Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Guest Post: Until I Die, Macarons, and Manhattan (A UID Launch Party Post)

First, all Revenant-fans, sorry about the delayed blog post! I haven't had much free time recently to post, so you're getting my "straight from the front of the bookstore line" report over a week late.

Leaving the office a little bit early last Tuesday, I decided not to risk having to deal with bus or train schedules and instead drove straight into NYC. Parking cost me my firstborn child and my left arm (OUCH!), but it was worth knowing that I would make it to the signing on time (and would make it back out of the city at a decent hour... thanks, NJ Transit, for sparse return schedules.)

If you can ever make it into New York City for a booksigning-- do it! It's an incredible experience, especially at a bookstore like
Books of Wonder. Imagine a bookstore devoted entirely to kidlit, cozy and wonderful with a cafe that sells amazing goodies. Now, add: a table full of macarons*, orangina, and French chocolates; a bunch of authors (signing and in the audience,too); at least one editor and agent; and a group of fans that were dressed so city-cool that they made little suburban me look schlumpy… and you get Amy’s launch party.

Oh, and add a beret. Amy had a beret on the table!

 Signing with Amy were Jocelyn Davies (A Beautiful Dark) and Kristi Cook (Haven):
Our three authors! Sorry about the quality of the pics-- my camera died
and I had to wing it with my cell phone! That means no macaron pics :(
(Ahem—quick aside: Do you see how awesome they all look? Someone needs to tell me how YA authors do that—outside, it was drizzling and humid and miserable, but Amy, Jocelyn, and Kristi looked GREAT. Jocelyn’s curls were epically awesome. The aura of pure talent must repel humidity. I, on the other hand, put a hat over my head to contain the frizzzzzzzz)

Like I said above, there were some amazing people in the crowd, from Amy’s agent, Stacy Glick, to Michele Jaffe (Bad Kitty!) and Natalie Zaman (Sirenz! Amy introduced us before the event started and I’m so happy that she did. Natalie, a fellow knitter and New Jerseyan talked up a storm!) I had seen Amy’s editor, Tara Weikum when I walked into the bookstore, but was too embarrassed to say hi because the last time I met her… I kind-of fangirled for a minute or two (or maybe more…) about how much I loved Die For Me *facepalm.*

And there were some amazing fans, too! Check out the t-shirts in the pics!

The original picture...
... cropped so that you can see the awesome t-shirts and (my fave part of this picture...) someone
taking a picture of Amy!
To kick off the launch party, Amy introduced herself, Jocelyn, and Kristi, and dove into a quick description of the Revenants series for anyone in the crowd who were new to the books. She gave us this history of how she came up with the Revenants and then read aloud from the graveyard scene in Until I Die. After reading, she passed the microphone to Jocelyn, who read from A Beautiful Dark and then Kristi, who gave some great background on her books because she was still getting over a cold and didn’t have enough of a voice to read aloud.

Amy reading from the graveyard scene!

Jocelyn, reading from A Beautiful Dark
And Kristi talking about Haven
The ladies then took questions from the audience, including a great question about if they set out to write for teens when they start their books. Amy writes for herself, but when she wrote Kate, she also wanted to create a strong heroine for her daughter to read about when she gets older.

 And Amy let us know her great news about a new YA novel that’s next on her list after DFM3: a novel about an Alaskan girl! *happy dance* If anyone has the skill to make places come to life on a page, that’s Amy.

Then… we queued up for the signing part of the launch party (and, luckily, the line snaked right by the macarons and chocolate. YUM!) While on line, I chatted with this sweet lady who was from out of town and had decided to come to the booksigning to pick up a unique souvenir for her teenage daughter! She hadn’t read any of the books but still had a lot of fun at the signing. I’m sorry that I didn’t catch her name or contact info (if you’re out there and read this: *waves* Hi!!!!)

While she was signing my copy of Haven, I had a quick chat with Kristi, who is so much fun to talk to (and her daughters have the best hair ever. I wish my mom was that cool when I was young.)
Jocelyn was also nice and I wish I had more time to speak with her!

And, of course, Amy was wonderful, taking the time to chat with everyone and handing us all rhinestone-d Eiffel tower bookmarks after signing our books (or, in my case, Nooks!) A few pictures and a hug later, the signing was over and I was back on my way through the Lincoln Tunnel, a big green Books of Wonder bag safely tucked into the passenger seat of my car.

My haul!! My favorite part of this picture is that my camera caught the rainbow foiling on A Beautiful Dark!!!!

Thank you, Amy, for launching Until I Die in NYC! (and for all of you reading this who still haven’t read UID… what are you waiting for?!?!? Kate totally kicks butt, Vincent and Jules are even more swoonworthy, and Ambrose is even more flirt-a-licious in this book!)

*The macarons were mouth-wateringly delicious and come from Mille-Feuille bakery in NYC, right by Books of Wonder. A: Mille-Feuille should make a Revenants-inspired macaron for all of the advertising that we’ve been giving them as we swoon online about the macarons and B. They have a macaron workshop!!!! Great date idea, boys/girls who are reading this only to find out how to impress the Revenant fan in your life. (link: http://www.millefeuille-nyc.com/ )

Thank you very much Carli for this wonderful Guest Post ♥
Please don't forget to link up your Until I Die Reviews here

Thursday, May 24, 2012

What do you think of Until I Die? + Link List

Until I Die by Amy Plum is already out in bookstores Worldwide! Have you got your copy already? Share us your thoughts.

Today I want to share you an unsolicited review of Until I Die by Canada. He/She left me comment on my personal blog about his/her thoughts about the book. It was too amazing not to share it with you so I'm posting it here.

Canada's Review of Until I Die

"In Die For Me I immediately fell in love with Amy's characters, their unique history and the beautiful setting, Paris. With Until I Die, I was pleasantly surprised with how Amy was able to take those things and build upon them even more. She created characters that grew stronger, she allowed her secondary characters to shine more in this book and she allowed me to see how they all interact together given the situations that arose in this plot line. One of those characters is Kate's sister, Georgia. I loved her in this book, and I've enjoyed seeing how Kate and Georgia have become closer as the series has progressed. Amy changes things up a bit with her introductions of the two new characters who add a mix of uncertainty, old school Revenants flare, and a bit of intrigue to an already out standing cast of characters. They definitely put me on a guard a bit, but Amy does a wonderful job at weaving them into this series.

The romance in this series is one of my favorites! I felt the Paris setting, and the Revenant history only intensified it a bit more in this book. What I loved about the romance between Kate and Vincent in Die For Me was amped up considerably in Until I Die. Their passion, their commitment and devotion for one another is so sigh worthy. I felt like their emotions leapt off the pages." credits

Did you have the same feeling as Canada did? I sure did! Tell us what you of Until I Die, link us your review so we could check it out! Who knows you might be featured next! ;)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Revenant Road Trip + G!veaway Winners

Happy Release Day to Until I Die U.S Version! Here's the very beautiful Amy Plum holding the U.K. Paperback!

Get your copy now and devour on Vincent and Kate's story again <3

Want a Signed Copy? Order at Books of Wonders

Revenant Road Trip

May 8, 6-8pm: New York City, Books of Wonder, UNTIL I DIE Paris-themed launch party (on offer: macarons, Orangina, and French prizes!) BYOB (Bring Your Own Beret.) SPECIAL GUESTS: Jocelyn Davies, who will be happy to sign A BEAUTIFUL DARK. Kristi Cook, who will be happy to sign HAVEN. And maybe Michelle Cartwright, a.k.a. the Kate-in-a-Boat cover model.

We'll be having a Carli as a Guest Blogger to tell us what happened on the Launch Party! But I heard it was an awesome event and lots of Macaroons!

Revenant Road Trip does not end there, make sure to check out Amy in the following places and dates:

May 10, 7pm: Lexington, Author event at Joseph-Beth Booksellers.

May 11, 7-9pm: Birmingham (my home town!), Author event at Homewood Public Library working in conjunction with Little Professor. BYOB (Bring Your Own Beret)

May 27, 2-3pm: Paris, Forum des Images, Les Halles. Welcome to Mystic Falls 2 Convention (convention featuring the actors from Vampire Diaries). Interview and book signing.

August 27, 10:30am: Edinburgh Book Festival, Scottish Power Studio Theatre, School Event, Panel with Kevin Wignall.

August 27, 6:30pm: Edinburgh Book Festival, Amy Plum School Event at RBS Imagination Lab (12-16 year olds).

Now for the Giveaway Winners!

Joanna W.
Tina M
Marie Kindred
Lori T.*

All of you guys are winners! I'll contact you each for your prizes.
P.S. It might take awhile to get your prizes since Amy is on a Tour.

* indicates people who actively participated on the Read-A-Long and commented till the end.

Thank you guys for participating! I hope you buy Until I Die and know what happens next to Vincent and Kate's story!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Happy Release Day to Until I Die + Announcement

Happy Release Day to Until I Die UK Edition!

They say it's better late than never, Until I Die has an early release date in the UK which is May 3rd. UK fans I hope you're devouring on Kate and Vincent's story now as I type this post now. If you're in the US wait no longer it's only 3 or maybe 4 days left before Until I Die hit the shelves. Meanwhile lets all watch the very dramatic Until I Die trailer.


Ok for the announcement! I just want to apologize for those people who are still waiting for the giveaway winners to be posted. I'm still not able to pick winners yet! Since I'm really busy (or should I say very occupied) lately. I will post them as soon as possible. I hope you guys enjoyed the Read-A-Long. Don't forget to get your copy of Until I Die

 Mundie Moms is doing an Until I Die Blog Tour

Follow the tour, get clues and get a chance to win a bag + other awesome prizes!

5/4- Supernatural Snark, author interview

5/5- Books Complete Me, character interview: Jules

5/6- We Fancy Books, excerpt

5/7- Good Choice Reading, review

5/8- Xpresso Reads, guest post

5/9- Mundie Moms, author interview

5/10- Girls in the Stacks, guest post

5/11- YA Bibliophile, review

5/12- Amy Plum, grand prize giveaway


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