What I got this week
From the KMM signing:
- Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
- Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
- Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
- Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning
- Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
- Iced by Karen Marie Moning
- Burned by Karen Marie Moning
- Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning
- To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning
- The Highlander’s Touch by Karen Marie Moning
- Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
- The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
- The Immortal Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
- Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
- Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning
- Fever Moon graphic novel
Immortal Highlander is the only one that’s personalized (because it’s my favorite!), and Phil Gigante (Karen’s audio narrator) signed it, too!
I also got adorable Mini Pops of Elsa and Anna! I saw them when I was buying my copy of Burned and couldn’t resist :D
From the publisher:
- (2) The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons (not pictured)
THANK YOU St. Martin’s Press!! The good news is, since I already won a signed pre-order, BOTH of these gorgeous hardcovers will go to you guys! And, since I’m seeing Kristen next month on her book birthday, the giveaway will be for 2 personalized copies :D Stay tuned!
Karen Marie Moning signing recap
HOLY CRAP, YOU GUYS. It was beautiful chaos – exhausting, but epic!
I got up at 5:45 am to get ready and left the house at 7. My GPS was on some serious shit when I got to Cinci, because she started sending me into parking garages instead of roads, telling me to turn in the middle of the bridge (into the river, lolz), and basically sending me around in circles for 20 minutes. Finally I spotted the bookstore and was able to find my own way! I got there around 8:30 and was lucky enough to hit the parking garage’s elevator at the same time as another woman going to the signing (I just realized I never got her name!), so I stuck with her. The line was crazy long already!! They opened early, thankfully, so we were only in the cold for about a half hour. It was 27 degrees! Brrr. I made a new bookish friend – her name is Keisha! I enjoyed killing the time talking to people around me. That’s one good thing about going to a book signing alone – you have at least one thing in common with every single person there, so it’s easy to strike up a conversation.
After buying my copy of Burned to get my wristband, I went back to my car to kill the next 2 hours reading. At 11:30, I headed back inside since the seating was going to start at 12:15. I found Keisha again, and we killed more time talking. They lined everyone up in groups of 20 to seat them in order of wristband number. There were 500 wristbands, and only 300 chairs…I was in the last 40 people seated, so I was cutting it close. So, we sat and waited.
Before the Q&A panel, Phil and a volunteer from the audience read an excerpt from Iced and then Burned. Phil has a great voice! The panel was very informal – instead of sitting at the table, J.R. Ward and Karen roamed up and down the center aisle so all the fans could see, answering questions and shooting the shit with their fans. Both ladies had awesome energy! J.R. Ward was HILARIOUS!! She was crass and inappropriate, dropping innuendos and cursing like a sailor – I loved every minute of it! She pretty much introduced herself by dropping an f-bomb (to make sure we knew she hadn’t “turned another leaf” haha). I guess someone from B&N told them to tone it down. And she did…for a while. She joked about one of the UK fans having sparkly boobs, cursed some more, and later mused that security was probably going to drag her away. She sure knows how to work a crowd, though! I would go to another signing of hers just because of her charisma…I definitely need to pick up her books soon!
The panel ended around 2:30 and we started up the lines. I read a little, talked a little more to the random strangers around me. I found out some of the girls there had driven 12+ hours, gone without sleep for 36+ hours, or waited in front of the bookstore since 3 am. Those are the true hardcore fans! (Although I would have gladly driven overnight and gone without sleep – *coughs* YALLfest…looks at Octavia *coughs* – if it had been farther away XD)
Karen took a break every hour, and Phil went up to do some giveaways. I didn’t win anything, of course. (But at one point, BOTH girls on either side of me won an audiobook! How disappointing! ONE freaking ticket number. Siiiiigh.) By the time I finally reached Karen, it was 5 o’clock! Whew! I told her she was my favorite (Adult) author, and she told me that made me her favorite fan (I’m sure she tells all the fans that, but it was still nice to hear!).
I fangirled a little bit, then left and told her I’d be back. I got a danish and got back in line for a second go (there was a 2 book limit the first time). While talking to the ladies around me, I made a comment about having more books in the car, and the girl next to me said there wouldn’t be a third time through the line. She offered to hold my place in line, so I went back to the car to get the rest of my books. Good thing, too – they cut off the line right after I left! We waited in line for another 2 hours, and by the time everyone had gone through the first time, there were only about 20 or so of us left with bags of books to get signed. (We’re the hardcore fans haha ;D) I was super surprised that there weren’t more coming back through the line!
Karen was so gracious and agreed to stay until every book of every fan was signed, even for us crazies that had both series in every edition. I can’t even imagine how bad her hand must have hurt after signing well over 1,000 books! She thanked all of us for sticking around for so long.
I am SO glad I got the opportunity to go, and I hope to go to another in the future!
Posts on the blog:
- Review: Polaris by Mindee Arnett ★★★★
- Do I Enjoy Books Less These Days?
- Life of a Blogger: Achievements
- Review & Giveaway: Ensnared by A.G. Howard ★★★★★
- Heartbeat Weekly (50): I met Karen Marie Moning!!! (+ giveaway!)
I got my new business cards in the mail! I love my design on paper, but at the same time I’m not really happy with them. I went with VistaPrint because they were about 1/3 of the cost of Moo…well, you get what you pay for. If you look close, the design is super grainy and doesn’t look very good. It was definitely a lesson learned…next time I will spend the extra money for the quality!
Because you’re awesome (and because I’m awesome, too, of course), I got an extra copy of Burned signed for you guys! YAY! Because it’s out of my own pocket, you must be following Novel Heartbeat by either Bloglovin’ or email to win. I am SO sorry, but due to the high cost of international shipping this contest is US only :(
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