2019 is shaping up to be another marvelously fantastic year for new releases in science fiction and fantasy! The covers are masterfully crafted, the authors are excited to share more and continuing stories, and the pre-order incentives have stepped up their game.
I wanted to bring your attention to two books in particular. One that’s got some great hype already, and one that’s a little quieter but no less awesome.
Not too long ago, I shared my review for the delightfully wonderful webcomic turned physical graphic novel. Now, I want to share some of my delightful EEP and OMG THAT’S FANTASTICAL AND AMAZING moments that made me ❤ this story even more.
The first part of my tale reaches back to BEA17, when I discovered that Katie O’Neill was going to be in attendance signing advanced copies of The Tea Dragon Society with Oni Press. I knew that I wasn’t going since it was back in New York, but one of co-workers was and asked me to let her know if there was anything she could be on the watch for. While I was watching social media throughout the day, I saw a post about Oni Press’ signing schedule for the day (or week, I forget which), and Katie’s name was included.
So I sent an email to my co-worker, who saw it and said she would try 🙂 Later that day, she sent me this picture of Katie holding an arc, and I knew she’d made it in time. EEP! How cool?
So, I used up a lot of luck to have this little chamomile tea dragon plush come home with me. It was announced as part of a bundle available at NYCC17, another convention I wouldn’t be able to attend. I had a booksfortrade buddy offer to try and pick one up while she was there, and asked one of my bosses at work if she had any contacts going. She said she would put out a feeler or two, and I didn’t hear anything again after that.
Unfortunately, my buddy arrived after all the bundles were sold out 😦 And I hadn’t heard back about it from my boss that week or the next. But then, one day, I walked away from my desk to refill my ice water, and when I returned, there was little chamomile and the glorious finished version of The Tea Dragon Society.
I cannot wait for the card games and future stories that the author is working on!
About a month ago, I won several Twitter/blog/random giveaways, and they all came in by a week or so ago. I had meant to get this post together to say thank you to all the people who hosted these giveaways! But alas, I got busy and then fell ill. If you read all the way to the bottom middle of my Mask of Shadows review, then you’ll have seen the fun package I received from Sourcebooks Fire as a random winner during their promotional prerelease activities. (Quick note: some of these happened awhile ago and I don’t remember all the details. Mostly I wanted to share my thanks and gratitude with the people/author/publishers who hosted the giveaways!)
It’s been a few months since I shared author signatures from my collection, so today I choose a few of my favorites 🙂
Back in January, I had the opportunity to meet 2 authors that had quickly made their way to the top of my TBR based on the synopsis and premise of their books/series. So, even though I hadn’t read more than a chapter or two of either of their books, I drove a little over 2 hours one way on a work night to meet Susan Dennard and Elise Kova. And I took a friend who had even less knowledge of these two than I did.
It’s been a couple week since my last signatures spotlight, so this week I thought to feature a mix of official bookplates and my printed bookplates.
I have to admit to not having read Kagawa’s newest dragon series, but I enjoyed her writing style from the Iron Fey series. I picked this up at an ALA conference without realizing that it was signed until I got home!
For this edition of my author signature collection highlights, I have chosen to share some personalizations with inscriptions! Each author wrote some kind of saying that matched the title or spirit of the book.
I sent my copy of Speak with a co-worker to ALA Midwinter last year to collect Laurie Halse Anderson’s signature. Speak is one of the few non-sf/f books in my library to receive this treatment, and it’s because this book spoke to me on a personal level.
Apologies for the gap of author signature posts, but life has been pretty hectic and I, honestly, forgot about this weekly post for a couple of weeks.
Anyway, this week’s theme is Childhood Favorites, where I share with you some of the most prized signatures in my collection from authors that I loved as a kid and still like to re-read occasionally.
As promised, here are some signatures collected from past ARCHONs! It’s always exciting to see who the writer/artist guest of honor will be and then to meet them in person. My earliest favorite author, Tamora Pierce, attended a couple years back. I went to almost every panel she was on and even invited her to my bachelorette party. Unfortunately, although she agreed to make an appearance that night, she was not feeling well. Instead, she sent her assistant with a lovely note apologizing and congratulating me.