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.
|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."