Yesterday marked my ten-year wedding anniversary. My husband and I went out for an amazing seafood dinner last night to celebrate. It’s amazing how time flies when you’re having fun!
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My step sister and her family are walking to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in honor and memory of our father, Richard Damian, who passed away two weeks ago. Please consider sponsoring them, “Team Papa’s Pumpkins,” in their effort. To learn more, click here. Thank you.
I’m so excited about the CW’s upcoming new show, The Hollows, based on Kim Harrison’s bestselling series of urban fantasy novels featuring Rachel Morgan, a smart and sassy private investigator who also just happens to be a very powerful witch. The show will be written and produced by Jordan Hawley, whose projects also include Smallville, Moonlight, and Wildfire.
I recently received an advance review copy of Harrison’s latest book, The Hollows Insider, which provides an overview of the world of the Hollows. Check back soon to read my review. If you’re thinking of purchasing your own copy of this book, I highly recommend doing it soon. It was just released this week, and first editions have a really cool glow-in-the-dark cover.
I love it when my children’s imaginations are inspired by books. When I asked my five-year-old what she wanted to be for Halloween this year, she told me that she wanted to be Pinkalicious, who is the main character from one of her favorite books by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann.
I’m grateful that it’s a fairly easy costume to throw together. She chose a pink dress from her bin of dress-up clothes. We’ll add pink wings, a tiara, a pink wand, and any other pink accessories we happen to be able to find on hand. We even have a pink rubber cupcake (which was a dog toy that I found at the dollar store). I imagine that most of the accessories will be tossed aside (or more specifically, handed to me or her Dad to carry) when it comes time to trick-or-treat.
We’re looking forward to our Pinkalicious Halloween!
Her favorite game at the moment is Yahtzee. She begs her Grandfather and anyone else who happens to be nearby to play with her the minute she finishes her homework, and I love hearing the sound of dice shaking in a cup, followed by her delighted squeals of “Yahtzee!” It improves her math skills. She can count by threes or fours without pausing to think about it. I think the reason she likes it most of all, however, is that she has the most astonishing luck. She rolls two or three yahtzees in almost every game. It’s a rare occasion when anyone else wins.
I love Regal Literary’s book contests! This time they’re giving away free hardcover copies of The Familiars: Secrets of the Crown by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson. This is the second book in the magical animal fantasy Familiars series. The first book in the series was chosen in the Best Book category by School Library Journal.
Click here to go to Regal Literary’s contest site and enter for your chance to win.
My husband just bought me the best new toy: an Apple iPad 2. It’s addictively fun and convenient.
I stayed up half the night loading books, games and other apps. Anyone have a favorite app recommendation?
This past week has been one long birthday celebration! It began on Thursday when my husband and kids took me out to dinner, where I was shocked to be joined by friends who flew in from San Francisco. After dinner, I opened gifts. My four-year-old handed me a small package to open and tried to fool me with, “I don’t know if it’s earrings or not…”
Later that night, a friend from San Diego arrived at the house, and then the next day, a friend from Barcelona, Spain walked through the door. We all spent the weekend together having a fabulous time. Good friends are always the best gifts!
As if that weren’t enough of a treat, my husband surprised me once again on Saturday night with a big surprise party that included at least 50 guests. My father flew in from Sacramento to join us, and friends from New Mexico were there, along with many neighbors and friends.
It was definitely a birthday to remember!
Last night, I went to see The Hunger Games, NYT bestselling author, Suzanne Collins, on her Mockingjay book tour. I swung by the Borders bookstore earlier in the day to pick up a wrist band, and I was informed that she’d not be doing a reading, a formal Q&A, or signing books, but rather simply stamping them, with a limit of one book per person.
At first, I was skeptical. I mean, I’ve met plenty of authors before. Even Neil Gaiman had pre-signed books (for sale) at his events, featuring an artful Sandman book-plate with his actual signature. I was thinking to myself, “If I’m ever so lucky as to one day be a NYT bestselling author, I will at least sign my own books!” (Please feel free to throw this blog post in my face when the time comes.) Yes, I’ve done book signings before at my local Borders and Barnes and Nobles, but I was thrilled when 40 or 50 people showed up. (The manager at Barnes & Noble said it was the best turn out they’d ever had for a local author.)
Okay, admittedly, Suzanne Collins is in a whole different league, and I began to understand why she might claim a wrist injury when I actually arrived that evening. It was like being at a rock concert. People without wrist bands weren’t being admitted upstairs. Those of us with wrist bands had to spend an hour waiting in line downstairs before finally shuffling to the second floor, where we waited in line for another hour. One bookstore employee mentioned that they gave out 600 wrist bands. I’m pretty sure that I saw people out front trying to scalp them.
The most entertaining part of the evening came when my section of the line shuffled past my Glee book on the shelf. I pulled it out and told the dozen or so teenagers in line around me that I wrote the book. Next thing I know, I’m signing autographs…. at a Suzanne Collins book signing. (And I used a real pen.)
When I finally did get my two seconds with Suzanne, she was quiet but gracious. Her smile was genuine, which is saying something considering she must have been exhausted by then. Certainly, long nights on a book tour for a rock star of an author must get a little tiring. She allowed me to take a picture with her though, which more than made up for the stamp. (It was a nice stamp though, with the Mockingjay logo and her signature.) In the end, I was glad I spent the time waiting in line and left with an extra little bounce in my step for having met one of my favorite authors.