A couple of weeks ago I pretty much had the best weekend ever. No really, I did. I headed down to Richmond and got to hang out with my sweet friends Monica and Susan. I was planing on just staying one night, but we had way to much fun so I ended up staying the whole weekend. We stayed up late, Susan baked (Monica and I cheered for her while watching) and we watched Disney movies while singing at the top of our lungs. It was awesome!
If that was not fun enough, we also got to hang out with Julie Kagawa since she was signing at the Fountain Bookstore. I am always so sad when she does signings because I live nowhere near her and never get to go. This time I was making sure nothing was going to stop me from seeing her.
When we got to the signing, Julie was already there setting up and Susan introduced me. I tried very hard not to go fan girl on her and I think I did a pretty good job, right Susan? Anyways, we chatted a little and then she set up to read a chapter from The Iron Queen, oh yeah, be jealous! I heard the whole first chapter and of course it just makes me want that book that much more now. Julie even did voice changes for the characters, she was so cute reading.
After that we cleared the chairs away and she set up to sign some books. I was so excited to get my books signed! I also bought two copies there so I will be giving those away to a lucky winner (details to follow). Julie even drew a little Grim in my book, his expression says he was not as excited to be drawn, but that’s ok 🙂 Not as cool as the Grim rock James won, because those rocks are sweet! I want one, they are so cute! Sorry Grim, not cute, I mean they look very tough and intimidating.
So after the signing and chatting some more, we all decided to go and get some pizza. I was super excited because Julie was coming with us and I could inwardly squeal some more because I got to hang out with her. We walked down the street to Bottoms Up (so good!) and had lunch. We talked about her books, I tried to get some insight into Iron Queen, with no luck of course and we had a blast! We got pretty loud at some points, but they put us upstairs away from everyone so we had plenty of room to hang out and just have fun. Julie really is the sweetest person and I loved getting to meet her and hang out. If she comes close to where you live please go see her! And if you have not read her books you need to do that now, because they rock.
Speaking of her books, I have a signed copy of The Iron King and The Iron Daughter to giveaway! Yay! The contest will start today and run until midnight Friday, November 26th 2010. Please leave a comment below (don’t forget to include your email please) and tell me if you are Team Ash or Team Puck. I will not penalize you for choosing one way or the other *cough* Team Ash all the way *cough* because everyone is entitled to their opinion. 😉 Want an extra entry? I will give you a bonus point if you tweet or link to this contest (Twitter, sidebar, facebook, etc.) Only one extra entry per person. This is only open to US (sorry international my wallet needs a chance to recover from shipping fees). I will use random.org to choose the winner! Good luck!
*This contest is now closed*
*All pictures were provided by my awesome friend Susan*