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Saturday, June 16, 2012

BEA 2012 Report #4: Random House Blogger Event and Author Signings

On Wednesday, Random House invited bloggers to their offices on Broadway for a breakfast. I'm not sure how they picked which bloggers to invite, but I was thrilled I was one of them. It was a power breakfast with not only homemade cappuccinos and lattes for the guests, but a lovely spread of fruit, pastries, yogurt and cereal.

View of NYC from Random House

I saw many familiar faces I had seen during the week and finally got to see the Alix from the awesome review site, Romance Books Forum where she posts very honest and revealing reviews and the adorable Trish from Hey Lady, Whatcha Readin? Both these ladies are incredible and their blogs/sites are some of the best book blogs out there I recommend you visit.

There were many Random House employees and authors mingling with the bloggers and they refused to allow any blogger to stand in a corner or feel alone. Random House was such a welcoming place and they believe bloggers are their partners and love what bloggers do. They have great respect for bloggers.

We had a celebrity in our midst. If you're a fan of Oprah (take a drink) and watch daytime television and love everything design, you would know Nate Berkus. I didn't get the chance to meet him personally, but he gave a speech and seems like a great guy. He was very funny, open and joined Pinterest, which he said he had trouble trying to figure out the site and needed help from a few people. I thought he was adorable and he wears scruff very well. Yes, Nate was a little scruffy with a five o'clock shadow beard, not that I was complaining.

From the authors and editors and publicists I interacted with, most were involved in non-fiction and general fiction. I don't think there was any YA and no romance I could see. Actually no genre fiction at all. But I did talk to author, Susan Elia Macneal who just had a book release in April called Mr. Churchill's Secretary. She said her book has romance in it (score!) and takes place during WWII and all about Winston Churchill and how she came up for the idea for the book on a trip to London, England. Mr. Churchill's Secretary was one of the books in the bags Random House gave us, among mainly non-fiction hardcovers. I look forward to reading this one.

Synopsis: London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined—and opportunities she will not let pass. In troubled, deadly times, with air-raid sirens sending multitudes underground, access to the War Rooms also exposes Maggie to the machinations of a menacing faction determined to do whatever it takes to change the course of history.

Ensnared in a web of spies, murder, and intrigue, Maggie must work quickly to balance her duty to King and Country with her chances for survival. And when she unravels a mystery that points toward her own family’s hidden secrets, she’ll discover that her quick wits are all that stand between an assassin’s murderous plan and Churchill himself

After Random House I went back to the convention center to scope out more booths and a few author signings. Below are some of the author signings I went to during the week:

I found out about Tom Pollock from the Book Smugglers. Tom's from England and has a sexy accent. He's also lovely and wonderful to talk to. He knows so much about fantasy books. I was lucky enough to grab a copy of The City's Son, his debut from Flux Books that will be released in September. I joked with him the reason I picked up his book is because of the man chesty cover.

This is debut YA author, Jessica Khoury with her much buzzed about, Origins, releasing from Razorbill in September. All about a secret laboratory in the Amazon jungles and the experimented young girl who escapes from the lab and runs for life. Origins is one of the many sci-fi YA's that deals with young girls being clones, experimented on and as lab rats. We go from paranormals with vampires to something straight out of Terminator and Alien.

Laura Harrington is a new to me author who was signing Alice Bliss, her June 2011 with Pamela Dorman books, This is YA about a girl whose father is deployed to Iraq and how she has to deal with him being gone and the fear he might not come back alive.

The week before BEA, I did a cover spotlight on The Dark Unwinding. This is Sharon Cameron the author. She even saw my post. The Dark Unwinding will be released in September from Scholastic.

One of my favorite people is Kate of a thousand names. This time she is Kate Locke, signing her Steampunk adult book, God Save the Queen from Orbit, releasing in July. I've know Kate for years and she's not only awesome because we share the same first name. If you love Steampunk, you must get your hands on God Save the Queen.

Synopsis: Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist. 
The undead matriarch of a Britain where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. A world where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy. And a world where technology lives side by side with magic. The year is 2012 and Pax Britannia still reigns.

Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire. And she is the key-the prize in a very dangerous struggle.

Thursday, the last day of BEA is always less crowded and the publishers do many book drops where they want to get rid of their book stock. That's were I was able to grab a copies of the much coveted The Diviners by Libba Bray (September from Little Brown and Company (whom I never had read), BETA by Rachel Cohen (October from Disney) and Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr (September from HarperCollins).

I also some big celebrity sightings of those celebs signing their books such as:

Michael Bolton
Tim Gunn
Rachel Ray
Dan Rather
Kristie Alley (She looks gorgeous!)

I never thought I would see animals at BEA, but on Thursday I did. Say hello to Angel:

Angel is one of 3 dogs owned by David Frei who wrote the book, Angel on a Leash. The moment I saw Angel, I had to wait in line to meet her. Angel was a very friendly pup who perked up when her picture was taken. David does a great thing by taking his dogs, into hospitals and retirement homes to cheer up the patients there that are sick and dying. His dog are known as therapy dogs. This book signing out of all I attended this week was my favorite.

Isn't Angel too cute for words?

Scaredy Squirrel and me. I had no idea this squirrel was a big deal in children's' fiction. I was gifted with his book and also an ebook where this picture replaced the cover.

Books I got on Thursday:

And so ends my week long retrospect on BEA 2012. Again it was an incredible experience for me as a reader, blogger and an author. BEA is my Walt Disney/Las Vegas rolled into one and one I will never forget. Thank you for joining me on this journey where reading, writing and books are bowed down to and welcomed.

I have 31 books in total equaling over $500. Not bad for the $65 I spent.

I'm in my own book cover!