My British blog tour begins today

And the first post is up. Many thanks to Read 2 Review for hosting me, and to the good folks at Random House Children’s Books UK for setting up the tour!

Here’s the banner for the rest of the tour:

I will be providing links to the guest posts as I can, but there’s a chance I’ll be a bit slow. I’m travelling the rest of this week and am not sure what kind of time I’ll have.


Hey, Toronto friends!

Mark your calendars! This Thursday, July 19th, I will be making a special guest appearance at the “I Didn’t Read the Book Club” with author Kelley Armstrong. The event runs from 6:30-8pm at the Northern District branch of the Toronto Public Library. It will feature some question-and-answer time, a little reading, a writing exercise for teens, and (I am given to understand) popcorn.

POPCORN. Yum.

They’d like people to pre-register, so here’s the place to do it. The program  is aimed at teens, but surely they won’t turn away grown-ups if you’re not too rowdy, ha ha.

I may be appearing one or two other places while I’m in town. I’ll let you know as soon as I know for sure.


Interview at Suvudu

Here’s a video interview I did during Comic-Con with a charming fellow from Suvudu, a SF/F website affiliated with Random House. Considering how little sleep I’d had, and that I had just come off a panel and a signing, I’m pleased that I was able to remain relatively coherent.

Thanks again to Matt, my intrepid interviewer, for this opportunity!


At San Diego Comic-Con today!

One day only! Come see me in the epic fantasy panel at 3:30, where I will be sitting alongside the likes of Brandon Sanderson, Christopher Paolini, and Robin Hobb. I know, right? Everybody’s gonna be like, “Whoa, who’s that lady with the unruly hair, making all the goofy faces??”

In point of fact, I’m writing this from San Francisco the night before. My connecting flight is delayed by at least two hours. I will be getting to San Diego at Extremely Late O’Clock .

But that’s ok! Sometimes I do really well on little sleep. Sometimes I end up singing silly songs. I guess we’ll see!


Seraphina’s wonderful opening night

Tuesday evening we had a charming soiree at KidsBooks, a wonderful children’s bookstore here in Vancouver. It was by invitation (mostly — we had a few walk-ins too, which was awesome). I invited everyone I could think of, and was delighted with how many people came. I even had friends come up from Seattle and Vancouver, WA!

As I had long threatened, there was cake:

It’s a girl!

The first forty-five minutes or so were spent greeting people. I knew pretty much everyone who came, so there were a lot of hugs. It was nice to be able to have my very first event in the company of friends.

Then I did a little reading. Here’s Phyllis Simon, one of the owners, introducing me. Thank you so much for your kind hospitality, Phyllis!

I’m the one on the right. Thanks again to all the KidsBooks staff!

Apparently I make a lot of faces while reading. My friend Liz Edgar caught this one:

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Then I signed books. This picture is me at the very end signing stock for the store, which is less interesting, but it’s the only picture I seem to have gotten of my local Random House rep, Trish Kells, who helped arrange and coordinate the whole event. That’s her in the pink. Thanks, Trish! It was wonderful!

We had this down to a science by the time we got through that pile.

Here are a few more pictures from Liz, who is an excellent photographer, just to give you a little more flavour of the evening.

Books and Reader

Signing

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That last picture is my husband, looking tired but happy. That about sums it up for all of us at the end of the day.


Interview at The Enchanted Inkpot

Hello, friends! We had a wonderful time last night at KidsBooks, and I will be posting pictures as soon as I get my act together. In the meantime, here’s a bit of fun: Deva Fagan interviews me at The Enchanted Inkpot. Ms. Fagan asks some really insightful, interesting questions, which were fun for me to answer. Enjoy!

Update: just had to pop back and share this review at Lytherus as well!


Today’s the day, darlings!

I’m supposed to be napping, because was up at ridiculous o’clock this morning, like a kid on Christmas. And I do find myself at a slight loss for words, here, now that it comes down to it.

Let me merely say: my heartfelt thanks for all the support, encouragement, and enthusiasm. This has been a very long journey. Some of you have been on it with me from the beginning; some are just newly joining in. Thank you each and every one.