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Love Books Will Travel: Foyles Creative Voices

What: Book talk and Signing

Who: C J Daughterty
Sarah Grant
Amy Plum
Ruth Warburton

Where: Foyles
Charing Cross Rd
London

When:Thursday 3rd of May 2012

Why: The First of Foyles new Creative Voices events, showcasing the work of fabulous YA authors.

C.J. Daugherty‘s debut Night School is the first book in her new YA mystery series:

Allie Sheridan’s world is falling apart. She hates her school. Her brother has run away from home. And she’s just been arrested.This time her parents have finally had enough. They cut her off from her friends and send her away to a boarding school for problem teenagers.But Cimmeria Academy is no ordinary school. Its rules are strangely archaic. It allows no computers or phones. Its students are an odd mixture of the gifted, the tough and the privileged. And then there’s the secretive Night School, whose activities other students are forbidden even to watch. When Allie is attacked one night the incident sets off a chain of events leading to the violent death of a girl at the summer ball. As the school begins to seem like a very dangerous place, Allie must learn who she can trust. And what’s really going on at Cimmeria Academy.


Opening with the orgy that isn’t Sarah Grant Dark Parties certainly captures the attention:
Sixteen-year-old Neva has been trapped since birth. She was born and raised under the Protectosphere, in an isolated nation ruled by fear, lies, and xenophobia. A shield “protects” them from the outside world, but also locks the citizens inside. But there’s nothing left on the outside, ever since the world collapsed from violent warfare. Or so the government says… Neva and her best friend Sanna believe the government is lying and stage a “dark party” to recruit members for their underground rebellion. But as Neva begins to uncover the truth, she realizes she must question everything she’s ever known, including the people she loves the most

Until I Die is the second instalment in Amy Plum‘s Revenants trilogy and the follow up to her awesome 2011 debut Die For Me:
Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.
In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series


This 2012 debut from Ruth Warburton had me hiding behind my pillow.
Anna Winterson doesn’t know she’s a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power. When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own heart in two. She wants to love Seth, to let him love her – but if it is her magic that’s controlling his passion, then she is as monstrous as the witch clan who are trying to use her amazing powers for their own gain.

Sarah Grant

If you follow book blogs you will have some idea of the epic nature of most book bloggers “To Be Read” (TBR) piles. My husband honestly believes that I have a problem and doesn’t understand why I would need more than one unread book, let alone a whole shelf of them! bless him 🙂 If  you happen to be on my side of the compulsive book buyers spectrum you will understand that while I had only read Amy Plum’s 2011 debut I did in fact own, albeit unread, the three other debuts featured here.

I must confess to a great deal of squealing and excitement as I booked myself on to this inaugural Creative Voices event.

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My non-book obsessed friends politely nodded, as I  bounced in my chair exclaiming that there would be not one, not two but four awesome YA authors, four of them, FOUR! These un-bookish friends are awesome, but can generally only tolerate about five minutes of book talk before their eyes glaze over. Fear not, I know exactly where to turn in situations such as these, where to find my people, I logged on to twitter!

There my excitement turned to delight as I realised that not only was I going to meet, FOUR fabulous YA authors, I was also going to meet up with some amazing bloggers and catch up with some twitter friends “in the real world”.

C.J.Daugherty and Ruth Warburton

Being the eager beavers that we are, Laura (Sister Spooky: Book Fangirl ) Leanne (District YA), Casey (Dark Readers),Vivienne (Serendipity Viv), Lucy  (Choose YA), Raimy (Readaraptor) and myself  arrived early for the event. A combination of  book chat, M&M taste testing and author seat warming ensured that the hour flew by and before we knew it, we were all fawning from the front row!

Amy Plum

Each of the authors read excerpts from their books before answering the audiences questions. The discussion included the inspiration behind their works, their personal paths to publication, the writing processes and whether writing put food on their tables and roofs over their heads. It was interesting to learn that all of the authors wrote their debuts while holding down “normal” jobs and that Ruth Warburton and Sarah Grant continue to maintain careers (part time) in addition to their writing.

You can read Amy Plum’s account of the evening here!

Following the group discussion everyone had the opportunity to meet with each of the authors and have their books signed.

The Pretties

Verdict: The event was as brilliant as I had anticipated. I caught up with like minded friends and met some amazing women who’s passion for writing and enthusiasm for YA shone bright and clear.

I have subsequently rearranged my TBR pile, prioritising all of  this signed gorgeousness to the top of my personal book mountain.

If you enjoy reading our Love Books Will Travel event reports you really should check out some of these awesome events for yourself. Click here to view Foyles upcoming events and here to see what Waterstone’s has to offer in your area. Don’t forget to check with your library for local bookish events.

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Love Books Will Travel: Will Hill

What: Launch Event
Who: Will Hill hosted by Nick Lake author of In Darkness
Where: National Army Museum
             Chelsea
             London
             
When: 18th Febuary 2012

Why: Launch of Department 19: The Rising
Sixteen-year-old Jamie Carpenter’s life was violently upended when he was brought into Department 19, a classified government agency of vampire hunters that was formed to deal with a little problem…known as Dracula.
But being the new recruit at the Department isn’t all weapons training and covert missions. Jamie’s own mother has been turned into a vampire – and now Jamie will stop at nothing to wreak revenge on her captors. Even if that means facing down Dracula himself.
The Rising is a fast, furious, can’t-turn-away thrill ride that will suck readers in just like a video game. This riveting second book in the Department Nineteen series is packed with cutting-edge gadgets, international locales, and daredevil action that tumbles ferociously across the page – perfect for fans of Darren Shan and Anthony Horowitz.

The bestselling debut of 2011, Will Hill’s Department 19 had made it on to my kindle but unfortunately had never quite reached the top of my To Be Read pile. That was until I discovered, via Will’s twitter account (@willhillauthor), that there were places available at the launch of the sequel, Department 19: The Rising. An email or two later and I was booked on to the event, I deposited my kids in front of Cbeebies and settle down with a cuppa and my kindle.

I’d like to say that I finished the book in plenty of time to attend the event but alas, despite perfecting the art of reading on the tube on my way to the event, I managed to fall just short of this task (I failed to confess this at the event!). The book was fast paced and thrilling and I have to admit that I’d contemplated missing the event I’d travelled nearly two hours to reach in favour of finding a quiet spot somewhere and finishing the book!
Bumping in to Sarah (Feeling Fictional) and Leanne (District YA) prior to the event, we waited patiently to be shown in to the Gallery of the National Army Museum.

A long, slim room with high ceilings and imposing military portraits: not far from my imagined gallery of the dead! Brandishing goodie bags and having finally met the lovely Rosi from Harper Collins, I settled down with my fellow bloggers for the main event.

Flanked by two Black light operatives (more on them later) and introduced by Nick Lake, Will Hill enthralled us all with the inspiration behind the series, his experiences as a debut author and his recent, extensive road trip around America researching book two.

Following Will’s talk and the audiences Q and A’s we had the opportunity to watch a suitably gory trailer (coming to a twitter feed near you soon!), and torment some operatives. Yes that’s right Sarah and I took our turn behind the pre-teens in the audience to get our photos taken with the operatives, one of them even let me hold his T bone (totally innocent, I promise!). We then had the chance to meet the man himself. Will kindly signed the contents of my goody bag and remained good natured despite my likening the 700 page tome of The Rising to a door stop (not my finest hour!).
The Things I learnt:

Reading while standing on the tube is not as easy as it looks!

Despite having a six year career in publishing prior to the release of Department 19, Will Hill certainly isn’t blasé about his journey to being a published author. He acknowledged his anxiety at Department 19’s reception among people he has met.

The premise of Department 19 grew out of  Will’s desire to write a book about an ordinary teenage boy with flaws who through extraordinary circumstances “grows in to himself” and Will’s need to know what happened after the hero’s returned to their lives following the events of Bram Stokers Dracula.

In the process of researching Department 19: the Rising Will Hill travelled over 7200miles around America. The trip includes a visit to the not so secret area 51 and the realisation that the presence of a super secret military base, hidden 600m2 of desert was “weirdly plausible”

Verdict: This was my first launch event! I had a great time and would definitely take up the opportunity to meet Will Hill again.

If you want to find out a little more about the event check out the YouTube clip below.

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Love Books Will Travel: Patrick Ness and Jim Kay

Who: Patrick Ness and Jim Kay(illustrator)

What: Book discussion, signing and art exhibition

Where: Foyles
Charring Cross Rd
London

Why: To promote the paperback release of A Monster Calls: 

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.
But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming. . . This monster, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Connor.
It wants the truth. Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final story idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.

Patrick Ness comes across as very confident and personable and if I’m honest, pretty easy on the eye 🙂 I left the talk feeling very envious of those lucky enough to have attended his lectures on creative writing and looking forward to reading, ‘A Monster Calls’.

The event showcased the genius pairing of Patrick’s penmanship and Jim Kay’s engaging illustrations whilst also paying homage to Siobhan Dowd, the award winning author, who dreamt up the initial premise of, ‘A Monster Calls’ but unfortunately passed away from cancer before committing her story onto paper.

It was clear from the talk that Patrick has a lot of respect for Siobhan’s books and his passion has encouraged me to seek out her works. He was also insistent that he had to write, ‘A Monster Calls’ his way as he wouldn’t have done the story justice by trying to second guess how Siobhan would have written it. Instead he allowed the process to be much more organically driven which has resulted in a truly remarkable book that I’m sure Sinead would have approved of.

During the talk, we were given the chance to admire original prints dotted around the room featuring artwork from the book. Jim Kay described how he completed the project, solitarily working 20hr days whilst staying in Scotland. A country not known for its warm climate at the best of times was being particularly cruel as he found himself in sub zero temperatures and reliant on very dodgy heating.

An image will remain with many of us of him trying to stay warm by wrapping an electric blanket around himself, held tight by gaffer tape. An interesting albeit not recommended way of staying warm. Especially when he had to greet the postman in thus set up and, whilst trying to reserve some shred of dignity, having the hidden plug fall to the floor from between his legs…I can so picture both of them looking down, staring at the plug and neither quite knowing what to say! But…as cruel as it sounds, his discomfort may, rather selfishly be our gain as the artwork is so dark and intense and filled with brooding menace, making you pause at each illustrated page to savour the finer details created by unique and experimental tools such as breadboards and obliging beetles leaving their ink stained footprints on the paper(beetles do have feet right?).

It was also apparent to me that he is such a perfectionist, explaining to us which pieces of artwork he’s not happy with and what he would have done differently even though his artwork on this book has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Art’ award from the BSFA (British Science Fiction Awards)

Verdict: Patrick and Jim Kay were engaging and down to earth speakers and I would happily make the effort to see either of them again.

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Waiting in line to meet Patrick Ness and Jim Kay


 

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Love Books Will Travel

What: Book Talk and Signing.

Who: Cassandra Clare
Hosted by Sarah Rees Brennan

Where: Foyles
Charing Cross Rd

When: 26th October 2011

Why: To Promote City of Fallen Angels,the forth book in the Mortal Instruments series.

The Mortal War is over, and Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power.Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And-most important of all-Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering the shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary’s best friend Simon, can’t help her. His mother just found out that he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side-along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. And they’re all willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls-neither of whom knows about the other.
When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of the mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves.Even Jace.
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

Foyles, Charing Cross Rd, London

I can’t let the opportunity pass without commenting on my first visit to the spiritual home of UK book bloggers. With the help of the Foyles very useable website and only one slight detour the wrong way around some serious looking tube improvements, I managed to find the flagship Charing Cross Rd store. I wandered throughout the rabbit warren of book shelves, my eyes alighting on gorgeous cover after gorgeous cover, the need to touch, examine and smell the many fantastic books on offer undeniable. If like me you have a thing for signed books, you will be interested to know that I spotted at least half a dozen autographed lovelies in the Young Adult department alone!

Lynsey and Casey!

Eventually though, I had to drag myself away from all of the shiny gorgeousness and make my way to the main event. Following signs for the third floor and looking out for a blogger in a maroon top, I managed to rendezvous with the fabulous Lynsey Newton who had kindly said that I could tag along with her for the event. After introducing me to Casey, from Dark Readers, we waited at the front of a very impressive queue. Finally we were shown in to The Gallery, festively decorated in cobwebs, rubber rats and sparkly skulls. Complete with Halloween masks, bookish feebees and even goodie bags for a lucky few.

The Event was hosted by Sarah Rees Brennan, YA author and friend to Cassandra Clare. Sarah was vibrant and witty,with just the right amount of kooky excentricity. I immediately warmed to her and I’m looking forward to adding The Demon’s Lexicon Trilogy to my bookshelf. Cassandra and Sarah had a natural and wonderfully funny rappour as they bounced off of each other and the audience.

Following some very amusing anecdotes about borderline criminal activity, all in the name of research you understand, question time commenced…for the audience! Boy was I under prepared, I mean who knew Simon even had a cat?! While Sarah questioned the audience about The Mortal Instruments Series, Cassandra provided gorgeous Mortal Instrument charms and jewellery as prizes for the more knowledgeable fans. Then finally it was our turn to grill Cassie. Cassie managed to keep tight lipped about the future of The Mortal Instruments and Infernal devices series although Sarah was less reserved and may have let a few juicy morsels slip 😉 While Cassandra doesn’t rule out the possibility of  ever writing for the “adult” market, should an appropriate idea grabbed her, with two new series in the pipe line, it appears YA reader will have have her to themselves for quite a while longer. The Dark Artifices series will be set in present day LA and feature grown up (hot) versions of The Mortal Instruments tweens. Providing us with the opportunity to check in on surviving (gasp!) characters from The Mortal Instruments Series. While not categorically stating that this is what she will focus on next, Cassandra did admit to tentatively working on this series as her “Mind wanders, where it wanders“. Cassandra also has plans for a fantasy series set in an entirely new, shadow hunter less world.

Cassandra Clare, Caroline and Sarah Rees Brennan. While waiting to meet Cassandra I was introduced to lovely bloggers Viv and Yvette.  Despite a two hour wait everyone was good humored and friendly, sharing book recommendations, blogging experience and general YA book love. Some well timed boiled sweets from the Foyles staff boosted our sugars at the optimum moment and finally we got to meet the lady herself.

Cassandra gave her time generously to each fan, signing any number of books, taking pictures and providing us with a little something extra: Magnus’s Vow, a bonus short story set during City of Bones.

Verdict: Foyles certainly know how to host an event! I had a brillant day. I got to meet Cassandra Clare, one of my favourate YA authors, I was introduced to Sarah Rees Brennan and I got to talk books all day with a group of fantastically friendly bloggers (LynseyCaseySarahKirsty, Viv, Leanne, Laura and Andrew).

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Love Books Will Travel: Becca Fitzpatrick

What: Talk and Book Signing

Who: Becca Fitzpatrick

Where: Crawley Library 
        West Sussex

When: 24th October 2011

Why: To promote Silence, the third instalment in the Hush Hush Series:

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They’ve overcome the secrets riddled in Patch’s dark past…bridged two irreconcilable worlds…faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust…and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for—and their love—forever.

The evening began with Becca regaling us with some of the events that have shaped her early writing career.

Despite being a prolific and dedicated journal keeper as a teen Becca stated that she didn’t consider a career in writing until her husband bought her a creative writing experience for her 24 birthday. She joked that had her husband chosen differently she would be standing in front of us discussing Japanese cookery!

It was while set the task of writing a scene for her class that Becca recalled a  humiliating experience from her school years. Having allowed her mind to wander in a reproductive biology class, teen Becca was abruptly called upon by her biology teacher to describe, in front of her class mates, the characteristics she looked for in a boyfriend. Having written this scene, which some of you will recognise well, Becca found herself writing another scene and another.

Becca has a wonderfully warm personality and a self depreciating humor. Providing the audience with the benefit of her experience as well as her blushes. Becca discussed her road to publication and her writing process, including her initial naive attempts to get published with an unfinished debut manuscript and recieving just shy of 100 rejection letters for Hush Hush.

In response to my question if, the as yet untitled, Hush Hush #4 was likely to break hearts Becca simply stated that her readers will recognise, from her work to date, that she is a bit of a happily ever after kind of girl and  Patch and Nora definitely won’t be blown up leaving Marcie to rule the world 😉

Following on from the awesomeness of Hush Hush, Becca has plans to write a stand alone, paranormal free, contemporary YA thriller (rest assured there will be romance!).

Verdict: This ticketed event, while well attended, managed to retain an intimate laid back feel, promoting a relaxed environment for Becca to share her experiences and facilitate questions from the audience. I would definitely attend another Becca Fitzpatrick event and I  look forward to Becca’s future works.

Karen and Becca Fitzpatrick
Caroline and Becca Fitzpatrick

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Love Books Will Travel: Lauren Kate

What: Book Signing

Who:  Lauren Kate

Where: WHSmith
 Guildford
Surrey

When:  27th September 2011

Why: To promote Passion the third book in the Fallen trilogy:
Luce would die for Daniel.
And she has.
Over and over again.
Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way…
Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime…going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel…and finally unlock the key to making their love last.
Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.
Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames…forever.
Sweeping across centuries, PASSION is the third novel in the unforgettably epic FALLEN series.

This event attracted the eclectic mix of ages I have come to expect at YA signings. The crowd was very friendly. I had lovely conversations with a young woman who was attending her first book signing and an awesome lady who was there to get a gift signed for her granddaughter! I also got to meet fellow twitter inhabitant Mel Taylor.

Lauren was warm and welcoming. In addition to discussing the unseasonably warm weather like a native, she disclosed that Passion is her favourite book in the series so far. She kindly signed all  three books from the series, writing individual inscriptions in each book.

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Love Books Will Travel

What: Creative writing workshop.

Who: Kit Berry

Where: Waterstones 
Guildford
    Surrey

When: 25th August 2011

Why: To Promote The Stonewylde Series:
Stonewylde is an alternative community, hidden away in the heart of Dorset and ruled by the charismatic Magus. It’s a place of standing stones and earth energy – a place where the old ways are remembered. Within a great stone circle the eight pagan festivals are celebrated and ancient rites performed. The thirteen full moons are honoured and the people live natural and uncomplicated lives, as their ancestors have done for hundreds of years.
But all is not quite as it seems. There’s another side to Stonewylde; a darker side where cruelty is rife. There’s a more sinister purpose behind the rituals held in the Stone Circle than simply honouring the Earth Goddess and the elements of nature. Sylvie and her mother are invited into the community, victims of modern life. Suffering from the stresses of inner city life, they believe that by entering the enclosed world of Stonewylde, their troubles will be over. Magus promises them fulfilment; that they will lack for nothing. He promises to heal them and care for them, calling on the green magic that pervades everything at Stonewylde. But one boy alone understands the true reason for their invitation, and what malevolence their arrival has triggered.
As the series unfolds, the struggle between Yul and his master becomes more brutal and the stakes are raised. Sylvie is in terrible danger as an old prophecy is revealed and the pieces of the puzzle start to slide into place. Sylvie and Yul must battle not only to save themselves, but the very heart of Stonewylde.

My brother Jack and I attended a writer’s workshop at Waterstone’s in Guildford. It was hosted by Kit Berry who is the author of the Stonewylde series. Kit has just released her fourth book called Shadows of Stonewylde. The first book in the series is entitled Magus of Stonewylde followed by Moondance of Stonewylde and Solstice at Stonewylde. Kit used to be a teacher and began writing the books in her forties.

There were about ten of us in total who got to meet Kit Berry. First of all she introduced herself and the books that she had written. Her newest book has just been released in the last two weeks. The books are about a ‘hidden community’ called Stonewylde which is in Dorset. Sylvie and her mother go there as Sylvie is very ill and needs a place to heal and recuperate. But there are secrets at Stonewylde and all is not as it seems. These books are full of magic and mystery and I’m looking forward to reading them.

Kit then showed us how to expand events in our lives into possibilities for book ideas. She drew a map of her home and the area around it and listed some things that had happened around there and also some events that she had included in her book. Next she got us to do the same; to draw a map of our house or school or somewhere we had been and list out strange events that could be expanded into a possible story or smaller parts of stories. We all shared our ideas. She then took questions and signed our new Stonewylde books.

Verdict: I bought the first three books in the series and am starting to read them tonight! This was a good event, I enjoyed it.

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Love Books Will Travel: Tess Gerritsen

What:  A talk and signing

Who: Tess Gerritsen

Where: Bourne Hall   
       Ewell

When: July 2012

Why: To promote the 9th book in The Rizzoli and Isles series: The Silent Girl
In the murky shadows of an alley in Boston’s Chinatown a hand has been discovered. On the rooftop above lies a woman’s severed head. Two strands of silver hair- not human- cling to the body that lies nearby. These are Detective Jane Rizzoli’s only clues, but they are enough for her and Dr Maura Isles to make a startling discovery: that this violent death had a chilling prequel

The evening commenced with a very informative talk by Tess detailing the personal experiences and real life inspiration behind many of her best loved novels.  From the age of seven Tess expressed her desire to write, however steered by her “Tiger” parents in to a job more likely to result in her success; Tess wasn’t able to live her passion until maternity leave allowed her to take a break from medicine.

Tess started her career as a writer of romantic thrillers. The Surgeon was written in response to a fan’s request for a book with serial killers and twisted sex. Tess didn’t intend for The Surgeon to develop in to a series but that she felt that Warren still had more to say. In fact in the original plot for The Surgeon, Jane Rizzoli, envisioned by Tess as a minor character, did not survive the final encounter with Warren. However when it came to the crunch, Tess couldn’t go through with it!

Tess spoke widely of her experiences as an Asian American and described the feeling of not fitting in and being a member of a visible minority. These experiences inform the isolation experienced by Rizzoli as a woman in a male dominated environment and Tam’s cultural background. Tess described, with much pride, the addition of Asian American characters in to her series. Earlier in her career, when Tess had first broached the possibility with her publishers she was informed that she wouldn’t sell many books.  Whether it is a testament to changing society or to the popularity of Tess herself, this is no longer an issue.

Tess revealed that she is an avid reader of newspapers, broad sheet and tabloid alike.  She described reading an article about a woman who, mistaken for dead, wakes up in a mortuary. This news piece was the initial inspiration for Vanish.

The event was well attended by an eclectic mix of ages and ethnicities. Also both genders were well represented, despite Tess admitting that most of her readers and readers of fiction in general are female. The talk concluded with a question and answer session, following which fans were given the opportunity to acquire autographs and take photographs with Tess.

Verdict:  Tess was a fantastic, warm and personable speaker who held her audience’s attention. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and we both agreed that the event has reignited our desire to read Tess’ work.

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Love Books Will Travel: Jo Frost


What: Book Signing
Who: Jo Frost (Supernanny)

Where: Waterstones
Guildford
Surrey

When: July 2011

Why: Promotional Tour for Jo Frost’s Confident Toddler Care
Who better than Jo Frost– the UK’s most trusted nanny– to help you through the challenging but exciting toddler years.
In Confident Toddler Care Jo Frost guides parents through the new demands and needs of their growing toddler, from teething and potty-training, to playdates and happy mealtimes, Jo is at hand to offer practical advice.
In her usual calm and down-to-earth style, Jo provides solutions to common problems and practical help on every element of your toddler’s life including: Sleeping, Healthy eating, Tantrums, Sibling rivalry, Playdates, Teaching life skills, Nursery and childcare, Positive communication, Praise and encouragement, Milestones, Creating routines
Jo’s essential know-how will help all parents create a thriving and peaceful home for their toddler, taking the dread away from the ‘terrible twos’ and ‘troublesome threes’ so that parents can feel confident and enjoy the toddler years.

The event was attended by a good crowd of Mums, babies and toddlers, with the odd Dad thrown in too! Jo was happy to sign copies of her new book and spent several minutes with many Mums chatting about their concerns and worries, as well as posing for pictures.  She was extremely friendly and took the time to speak and interact with each child she saw.  Should the opportunity arise, I would happily travel to meet Jo again.  What a lovely lady!

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Love Books Will Travel: Alyson Noel

What: Book Signing

Who: Alyson Noel

Where: Waterstones West Quary
            Southampton
            UK

When: July 2011

Why: Promotional tour for Everlasting

Everlasting is the sixth and final installment of the epic love story that has enchanted readers across the world. Ever and Damen have spent centuries facing down bitter rivals, jealous friends and their own worst fears-all in the hope of being together forever. Now in Everlasting, their destiny is finally within reach.

Verdict: The event was attended by a 50/50 mix of teen girls and female adult readers. Alyson was extremely warm and congenial. Despite being at the end of a long day of book promotion events, she was happy to sign any number of her books and pose for photographs with fans.  She took the time to have a conversation with each attendee while providing personalised inscriptions. I would  be happy to travel to meet Alyson again.

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