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Look Who’s Going to BEA: Jeri Smith-Ready

1. Can you introduce yourself to my readers?

Hi! I write urban fantasy for adults and teens.  My debut YA urban fantasy, SHADE, was just released on May 4, and the third installment of my WVMP RADIO series (aka, the vampire DJ books, which include WICKED GAME and BAD TO THE BONE,) will be out this August, titled BRING ON THE NIGHT.

My life outside of writing is blissfully uneventful, so there’s nothing much to report there.

2. Are there any special events, panels or galleys you are looking forward to?

Everything!  I haven’t looked at the full schedule yet, but I have a feeling I will desperately wish I could be cloned.  I’m scheduled for a few things myself, which will undoubtedly take place when the really cool stuff is happening. ;-)

One thing I won’t miss is the Book Blogger Convention reception Thursday evening from 4-6.  I wish I could stay for the BB Convention itself, but I have to leave that night.

3. Will this be your first time attending BEA or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?

I went in 2007, which will be forever known as the It’s a Jungle in Here BEA.  It was the year’s first hot week in NYC, and the air conditioning just wasn’t up to snuff.

So my advice is: wear comfortable shoes (e.g., sandals) and loose clothing.  It’ll be crowded and hot, and you’ll be standing a great deal of the time, especially if you wait in line for your favorite authors.

As with any convention, it’s important to pace yourself.  Accept that you can’t do everything or get every ARC/book you want, and just have a good time.

Oh, and bring a rolling suitcase or carry-on bag, which you can check downstairs at Javits. During the day you can unload your ARCs/books into your bag and then pick it up when you leave in the evening.  It’s brilliant.

4. Will you be doing an autograph signing at the expo? Any other fun stuff on your agenda?

I’ll be signing SHADE at Booth #3484 on Thursday at 3pm.  Copies are limited, so I highly advise showing up at 3 on the dot.

I’m also on a panel about writing YA and adult fiction, at 11am Wednesday on the Midtown Stage.  I’m told books will be given away after that panel, too.  I don’t think those will be signed, but you can always grab me in the hallway or on the convention floor and have me sign a book.

As part of New York Book Week, the class of 2k10 (including myself) will be doing group signings at Books of Wonder in Manhattan on Tuesday, 6-8pm; and at Voracious Reader in Larchmont on Wednesday, 4-6pm.

5. What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?

Right now I’m working on the sequel to SHADE, called SHIFT, which will be out next May.  As soon as I hand that in, I’ll be working on the fourth book in my adult vampire series.

Thanks so much, Angela!

Synopsis (Product Description):

Love ties them together.
Death can’t tear them apart.

Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan’s band playing a critical gig and Aura’s plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend’s life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan’s sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He’s gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan’s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

It doesn’t help that Aura’s new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura’s relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura’s heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift.

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