On Sunday Oct. 12 a friend and I went to a movie at Mission Valley mall in San Diego. This was the day after a small Buffy convention here in town. Approaching the doors I saw some paperback books laying on one of the planters, and a young woman standing there looking at them with a quizzical expression. Since I'm always curious about books, my friend and I went closer. The books turned out to be the Buffy/Angel "Unseen" trilogy Nancy Holder and I wrote (I found out later that a bookcrossing.com user had left them there). The young lady saw us looking and said, "I don't know who these belong to." I said something like, "I don't either, but I wrote them." Her face lit up and she said, "You're Jeff Mariotte? I LOVE your books! I wanted to go to the con yesterday to get some signed but I had to work." I looked inside the books and they were signed by me and Nancy. She took them and left, happy and with $50 in her pocket she wouldn't have had if she'd made the con.
So my experience with bookcrossing.com is a favorable one (and probably pretty unique). It was definitely a weird coincidence that I was there at that moment.