Event Recap-Fierce Reads Tour

I’m so excited that I was able to attend the Fierce Reads tour stop at Blue Willow Bookshop. I got to see Leigh Bardugo and Jessica Brody again (saw them at Houston Teen Book Con a few weeks back) and meet Ann Aguirre and Gennifer Albin. I’ve not read the Crewel series yet but am excited to start it hopefully soon.

You can tell these ladies have been touring and have a great repertoire with one another. There were many laughs and a few tears and overall just a really great time had by all. I got so caught up in the panel that I actually didn’t take a lot of pictures (oops) but I tried to jot down some of the questions and answers to share with you.

When asked about their favorite scary stories Ann Aguirre shared that she found the world we live in to be the most terrifying thing. She went on to explain the Jewel Wasp which I’ll leave for you to read about. So creepy!

How do you celebrate after finishing a book?
Jessica said she cleans her house since it’s a wreck after she’s been ignoring it while writing. Ann said she takes a celebratory shower and Gennifer steps out into the sun and then buys a pie. Leigh tends to ignore people when in the writing bunker so she tries to socialize.

If you knew you were dying at midnight what would you do for the rest of the day?
Gennifer had a running joke about eating pie (and was really excited about trying Houston’s House of Pies) so she wasted no time in saying, “eat pie!” Jessica said she would finish the second season of Scandal. And then there were questions about the details of this imminent death. Was it world wide? Just them? How long in advance did they know they were dying at midnight- Would they have time to fly home to see their families? Ann said she would either fly out or be on the phone with her family. After the seriousness of this answer Leigh said she’d pass on answering.

What superpower would they want?
Ann knew the answer to this immediately, teleportation. She had really thought out all the details and questions related to teleporting. Jessica said she would want an immunity to calories so she could eat all the sweets and gain no weight. Leigh talked about how she had read somewhere that those that picked flight were hero types and those that chose invisibility were villain types. She’d choose invisibility.

Everyone went on to explain that Leigh was house Slytherin so of course she’d be a villain. Then they announced which house they would belong to.
Ann- Hufflepuff, Jessica-Ravenclaw and Gennifer is Gryffindor. So of course I had to take the quiz myself

Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?

Many more questions were asked and answered it was one of the best panels I’ve seen.


Event Recap- Austin Teen Book Festival 2013

Last Saturday was the huge event Austin Teen Book Festival. It was a blast and I got to meet Sherry Thomas, Mindy McGinnis and more. There were so many authors and so much going on my introverted self barely could take it. We showed up late so I missed the Dark Days vs Fierce Reads–from the pictures I’ve seen it looked like a blast. I did get to see three panels: Dark Days, Into Hearts of Darkness and Powers Strange and Perilous. I had intended to take notes and highlight them in my recap but I was so distracted with what everyone was saying I forgot to take notes.

The festival had a great turnout and every panel was almost full. Each panel was moderated by one of the authors which added an interesting element to the questions. In the Into the Hearts of Darkness panel Victoria Scott moderated and included devil horns to the author with the most naughty answer. This really created an interactive experience between the panel and the crowd, it was so much fun watching audience members scream out who deserved the horns.

One of my favorite moments was walking through the halls and coming across people sitting or sprawled in sitting areas reading in between panels. It was a great event (and I got to meet the TeaTime girls and Snarkles!) Thank you Austin, all the volunteers and authors for creating such a fun day.

Dark Days:


 Into Hearts of Darkness

Powers Strange and Perilous



Event Recap: Sarah J. Maas + Giveaway

 Throne of GlassCrown of Midnight

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Sarah J. Maas’ event at Blue Willow Bookshop. The lovely Kate from Ex Libris moderated and had us all laughing. We began by playing a game seeing if anyone could pronounce the names and locations from the Throne of Glass series correctly.


Sarah then talked about the origins of her character’s names. I loved her explanation for Celaena. It goes back to The Last Unicorn a classic fantasy novel by Peter S. Beagle and a 1982 film by the same title. There was a harpy named Celaeno trapped by a traveling witch in her midnight circus. The harpy was her most prized capture and the most dangerous of all the mythological creatures the witch had in her circus. Celaeno in Greek means the ‘Dark One’ so Sarah always thought it would be an excellent assassin’s name. Being a child of the 80’s that movie had a major impact on me too.

The Last Unicorn
Sarah spoke about her journey to being published and her writing process now. She said she doesn’t use outlines (they crush her creative soul) but she does use music, movie scores in particular, as a backdrop and inspiration. She said without knowing it she had been outlining to some degree with her song choices. She associates certain scenes with songs and so moves them up or down her playlist according to where it falls in the story.

Kate did an amazing job moderating and Sarah J. Maas was funny, incredibly likeable and personable. It was a blast. If you follow My Friends Are Fiction you’ve seen the Lego cover we did for Crown of Midnight. I had a few printed up and had them signed. Sarah loved it and totally recognized it when I went up to get her to sign my books. Was a really awesome moment. Of course I gave her one and am keeping one for myself…but I have one for a lucky giveaway winner.


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Victoria Schwab, Beth Revis and Carrie Ryan Book Signing Event

Last Saturday I packed up my bag of books and headed over to Blue Willow Bookshop to see Victoria Schwab, Carrie Ryan and Beth Revis…what a line up. These three ladies are all friends and it was great to see them interact. I have been a fan of both Carrie Ryan and Victoria Schwab for a while but I’ve not read Across the Universe yet. After meeting Beth it is high on my TBR pile. All three answered questions from the audience and teased us with tidbits of upcoming books, novellas and cover releases.

Schwab, Revis and Ryan at Blue Willow Bookshop

My take-aways:

  • Beth Revis is funny. She has a quick wit and mixed with Victoria and Carrie they all played off each other wonderfully…had the audience rolling
  • Carrie Ryan announced that there will be a new cover for The Forest of Hands and Teeth. We got a tiny sneak peek and the whole place said, ‘oooh, ahhh!’ It is beautiful! Stay tuned to Carrie’s twitter and website for the official information on release dates.
  • Victoria wanted to be a spy when she was 7
  • Beth has a black lab named Sirius Black (best black lab name ever)
  • Carrie has a lot of short stories coming out this year in various anthologies
  • Victoria talked about her next book Vicious, telling us its about super-villains (yay!)
  • Beth is working on a book but she’s sworn to secrecy.
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth was originally a stand alone
  • Authors are not in control of their book covers or titles. Sometimes the title they have given their work sticks but it is often changed.
  • For The Archived series the titles refer to people not places
  • Carrie’s husband helped create the titles for The Forest of Hands and Teeth and its companion books.
  • When asked how she stays motivated to finish a book Victoria said she uses a connect the dot approach. She picks out certain aspects of the story and has them scattered through so she looks forward to getting to those spots and keeps her story progressing in the right direction.
  • Carrie was an estate lawyer
  • Beth Revis wrote for a decade before she got published with Across the Universe
  • Carrie Ryan drew a stick figure zombie in my book

Victoria Schwab signing my book Victoria Schwab and MeBeth RevisBeth Revis and MeCarrie Ryan drawing a stick-zombieMe and Carrie Ryan

Zombie Drawing

Thank you Beth Revis, Victoria Schwab, Carrie Ryan and Blue Willow Bookshop for  such a wonderful event. I have an interview in the works with Victoria Schwab so check back for that. You can read my review of The Archived here.


The Opal Release Party

A week ago I went to a Q&A/ signing with Jennifer Armentrout, author of the Lux Series and Covenant series. It was the Opal (A Lux Novel) release party. Joining her was Pepe Toth, Daemon Black on the Lux covers. I wish Sztella Tziotziosz (Katy on the covers) could have been there too. I would have loved to have all three signatures in my books. You can read up on both models and see an interview with them on Jennifer Armentrout’s website.

Lots of excited fans showed up and weren’t let down. Jennifer answered questions for an hour and then she and Pepe took the time to sign each and every book. After meeting Pepe, I totally see him as Daemon Black and Sztella as Katy. If you’ve not seen the Lux trailers you should check them out (extras on Jennifer’s site).

My only disappointment was that I didn’t own Elixir, Shadows or Daimon (novellas that weren’t in stock at the signing) so couldn’t complete my collection. I hope she will come back with the next release!