On Friday I took a half day at work, picked up Tara (Fiction Folio) and drove out to Naperville for a freaking great time.
The occasion? Dark Days, darling!
Pitch Dark Presents The Dark Days of Supernatural: Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton, Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting, & Afterlife by Claudia Gray. Get access to the hottest paranormal teen fiction and connect with authors and readers who crave the dark world of supernatural romance, urban fantasy, haunting mysteries and thrilling sagas.
Four of these great authors were heading to Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville and I got to meet them all, plus 11 other fantastic young adult book bloggers.
First, I impressed Tara with my mad rap skills:
And then after a slight detour...
...(whoops?) we had a great dinner with a bunch of other bloggers that included Easter treats from Lynn (Bringing the Epic):
How nice is it to be able to have a conversation with people who have read every book you bring up? Loved it.
Then off to meet the authors—Claudia Gray, Courtney Allison Moulton, Ellen Schreiber and Kimberly Derting. Jasmine (The Reading Housewives of Indiana) asked a great question about what drew the authors to write paranormal. Check out their responses, with a bit of Claudia's cut off:
All four of them were hilarious and sweet and signed some books and swag for me. A special thanks to Kristi (The Story Siren) for the bookmark I got signed.
Also, is it just me, or is the "Will" on this Angelfire swag totally Toby from Pretty Little Liars?
With Claudia Gray & Courtney Allison Moulton
With Ellen Schreiber and Kimberly Derting
Then, some hanging time:
Me & Jen (Makeshift Bookmark)
Need a good YA recommendation? "Ask us!" The group, including: DJ (DJ's Life in Fiction), Erika (Moonlight Book Reviews), Jen, Lynn, Tara, Heidi (YA Bibliophile), Kristi, Jasmine, Jacinda (The Reading Housewives of Indiana), Susan (Wastepaper Prose) and Stacey (Page Turners)
The truth? Everyone was nicer and funnier in person than I could have ever imagined. Yay for bookish people. Now let's all do it again for the Dark Days of Summer Tour in June!