Event Recap: Double Debut Delight

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Today I’ve got some highlights from Emily A. Duncan and Christine Lynn Herman’s debut day author event in Columbus, OH. I was thankful to get PTO from my boss to drive down for the Tuesday night fun and I’m so glad I was able to make it and support two incredible books and authors.

The hour long chat and q & a was super laid back and it was obvious the two were close friends. They pitched their books, Wicked Saints and The Devouring Gray, and then pitched each others. Hogwarts house sorting occurred and there was much debate on who would win in a fight out of all of their characters. They also talked about dark magic and how it works within a contemporary vs. high fantasy. After the talk, I was able to get my books signed and share my enthusiasm for both titles which I had already had the pleasure of reading and loving.

Have you read either The Devouring Gray or Wicked Saints? Been to a debut author signing?

Let me know in the comments below!

Event Recap: Schwab & Shenanigans

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On March 20, my friend Katie and I took a little road trip down to Columbus for a day of shopping and Victoria Schwab. We dined at two wonderfully delicious restaurants (Molly Woo’s & Cantina Laredo) which is a bit of a rarity for me with my gluten allergy and then visited IKEA for the very first time. Some people may swear by IKEA and while I will acknowledge their furniture is pretty amazing (I picked up a couple of Billy Bookcases), that building is a horror and I felt my life essence draining from my body with each step I took. Honestly we had to recover in a Barnes & Noble afterwards.

That night we headed over to Villa Milano for the Schwab event hosted by Westerville Public Library. There was a line wrapped around the building when we arrived and the large banquet hall filled up pretty quickly. I actually ran into one of my fellow Sirens Con attendees while there and it was great to catch up. Victoria answered audience questions for about an hour about everything from character development to adaptations to upcoming works and more. After that the signing line started and with over 300 people in attendance it took some time. Victoria’s totally worth it though!

Are you a Victoria Schwab fan? Which author would you want to meet?

Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Auto-Buy SciFi and Fantasy Authors

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Leigh Bardugo
  2. Victoria Schwab
  3. Anna-Marie McLemore
  4. Laini Taylor
  5. Marissa Meyer

This week’s Top 5 is all about auto-buy authors in the fantasy and scifi categories. Unsurprisingly mine all come from YA fantasy and I cannot get enough of these ladies’ words. There’s not much else I can say besides buy their books and be blown away!

What are your auto-buy authors in SciFi and Fantasy?

Let me know in the comments below!

A Happy Hour with Tomi Adeyemi

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On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful author event in Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art hosted by The Shady Ladies Literary Society. The group puts together outings bringing together food, booze, and passion for women’s stories and I’m so glad they hosted the brilliant Tomi Adeyemi for her debut, Children of Blood and Bone.

 

My friend and I signed up for the Happy Hour option which entitled us to an hour and a half of mixing and mingling as well as the signature drink for the evening, Mama Agba’s Tea. The beverage was delightful and if we’d opted for the Dinner Party (which we fully regret not doing) I’d have had more than one.

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I was happy to meet up with Sarah from The Book Traveler and her daughter as it’s been almost two years since I’d last seen them and it was nice to catch up. Around 7:30pm the event coordinator invited Tomi up to read a brief passage from the book. She explained what this scene and writing meant to her, the fear and the hope she experienced.

After the reading Tomi was gracious enough to personalize copies of the book and speak with each of us. I expressed my love for the book and how I cannot wait to get it into the hands of my patrons and she made the connection between my name and How to Get Away with Murder and waxed poetic about the show.

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After that we had a chance to wander around the museum and check out the current installations. There was a maze to walk through, photography to view, and mixed media to contemplate.

All in all it was a fantastic event; an eclectic mix of age, race, and gender with an intimate environment and a whole lot of fun. I’m so glad I got to meet Tomi and hope to see her shine in the future and maybe I’ll get to more Shady Ladies’ events as well.

Have you read Children of Blood and Bone? Been to any unique author events?

Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I’d Want To Write Like

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Leigh Bardugo
  2. Victoria Schwab
  3. Anna-Marie McLemore
  4. Roshani Chokshi
  5. Alisha Rai

This week’s Top 5 is all about the authors I’d want to write like. I’ve chosen five fiercely inspiring female writers that I would absolutely love to emulate. The two at the top are, not surprisingly, Leigh Bardugo and Victoria Schwab. These ladies are my fave authors ever, crafting detailed worlds and distinct characters with immense talent. Next are Anna-Marie McLemore and Roshani Chokshi who write the most delectable descriptions with such heart and emotion infused into every word. My final pick is Alisha Rai authoring some of the most splendid romance with plenty of angst and depth woven together.

Have you read any of these authors’ work? Who would make your Top 5?

Let me know in the comments below!

 

Midnight Tales: Leigh Bardugo Takes Michigan

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If Leigh Bardugo has an event within a five to six hour radius of me you know I’ll be attending, so of course I was thrilled by her Midnight Tales tour announcement. Grand Rapids on my Saturday off, heck yes! I jumped early on tickets for my friends and I, then anxiously waited for the actual day.

We left early on Saturday and made a quick stop in Holland, MI for a lovely lunch a quick tour of my alma mater, Hope College. Then it was off to Grand Rapids and Schuler Books. The place is absolutely massive and I probably would have got lost in there if I had the chance.

The set up was little wonky for so many people but I managed to get a standing spot so I could see the stage. To my surprise, one of my BEA buddies, Stefani was also in attendance so it was wonderful to catch up with her.

Leigh was as fabulous as ever chatting about everything from upcoming projects (of course I’m losing my mind over King of Scars) to writing and publishing tips. My favorite question though was the very last asking if the Six of Crows crew was on Chopped, what would they make. Wylan would make a souffle (intensive, detailed), Jesper something spicy, Nina would obviously make waffles, Inej would have mad knife skills (duh), Matthias would make a traditional Fjerdan dish, and Kaz would craft an extravagant meal and be like what, are you surprised.

After that came the signing which we were thankfully early on in line for since there were 200+ attendees. Leigh was rocking a gorgeous top that I would love to purchase for myself and was exceedingly kind. She even took a picture of me in my Wylan cosplay.

After that it was Chipotle for dinner and back to Ohio. Overall an absolutely wonderful day.

Have you gotten the chance to meet any authors? Any on your wishlist?

Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I Want to Read More From

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Becky Albertalli
  2. Riley Redgate
  3. Adam Silvera
  4. Daniel Jose Older
  5. Mackenzi Lee

This week’s Top 5 is all about authors I want to read more from. Now of course this is actually a really long list but I’m narrowing it down to new to me authors I’ve read in the past six months. Let’s start with Becky Albertalli. I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda at the end of December and really like it. The Upside of Unrequited blew me away though. I just read Noteworthy by Riley Redgate and it was such a nuanced contemporary that I need to pick up more of her work. History is All You Left Me was my first Adam Silvera and now I need to get to his first book as well as his upcoming release. Daniel Jose Older surprised me with Shadowshaper so now his backlist is definitely a must read for me. And Mackenzi Lee’s Gentleman’s Guide was brilliant and I loved all the historical details. Must read all the books by these authors!!!

So what authors do you want to read more of? Are any of mine on your list? Let me know in the comments below!

A Schwab Signing: Saying Anoshe to Shades of Magic

When Victoria Schwab announced her tour for A Conjuring of Light the question was how far would I need to travel to see one of my favorite authors. Thankfully it was only a measly four hours to Crestview Hills, KY and my friend and I made plans right away for a Saturday adventure with clear schedules and fingers crossed for good weather.

Luckily no snow came our way and on Saturday March 4, the two of us set out for a fun filled road trip. The back of my car was stuffed full with two of the most important things on this planet, books and food. Seriously we had close to a full refrigerator of snacks back there. We arrived at Joseph-Beth Booksellers with three hours to go before the event so of course some damage was done to my wallet.

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Which Classic Female Author Am I?

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Hello all! I’m trying something new today. Instead of a book tag I’m going to take a Buzzfeed quiz. This one is “Which Classic Female Author Are You?” Let’s take a look at how my answers pan out, shall we…

What are you writing with?

Ink Pens

Typewriter

Laptop

Pencils

Quill Pens

Gel Pens

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Moments of Wonderland: Marissa Meyer Tour Recap

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On November 13 Marissa Meyer stopped by the Parma Snow Branch of the Cuyahoga Public Library to chat about her most recent release Heartless and of course The Lunar Chronicles. Despite not the best week I trekked down there with my huge bag of books in tow and had a marvelous time. The auditorium was packed with people and completely full making things all the more exciting.

After being introduced Marissa gave a brief description of Heartless which I’ve already reviewed HERE and then asked for some volunteers for a very special talent show. I, of course, stayed firmly in my seat but six other attendees more courageous than me took the plunge. It was a wonderful icebreaker and the audience was treated to impersonations, songs, poems, feats of strength, etc.

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