In a huge oversight on my part, I neglected to mention...
Happy birthday, HOURGLASS!!
Congratulations, Myra on the release of your beautiful YA debut!
Hourglass is available today.
The pictures below happened practically ages ago. And by ages, I mean only weeks. I'm still trying to catch up. Mostly. It seems I'm stacking up writerly functions. And then forgetting to blog about them. Makes me feel like a chump (especially since I will not get to all of them). In fact, since this event (pictured below), I've gone to even more events, which makes me feel like a bigger chump for being so behind.
Okay, so to catch you up (kind of). Ages ago (weeks), the fabulous Erica Chapman and I decided we'd make the trek back to Anderson's in Naperville (the indie bookstore I mentioned like a bazillion times now) a week after Veronica Roth's Divergent book launch at the same book store to attend another YA authors' book signing (3 1/2 hour drive). There was a special title for the event, but I'm not much good at remembering titles or names or dates or people's faces or my birthday. It had to do with luck, the title. But that's all I got.
Suffice it to say that there were some amazing authors there: Lisa and Laura Rocker (The Liar Society), Julia Karr (XVI), Leah Clifford (A Touch Mortal), Courtney Moulton (Angelfire), Sara Bennett Wealer (Rival), Sarah Rees Brennan (The Demon's Surrender), Saundra Mitchell (The Vespertine), and Christine Johnson (Claire de Lune) were all signing. Like us, Scott Tracey (Witch Eyes), Erica O'Rourke (Torn), and Loretta Nyhan were also there to support their author friends, and we all connected at some point in the evening. Every last one of them is a freaking superstar, by the way. I was wowed to even be in the same room. Talk about a special event to share with my sweetie peetie gal pal Erica C. Had so much fun with her, as always.
But, yeah, so Erica and I arrived a little late. Again. Don't be a hater, it happens to the best of us. It's not like I TRY to be late to these things. It's called arriving fashionably. Or something. I really need a personal assistant, FYI.
All the signing authors talked a bit before signing. They were all very funny and fun and awesome.
From left, Christine Johnson, Julia Karr, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Saundra Mitchell
From left: Saundra Mitchell, Lisa Roecker, and Laura Roecker.
They're all looking to the side because I said, "Okay, everybody look to the right now." Not really.
From the left: Lisa, Laura, Leah Clifford in the cute yellow sweater, Courtney Moulton, and Sara Bennett-Wealer. There is also some woman's head up really close. Lovely shade of chestnut.
And here is Scott Tracey, first with Erica, then with me. He gave us some fabulous bookmarks for his YA novel, WITCH EYES.
Here's a group photo. I won't label them all. I did that already, k?
Here I am with Sara Bennet Wealer. She has the best laugh, and is so genuine and friendly. You can't help but smile when you're with her.
And here we are with my favorite authorly sister duo, Lisa and Laura Roecker. So kind, these two. Beautiful inside and out.
I'm not sure why we were laughing. But I think Scott Tracey was involved.
Here I am with Julia. We've met up loads of times now. I forgot to tell her I was coming. So when I walked in, she was like, DUUUUUUDE you are EVERYWHERE. Except she didn't say dude, but now I'm going to beg her to say it. That would be awesome. P.S. She's my all time favorite Julia. A truly amazing person.
There was a gathering after the signing at a local pub. Bar? I don't know. I've been to this place twice, and I can't remember the name. Anyway, here we are with Loretta Nyhan. Such a sweetheart. One of those people that you wish you could miniaturize so you can carry them everywhere with you to take out when you need a hug except that would be creepy so you should probably just have them Facebook friend you.
Finally, here I am with Leah. Who by the way, wins the award for superest cutest dress of the night. Also? You can totally tell how sweet she is just by looking at her. A dearheart, I tell you. A beautiful person.
I wish I had a picture with Erica O'Rourke. She was freaking funny and so so kind. She has a book coming out in July called TORN, which I'm really excited about.
Okay, that's it for pictures. I didn't use my camera nearly enough, and a few of these I stole from Erica (namely pictures 5, 8, 9, 11, and 12). I think this was the last signing I went to. But I'm headed to ALA's annual conference next week, at which there will be a boatload of signings. I'll try to make as many as I can (and then blog about it). I'm excited about everything except the New Orleans humidity. Yeah.
Try not to alarmed if my pictures look like this: