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Book Signing & Video Interview with Jennifer Jenkins

October 27th, 2015 Bridget Posted in Event 14 Comments »

I live in a fairly small town in the beautiful state of Idaho and there isn’t even a book store here in town, so I have to travel if I want to meet authors. Recently I had the opportunity to go to the book launch for Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins at the Kings English Bookshop in Salt Lake City. Nameless has been one of my favorite reads of 2015, so I was really excited to get a signed copy and to get to meet Jennifer. When I told my lovely friend Jaime from Two Chicks on Books that I was going she offered me the chance to do a sit down interview with Jennifer. This was pretty much my response:

Suffice to say, I was thrilled that I was not only going to get to met Jennifer but also have a one on one chat with her!

I was a little nervous at first because this is the first time I have done a face to face interview with an author, but Jen is the sweetest person and it felt like I was talking to a friend. You can watch the full interview down below:


As you can tell we had a lot of fun chatting! If you watched the video you will have seen the part where me and Jennifer discussed a dreamcast if Nameless was to ever be turned into a film. Jennifer promised to send me pictures of who she would maybe want to play her characters and here they are:


If we’re going just by appearance, maybe Asin Thottumkal.

Asin Thottumkal

If not her than maybe…

I could maybe see Lily Collins filling Zo’s role

Lily Collins

Or maybe Alexandra Daddario

Alexandra Daddario

Both have the eyes of a Wolf, but Daddario might have the edge because she seems to possess a little more grit.


I envision someone like Garrett Hedlund… but with darker hair.

Garrett HedlundGarrett Hedlund 1

Or maybe Liam Hemsworth …

Liam Hemsworth 1


Maybe Blake Neitzel

Blake Neitzel


I go with Abby White!

Abby White


Maybe Diego Boneta from Rock of Ages

Diego Boneta

I love this cast and think that they look perfect!!!

After my amazing interview with Jen I got my book signed and then we hurried over to her book launch!!! It was such a fun night and I hope to go to the rest of her launches in the future!!!

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Nameless Signing 2

If you haven’t read Nameless you have to pick up a copy! It is amazing and a book I would recommend to all young adult fantasy fans!!!!



This contest is provided by Bridget!

One lucky reader will win an autographed copy of Nameless


Available October 6, 2015 from Month9Books

About this Book:

Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

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Event: ALA Annual Recap

July 6th, 2015 Kaitlin Posted in Event Comments Off on Event: ALA Annual Recap

ALA San Francisco

Kaitlin ALAThis past weekend, I was at ALA annual conference in San Francisco. (Excuse my ugliness in that picture). It was absolutely wonderful, but the journey was not without speed bumps, most of them on the way up:

Traveling from San Diego to San Francisco

My grandmother and I were supposed to go up early on Saturday at 7:00 from Southwest, and then land in SFO an hour and a half later. When we arrived, our flight was cancelled. There was a very nice worker who helped us reschedule the flight at a time much sooner, a flight not SFO but Oakland across the bay. We booked it across the airport and made it just in time to board.

When we landed at the Oakland airport, we decided to take the Bart to San Fran. We got to the Bart station two minutes before the train we should take was going to arrive. Two. The next one would have been an hour later. Not that we realized that at first, we were too busy buying tickets and then my grandmother forgot her luggage and had to run back to get it. We pulled through the doors just as the Bart took off, and let me tell you, the Bart is actually wonderful. There is beautiful views and it’s very fast.

We almost missed our stop when it got to the closest street to our hotel, but we hopped out in the nick of time (because for this trip the only way we seemed to travel was in the nick of time). Then, carrying our four luggages (three were completely empty to carry pack books), we wheeled our way in circles as we struggled to find our way around the maze like city. We were three blocks away and it took us half an hour to find the Park Central hotel, using the Map app on my iPhone.

We dropped off our luggage, grabbed our backpacks, and made our way to Moscone north where ALA was – just two blocks away. Again, we were inadequate navigators and it took an inordinate amount of time to get there. But when we did, we purchased our $60 exhibit only passes and we entered the conference.


ALA StairsI was in shock as we first entered. It was absolutely huge and it was my first conference, and it was a book/sensory overload. I couldn’t close my jaw, I was so appalled, and every booth seemed to call to me to visit it. The posters! The decoration! The stairs, even!

The thing about ARCs at ALA is that they’ll usually have two to three different stacks of advanced copies out on the tables, but the rest you have to ask the attendants about, because they are hidden under the table or in a cabinet until the other stacks run out. The attendants were, for the most part, super friendly. They chatted about books they enjoyed and were content to dig under the table for a specific early release you would die without. They offered their publicity cards and recommended their favorite novels.

Looking at my schedule, I realized that Rae Carson was signing in a different exhibit building until 11, so we hurried on down to meet her. HarperCollins and Random House/Penguin had the biggest publisher’s booths there, so I took a second the soak in the splendor of books everywhere and got in line. I grabbed my ARC of Walk on Earth a Stranger and then waited for a couple minutes as her line moved surprisingly fast. I found that at ALA, the lines could range from no line to an hour and a half; it just depended on the author.

I walked around the exhibits for awhile more as our arms got more and more sore from the heavy book-filled tote bags we were, well, toting around. I knew there would be tons of books, but I didn’t realize so many of them were ones I was totally excited to read. The exhibits were all gorgeous.

ALA Books 1

I noticed some people in the exhibit hall carrying wagons for their books. I was a bit appalled by how many books they were pushing into it, there must have been at least a hundred for day two, and a little annoyed that you weren’t allowed to have wheeled things in the hall which was a rule they were so clearly breaking.

Eventually we went to eat lunch and drop off the books I had gotten so far at the hotel, then coming back to do the Book Buzz stage for Macmillan, Harper, and the other major publishers. They had iced tea and cookies and told us about their best new releases, which made me super excited to read Dumplin’. I grabbed an ARC after at the booth.

Then we waited in a super long line, probably the longest at the conference, to meet Leigh Bardugo and get a coveted ARC of Six of Crows. It took over an hour but we met her, and she was the friendliest, most down to Earth person ever.

On Sunday, after a ridiculously overpriced breakfast (that restaurant charged 20 dollars for slices of their “special sourdough”), we made our way back to ALA. It was my last day so I tried to make the most of it.

I met Jamie from Month9Books who I had originally known off Twitter, and she was super sweet. I also met about four other bloggers. It was amazing talking with people who know and understand your bookish obsession! The whole conference was full of people who loved books! It still amazes me!

I got Serpentine and The Scorpion Rules signed that day. I had absentmindedly shredded my post-it for the personalization, which I explained when I met Erin Bow. She shrugged, used my badge name to personalize, and said “now you can’t sell it on eBay”. She was funny. When I met Cindy Pon, we realized we had a mutual friend and that Pon lives in San Diego, so I’ll be going to her book launch party in September at the ever-amazing Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore.

At the conference, I also picked up books for friends. I know from experience that it can be frustrating seeing all the fun on Twitter and having to stay behind, so I tried to be generous, getting books for several friends and bloggers. I got Bridget from Dark Faerie Tales five that she had requested.

The day was over for me at around 1:00, because we had to catch our flight back. After packing the suitcases we took the hotel car to the airport where we learned that our flight was delayed until 8:15. I had left ALA early for nothing. There was a bunch of trouble because we had sent off our luggage minutes before we had realized, and the worker hadn’t told us about the delay, so they had to search to find the luggage before we could try to change the flight, which we did, and then we ended up leaving at 3:50 rather than 8:15- thank goodness.

I read Firewalker on the way home. It was amazing. It ended with a cliffhanger. I pulled all my hair out in anger.

ALA Books 2Here are the books I am most excited about. Illuminae is a beast of a book. Not included in this stack are the books I almost missed but by some stroke of luck managed to find a couple minutes prior to leaving. The White Rose (The Jewel book 2!!) and Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes book 2!!).

I think I must have smiled so wide my face split when I spotted Ten Thousand Pieces of You, so wide that I concerned the publishing rep when she removed the copy for me.

One thing I do wish about ALA was that I had stayed Monday when they gave out The Rose Society and all of the display books, including a copy of Splintered by A. G. Howard with Untamed‘s cover on it. On the other hand, I’ve heard it can be kind of a bloodbath as people fight for their most treasured copies, which a part of me thinks would be fun to watch.

ALA was an incredible experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life. I don’t think I’ll be able to go back for awhile, until it moves back to the West coast, so I’ll have to content myself with Comic Con in a couple weeks. Nevertheless, I would encourage anyone with the chance to go to take it, as it is something you do not want to miss.


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Event: Girls Gone Sci-Fi

March 26th, 2015 Kaitlin Posted in Event Comments Off on Event: Girls Gone Sci-Fi

So I went over to Mysterious Galaxy to go to a pretty big signing with four authors – it was supposed to be five, but unfortunately Debra Driz had to cancel. I already loved two authors there, Jessica Khoury and Melissa Landers, for Alienated and Origin (check them out, they’re amazing!) The others, Claudia Gray and Jessica Brody, I’ve heard amazing things about. Since so many people were very early, we started pretty early with a Q and A and talked about Claudia Gray’s new collaboration. Also, kapibaras in ballerina costumes and treadmills for puppies. And what’s the difference between poop and skat? Pretty odd topics — I know, you’re jealous you weren’t there.

The covers for all their books were all display. They are all absolutely gorgeous!


I thought it was pretty cool that each author introduced another and made it clear that they support one another, despite their inclusion with four different publishing houses.

There was an awesome game called Book Boyfriends where they had the boys from each novel answer questions and a member of the audience chose her favorite. They also had the audience choose random pages that they would read passages from, and let me say, each of these authors are very eloquent.

Random piece of info: the first thing Jessica Khoury did after getting her first book deal was paying off a 112 dollar library fee from renting out audiobooks.

After the authors pitched their books, I wanted to read everything. I ended up reading A Thousand Pieces of You since then, which was epic and full of plot twists. The idea of the dimensional travel and the firebird was so interesting and unique! I can’t wait for the second.

It was a fun experience and all the authors were very funny! I got lots of swag!


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Event Announcement: Dating Games

January 28th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Dating Games, Event 24 Comments »

Dating #5

Welcome to the Dating Game Event.  We are going to be featuring 16 amazing couples from some of our favorite new adult books!!! The couples are going to be playing “The Dating Game” which is a fun sexy version of “The Newlywed Game”!!! It is going to be lots of fun and hopefully you will get a chance to meet some new couples and fall in love again with some older couples as well.  The event will be running from Jan 31st – Feb 15th and to get things started we wanted to do a giveaway!!! You can enter to win any one of the books we are featuring. You have a choice of either picking one physical book of your choice or you can pick multiple ebook copies as long as you don’t spend more than $12.  This is international as long the book depository ships to you or you have an email that can except ebook gifts from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or any ebook seller of your choice.

ReboundHer Backup BoyfriendOne Last SongBetter When He's BoldContradictionsFoolproofLove BitesPretty Smart GirlsEyes Turned SkywardJust a Little FlirtHeartsickFire of Stars and DragonsUntitled-2The ReturnBecoming RainRipped



This contest is provided by Bridget!!!

Winner’s Choice Giveaway! Winner can pick one book featured during the Dating Games event (eBook or Print, if available) (International!)

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Event Announcement: KissCon in Sarasota, FL!

January 19th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Event Comments Off on Event Announcement: KissCon in Sarasota, FL!

Dark Faerie Tales has learned about an awesome event for romantic book fans in Sarasota, Florida. The Avon Books’ KissCon! Jeaniene Frost is going to be there! I wish I lived nearby so I could go to what I am sure is a spectacular event!

Avon KissCon

What does KissCon entail? A group of *amazing* Avon authors will be doing a signing, a Q&A, and fun, interactive events with the audience. There will be prizes, raffles, and so much more in the way of romancey goodness! Authors attending include Julia Quinn, Maya Banks, Jeaniene Frost, Katharine Ashe, Lena Diaz, Megan Frampton, Laura Lee Guhrke, C.J. Kyle, Kerrelyn Sparks, and C. L. Wilson! Attendance includes a ticket to the VIP author mingle reception, a book, and loads of amazing KissCon goodies.

Tickets to Avon Books’ KissCon VIP events are $25 per person, and include:
  • An exclusive Avon KissCon swag bag, filled with gifts and goodies, and a surprise free book for each attendee. (Minimum value: $25)
  • Decadent wine tastings provided by Little Black Dress Wine.
  • One market novel of choice by the featured authors. (Option to choose title provided at checkout).
  • Catered afternoon reception.
  • Unparalleled author interaction in a private setting.
  • Interactive author event.
  • Hosted Book Signing on-site.

For more information and to buy tickets, please visit AvonKissCon’s website!


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