Top Ten Tuesday March 10: Authors Who Have a Fun Social Media Presence

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March 10: Authors Who Have a Fun Social Media Presence

These are the authors I follow on SM. Some I only follow on Twitter, some I also follow on Instagram/Facebook.

1) Pierce Brown.
2) Deborah Harkness.
3) Katherine Arden.
4) Erin Morgenstern.
5) E.K. Johnston.
6) Stephen Chbosky.
7) Claudia Gray.
8) Nicola Yoon.
9) Ruta Sepetys.

New York Comic Con 2019 – Sunday

New York Comic Con 2019 – Sunday, October 6

I’m going to start off with…

List of all 17 books from NYCC 2019:  If there is a link then I read and reviewed it.

Penguin Random House mystery box, Ladies First in Sci-Fi and Fantasy:
Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon.
Sorcerer to the Crown  by Zen Cho.
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Harper Collins mystery box, Fantasy Quest:
King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist
Woodworker by Emily B. Martin
The Heir of Night by Helen Lowe
The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

Knopf Doubleday ARCs:
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Penguin Book Wizard quiz:
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne

Panel giveaways:
Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed
Burn the Dark by S.A. Hunt (DNF)

Free book at Signing
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett
The Nobody People  by Bob Proehl

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My sister and I started Sunday by going to the Part of their World: A Conversation with the Disney Princesses.

Ariel. Belle. Princess Tiana. Join Jodi Benson, Paige O’Hara, and Anika Noni Rose -three of the all-star voices from the modern Disney age – as they talk about their experiences voicing some of the greatest animated characters of all-time. Moderated by Dani Fernandez (Host for Disney, E!, Nerdist and The Nerdificent Podcast on iHeartRadio).

We loved this panel and it totally brought a few tears to my eyes.

Many of the things they discussed in this SyFy Wire video they also discussed in the panel. I couldn’t find a video of the panel on YouTube.

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New York Comic Con 2019 – Friday continued.

New York Comic Con 2019 – Friday, October 4- Part II

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After Lucasfilm Publishing- Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away I immediately went to a room near by for another book panel: Family Members: The Best of Allies, The Worst of Enemies.

Whether they’re genetically related, or found family, one’s relationships with one’s parents and siblings are often among the most complex and intense of one’s life. Authors relate the familial entanglements with their characters’ best friends and worst enemies. Explore the tangled limbs and pointy branches of some family trees with Adam Silvera (Infinity Son), Nikki Richard (Demon In The Whitelands), Bob Proehl (The Nobody People), Joan He (Descendant of the Crane), and Akwaeke Emezi (Pet) in conversation with bookseller Ali Kokmen.

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Pierce Brown Dark Age Discussion at Barnes and Noble August 7, 2019

I got to Barnes and Noble Union Sq at 9 am to get my bracelet. I arrived just as the store opened and I saw the queue of people waiting outside filing in. So I followed the line inside and it was very swift. People went in, picked up Dark Age at the front table and went straight back to the check out. I already had my book purchased from b&n online so I just showed them the receipt.

Then I went to work and got back to B&N around 5:15-5:30ish.

I decided to record the whole thing because I was (and still am) exhausted. I had spent the past several days reading as much and as fast as I could. About 130-150 pages a day. I was still 100 pages shy of finishing during the event.

It didn’t start until 7PM and I was reading up until it started. So yea, I recorded the whole thing because I wasn’t sure how much I would remember from being so tired and also, it makes it easier to write this if I have the video to look back on.

There are some breaks in the video. I tried to break it when people were laughing, but then Pierce would say something funny and I’d miss his one liners. But other than that I think the editing is almost seamless.

Highlights:

The beginning Pierce and Peter discuss their method of writing, how they outline and the layering of their drafts.

Pierce then discusses where Darrow and the Republic stands in the second trilogy, and was it all worth it.

17:15 – That is some Star Wars Sequel Trilogy shade right there. 😉 How the ST dishonors the sacrifices and accomplishments of the OT characters. I totally agree!

18:45 Lyria’s lack of agency but how her POV shows the disillusionment of the Rising.

21:00 Pierce talks about Roman history and Greek history.

25:00 The release date delays and how he kept going on and on with Ephraim’s POV. LOL

27:50 The order in which he wrote the POVs. Darrow, Lysander, Ephraim, Mustang then Lyria (or Lyria then Mustang.)

28:50 About the story having multiple POVs and climaxing at the same time. The innuendo is hysterical.

31:00 Audience Q&A begins.

51:00 Hysterical moment: The question about Mustang being inspired by his mother so how does he write sexual scenes about her?

53:11 The sexual innuendo about what the razors (swords) look like. The gift that keeps on giving. LOL

Around 56:00 – The TV show!

So since I was in the front row I didn’t have to wait long to have my books signed. When I got up there he remembered me (blushes) and then I asked if while writing does he find himself having to reread the pervious books to remember what he wrote.

He answered, “All the time.” That he will reread sections and use control find but would love if the fans built up the wiki pages.

I said that I wanted to do a whole reread of the saga and make an encyclopedia book. He encouraged that idea.

(Funny enough, when I finished reading the next evening I did catch a blooper! He didn’t check a name!)

We took a photo together and then he asked where my sister was. I told him she was at a class. He said to “send her my love” as he pounded his heart. How sweet is he?

So my very spoiled review is coming. I am still processing that mountain of a book. It will take a few days to write. I have no idea what to say in a non-spoiler review. It would be nothing but Servo-like profanity because it was a whirlwind!

Top Ten Tuesday January 15: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

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January 15: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

1) Alexandre Dumas. I know he had help with The Count of Monte Cristo, but I don’t care. I loved listening to it on Audible.
2) Stephen King. I know he has been around forever but I finally listened to The Shining and Doctor Sleep.
3) Kendare Blake wrote Three Dark Crowns. I want to get the next books from the library.
4) C.A. Higgins wrote the Lightless trilogy. I liked it so much I read them straight through.
5) Ania Ahlborn wrote Within These Walls.
6) Kim Wilkins wrote Daughters of the Storm. I have an ARC of the sequel.
7) Chantal Fernando wrote Wolf’s Mate. It was alright. Don’t think I’ll read any of her other books since it is not my type of genre.

These next two are Audible originals. Members get 2 free Audible Original downloads per month.
8) Dennis Kelly wrote Girls & Boys and it is narrated by Carey Mulligan. I cried.
9) Charles Olivier wrote Christmas Eve, 1914. I bawled my eyes out.

New York Comic Con 2018 – Sunday, October 7

The first panel of the day was Family-Friendly Fantasy: Keeping it PG in the Age of Grimdark & Game of Thrones.

Most of the fantasy works we discovered as readers new to the genre were books the whole family could read together, without worrying about graphic descriptions of rape, torture, or violence. But many of the popular fantasy works being created today contain images that are simply too graphic for some readers. There’s a place for gritty realism in fantasy, but how much is too much?

Colleen Lindsay was the moderator and Katherine Arden, Emily R. King, and Elle Katherine White were speakers.

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Katherine Arden wrote the Winternight Trilogy. Emily R. King wrote The Hundredth Queen Series. Elle Katherine White wrote the Heartstone Series. 

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New York Comic Con 2018 – Friday, October 5

I went to work for the earlier part of the day and got to Comic Con at 2PM so I could go to Ashley Eckstein’s meet and greet at the Reed Pop booth.

I was such an airhead and forgot to bring my From a Certain Point of View book for her to sign! What a scatterbrain I am sometimes.

Ok, next time. Moving on. I told her how emotional I was when I found out The Clone Wars was returning while watching the SDCC panel. Ashley said she was a hot mess because she was crying, but I told her I was crying with her and I loved when Matt got out of seat.

I was getting choked up again and so I asked her about her sweatshirt and if it’s available. She spoke about the concept for the original logo for Her Universe being Ahsoka’s markings and the shirt is available. It came out for the 10th Anniversary collection, but slipped under the radar with the other items based off the characters’ outfits.

I told her that I got the Skywalker hooded sweatshirt and she asked if it is too big. I told it her it is but I knew it would be. I can just wear it around the house when it’s winter. It is so comfy.

She is so sweet, she asked about my sister and I told her she would be coming to NYCC after work, and that we will be seeing her in April for Celebration.

At the Penguin Booth there was a mystery giveaway. You chose from several descriptions. I saw someone walk away with this book and the cover caught my eye, so I did my best guessing. I guessed right!
The Waking Land by Callie Bates

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