Thursday, March 15, 2012

New Kids on the YA Block Event

New Kids on the YA Block
A 6 Author Event

March 14th 7Pm
Third Place Books
Left to Right
Carole Estby Dagg, Helen Landolf, Megan Bostic, Kendare Blake, Kiki Hamilton, Kathy McCullough

Each author told a little about their book and did a short reading from the book as well.

Carole Estby Dagg
The Year We Were Famous

With their family home facing foreclosure, seventeen-year-old Clara Estby and her mother, Helga, need to raise a lot of money fast—no easy feat for two women in 1896. Helga wants to tackle the problem with her usual loud and flashy style, while Clara favors a less showy approach. Together they come up with a plan to walk the 4,600 miles from Mica Creek, Washington, to New York City—and if they can do it in only seven months, a publisher has agreed to give them $10,000. Based on the true story of the author’s great-aunt and great-grandmother, this is a fast-paced historical adventure that sets the drama of Around the World in Eighty Days against an American backdrop during the time of the suffragist movement, the 1896 presidential campaign, and the changing perception of “a woman’s place” in society.

Helen Landolf

Stevie Calhoun knows how to take care of herself. It’s not like her mom hasn’t disappeared before. So why is Aunt Mindy making such a big deal of it now? It’s not like Mom’s really doing meth. Stevie makes sure of that. Whatever. She’ll go home with Aunt Mindy if it will keep her from calling Child Protective Services—but it doesn’t mean she’ll stay. Mom will come back. Mom always comes back. And Stevie will be there when she does. But when Stevie meets Alan—frustrating and fascinating and so-different-from-everyone-she-knows Alan—and she starts helping out at the bird rehab center, things begin to look different. Even the tutoring and the ridiculous outfits Aunt Mindy’s forcing her into might not be so bad. Not that Stevie would say it out loud. She can’t. Because how can anything be good if it doesn’t include Mom?

Megan Bostic
Never Eighteen

I had the dream again. The one where I’m running. I don’t know what from or where to, but I’m scared, terrified really.

Austin Parker is never going to see his eighteenth birthday. At the rate he’s going, he probably won’t even see the end of the year. But in the short time he has left there’s one thing he can do: He can try to help the people he loves live—even though he never will.

It’s probably hopeless.

But he has to try.

Kendare Blake
Anna Dressed In Blood

Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

Kiki Hamilton
Faerie Ring

Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger. 
The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.
Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.
Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty… 

Kathy McCullough
Don't Expect Magic

Delaney Collins doesn't believe in fairy tales. And why should she? Her mom is dead, her best friend is across the country, and she's stuck in California with "Dr. Hank," her famous life-coach father—a man she barely knows. Happily ever after? Yeah, right.

Then Dr. Hank tells her an outrageous secret: he's a fairy godmother—an f.g.—and he can prove it. And by the way? The f.g. gene is hereditary. Meaning there's a good chance that New Jersey tough girl Delaney is someone's fairy godmother.

But what happens when a fairy godmother needs a wish of her own?


After the reading there was a Q&A portion lead by Bill Kenower from Author Magazine where he does interviews with authors called Author2Author. I didn't write down questions nor try to keep track of answers, with so many authors it would be just too hard to keep track of everything, so I just decided to listen and enjoy.

After that they had a giveaway for a copy of each book, but Lady Luck was not on my side and I didn't win.

A group photo of all the authors after the event. I like staying till the end to get these photos.

Awesome Swag!
All of the authors had bookmarks there and I got them to sign a small handful for me and my blog.

Have you met any of these authors?
Do you like single author or multi author events?



Kathy McCullough said...

Thanks for coming and for this wonderful post (which I put on my Facebook page!) It's wonderful to get support from local bloggers. :)

Kiki Hamilton said...

Hi Kristina! Thanks for coming out last night and supporting us! It was great to meet you!

Kristina said...

@Kathy It was wonderful coming to the event, I love meeting local authors.

@Kiki It was wonderful to meet you as well :)

Fara said...

*Faint* There's Kathy and Kiki and Kendare! Oh how I wish I'm living in America right now! So awesome that you got a swag of all of those bookmarks!

Stephanie27 said...

I haven't met any of those authors but I would love to.

Ana LucĂ­a said...

wow you are so lucky! Lots of signings in Seattle. I know because of Peace, Love, Teen Fiction LoL. I wish I live there :(

Kendare Blake *dies* Lucky indeed. :)

Jennifer said...

Sounds like a very cool event. I am in love with that Anna Dressed in Blood bookmark!

I've never been to a multi-author event before. I am hoping to go to the Smart Chicks tour since it is coming right near me.

Disincentive said...

Lucky to meet them! I don't think I will be able to meet any of them as I don't live in USA :P
But I like all authors events!

bn100 said...

Great recap! I liked your summary and photos. Sounds like it was a lot of fun.

Dovile said...

I wish I lived in the USA, so I could meet favorite authors!

Alba said...

You met Kiki????? and Kendra???????
~dreamy sigh~ The look so cool!!!! You are so lucky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!