Posts Tagged: authors

Dec 16
Meeting Neil Patrick Harris

Meeting Neil Patrick Harris

I’d like to say I was suave and didn’t forget my little speech I had planned to say at the moment I met actor Neil Patrick Harris. The reality is…I spaced! On Monday, October 20th, I attended the book signing at Barnes & Noble for Harris’ autobiography: Chose Your Own Autobiography. I didn’t know Harris was coming until I read an article on the Friday before the 20th and I hated calling the bookstore to see if there were any wristbands left for the signing. When I was given the yes there were still some left, I had to ask the all important question most bloggers have: could I get a second copy signed? Here is where I ran into a problem, no one I knew was available to go… Read more »

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Feb 19
A. G. Howard Book Signing Wrap Up + Giveaway

A. G. Howard Book Signing Wrap Up + Giveaway

On Friday, February 7th, A. G. Howard was in town and there was a book signing. I wasn’t aware that the bookstore had a separate building for bookish events and was surprised at how dead it was. I browsed a bit and then Howard herself walked into the store and was told she was in the wrong location. So there she goes and I’m following her! Good thing it was in the same vicinity! On arrival I bought 4 copies: 2 of Splintered & 2 of Unhinged. The cashier mentioned she was a book blogger too, but I didn’t get a chance to get her blog name and exchange info. The highlight of the evening wasn’t only Howard, but meeting Danielle from Consuming Worlds! We’ve talked before and haven’t had… Read more »

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Dec 31
Deanna Raybourn Book Signing Wrap Up

Deanna Raybourn Book Signing Wrap Up

I’ve made no secret about loving Deanna Raybourn’s books and when I heard she was coming to Albuquerque to give a workshop for the LERA members in early November, I admit I was disappointed because I couldn’t afford the fee to attend the workshop. Then I noticed a local bookstore had her lined up for a book signing and score! I had reservations about taking all seven of her books to get signed, but another author said it would be okay. When I walked into Page 1, I was hauling all seven books in my Penguin tote (yup, the one I was given when the truck stopped) and one employee eyed me suspiciously. I bet they thought I was going to sell some books, but when I mentioned the book… Read more »

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Dec 29
David Morrell Southwest Book Fiesta Wrap up

David Morrell Southwest Book Fiesta Wrap up

I was clearing out files the other day and noticed I still hadn’t posted two book signing wrap ups and decided to get those posted during the last few days of December. The first one is David Morrell’s wrap up from his talk at the Southwest Book Fiesta (recap here). I grew up watching the Rambo films with my father since he really enjoyed them. I was aware of Morrell’s books, but never picked one up then I read a review for Murder as a Fire Art in an issue of Entertainment Weekly and was intrigued. I came across Thomas De Quincey before in class when I was in Glasgow and found him very interesting so when I read Morrell based his book on him, I knew I had to… Read more »

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Oct 25
Contracts Between Authors and Readers: What Are We Owed?

Contracts Between Authors and Readers: What Are We Owed?

Warning: links contain spoilers. Click on them at your own risk! They say breaking up is hard to do. And when an author ends a series a particular way or kills a beloved character is trust broken? Some readers believe the contract between the author and reader is broken once this happens. Reading is personal and we bring a character to life in our own mind. We have ideas on what they look and sound like. We are emotionally tied to a book or a series and form an attachment. Books allow us to experience a variety of feelings while we read. So when an author decides to kill a character then it’s perfectly normally to feel angry or disappointment. It’s difficult for readers of a series because these characters… Read more »

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Jul 13
Darynda Jones Southwest Book Fiesta & Book Signing Wrap Up + Giveaway

Darynda Jones Southwest Book Fiesta & Book Signing Wrap Up + Giveaway

I meant to post this wrap up of meeting Darynda Jones this past May in June but things were a bit hectic. I then decided since I was attending her reading of Fifth Grave Past the Light, I would wait to post the wrap up. I’m going to combine both events into one post. There’s a signed copy of Fifth Grave with swag up for grabs (sorry guys US / Canada only because of shipping). Southwest Book Fiesta wrap up can be found here. • Picked Albuquerque for the setting of her Charley Davidson because it’s an urban setting and she lived in the city for 7 years.  Plus it’s part of the whole write what you know advice. • Her Darklight trilogy ends in October when the third book… Read more »

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Jun 04
Southwest Book Fiesta Recap

Southwest Book Fiesta Recap

(LERA panel) On Saturday, May 11th I made my way down to the Convention Center for the first ever book festival in Albuquerque. I planned on attending Friday morning to see Robin Pernini’s panel, but unfortunately, I forgot I had a meeting I couldn’t reschedule. Saturday was a busy day with lots of author panels. The first was a discussion with Darynda Jones and I didn’t know what to expect. I know Traci from Mad Hatter Reads mentioned that Darynda was very nice. Before her panel, I had some time to kill and browsed one section where one author kept trying to sell me his books by asking me questions. So he’d say, “Do you know why we get the rule of thumb? No? It’s in the book.” Every response… Read more »

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