Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The Age of Miracles
by Karen Thompson Walker
Bond Street Books (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-385-67663-2
Buy from Indigo

Description: Luminous, haunting, unforgettable, The Age of Miracles is a stunning fiction debut by a superb new writer, a story about coming of age during extraordinary times, about people going on with their lives in an era of profound uncertainty.

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

With spare, graceful prose and the emotional wisdom of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker has created a singular narrator in Julia, a resilient and insightful young girl, and a moving portrait of family life set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world

The Good Stuff
  • My god her writing is truly beautiful I feel inadequate even in trying to write this review
  • Unique story
  • Characters oh so very real, these are the kind of people you interact with everyday
  • Author has a true talent for making you feel you are part of the story. You can almost feel the landscape and when you stop reading you actually feel disjointed with reality (yes at times that is not a good thing as it is quite dark and sad)
  • This would be a fabulous book for class discussions, book clubs and twitter chats - so many things you could discuss
  • I finished it a couple of hours ago and it is still haunting me
  • Powerful and intense
  • Found myself reading passages over and over as I was mesmorized by the prose
  • Story really compares growing up and the end of the world (really at that age didn't it feel like the end of the world at times)
  • Really understands preteen feelings and experiences (especially those who haven't found their place)
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Not really a feel good story and quite depressing at times - felt a little down while reading
  • Very slow (not really a bad thing but just want to warn you) & I won't lie would have liked a little more story and explanations less internal monologue (sorry personal preference)
  • The science of it all bothered me at times, tried to get over (protagonist is young, so could be believable) it but it still bugged me (don't let that stop you from reading because goddamn this women  can write)
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"What I understood so far about this life was that there were the bullies and the bullied, the hunters and the hunted, the strong and the stronger and the weak, and so far I'd never fallen into any group - I was one of the rest, a quiet girl with an average face, one in the harmless and unharmed crowd. But it seemed all at once that this balance had shifted. With so many kids missing from the bus stop, all the hierarchies were changing."

"We took more risks. Desires were less checked. Tempation was harder to resist. Some of us made decisions we might not otherwise have made."

"But I guess it never is what you worry over that comes to pass in the end. The real catastrophes are always different - unimagined, unprepared for, unknown."

"We dipped our fingers in the wet cement, and we wrote the truest, simplest things we knew - our names, the date and these words: We were here."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Not for those who need fast paced action
  • I truly think fans of Margaret Atwood will be impressed
  • Perfect for book clubs and class discussions
4.25 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

Overseas by Beatriz Williams

by Beatriz Williams
ISBN: 978-0-399-15764-6
Buy from Indigo

Description: When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one’s more surprised than she is. Julian’s relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect electrify her, but she’s baffled by his sudden interest. Why would this handsome British billionaire—Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor—pursue a pretty but bookish young banker who hasn’t had a boyfriend since college?

The answer is beyond imagining . . . at least at first. Kate and Julian’s story may have begun not in the moneyed world of twenty-first-century Manhattan but in France during World War I, when a mysterious American woman emerged from the shadows of the Western Front to save the life of Captain Julian Laurence Ashford, a celebrated war poet and infantry officer.

Now, in modern-day New York, Kate and Julian must protect themselves from the secrets of the past, and trust in a true love that transcends time and space

The Good Stuff
  • Wasn't my thing -- not a big fan of time travel or contemporary romance so its hard to give this a fair review
  • Fast paced and a good twist on the time travel plot
  • Lots of romance and sweet declarations of love - again not my thing but if you like that sort of thing pick this up
  • Happy Ending
  • Author has a nice way with words which kept me reading eventhough the storyline didn't do it for me
  • Would be good cottage read romance with  some mystery and intrigue
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Story jumps around so much I found myself lost with not real connection to the couple
  • Found hero a little too good to be true
  • Time travel books always give me a headache as I spend way too much time going -- that makes no sense - Sorry Miss Williams its not you its me
  • Everything happens way too quickly for this jaded reader
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Sorry," I said. "My mom doesn't leave until Sunday morning."
"Then she can join us."
 I snorted. "Julian, honestly, I don't even think Dante could have imagined anything worse than that idea. Try again."

"Well," he told my cleavage, slowly."

{via e-mail}
Julian: Foxhunting.
Me: Seriously?
Julian: Yes.
Me: You murderer. The poor fox.
Julian: The fox is a rural menance. You modern city-dwellers have the most idiotic romantic notions about wildlife.

Who Should/Shouldn't Win
  • If you are a fan of contemporary romance with a time travel twist you will enjoy this
3 Dewey's

I received this from Penguin in exchange for an honest review

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New York - Day 6 - Going Home

Well, our final day in New York, and the final day of the conference.  I was exhausted from the conference so I told the girls I was done.  Figured I would just walk around the city and see some of the sights. Well it seems like Jenn, Sarah, Nicole were also feeling the same way, and so after cleaning up our room we set out to do a little shopping and sightseeing.

We hit our favorite breakfast spot, Evergreen Diner, had another incredibly yummy and headed out to due some extreme shopping (we had lists I tell ya)

First stop - nerd nirvana - yup I begged to go to the NBC store. Could have dropped $ on all of the Chuck, Burn Notice, etc stuff but I was restrained. I bought a Carmichael Industries & nerd herd shirt for myself, a nerd herd shirt for Jesse (adorable) and a Burn Notice key chain for hubby.  Jenn and I also split the cost of a Captain Awesome shirt for OUR Captain Awesome.

 Next we stopped to get some New York tshirts for Sarah and the NBA store to pick up the New York Jersey that hubby begged me to pick up for him.  Jenn and Cait hit the Anthropology store as well. Than we picked up some yummy treats from La Maison Du Chocolat (I got some to die for Macarons)

We than headed back to the hotel to drop off our stuff and do something really touristy,  The
fabulous concierge at the Sheraton, Anthony Belazquez suggested since we had limited time head over to central park and take one of the Pedi Cabs. Thanks Anthony it was the perfect idea for us and one of the highlights of our trip.

Sarah, Cait, Jenn and I headed down toward the park and we found a couple of pedi cabs. I managed to do some haggling (Jenn said I did damn good for my first time) and got the guys to drop money off since we needed two cabs.  They were delightful tour guides and well, not bad to look at either.

It was a lot of fun as they headed through crazy New York traffic towards the park.  It was an absolutely beautiful day and the scenery was gorgeous.  We stopped off at the Bethesda Fountain and also got a chance to see Strawberry Fields and the Imagine memorial for John Lennon.  I highly recommend trying one of the pedi cabs if you are strapped for time and want to experience a little bit of the park.  When I go back next year I plan to spend a lot more time exploring it as it truly is spectacular.
Our guide

Bethesda Fountain

Yoko Ono's apartment

Aren't we pretty?
 The girls were pretty tired but I felt like walking some more so the girls headed back to the hotel and I walked along for a little while longer.  On the way back I also hit the Hershey and M&M store to satisfy my chocolate addiction.

We than Headed down to the business centre to send out all of our books by Fed Ex. Seriously impressed by the guy at the Fed Ex -- that man knew how to pack. I even made Nicole take a picture of him for the blog (will post when I get it from her). Just so you know (and mostly for Jeff's benefit) I had the least amount of books to send back (and yes I do wish I had brought back more -- books are my crack people)

By than it was time to grab a cab and get our asses to the airport (we were cutting it a little close)  I won't go into it but we had a stressful wait for a cab (and even one dick of a cabbie, when he found out we had to pay by credit card, threw our bags out of the cab) but did make it to the airport in time.  Then after all that our plane was delayed LOL!  But we were all together so the wait wasn't bad and I found more chocoate to buy so win win

The flight itself was awesome, the smoothest flight I have ever been on in fact.  Nicole and I got to sit with the lovely Nazeen from Jordan.  She was working in the states and marrying a Canadian.  She will be living in Brampton so we told her all the things she had to see and do.  We talked about travel and the one thing I really remember is that Turkey is one of her favorite places and the customer service, and the food there is outstanding.  On a dare I wore my Captain Underpants cape and she thought that was hilarious so she took a picture. Thanks Nazeen I hope you enjoy it here, you made our flight feel like only minutes.  Of course and you too Nicole, but you already know I adore you.

Told you I would wear it Andie
When we arrived at Pearson one of Cait's pieces of luggage  was missing.  It was pretty stressful for a while for her but when she got back to Halifax it was waiting for her -- phew - thank god as most of her signed books were in that one!

Jeff didn't feel like picking me up so I took a very relaxed cab ride home to Bolton (Cabby was hilarious) When I got there he greeted me with a lovely glass of red so he was forgiven for making me take the cab ride home.

New York - you are one kick ass town and I miss you so much already. Don't worry I will see you next year.  I wish I could say more folks but this move is killing me so I will leave you with the following.

New York - Go visit - you will love it. It is one city full of character. It is vibrant and alive and like nowhere I have been before. Go!

BEA - Also like nothing I have ever experienced before.  Now that I have experienced it for the first time, I will be back, but way more organized next time around.  Advice: Take it easy, be polite and acknowledge the publishers, don't push, grab, bite etc, wear good shoes (I wore my sandles from Clarks and my feet did not hurt -- thanks previous BEA goers for that advice), bring snacks, talk and smile at everyone (shit that is good advice for everyday too) and just have fun.  There is a lot more advice I can give you but will wait till just before next year (ok there is a nice book and a glass of wine waiting for me and I really really need it folks) to post that.

Bye Bye New York (Near Times Square)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

HCC Frenzy Presents

I was super excited when on the last day of BEA I received an evite from the beautiful Shannon Parsons to A Harper Collins Frenzy event. I am a huge fan of HC and the fabulous people that work there as they are always super friendly and just so passionate about books (not to mention funny as hell)

I met up with Jenn and Terri and we headed up to the HarperCollins building for a night filled with fabulous people, hilarious conversation, books and PIE.  Yup, my friends, I said pie.  There were 6 or 7 different kinds all with the most delightful names.  I grabbed a piece of the Love Sucks, Eat Pie which was basically a Key Lime Pie with a shortbread crust -- decadent I tell you.

After some catching up with my fellow Ontario Bloggers and HC staff we sat down with our yummy pie and prepared for an entertaining presentation.

Jessica (@HCCFrenzy) started off the presentation with a description of the Frenzy magazine and a little bit about what she did and some upcoming ideas for the magazine.  Than Hadley, who is a book editor, gave us some inside into what an editor does .  I really enjoyed this part as I honestly had no idea about the editing process.  Than the girls took turns discussing some of their upcoming hot new releases and of course an interesting discussion about Insurgent.

Highlighted Titles

Breathe by Sarah Crossen: Fascinating, unique plot and a kick ass cover. This will be a title I will be picking up

Starling by Lesley Livingston: It's by Lesley, I am going to buy it.  I adore her such a charming and funny author. Also so approachable at events too with a wicked sense of humour. Oh yeah and the plot sounds good.

Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel -- Love this series and cannot wait to pick it up. I like the cover too

Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon: YA suspense -- sounds like it would be intense and the type of book you don't want to put down.

Ten  by Gretchen McNeil: Spooky cover. A YA take on Agatha Christies And Then There Were None

Debutantes by Cora Harrison: Not my thing, but think it will be a big seller.

Than for the big reveal of who the special guest was. Most of us had guessed who it was going to be, but it was still a fabulous touch.In came the delightfully hilarious Tahereh Mafi who is the author of Shatter Me. I have heard so much about her book but hadn't had a chance to read it.  She was so sweet and the first thing she wanted to know was all about us. It was cute when she recognized the twitter handles and gave those people props (very classy in my opinion). She talked a little bit about the sequel and the reveal of the cover for MTV Crush (I'm old have no idea what that is, but the other girls piped out that we had no access to it here in Canada)  We scored after her talk because we were sitting right beside her so we got our copy of Shatter Me that HarperCollins had just given us signed right away. We also got some pics and had a lot of fun just chatting with her.

We stayed for a bit afterwards to hang with our fellow bloggers but had to leave as we were also going out the next evening. Thank you so much HCC ladies (And Cory the pie was sooooo good, too bad you couldn't have stayed) the evening was wonderful. I will miss these fab events when I move to Calgary -- hmmm think we need to get a Calgary Book Bloggers event

We all received a sweet grab bag that contained one of the books that we had been talking about.  Terri had won a SIGNED copy of Spindlers by Lauren Oliver, so she switched with me for my copy of Debutantes, that sounded good, but probably wouldn't have been my thing.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Goodbye mountie9

This is a hard one to write my folks as I often have a hard time expressing myself, not to mention my lack of writing skills. Hopefully what I am trying to say will come across somewhat. If not go get yourself a glass of wine (or two) and lessen your expectations, it will make a lot more sense then.  Unfortunately I was too busy chatting that I barely took any pictures so please forgive.

My pals Jenn and Natasha decided to organize a goodbye party for me and invited a whole bunch of the amazing people I have met because of Indigogreenroom events. It was a hot and steamy night (and not just because I was sitting between the scrumptious Cammy and Liam - sorry son that sounds slightly creepy, but girls he is attractive and single) the evening of the party.  We headed to my favorite restaurant, O&B Canteen(Home of the most incredible Chef in the world Jason Bangerter) where the most delightfully sweet waiter surprised us with some yummy (and much needed as I was a little freaked out) bubbly. 
Me and Chef Jason

Steak Frites

The ever charming Cammy gave a truly unique speech (and he was totally trying to get me to cry the bastard) in which he likened me to being the ketchup of the Indigo events and that if I wasn't at an event than they must have done something wrong (nope DH just won't let me out of the house that much LOL!) Think Heather needs to give this man a raise, he is extremely dedicated to Indigo and makes them shine - goodness knows I spend most of my mad money with them.

Now guys these are the words I wanted to say to you but was too vain to cry in front of you all (hey I was wearing mascara for a change -- I didn't want it to run)

The hardest part of leaving Toronto (other than leaving my wacky family) is that I will miss you all. I will truly be grateful to Indigo for giving me the opportunity to have met you all.  For the first time in my life I got to hang with people who are as passionate as books as I am, are not afraid to speak out loud about their feelings and their dreams & who quite frankly just accept me for the TMI girl that I am. Growing up I was always teased for saying what was on my mind and for being nice.  I was just a sweet loving (and yup btw, was a nerd back than too) girl who unfortunately after being taken advantage of one too many times decided it might be best if I suppressed those traits. I spent many years pretending to be something I was not.  I hid my compassionate nature and pretended to be cynical or just sorta morphed myself into whoever I was hanging out with at the time. 

For the longest time I really didn't know who I was anymore and I honestly just wasn't very happy. But than along came my first born with his disability (not to mention some fun postpartum depression and some horrible suicidal thoughts, good times I tell ya) and I realized something had to change if I wanted to be a good mom.  Decided from that moment on that I was just going to become the girl I used to be -- with a little more balls though --after all I had to fight for Jake. When you have a kid with a non visible disability they tend to get overlooked and mislabeled as difficult. You can't sit back and hope that people will do the right thing. Well as usual I have gone off topic, but I'm guessing  you are all used to that.  What I am trying to get across is that thank you for accepting me for who I am. I am blessed to have had met you all --- and don't worry you haven't seen the last of me.  I will be entering every contest for airline tickets that there is just so I can come back and visit.

Incredible Group - will miss you all (You too Jenn and Cammy not pictured)
Jeremy Cammy: Thank you to your beautiful wife and children for letting me have you for a while that night, it meant a great deal to me (and totally made me feel bad - must make them some special treats).  I want to thank you and Indigo for hosting these events and for giving me the opportunity to meet so many amazing fellow book addicts.  It is so "awesome' to have finally met people  who are as completely crazy about books, Joss Whedon and other nerdy things. Thank you for all of your help (and for reading those rambling emails) while we were in New York. And thank you just for being your charming self, for taking time for everyone of your customers and for hosting "awesome" events. You truly are the super hero for literacy, Captain Awesome! Now get me Nathan Fillion and I will be your slave for life -- or will at least name an animal after you. Oh yeah and I will always love you because I got to meet Bill Shatner and now always have an awesome story to tell about Captain Kirk telling me I was too pretty to be a nerd. (Shit must find a new word, use awesome way too much) Also I will never look at Ketchup without thinking about you (no not in that kinky way -- I reserve that for Nate and Daniel)

Jenn: Thanks for being an excellent host and for putting together this night full of spectacular people.  From now on you will be known as Obi Jen Kenobi and New York wouldn't have been the same without you (Thanks for putting up with my issues with being late for things).  I will miss just sitting around, drinking wine and chatting about books and boys. I also wish that you could have been the Librarian at my sons school as the dedication you show your students is truly remarkable. I pass the cookie torch on to you and hope that you will take care of everyone for me.  I am devastated that I will be missing all the wonderful Ontario book events where 3 hours in line goes by like minutes as we were always having fascinating (and often really dirty) conversations. I am so glad I went to that Kelley Armstrong event and got to meet you -- friends for life I tell ya.  I am there for you whatever you need.  Thanks for everything, I truly appreciate it.

Jen and Jenn
 Kate & Gillian - I have to put you together - even though you are both memorable and unique. I fell in love with you right away with your zest for life, your honesty and your hilarious sense of humour.  Also your mom is seriously cool and I want her to adopt me.  I wish I could have spent more time getting to know you both in person as I think you guys are remarkable and would have loved to have heard more of your stories. From the very first moment we met, I felt like we had been friends for years. Thank god for twitter as I plan on many more years of twitter conversations. Please take care of Liam for me and make sure he finds a respectable (but not too respectable) girl.

Liam - I couldn't have picked a better son than you (shh don't tell Jake and Jesse you are my favorite LOL). You are sweet, fricken hilarious,  and with the exception of your misguided taste for Wolf Blass, totally perfect. Where were boys like you when I was growing up?  Now get me a daughter in law and have some babies -- I would be a kick ass grandma and would spoil your kids.  The best part of the Bill Clinton event was chatting with you in line (even though I still think you should have taken my spare gloves you silly boy) Someday I hope to meet the rest of your family and tell them what a fab job they did raising you. Thanks for all the laughs and I am also sad that I won't be able to hang with you more. You better come visit me in Calgary --- or else you are sooo out of the will.

Terri- Sweet Terri what can I say about you. You are unlike anyone I have ever met before. So sweet, so honest and so passionate about books.  I really enjoyed all of the conversations and your enthusiasm is so inspiring.  Don't you ever change my sweet girl. You are the daughter that I never had the chance to have. You give the best hugs too -- even though I may need some back surgery after the last one. Will miss you and look forward to seeing you in New York next year -- I already have $40 in the BEA account. And btw your card totally made me cry !
Me and sweet Terri
 Rachel:  You are an exceptional women with a true passion for books.  The only sessions that were any good at OLA were the ones you did. You have a fabulous sense of humour and I really enjoyed our conversations.  I was devastated that you were unable to come with us to BEA, but I know that we will both be going next year.  I look forward to hanging out with you in the city that never sleeps.

Michelle: Dude I adore you.  I love reading your blog as you are always so honest and funny.  I am sad that I only got to hang out with you a couple of times and wanted to spend more time getting to know you. I think its hilarious that we both collect ghost story books from our travels.  Don't worry I have an awesome Alberta ghost story book for you. Did you hear about the ghosts at the Banff Springs when you were there?  I look forward to keeping in touch with you on twitter, etc and you better come visit me in Calgary. Also hoping that you are hitting BEA next year and joining the crazy canucks when we take over New York. Thank you for introducing me to Smashbox --- I am know an addict and will be using only their products from now on -- shh don't tell Jeff the price 'kay?

Chandra:  Your card made me lmao! Thank you for making me feel less scared about hitting the west coast.  You and I totally  have a date for Smart Chicks okay, we will have so much fun.  I have enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to many more conversations over the years.  You are truly delightful, passionate about books and have a fabulous sense of humour -- in other words "Awesome". Will miss  you but know that it won't be long before I see you again.

Andie: Fell in love with you just by your tweets alone.  Was a little worried that you wouldn't be as awesome in person, but I was not disappointed.  And yes our pact still stand - Joe for you, Nate for me - I got the rope.  I will miss you so much, every time we get together I am in awe of your zest for life.  You say whatever is on your mind and well I love that -- people like you are so very rare. I know you will come to visit me  so I will make sure your room is ready and waiting. I will also keep an eye out for sexy single bookish cowboys and make sure they are lined up for you when you come by. Thank you for making me LMAO on so many occasions, I will truly miss you friend.
Gwen: You are so awesome and I will miss you terribly. You were a fabulous travel buddy and you have a fantastic sense of humour. Thanks for putting up with my horrible jokes about the gremlin, you are such a good sport. I Cannot wait to do it again with ya next year -- and I call dibs on sharing a room with you - and no I am not sleeping on the floor.  And don't worry will always help you sneak books into the house -- you remember what happens at BEA stays at BEA.  I loved our conversations and have learned so much from you.  I am glad Jenn didn't get us killed while crossing the streets.  It really sucks that I am leaving because I would have loved to have hung out with you more. But hell we got twitter and other social media so I am not too worried. I am already counting the days until BEA and when we can ditch our diets again. 

Now you all better come visit me in Calgary, there will be a comfy book filled room waiting for you.  I am still scared about going but thanks to you (And Twitter) I go with an open heart and mind.  After all I am moving to the home Province of my boyfriend Nate --- shhh don't tell Jeff.

Kate and Andie

Our fabulous waiter!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

New York - Day 5 - BEA Wednesday

Once again we got there stupid early so that we could get some of the limited tickets for particular authors.  I scored Jane Seymour and R.L. Stine. After a HUGE (and much needed) coffee it was time for the event I had been most looking forward to, the Children's Authors breakfast.

After a hell of search for a table (publishers were hogging 2 and more tables for their authors) we finally got settled in for a so so breakfast and yummy coffee.  Thanks to Cammy we were joined by some lovely ladies. Really enjoyed the conversation with blogger Karen Ballum and learned all about Blogher which I will be checking out once we are settled in our new place.

Fabulous Company

Chris Colfer
Karen Ballum (BlogHer Book Club Host)
The event was wonderful and worth the extra charge (well except for the dull ass breakfast) and we got a bag of books by the authors who spoke.  Chris Colfer was an excellent host, self deprecating, honest and sweet. If you get a chance I would highly recommend watching the videos of the event.  I look forward to checking out his book. Loved his reminiscence of various odd interview questions he has had about the book during hollywood interviews.  Also got a kick out of his email discussions with his illustrator.  I was impressed with his poise and his elequence.  Chris than introduced John Green as the Bieber of the literary world which had everyone laughing.

After some quips back and forth with Colfer, John Green took the mike and was absolutely charming. At this point I was kicking myself for not getting tickets to his signing -- must start following him on twitter and read his books.

Next Lois Lowry took the stage and their was not a dry eye in the house after she was done. Again I highly recommend checking out the video of the event and bring kleenex.  Picked up a copy of her book the other day too, can't wait to get some time to read it.

Honestly cannot really remember the rest of the breakfast but I did have a good time. Hey I was tired and needed more coffee.  Than it was off for another day of crazy times on the expo floor. Mostly a positive day but had a bit of confortation with an extremely rude Librarian.  It took a lot for me not to lose my temper and wreck the positive image of the friendly Canadian.  My god she was so rude.

Signings and stuff

First off was the hilarious Michael Connelly.  He said he would be more than happy to sign my copy of Heat Rises but only if he could cross off James Patterson and Dennis Lehane's names (he was totally kidding).  Line up was huge for him, but worth the wait.

Jane Seymore (who is still ridiculously beautiful) was lovely. I managed to keep my fan girl tendancies down a little, but I did ask her who her favorite Bond was. She told me that she has to say Roger Moore, of course, since he is her Bond. But she whispered conspirately Pierce Brosnan.

Ran into Terri, mom and Cammy waiting for Chris Colfer.  Thought it be nice if I could get a few pics of them with Chris (and of course to show to hubby when I got home) As they started the signing I noticed that they weren't taking the tickets (which I totally didn't have) and Cammy snuck me in behind him and I got to get my book signed too. I feel kinda bad, but hey, the opportunity was there I had to take it.  All of us said the same thing to him that he had to come to Canada and that Cammy and his Indigo staff were the best in the world and he would treat him like gold!  BTW, Colfer was totally adorable and he really comes across as a decent  guy
Captain Awesome working his magic with Chris Colfer
Forgot to mention I got to run into Cindy Smith a couple of times, but hopefully next year we will be able to actually spend some time together.

Got a giggle out of the Obama impersonator

On the way to another booth - I caught a quick shot of Tim Gunn

One of the great things about BEA is getting to know the people waiting with you in author signing line ups.  While waiting for R.L. Stine I met the most delightful couple (pictured above) Alan and his wife, Ann and we had a lovely conversation.  Stine was absolutely a delight to chat with and he said I convinced him to come to Canada for a signing and of course I gave him Cammy's business card.  I asked him if he was personalizing and he said only if I begged (jokingly of course) and of course I did -- hey its for the kids (when I got home, Jake was stoked by the signed copy)

Jake was a little disappointed that Pierce only signed a poster for him - he really wanted the book
Ran into some of the girls and they mentioned that Nicole had an unpleasant uncounter with someone on the expo floor (some jerk yanked her arm to get to a book and hurt her bad shoulder) and was hanging out in the food court so I took off to meet up with her. When I got there Cait and Gwen and Jenn were there too, so we decided it was time to chill out and get some lunch.  We also ended up chatting with Shannon Delaney who was sitting next to us.  She was so totally awesome and gave us each a signed book - authors so totally rock.  BTW, Shannon since you were so awesome when I got back home I ordered a copy of 13 to Life.

Sarah, Jenn and I were invited to the launch for Laura Moriarty's book The Chaperone at The Brooklyneer.  We chatted with Laura and the lovely publishing staff for a little while, but the place was seriously crowded and we felt a little awkward so we had a quick drink and than took off.

The Brooklyneer Bar in NYC

Signature Drink The Brooklyneer - Yummy
We had a bit of time to kill before our other Penguin event that evening and since we were starving we set out to find somewhere to eat.  Found a lovely quirky little restaurant, had some yummy food, hilarious conversation and than headed out to the Penguin Bird Bash party.

We ran into fellow Canadian blogger Rhiannon (who I just love) and finally met Amy who I have been following for a while.

We got to mingle with some talented and fun writers (Laura Moriarty, Stacey Ballis, Jen Lancaster), sipped on some funky cocktails, had some fun pictures taken and generally had a wonderful time.  I didn't want to leave, but we were all getting a little tired so we headed back to the hotel.  We hung out in the hotel lobby for a while, but since we were all so exhausted we went back to our rooms and fell asleep in about five minutes.
Really should have worn some more makeup to make this wig work

Me and the lovely Sarah

Sarah, Laura Moriarty and myself

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Book Addicts Haul

For Review
Thanks Scholastic Canada
Won from Jake's School Raffle
Told you I would buy it Shannon

Had to buy after speech at BEA

For the Bolton Mummies Group

HCC Frenzy Presents
Awesome event at HarperCollins (will post later)

Goodbye Presents

These are such wonderful prezzies, but I would give them all up to stay here

From Work

From Evil Andie (sob will miss you)

From the incredible people I met through Indigo (Damn you people I cried my eyes out when I got home!)