Fangirl Friday: Katie O’Neill’s The Tea Dragon Society

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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?

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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!

 

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Fangirl Friday: Recent Contest Winnings

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!)

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Fangirl Friday: Author Signatures Pt. 4

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.

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Fangirl Friday: Author Signatures Pt. 1

It has come to my attention that people might want to see & learn about my author signature collection.  In the last three years or so, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of my favorite authors, and I’ve been actively contacting others to see if they would be willing to sign bookplates sent via SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope).  Some of them already have their own system already in place, but almost half do not.  So, I was able to work with those authors to make my own bookplates.

I have already shared a few of these in past posts; however, I haven’t been very diligent.  Not sure how many parts there’ll be as I have a rather large collection now, but I think each post will only feature 2-4 authors, pictures of the collected signatures, and the story behind each.  So, look out for these posts on Fridays!  Here’s part 1 🙂

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Fangirl Friday: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Earlier this week, I shared my review of A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet during the Spotlight Tour.  I had originally received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley, but while my boss was at ALA16, I had her ask if there were any galleys left.  Unfortunately, there weren’t any at the conference, but the Sourcebooks rep. took my name and address and said she’d try to send a copy when she got back to the office.  Normally, I don’t count on that type of thing because there’s lots of stuff that can happen, BUT look what came in the mail this week!!

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It’s absolutely gorgeous ❤  One of the best special galley presentations I have received.  Looks like my pre-order is going to find a new home with one of my friends 🙂  This was truly a spectacular book, and I can’t wait until January to read the sequel!  Thanks, Sourcebooks Casablanca.  And thank you, Alex 🙂