|Ashley, Andi and Jackie piled into the back of my car|
|Maggie, Ashley, Brian, Andi and Jackie outside on the street where The Cheesecake Factory is|
|Jackie waiting inside The Cheesecake Factory|
|My husband I inside The Cheesecake Factory|
|Maggie, me and Ashley at The Cheesecake Factory|
|Ashley and Maggie holding up their drinks|
|My husband Brian and I posing with ours|
|Me holding up the flyer in our seats|
No matter though, because it was awesome! For her birthday present, a 15 year old girl got to introduce the three authors.
|The lucky birthday girl|
|Maggie Stiefvater talking|
|Her seductive pose|
|My group of six stood in a circle with our piles of books|
|Pink is Meg Cabot, red is Maggie Stiefvater, and orange is Libba Bray|
I didn't exactly follow the rules as Maggie Stiefvater informed us we were supposed to give her all the gifts but she was first up so she got her gift first!
That there is a wolf howling at a snowflake cut out from a quarter. It's then attached to a clip and it became a key chain. Maggie Stiefvater asked me if it was Meg Cabot's gift first because she wanted to open Meg Cabot's but I think she was pretty happy with her own too!
|Me and Maggie Stiefvater|
Maggie Stiefvater also recognized me from online. I talked about this a while ago but I'd written a review for Linger that she commented on on Shelfari. She remembered it!
Next up was Meg Cabot! For her, I also had a key chain custom created!
That is a tombstone with a bird on it and the "A" from the cover. Tristan over at Reads With Reckless Abandon helped me figure out what to put on this key chain since I hadn't read Meg Cabot's book (though I have now!).
|Meg Cabot and I with her gift and my pile of books|
Libba Bray's line was last and man was it huge. Want to know why? Because she was spending a few minutes speaking to each person, taking loads of pictures and finding out who they are.
For Libba Bray, I asked the artist to fashion the cow head after the one on Going Bovine. I think it turned out really well and Libba Bray loved it! Seriously, she thought it was really cool and even said her husband and son (known on her blog as The Boy) were going to go crazy for it too. This meant a lot because Libba Bray is really the first YA author I started reading before my bookstore even put her novels in the YA section. She's what brought me over there and fostered my love.
Afterwards, my husband took my left over books (we could only bring two from home) and had Ms. Bray sign those and handed her a travel book of Turkey (since she asked for turkey during the signing). Then, he begin chatting with her about entering a contest on her blog once upon a time ago. He actually one part of it and my name got put into one of her short stories. She remembered his screen name and she was so excited she got to meet "eeglfthr" and "the Amber" that her drug addict character is based off of! That short story will be coming out in a collection of short stories soon.
|Libba Bray and I|
So it was a really good night and totally worth the drive. We had loads of fun and it was everything I was hoping for and more! I loved meeting these amazing authors that inspire me everyday with their words.
Did you go? I'd love to hear about your experience or maybe your favorite signing with another author!