Sunday, February 20, 2011

Roadtrip to Meet JEANIENE FROST + Signed TSOTG Giveaway!

Ahhhh!!  So, a little while back JEANIENE FROST, aka, best author ever, announced that she would be hitting the road for the upcoming release of This Side of the Grave (TSOTG).  TSOTG is Book #5 in the completely wonderful Night Huntress series.  My very first blog post ever was on the Night Huntress series, and if you are into paranormal romance or urban fantasy, you REALLY need to give these books a try!  To learn more, visit Crystal at Reading Between the Wines Book Club - she's been doing an absolutely fantastic overview of the Night Huntress series this past week in honor of Book #5's release this Tuesday!  If you want to find out more, click the button below!

Anywho, the very first tour stop Jeaniene made was this past Saturday at Turn the Page Bookstore in Boonsboro, MD, which is about three hours away from where I live.  I was hemming and hawing, "Do I don't I?  Do I or don't I," when I read the most magically delicious words ever: "Special early release date of THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE for this event only."  I squeeed outloud.  At work.  And promptly told the hubs that I roadtripping it to Maryland with him or without him (it was without).

My hand and my Precious.

 I got there for the event at 11:30 and got my ticket for the 1:45 P.M. group.  I had already called the store and asked them to put several copies of TSOTG on hold.  While waiting in line to purchase the pretties, imagine my surprise when I found the store was owned by Nora Roberts!  Yes, THAT Nora Roberts!  After talking in line a little with a lovely lady named Lauren, I picked up two of Nora's books (Morrigans's Cross & Naked in Death), as well as the first book of the Feral Warriors series by Pamela Palmer based on her suggestions (both were also a part of the signing).  WOOOOOT!  

Oh my, that one on the right **SWOON** 
Nicely done, my dear Pamela.
Lauren was in my group, and since we had a little time to kill, we decided to go and get something to eat.  Unfortunately, the charming cafe across the street was PACKED, but the restaurant right next door had space aplenty. 

Don't let the name deter you - the chicken fingers were tasty.

Afterward, we went back in and found an empty space back in the children's section to sit and read.  However, a group of us started congregating back there and singing the praises of Bones, Vlad, Ian and the rest of the hot, immortal vampy crew.  One woman had an iPad with her and played various scenes from the audio books of the Night Huntress series.  (DISCLAIMER: there were no actual children present in the children's section.  Oh, and we kept the audio low).  MUHAHAHAHA - we got a kick out of listening to the female narrator speak Bones' and Spade's parts, espescially during certain scenes ;)  I have to tell you, this was my first book signing, and I had a MARVELOUS time!  It was so wonderful to sit and talk with other fans about the books we love!  That really made the six hour round trip worth it alone.  The time passed very quickly talking with everyone.

Cat's mouth came from the mind
behind this charming smile

FINALLY, it was my group's turn to line up for signing.  When we got up the table, Jeaniene was sitting there, pretty as you please, and she could not have been more gracious.  When I approached, I said, "You're going to kill me," because I had five books for her to sign (again, this was my first signing - had no idea some people walk out of there with 20 signed books).  She just laughed and said it was no problem at all.  THEN I told her that I let my husband read Chapter 32 from One Foot in the Grave (I'm great with tact).  And she just goes, "Oh, my God, I can't believe people read that out of context," (believe it, Jeaniene - it's ah-some).  I just smiled and said he was very impressed (again, no tact).  She laughed and reminded me to take some slap bracelets - YES MA'AM, you read that right!  Not only did I get TSOTG early, but I got to time travel back to 3rd grade with some TEAM BONES slap bracelet swag!!!  The day could not have been better.  I lurve that bracelet, and I am totally sporting it at work, yes indeedy.

Bones and slap bracelets:
 an oddly justifiable
combination, don't you think?

And yes, I have started reading the book and will have a review up soon.  My initial verdict?  Totally worth the trip!!  I can't wait to see all the reviews!

So you may have noticed that I had FIVE books for Jeaniene to sign . . .  well, what kind of book blogger would I be if I didn't spread the Cat & Bones love?  Two of the books were for people I promised to get one for, one was for me (of course), one is for a future giveaway, and the last one is for one of you!  I have one signed copy of This Side of the Grave up for one lucky reader!  Interested? 

TO ENTER: You must be at least 18 years old and have a U.S. mailing address.

Let's make this fun, shall we? 
 To enter, please leave a comment with the following:

1) Give me your favorite quote from any Night Huntress book or short story.  Quotes MAY NOT be repeated.  Once one is used, it's out (this is a public blog, so please, no sexually explicit quotes - they will be deleted and your entry thrown out).  And yes, you may use quotes from deleted scenes. 
2) Let me know your name or alias, as well as a link to your blog if you have one.
3) Your email address so I can contact you if you win.
4) You may tweet for an extra point - please leave direct link.

We're going to make this a short one since you might anxious to get your hands on book #5 - contest will end on Wednesday, February 23rd at 8:00 P.M., E.S.T.  I will pick a winner that night and will have the book in the mail the next day.  Let me kick things off with a quote from This Side of the Grave:

"Bones snorted.  "Let her?  Mate, if you think you can control a woman, you must be single - and a thousand pounds says she beats your arse."

There you have it - GOOD LUCK!!


  1. I love reading about book signings! I'm so glad you got to see one of your fav. authors! I haven't read any of her books yet (so I won't be entering). I've been known to drive several hours for stuff too. There are a few books I've liked from Nora Roberts too.

    Also, I sent you an e-mail! Did you get it? You can e-mail me at midnytereader(at)gmail(dot)com.

  2. I think I hate you now more than ever! LOL I am so jealous that you are right now reading the book. I will be stalking your page for the review. Nice pictures!!

  3. I can't stop squeeing for you! Your first freaking signing and it is with THE JEANIENE FROST!!! Whoa! And I love your tact! :P

    Not an entry, but one quote I've always loved from Bones:
    "No. I don't think you're pretty. I think you're the most beautiful girl I've ever seen."

    *le freaking swoon*

  4. Oh, and HOLY CROW! How freaking awesome would it be to be an author like Nora Roberts AND own a bookstore. That is too cool!

  5. SO EXCITED FOR BONES! Are you done with it? Is it fabulous? I wish I lived closer to where this tour will be, you are a lucky girl Linds! I love that picture of her, she's just got that sweet smile on her face and then you think about all the hilarious comments made by both Cat and Bones and their um, steamy, scenes and it just makes me laugh:) And yay for a slap bracelet! I used to love those things:) Don't enter me, I'll be stalking my bookstore tomorrow for Bones!

  6. This sounds like so much fun. I've never been to a signing, but this makes it seem less scary. :) I just bought Halfway to the Grave this weekend, so I can jump on this Cat and Bones train. Hee!

  7. You're so lucky! I'm a huge fan of this series, Bones is awesome! My favorite quote is:

    “Lucifer’s bouncing balls, Kitten, not *again*!”
    *Uh-oh*. I squirmed, instinctively also trying to block Tony’s body from his view. As if that made him any less dead.
    “She was going to stab you,” I said in my defense. “Look in her hand!”
    He was looking at the ground near my feet instead.
    “Him too?”
    I nodded, sheepish. “He jumped me.”
    Bones just stared. “You’re not a woman,” he said finally. “You’re the Grim Reaper with red hair!”

  8. Great post! My quote is "We need to have a little talk, woman to skank." I love Cat!

    I tweeted with your tag and mine @Aimeebctp


  9. One of my favorite is: "Let's go, Kitten, before you kill someone else."

    Sniffly Kitty
    Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books
    Loving the Reviews Challenge

  10. I love this series! I got to meet Jeaniene at ComicCon, she was sooo nice!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    "Where are you, bloodsuckers? Here, fangy, fangy, fangy..."
    — Quote from One Foot In The Grave

    Jackie S.

  11. "Well, Kitten, your hands are my heaven and your eyes are my home" ~ The one and only, Bones! *le sigh*
    And I'm sooo jealous that you got to meet JF!!!

  12. Favorite quote:
    "And angels fly out my arse when I fart" Ian from First Drop Of Crimson

    Ian is my favorite

    Amy Stogner

  13. One of my favorite quotes is from Cat: "Once you go dead, no one's better in bed." She said it in One Foot in the Grave. I would have loved to meet those authors! This is a great giveaway!