- driving to Houston (with the lovely company of Jessica Lee Anderson and E. Kristin Anderson (no relation))!
- a detour book club visit to West Columbia, Texas (best group of teens ever. They were awesome!)
- pictures with Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper. (we even knew one of the storm troopers...how bizarre is that?)
- dinner with some of my favorite writing pals!
|K. A. Holt, Me, E. Kristin Anderson, Nikki Loftin, Sam Clark, Bethany Hegedus, and Jessica Lee Anderson|
- Meeting Judy Blume (being one of the first in line, and getting photobombed by K. A. Holt)
- the first ever YART Texas Tea (what a blast! I loved talking about my book to people who wanted to hear)
|Christina Mandelski, Me, and Joy Preble at the Texas YART Tea|
- our annual Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels Reception (200 brownies officially GONE!)
- special dinner plans!
- the TT4L teen event (where I was at the table just next to Orson Scott Card)
- seeing all sorts of people I adore
And of course, then there were the books. I managed to contain myself pretty well, but I wanted to highlight some of the titles I am most excited for!
IN THE MIDDLE GRADE CATEGORY
FIVE ANCESTORS OUT OF THE ASHES #1: PHOENIX by Jeff Stone (Random House, September 25, 2012)
We share an agent and a love of kung fu :)
VORDAK DOUBLE TROUBLE by Scott Seegart & John Martin (Egmont, August 28, 2012)
Who doesn't love this favorite super-evil villain?
DARKWATER by Catherine Fisher (Dial, September 27, 2012)
Her books are just so unique and intriguing!
IN THE YOUNG ADULT CATEGORY
PASSENGER by Andrew Smith (Feiwel & Friends, October 2, 2012)
I can't wait to read this sequel!
SHADOWS by Ilsa Bick (Egmont, September 25, 2012)
Again, a sequel I've been dying to read!
LEGACY OF TRIL: SOULBOUND by Heather Brewer (Dial, June 19, 2012)
Amazing cover! Heather Brewer!
THE CROWN OF EMBERS by Rae Carson (Greenwillow, September 18, 2012)
Yes, sequel, again, of a book I loved!
ETTIQUETTE ESPIONAGE by Gail Carriger (Little, Brown, February 13, 2013)
So intrigued about this one!
IN THE YOUNGER READER CATEGORY
PLUTO VISITS EARTH by Steve Metzger & Jarod D. Lee (Orchard, August 1, 2012)
I am all about the Pluto love!
PICK UP YOUR PEN: THE ART OF HANDWRITING by Monica Dengo (Owlkids Books, March 13, 2012)
My daughter couldn't get her hands on this one fast enough!
And even though I should perhaps have better things to do with my time, I could not resist photoshopping this picture of E. Kristin Anderson, Jeanette Larson, and me. I've always wanted to go to Stonehenge :)