Book Signing: Tahereh Mafi + Ransom Riggs + Veronica Rossi

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I think this may be the most epic event yet for our little country. Three awesome authors in one day, and I will surely make sure not to miss it! To my foreigner friends, I’m sorry but this is for the Philippines only. Although I gather that a couple of you have already met them in the past. I, on the other hand, would meet them for the first time and I am freakin’ excited.

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Book Launch Recap: Til Death by Kate Evangelista

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Yesterday, 15 March 2014, I attended my first ever bookish event. Unless you count book sales as a bookish event. 😛 But anyway, it was my first time to go out and meet an author in person. I was both nervous and excited about it. I will admit that going there was quite a hassle because the venue was so far, but the event was definitely worth it. I had to wake up early so that I wouldn’t be late and so that I could register early. I also spent a lot of time walking around and doing whatnot with friends. It was quite a tiring, but great day.

One part of the event was the interview with Kate, and she had a lot of very interesting answers, and I really enjoyed listening to her talk. I took some notes, but they weren’t very detailed so I will merely attempt to type out what Kate said during the interview. So basically this is non-verbatim, and based on my faulty memory. I may or may not phrase some of these correctly. 😛

  • Kate has written 5 paranormal novels out of the 6 that she has written. She finds this genre very fascinating in the way that it takes us away from real life. She can sprinkle anything to it because she can build the whole world around it. She can add her own magic.
  • Out of her 6 published books, she originally wrote Taste, Reaping Me Softly, and Til Death first, even if they weren’t released in order.
  • She considers her characters as a part of who she is. She didn’t really base them off of anyone else specifically. Pegs usually come after her writing. She doesn’t have any specific inspiration for the characters, except for Luka Visraya (Taste and Vicious Feast series) who she sees as Alex Pettyfer.
  • Fractured Souls, which is the Til Death series, is a trilogy. The second book is due in 6 months and will explain more on details from Til Death.
  • She wanted the Illumenari to have a hierarchy structure. Hence, the different levels in the Til Death book. Kate compares it to an RPG game where the characters need to level up after a goal or task is accomplished.
  • She specifically chose Wyoming for the Til Death series because of the remote area that could easily hide supernatural activity.
  • Kate has a lot of planned books. If you loved her Romancing the Bookworm book, you should be excited because she’s writing another contemporary. I’m most excited for that. She’s also planning to write a dystopia book set in the Philippines. Also, she’s working on the sequels for the three series she has ongoing. She said she currently needs to finish 11 books.
  • She finds writing to be really fun. She considers herself more as a glorified typist. All of her stories come from the characters in her head telling her everything. She even joked that she was schizophrenic with all the voices she hears. Her writing mostly comes from which of her characters gets heard first.
  • As an author, she actually likes getting mixed responses on her books. She likes how she gets really good reviews, and even bad ones. She thinks that the different reactions is a sign that she’s doing it right. She doesn’t read reviews of her books though because she feels that this could affect her creativity. I personally found this very interesting.
  • In terms of getting a writing career, Kate advices that one shouldn’t close doors in reaching out to publishers or agents or any person that could help. One should take risks and chances. She also mentioned how she has received a lot of rejections slips or letters, which she also takes as a good sign. She wants those unique people or companies that really love her work so that they could represent her books really well.
  • “My journey would not necessarily be yours.” This was probably my favorite quote from Kate. She uses this in terms of her writing career. She believes that one should make their own experiences as well. I personally love this because I think it can also apply for non-writer things. We can read all those wonderful stories or hear them from people. We can try to follow their footsteps, but in the end, it’s still our own journeys to pave. And we can have experiences of our own.

There was also an expressive reading of Chapter 2 of Til Death, which I personally enjoyed. The 9-year-old they chose to read it was seriously talented. She made me feel like she should read all of Selena’s chapters to me.

After the program, we were finally able to line up to meet Kate. I actually got #6, but the line wasn’t really organized by number so I think I was pretty much near the end of the line. Like I said earlier, I was very nervous to meet Kate because I’m extremely shy. But thankfully enough, Kate is just this really sweet person that you could so easily talk to. I felt so comfortable with her and I was even able to joke around with her. I was actually surprised that she recognized me as a book blogger. She even gave me a hug. I, on the other hand, went all gushy mode as I told her how much prettier she looks in real life (as compared to pictures on the internet), and that I have read all of her books except Til Death which I’m about a third or half way through. I didn’t have time to finish it because I got the book late. This is what she wrote on my copy:

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Isn’t she just sweet? *blushes* I also asked her if I could take a picture of her for my blog. I said that I was too camera-shy, but she convinced me to take the picture with her. The first picture was actually only a blur so I had to go back in line to get a decent picture. I only had my phone then so the quality wasn’t that great either. But I’m really happy that I got one.

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Kate also gave away a couple of swag so I got some extra stuff. Yay.

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Overall, it was truly a wonderful experience. I also saw a couple of book bloggers I knew, but I was too shy to approach them. Diane @ Oops I Read A Book Again and Algel @ Tea-rrific Reads were kind enough to say hello though. There was also food, and Kate’s Momager (Mom + Manager) was actually the first to greet us during the event and immediately told us to help ourselves with the food. I’ve never really seen her in pictures, but I immediately knew she was Kate’s mom because they look so much alike. I also loved Kate more because she was just awesome.

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Book Launch: Til Death by Kate Evangelista

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I actually don’t know how many of my followers are Filipino, or if they will even see this, but I’m posting this anyway. I plan to go to this event on Saturday, and it is the first time I’ll be going to an author event! I’m dragging my younger brother with me because I’m not allowed to travel alone because my parents are crazy overprotective like that. 😛 I’m not sure if I’ll meet any of the filipino bloggers during this event considering that I’m really shy and introverted. I’ll probably recognize their faces but not bother to approach because I’m like that. Haha!

I’m actually quite nervous for this, but also excited! Kate Evangelista is actually a Filipino author, but has been signed by foreign publishers, which I find really cool. I haven’t really met her, but I have all of her books, which are all signed. Except for Til Death, which will only be available during the event and after it, even though it released on March 4. I actually find that weird because wouldn’t you want to have read the book already to be able to interact with the author? I’m debating whether I should buy the ebook or just wing the event. Any advice on that?

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Author Appearance: Interview with Jamie Baywood

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A journey for a little change

No matter how we start, we can never plan what happens in between until the end. – Francine

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I think that Jamie Baywood’s book fits well with the theme of the month so I’m glad to have her today at the blog. Her book was based on her own personal journey, and we’ll be able to know more about it in this little interview.

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Guest Post: Gayle Forman Book Signing

So for those following Filipino blogs, I bet some have seen recaps about the Gayle Forman Signing event last January 18. Sadly, I’m not one of those people who were able to go and meet her. Of course it was very unfortunate for me. I wish I could have gone because I adored the If I Stay series. However, I had a family thing that prevented me from doing so. That’s why I asked my friend, who I knew was going, to have my books signed and have her do a little recap on the event too. And I find myself very fortunate that she said yes. So without further ado, please welcome Angeli.

– Francine

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Author Appearance: Featuring author events, interviews, guest posts, etc.

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#DreamyDecDays RaT Day 7: Author Feature, GIVEAWAY, Updates, Daily Challenge

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It’s the last day of Dreamy December Days. Wow. We did it. Congratulations to everyone who met their goals or simply read a lot or even anyone who just participated. You’re all awesome! Hopefully we’ll be able to announce winners on Sunday, Dec. 8 so watch out for those? I’ll be sending out emails (if I manage to find your emails on your blogs. Haha!)

Just a little reminder: Farzy @ Books Keep Me Sane will be hosting a Twitter Chat today, Saturday, at 2am (EST). It will run for 3 hours. That’s on Saturday at 3pm in our country. Here’s a good Time Zone Converter to help you. Look for #DreamyDecDays on Twitter and Farzy’s twitter handle: @musicmae12. I will also be holding another one on the same day, Saturday, at 9pm(EST). My twitter handle: @fslovesbooks. That’s the last activity for the read-a-thon and will only run for 2 hours because sadly I have to go out, but I do hope to see a lot of you there! We’ll give away prizes then too~ 😀

DON’T FORGET to Complete the Checklist for more prizes! 😀 Late posts are welcome~ 😛

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#DreamyDecDays RaT Day 6: Author Feature, GIVEAWAY, Updates, Daily Challenge

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It’s Day 6! Wow. Time flies~ I can’t believe we’re almost over.

Just a little reminder: Farzy @ Books Keep Me Sane will be hosting a Twitter Chat on Saturday, at 2am (EST). It will run for 3 hours. That’s on Saturday at 3pm in our country. Here’s a good Time Zone Converter to help you. Look for #DreamyDecDays on Twitter and Farzy’s twitter handle: @musicmae12. I will also be holding another one on the same day, Saturday, at 9pm(EST). My twitter handle: @fslovesbooks. That’s the last activity for the read-a-thon, and I hope to see a lot of you there! We’ll give away prizes then too~ 😀

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#DreamyDecDays RaT Day 5: Author Feature, GIVEAWAY, Updates, Daily Challenge

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Welcome to Day 5~ Let’s give out some prizes why don’t we. Haha!

Through the power of Random.org, we have chosen the winners for the Daily Challenges.

Thank you all for joining and congratulations to the winners. I have sent you emails for claiming your prizes. There are still a couple of more challenges, twitter chats, complete the checklist, and the grand prize. 😀

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#DreamyDecDays RaT Day 4: Author Feature, GIVEAWAY, Updates, Daily Challenge

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It’s Day 4 of Dreamy December Days. We had our first Twitter Chat too, which I hope some of us enjoyed. And we still have more in store~ 😀

If you haven’t signed up, there’s still time to do so. Just link us up:

Just a little reminder: There will be another Twitter Chat today(Wednesday), at 9:30am (EST). It will run for 3 hours. That’s on Wednesday at 10:30pm in our country. Here’s a good Time Zone Converter to help you. See you there~ See the Schedule Page for the other times and dates for Twitter Chats. We’ll give away prizes then~ 😀

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#DreamyDecDays RaT Day 3: Author Feature, GIVEAWAY, Updates, Daily Challenge

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Welcome to Day 3 of Dreamy December Days! I hope you’re all having a great time. 😀

If you haven’t signed up, there’s still time to do so. Just link us up:

Just a little reminder: Farzy @ Books Keep Me Sane will be hosting the first Twitter Chat on Tuesday(today for some people), at 10pm (EST). It will run for 3 hours. That’s on Wednesday at 9am in our country. Here’s a good Time Zone Converter to help you. See you there~ See the Schedule Page for the other times and dates for Twitter Chats. We’ll give away prizes then~ 😀

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