Sigh, the stupidity of my youth.

  7. Leni

    I haven’t had any moments like that and want to keep it that way 🙂

  8. Susan

    No. I haven’t had any embarassing moments myself. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Emily

    I apparently make really weird faces off into space if I see someone and am trying to figure out if “that is who I think it is.” Then the person is creeped out before I even said anything!

  10. erinf1

    congrats on the new release! Looks fabulous!

    Luckily, I haven’t had too many embarrassing moments…

  11. Kt.

    I’m always a twit of nerves when I go to signings. I get so embarrassed at my inability to talk. 🙁

  12. HollyB

    I just wanted to tell Britt this was such a funny guest post!! I laughed out loud several times! (uhh, not AT you, but WITH you…) Sadly, I have no stories of my own brushes with fame, as I have had none…YET! Thanks for the laugh 🙂

  13. LadyVampire

    I am a big art fan. Love Rowena’s art. I went to this convention and was admiring some of the art at this display stand when this lady comes over and starts asking which one is my favorite and if I like this particular artist. I was so involved with the art stuff, I didnt look up much or pay attention to the lady talking to me until I started talking about a print of Rowena’s artwork and how much I loved it. My companion then said, well I can sign it for you. I looked up and finally noticed it was Rowena herself! Boy did I feel dumb. lol I did get the signature though.

  14. Tamlyn

    Thankfully I will never say anything embarrassing… because I won’t be capable of opening my mouth and saying anything at all.

  15. wanda flanagan

    Yep I went into the staging and locker room area before a wwf smackdown event and met some of the guys I was like 21 this was yesrs and years ago lol anyways all I could say was Wow you are so big over and over and over again lol sooo embarassing

  16. Victoria Zumbrum

    No I have never had any embarassing moments in front of someone famous.

  17. Barbara Elness

    I’ve had a chance to meet lots of wonderful authors that I very much admire, and except for getting up my courage to ask for pictures with them, I wasn’t really embarrassed. Except a little bit when one author gave my camera to a male model standing nearby and made him take our picture together. 😀

  18. DeeCee

    I managed to freak out years ago when I went to a Good Charlotte concert. Too close to them and ….well, embarrassing.

  19. Audra Holtwick

    I have had my share of embarrassing moments but not in front of some one famous

  20. justpeachy36

    I haven’t had any situations like the ones you describe but I did see Lee Greenwood sitting under a tree in my hometown on the day of the concert he was going to perform… he had a tennis racket and had apparently been to the university courts.

  21. Rachel at theJeepDiva

    I have not met anyone famous yet but I am going to a book signing on Monday so who knows. LOL

  22. Raelene

    I embarrassed myself when meeting Ellen DeGeneres, by saying wow you are really tiny. I am quite sure she is sick of hearing that.

  23. Sara M

    I tend to just be really shy, quiet, and awkward. So while I haven’t done anything embarassing at a book signing or anything like that, I do know that I don’t always come across very smooth.

  24. Denise Z

    One day in the airport in Utah a friend and I had just flown in to visit another friend who lived there for a skiing weekend – as we were walking we were suddenly surrounded by giants LOL We realized we had not landed on another planet, but right in the middle of the LA Lakers basketball team. We totally fangirled 🙂

  25. Na S.

    I haven’t. That could be because anything embarrassing I try to block out from my memory lol.

  26. Cherry Mischievous

    Oh, yeah! I attended one of those fantasy con a few years back and I was having this new book I just bought in one of the booths signed by the author in the book signing panel… and when Stephen Deas openned the book it was already signed! I bought a signed book!! I was so embarassed I could die!! But Mr. Deas was so nice about it and tried to make it less ambarassing for me by making jokes and poking fun at himself. What a great guy!!

  27. Joanne B

    No embarrassing situations. I’ve never met anyone famous yet.

  28. Proserpine

    Hi! Thanks for this chance! I don’t recall an embarrassing moment or situation with someone famous! Happens all the time with people I know but my friends and family knows me pretty well so it’s always ok with them!

  29. Danni T

    My mom and I use to watch a soap opera everyday. We went to a convention in New York one year. One of the actors was having a concert one night and we went to see it. He was also doing a signing. I had barely gotten done getting my stuff signed when my mom just shoved me out of the way. I know she wasn’t meaning to actually push me but it was so embarrassing. He made a comment. I wanted to sink into the ground.


  30. Gale Nelson

    No, I haven’t yet but thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Michele A

    Britt, I’m so excited to read your book. It sounds really good. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  32. Alaina

    gotta admit, i live in the middle of nowhere, and noone famous comes here… lol.. but ive done more then my share of embarrassing thing..

  33. Kerry

    I met someone celebrityish – I admired – I was tonguetied and turned beet red…my 30 seconds was up…never got to say “I LOVE you!!” LOL Great interview – excited to read your book.

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  34. Lisa -Silverlight

    Never had embarrassing situations w/famous ppl. usually I can hold it together until after then I get wicked embarrassing w/ all my giddy behaviour! lol

    Thanks for the giveaway