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Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Signed Sea Glass giveaway and Event Summary

Last night I dragged hubby into central London for Maria N. Snyder's London signing to celebrate the UK release of her latest novel Sea Glass. The event took place at the Shortwave Cinema in Bermondsey which was a great venue.

The evening began with a relaxed atmosphere. Maria sat signing and chatting with her fans very informally for longer than an hour.

Here is a pic of me getting my book signed:



Once Maria had signed all the books, we went into the cinema which seats about 50 people and listened to her do a short reading from Chapter 2 of the book.



Maria then took questions. I couldn't actually think of any questions to ask even though I had only finished reading Storm Glass on Sunday [review up later this week]. Some much more thoughtful fans did have some questions up their sleeves. Trisha - from Murder One - asked about the pronunciation of some of the character names and places. It was interesting to hear how different readers imagined the names said aloud. A couple of people in the audience were interested in whether Maria felt pressured to write a vampire novel. She said no but that she had written a vampire short story for an anthology and that she'd like to explore those characters further. So vampire fans, you never know! Maria also talked about the fact that she doesn't plot out a whole series before writing. She just has a vague idea of a character and then explores them. This was music to my ears as that is the way I go about writing too and Maria is the first author I have ever heard confess to writing this way. How encouraging!

While I was at the signing, I also got to meet fellow British book blogger Jenny from Wondrous Reads. It was great to meet Jenny and she promised me that I don't sound like Stacey from the XFactor so that is a relief. It was really nice to have the chance to talk about blogging and I think they'll be another discussion post on Saturday as Jenny got the cogs in my brain turning so watch out for that.

Now on to the contest!

I bought an extra copy of Sea Glass and got it signed to giveaway to one of my wonderful followers! Here it is:



Entry form below. Please remember to check the Contest Policy for guidelines.
  • Open internationally
  • Closing date Friday 29th January 2010
Good luck everyone!


30 comments:

LovesSam said...

Cool contest :-)

Sasha said...

It looks like you had such a fun time! I would love to meet a fellow book blogger but I think I live very far away from everyone lol x

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

OMG
Way cool!
LOVE the picture of you!

Nickles said...

How awesome! About the giveaway and the signing :)

Lauren said...

Very cool picture! That sounds like a fantastic evening. *Love* the fact you asked Jenny if you sound like Stacey from X-Factor. (I'm pretty sure she's one of a kind). I like discussion posts a lot, so that sounds good too.

Christina/Book Addict said...

Great photo! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

I've not read this book yet but have heard good things about it so I'll be looking forward to reading your review :o) Great contest & it looks like you had a fab time getting to meet the author!

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Yay for meeting an author & a fellow book blogger, that must've been so exciting! And thanks for the contest, that was so nice of you! Good luck to people who enter! :)

Luisa at Chicklish said...

What a lovely post, and lovely pictures! Thank you for sharing your evening - in more ways than one, with this fantastic prize! Looking forward to a discussion post.

prophecygirl said...

Yay, it was a great night! & nice to meet you :)

StephTheBookworm said...

Wow, that is so exciting!

Melissa said...

How fun! This is such a great prize :)

Jenny N. said...

Looks like you had a great time. I have the Glass series but havent read it yet and just ordered Poison Study.

cj'alhafiz said...

cool!!!!

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Lea said...

It looks like you had fun! I've never read her books, but I've heard they rock :)

Shweta said...

Becky I am soooo jealous of you. :) You know I am the biggest fan girl of Maria and her books. Wish I could have been there . Seems like u had fun..

Book Monster said...

Aww lucky person!!! Lol!! Sounds like you had a lot of fun. She's the author who wrote Poison Study, right?
Thanks for holding the contest!

Yunaleska said...

I wanted to attend the signing but I couldn't. So yay for the contest! I've read the first book in the glass series (and all the study series) and I love her work.

Brodie said...

Sounds like it was a lot of fun! Great pictures :) And awesome giveaway! Thanks

Nina said...

I never been to a booksigning, but it sounds that you had a blast! Great giveaway and thank you that it's international.

Charlotte (The Book on the Hill) said...

Ah, nice and fun times ! Thanks for sharing what was said. :) And how cool it must be to meet other book bloggers ! Thank you for the contest too !

I Want To Read That said...

Looks like it was great fun! I'm very intrigued by this discussion post:)

Cleverly Inked said...

I just bought this a week ago or so. I have not read it yet but I will shortly

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

What a treat. Lucky you! And thanks for the contest!

bookaholic said...

Thanks so so so much for the international contests! And a really big thanks for keeping the contest form so sweet and simple!
Your blog rocks and I just love the background butterflies..very chic!

Jess13angel said...

Another special thanks for making this international =D Your blog is great ;)
Jess*

Ladytink_534 said...

Fun giveaway! Thanks!!!

IanIan said...

Thanks for the nice contest <3

Ebony McKenna. said...

OOOOh, I'd love this! Am I allowed to enter ? :-)

Becky said...

Of course Ebony, it is open to everyone! Blogger, author, reader, writer, tinkle, tailor, candle-stick maker!