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Visiting the High Line

This past Monday Amy McNulty and I visited the High Line in Manhattan! Originally elevated railroad tracks used for freight trains, this area has been turned into an urban park that extends along the West Side of the city. It opened in 2009, but this was my first time visiting it. And we planned it perfectly because the newest part, running north to 34th Street, just opened this past weekend!

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It was super windy that day, and the sky was both overcast and sunny, depending on where you were!

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There was a lot of construction happening, so it’ll be interesting to see how the area changes in the upcoming years. I also thought it was neat having an aerial view of the rail yard!

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The new section offered wonderful views of the Hudson River (and some ferry boats!).

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We walked the entire length of the High Line, and while it was over a mile long, it didn’t feel like it! Maybe because we stopped often to take pictures. I’m already planning on returning in the spring when the flowers are in bloom. I bet it’s gorgeous!

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BEA 2014

Happy June! According to WordPress, this blog turned two. I can’t believe it’s been two years already!

I also can’t believe that another BEA has come and gone. Yep, for the third year in a row, I was over at the Javits Center surrounded by books and book lovers. I ended up with forty-eight new books (that’s the same amount I got last year!) that I can’t wait to read. Want to see what I got?

day1Day One-I thought my arms were going to break carrying all of this! (7 of these are signed)

day2Day Two-9 of these are signed!

day3Day Three-Just one signed this time

I’m excited because a lot of these are YA contemporary, which I’m definitely in the mood for right now! There’s something about the summer that makes me want to read contemporary novels. But what do I read first? Usually I pretty much grab whatever book catches my eye and go from there, but sometimes I have a hard time choosing! I’ve seen my friends make lists of what to read during which month, and I’m going to try that method out. I’ll let you know if that works for me! I hope to get through a large chunk of them this summer since I’m in a huge reading mood and haven’t had a chance to read much this year, but it all depends on how my writing and editing goes with the final two books in the Silver Moon Saga! Last week was spent writing the last story for the second novella, and after I finish that, it’s time for another read of the final book. I have my work cut out for me, but I hope to be done by the end of the month or early next month!

It’s always sad when BEA is over, since I pretty much spend the entire year looking forward to it. But after three days of trekking to the Javits center, dealing with crowds, and carrying bags stuffed with books, it was nice to come home and relax! Now I’m literally surrounded by books (my bookshelf is full, so I have piles on my desk and dresser) and it’s amazing. I love it.

By the way, I joined Instagram, so feel free to follow me to see more BEA pictures. And dessert. I like posting pictures of desserts!

I will probably be quiet again, especially with all the writing and editing I have planned, but I do make an effort to update both my Facebook author page and my Twitter on a daily basis.

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An Autumn Dream: Paperback Version

My paperback copy of An Autumn Dream arrived yesterday and I wanted to share some pictures with everyone!

001 (Medium)The front!

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005 (Medium)Side by side with big sister The Sight Seer (seriously, how awesome is it to have both of these books in print? VERY awesome!).

003 (Medium)OH, I’m sorry, but what’s that? A sneak peek of the next book in the Silver Moon Saga?

SURPRISE! Included with the printed version ONLY is the first chapter for the next book! (I’d post a picture of that too, but there are spoilers for The Sight Seer.) I cannot wait to share book two with everyone; I’m hoping for an early 2014 release. As soon as we decide on a date, I will immediately let you guys know! And then there will be a cover reveal and all of that fun stuff. So excited!

So that’s my pretty. I always dreamed about having ONE book with my name on it sitting on my bookshelf, and now I have two!

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New York Comic Con 2013

On Friday, October 11th, I attended New York Comic Con! Comic Con is always a crazy, fun time, and this year was no exception. Actually, this was the best organized year yet, so maybe it was slightly less crazy than other years? For example, this year they placed microchips in the badges, and you had to tap your badges before entering the venue. When I first heard about this, I groaned and said, “It’s going to take even longer to get into the exhibit hall now!” But they actually set everything up outside of the Javits Center, where there is much more room. Better yet, there were no crazy long lines as everyone waited their turn to tap their badges. Once through, I waited my turn to enter the building, and then it was on to the exhibit hall!

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My first stop was, of course, to the booths run by publishing companies! This area wasn’t too crowded, so I was able to take my time and look at everything. Everyone there was super nice, too. For example, when I stopped in front of the Penguin booth, they asked me what I liked to read, and then went out of their way to open up a box of books so I could get an ARC of Rebel Springs. They were also giving away giant tote bags, which I grabbed and used for the rest of the day. When I passed Disney’s booth, I saw Victoria Schwab was doing a signing in a few minutes. I actually missed seeing her at BEA (her line was so long they ran out of books!), so it was nice to finally meet her and get a signed copy of The Archived.

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After that, I wandered the floor some more, looking at merchandise for sale and all the different cosplayers, before heading down to the conference rooms. I don’t know whose idea it was to have two literary panels back to back in the same room, but I want to shake their hands and thank them. For two hours I got to sit down, put my heavy bags on the floor, and listen to authors speak.

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The first panel was “Once Upon a Time in Fantasy Lit…” featuring authors Bennett Madison, C. Robert Cargill, Catherynne M. Valente, Soman Chainani, Emily Croy Barker, and Gitty Daneshvari. They introduced themselves and their books, and then went on to discuss everything from Disney animated movies to what fantasy creature they wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alleyway. As a lover of fantasy, I had a great time and wished the panel had been longer, because the authors were both interesting and informative. I’m definitely going to pick up their books in the near future!

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After a fifteen minute intermission, the next panel, “Kill or Be Killed: Crafting a Powerful Female Protagonist” started, featuring authors Amelia Kahaney, Kendare Blake, Danielle Paige, Lauren Oliver, and Lindsay Ribar. Once again, each author was introduced and talked a little bit about their books, before discussing their awesome female protagonists in their current and upcoming novels. In particular, I was very excited to hear about Lauren Oliver’s forthcoming Panic, and Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die. Both sound excellent. Ironically, they also discussed Disney animated movies. In fact, The Little Mermaid was mentioned in both panels (both favorably and unfavorably) by the authors!

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Once the second panel finished, I headed back to the exhibit hall. There was a book giveaway going on at the Harper Collins booth (spin the wheel, win a book), and I won an ARC of Cruel Beauty, a Beauty and the Beast retelling I can’t wait to start reading! I spent a little bit more time at the con (visited the Artist Alley to see all the beautiful artwork) before heading home, thoroughly exhausted. But I had a great time, and I’ll definitely go again next year!

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Book Birthday Weekend

BalloonCelebrated my book’s birthday this weekend. I got a balloon!

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And so many beautiful flowers! Some of these (the two pictures on the right) are from my grandpa’s garden, wow!

I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone for tweeting, blogging, posting, commenting, buying, and reading The Sight Seer. It means the absolute world to me, and also inspires me to work even harder on my next projects. *squishes everyone*

Make sure you enter for a chance to win a signed paperback copy!

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BEA2013: Day One

BEA was insane today. Big crowds, lots of long autographing lines… I ended up with a good haul, however:

bookdayone (Medium)The entire top row and third, fourth, and fifth book in the second row were signed!

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021 (Medium)Highlight of the day: Meeting Lemony Snicket! He was so funny!

And tomorrow is another day! I looked over my schedule and made some adjustments. I now know that it is impossible to see/do everything. Not unless you clone yourself. So the theme of tomorrow (and today, once I realized I couldn’t do everything due to the fact that I was spending nearly 45 mins on autographing lines!) is to do the stuff I really, really want to do. And get to the events early, because boy do those lines build up fast!

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4/14/13 Author Event

On Sunday, April 14th, I had a chance to attend another book event at Books of Wonder in Manhattan. This one featured five authors of supernatural or paranormal books. I haven’t had a chance to read any of their novels yet, but everything sounded so interesting that I’m definitely adding them to my to-read list! And all five books varied greatly from one another. There was a book about missing girls, one about witches, another about Frankenstein’s daughters, a book set 400 years in the future in Brazil, and a book about memories.

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The five authors were (from left to right) Nova Ren Suma, Brittany Geragotelis, Suzanne Weyn, Alaya Dawn Johnson, and Jesse Karp. They started off the event by reading passages from their novels, and then answered questions from the audience. As always, I enjoyed hearing other authors talk about how they write and edit. For example, I’m not the only one who hates to share a manuscript until it’s been edited quite a few times! They even talked about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo); Nova Ren Suma said she attempted it once, but failed. And Brittany Geragotelis talked about Wattpad, which I had never heard of until then! Free stories, how cool is that?

The weather was nice and I had a chance to do some exploring, but due to another commitment, I had to rush home sooner than I liked. I’m hoping to take advantage of another warm day and go back to the city in the very near future, camera in hand.