Melanie's Musings
August 25, 2014

Stacking the Shelves: Divide and Conquer

When it comes to book acquisition, I’ll take ‘em wherever I can get them.

From the Girls Gone Sci-Fi Event:

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
(sooo excited to have a signed copy!)

Bought on Amazon:

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The World is not ours to Save by Tyler Wigg-Stevenson
Dominion by Matthew Scully

At a used bookstore:

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean
Love’s Sacred Song by Mesu Andrews
*Not pictured: Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink

From Paperback Swap:

Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder
Alice I have Been by Melanie Benjamin

Though many of these precious copies journeyed long and far to my home, they are  now safely convalescing on my bookshelf. That is, until they are viciously ripped from their resting place in the middle of the night, into my greedy hands.  Mwahaha. Ha. Ha.

-Melanie

To see more book buying shenanigans, pop on over to Tynga’s Reviews.

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August 18, 2014

Girls Gone Sci-Fi Author Event

Thanks to being from the middle of nowhere, author events nearby are rarer than unicorn sightings. So, when I realized my mini-vacation to South Carolina coincided perfectly with the Girls Gone Sci-fi panel event at Fiction Addiction, I made plans. And I’m very glad I did.

(Despite arriving three minutes late. Stupid traffic lights.)

The panel was comprised of these lovely lady authors:

Megan Shepherd, Beth Revis,
Jessica Khoury, and Jessica Brody

Writers of The Madman’s Daughter, Across the Universe, Origin, and Unremembered, respectively.

After quick intros of themselves and their books and some audience participation games, they began a reading. But it was not a normal reading.

The audience called out page numbers and each author read three sentences from the given page. This resulted in some cliffhanger-y bits, some intense ones, and one which made Beth Revis call out, “It’s PG-13, I swear!

It was very, ahem, steamy.

Q&A Tidbits

The Q & A portion of the evening resulted in incredibly interesting information, including the following:

1. Jessica Khoury’s next book is a fantasy retelling of Aladdin! I haven’t heard of any YA retellings of the story, so this sounds nice and fresh.

2. Beth Revis spoke about the next-to-no control she had about Across the Universe and its cover re-designs. I’d never really thought about it, but the series has gone through a lot.


3. Revis’ next book, The Body Electric, will be self-published. It’s kind of rare for a traditionally published author to self-publish, so I checked out her blog and discovered it was written in between contracted books.

4. Jessica Brody gets her writing inspiration from “What if?” questions.

5. Meagan Shepherd did a stint with the Peace Corps in Senegal.

6. Jessica Khoury’s publisher assigned her a mentor, Beth Revis. How cool would that be?

The Signing

During the actual signing part, I picked up a copy of Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd. I’m very fond of The Madman’s Daughter, book one in the trilogy. I’m curious to see how the inspiration from the infamous Jekyll and Hyde story is woven in. It’s a book I studied during a lit class in college and found its themes somewhat fascinating.

I also snagged a picture with Megan Shepherd:

Megan Shepherd and I at Fiction Addiction
It kind of cracks me up that I forgot to push my glasses up. Heat of the moment and all that. Heh.
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If you’d like to visit the websites of the authors (like I did shortly after the signing), here are the links:

Megan Shepherd | Beth Revis | Jessica Khoury | Jessica Brody

Thanks to Fiction Addiction for a great event!

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August 11, 2014

(W)rapping Up Vacations

I have an affinity for amusing rap songs.

Need further proof? Jane Austen is My Homegirl.

I’ve just found a new one to slap into the collection. It’s especially appropriate right now, since I’m coming off a mini-vacation myself:


My favorite lyric: I’m still on vacation/ I left my fashion sense at home

Let’s be honest, I almost walked out of the house wearing socks under my sandals on Saturday. I barely resisted.

Thankfully, my vacation didn’t mimic the song in the least, except for wavering fashion sensibility and ice cream.

Turtle Caramel Nut milkshake, baby.

Instead of causing a zombie apocalypse, I went to an awesomely saucy book signing (more on that next Monday!) and added four books to my collection while browsing a snazzy used bookstore. I got a little lost in here.

But then, who wouldn’t?

-Melanie

Tune in Tuesday is hosted by Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands.

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