Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Stop by to check out The S-Word by @Chelsea_Pitcher and to enter the giveaway

First it was SLUT scribbled all over Lizzie Hart’s locker.

But one week after Lizzie kills herself, SUICIDE SLUT replaces it—in Lizzie's looping scrawl.

Lizzie’s reputation is destroyed when she's caught in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend on prom night. With the whole school turned against her, and Angie not speaking to her, Lizzie takes her own life. But someone isn’t letting her go quietly. As graffiti and photocopies of Lizzie’s diary plaster the school, Angie begins a relentless investigation into who, exactly, made Lizzie feel she didn’t deserve to keep living. And while she claims she simply wants to punish Lizzie’s tormentors, Angie's own anguish over abandoning her best friend will drive her deep into the dark, twisted side of Verity High—and she might not be able to pull herself back out.

Debut author Chelsea Pitcher daringly depicts the harsh reality of modern high schools, where one bad decision can ruin a reputation, and one cruel word can ruin a life. Angie’s quest for the truth behind Lizzie’s suicide is addictive and thrilling, and her razor-sharp wit and fierce sleuthing skills makes her impossible not to root for—even when it becomes clear that both avenging Lizzie and avoiding self-destruction might not be possible.

I met Chelsea before I had gotten around to reading 'The S-Word' simply because my to-read stack is massive.  I actually signed up to be a part of this blog tour because I am excited that she is a local Portland author.  I wanted to make sure we featured her book on our blog!  So this weekend I went downtown to enjoy the beautiful weather and ended up reading her book in a couple of hours.  Once I started this book sucked me in.  I didn't want to get up to go to the bathroom or move from where I was.  I definitely recommend reading this book outside when it's sunny! (See below photo)  I think it adds to the overall enjoyment of the book ;)

You can see 'The S-Word' here as I take a photo of my view from where I was laying

The storyline follows Angie as she tries to piece together what happened to her friend.  Not only did I get angry along with Angie, but her deviousness surprised me at many different points throughout the story.  Also, I would totally date the guy that she ends up liking.  No spoilers here folks!  I'm not sure I'd do everything the way Angie did but it was interesting to see her perspective on the choices she made.  I was intrigued by Lizzie and the secrets that came out along the way as well.  There is a lot packed into this book.  Over all I want to read this book again.  I can't wait for it to be released in hardcover so I can own a copy!

My Favorite Quote from the book was late in the story:

'That's the thing.  That's why I think we're good for each other.  You can help me stand up for myself and I can help you choose love over hate.'

Release date: May 7th 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Purchase: Amazon - Book Depository - Powell's

About the Author

Chelsea Pitcher is a native of Portland, OR where she received her BA in English Literature. Fascinated by all things literary, she began gobbling up stories as soon as she could read, and especially enjoys delving into the darker places to see if she can draw out some light. 

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from from the store I work at and all opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid or influenced in any way.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Double Event Recap: Fall in Love With Teen Fiction & Educators Night

Leigh Bardugo (L) and Kristin Holbrook (R)
Last week I was lucky enough to attend the Fall In Love With Teen Fiction event hosted by Powell's and sponsored by New Leaf Literary for authors Sarah Fine (Sanctum), Kody Keplinger ( The DUFF), Lisa Desrochers (Personal Demons), Mindee Arnett (The Nightmare Affair), Ingrid Paulson (Valkyrie Rising), Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone) and Kristin Halbrook (Nobody But Us).  Yes, it was a big event!  I had to bring my kids since it was during the week so I apologize for my poor photos and my lack of notes.  I had too many distractions!  However, I still had a blast!
Before hand I met up with a few people at Panera.  Mel, my co-blogger here, met me there first and then Cat Winters (In the Shadow of Blackbirds), Miriam Forster (City of a Thousand Dolls), and then Lucy @LucyinBookland and Heidi @Heidi_Schulz showed up.  Lucy and Heidi are 'book' people we know from the area.  Heidi helps with Wordstock, the local book festival in the fall.  If some of these names are familiar, yes, I did just see them a whole week and a half ago before this event!
After eating we headed over to Powell's, which is on the other side of the parking lot.  I like to get there early and was happy to see some more familiar faces.  Mostly just local people I have gotten to know a bit from seeing them at events.  But I also met Ephrielle from Hope, Love and Happy Endings.  I'm sure I saw some others I didn't mention here, I apologize if I missed putting you down.  It really was a crazy time since I was distracted by kids half the time.

Once the authors came out they introduced their books very briefly and then went straight to questions.  Once again  Mel tweeted the event and here's what she said, along with my notes after to clarify things.
  • Answering Questions at the Event about writing romance teen novels
    ~ This was the first question, something about writing romance in teen novels. I already forgot most of the answers for this one!
  • Chiming in is talking about the tragic romance in her book Nobody But Us ~ In Kristin's book the romance is more a tragic sort and not what we would 'normally' call teen romance, yet it is.
  • Audience ?'s w/ bribery from - Leigh answers talking about plans on going away from high fantasy for a break
      Kody Keplinger
    • Her answer included talking about having her characters to eat pb&j instead of Nut Spread from another land ~ Basically what she means here is she has to make up foods, etc for fantasy and she would like to be able to talk about normal things like PB&J. So maybe not fantasy for her next book (after this series).  Sad face from me cause she's a pro at fantasy!
  • Getting the right tone for the age group is & reminding herself that a teen wouldn't feel as she does at 20 ~ They were talking a bit about how they write 'realistic' teens since no one is a teen anymore.  Though Kody was when she wrote The DUFF.  I also remember Lisa Desrochers saying she couldn't write adult because she doesn't 'relate' to those people, but she IS writing a New Adult (or already wrote it).
  • On how long from concept to final draft everyone is varying.We have author answers from about 7 days to 11 months so far! ~Yes, it's clear that everyone is different, and every book is different. But still, 7 days?! (I don't recall who said that, but it wasn't Leigh cause she was shocked and jealous!) (This is Mel, I believe Lisa Desrochers was the one who said 7 days but I could be wrong.)
  • Creative outlets of the authors when not writing, we now know our authors who sews&bakes,writes songs&riding horses ~ Some actually said that since they work outside the home their writing IS their creative outlet.  I know Sarah Fine said this because she's a psychologist (or psychiatrist, I could be remembering wrong so I want to clarify).
  • Sarah Fine and Kody Keplinger
  • Talking about world building is using research, friends of friends for help, and immersing yourself in learning ~ I remember she said she took things from anything and everything and since there are a lot of Russians near where she lives they were helpful as well.
There was much more discussed, but that's a bit of it!  Thanks Mel for the twitter 'notes'! (Mel: You are quite welcome. Next time I'm bringing a fully charged phone!)
After the questions then it was time to get our books signed!  Since I had kids I didn't wait until the end, I just went straight up.  This meant there were people
Sarah Fine, Kody Keplings, Lisa Desrochers, Mindee Arnett
behind me and I couldn't linger, which kind of bothered me cause I like to talk to them a bit.  But oh well.  First up I got Sanctum signed (favorite of 2012) and I told Sarah it was a favorite which made her happy, of course.  Then I got The DUFF signed and I felt horrible cause I just had an ancient ARC.  Unfortunately I did not have the money to buy everyone's books and I have read Kody's, but I had borrowed them.  I didn't have any of Lisa's, but she signed my bag.  And I had an ARC of The Nightmare Affair for Mindee to sign.  Once again, I felt bad that I didn't have a finished copy, but seriously, if I bought all their books it would have been over $100 and totally not an option for me.  Then Ingrid Paulson who I didn't have a book to sign either but she signed my bag.  And then... Leigh Bardugo!  Yes, I was SO, SO, SO excited to meet her!  And she was so nice!  I got to chat with her the longest.  I had a Siege and Storm ARC so we talked about how excited I was to have it and how she only got two ARC's so it's one that many want and not many got.  I know, I'm REALLY lucky to have it!   (Mel again, I have been bugging Leigh on Twitter AND in person the morning of the event about getting an ARC as I'm so pumped for the next book. I think Leigh may have me banned from events she is featured at in the future :(  ) She'll be back in June so I can get a finished copy then.  :)  And then Kristin Halbrook was last and I got her book.  She was super nice too and I enjoyed chatting with her a bit before I took off.  Everyone was great and it was nice to meet them all even if I didn't get to talk with them very much.
One major bonus was this event had a special book that was for this event only.  It's short stories by each of the authors and Leigh even wrote little notes throughout hers.  There were only 150 printed total, so it's a rare book!
Here are a few more pictures for you all! 

The night after this event I went to the local educators night at B&N where Colleen Houck and Lisa Schroeder were the authors present.  My kids weren't terribly patient and it's a long event with lots of other talking but we got to hear Colleen talk a bit about her books and how she takes bits of mythology and just uses it sort of randomly, how it's a mish mash of mythologies.  And I won a bag of goodies from her!  It had Tigers Destiny (book #4) in it and a framed picture, a Vera Wang notebook, a tiger bookmark, nail polish, a candle, some soap and chapstick and candy and gum.  It was an awesome surprise!  This photo is super blurry for some reason, I guess cause I took it on the iPod.  I didn't take any pictures at the event cause it was super hectic and crowded.  But I did get to chat with Lisa Schroeder before it really got started.  I know her well and it's always nice to get to chat a bit!  After Lisa did her talk about her books we took off.  My kids just couldn't handle anymore book stuff.  I did get to see a friend who's a teacher at the high school nearby and it was nice to say hello to her before rushing off.  I love getting a chance to see other book people, even if it is short!

For more info about any of these AMAZING authors stop by the links below:

Wednesday Nights Event:
Mindee Arnett - Website / Twitter
Leigh Bardugo - Website / Twitter
Lisa Desrochers -Website / Twitter
Sarah Fine - Website / Twitter
Kristin Halbrook - Website / Twitter
Kody Keplinger - Website / Twitter
New Leaf Literary Agency - Website / Twitter

Thursday Nights Event:
Colleen Houck - Website / Twitter
Lisa Schroeder - Website / Twitter

Friday, April 19, 2013

Heidi Reviews Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein

Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Entangled Teen
What if the last place you should fall in love is the first place that you do?
You’d think getting sent to Turning Pines Wilderness Camp for a month-long rehabilitation “retreat” and being forced to re-live it in this journal would be the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.
You’d be wrong. There’s the reason I was sent to Turning Pines in the first place: I got arrested. On prom night. With my two best friends, who I haven’t talked to since and probably never will again. And then there’s the real reason I was sent here. The thing I can’t talk about with the guy I can’t even think about. What if the moment you’ve closed yourself off is the moment you start to break open? But there’s this guy here. Ben. And the more I swear he won’t—he can’t—the deeper under my skin he’s getting. After the thing that happened, I promised I’d never fall for another boy’s lies. And yet I can’t help but wonder…what if?
The full review can be found at Rainy Day Ramblings.
A revealing and honest look at a teenager in peril.
Cassie refuses to think back to what happened on prom night and the bad path her life
has taken since then. She has closed her heart off and she won't let anyone in. Not
after what Aaron did. She is going to suck it up and somehow get through the next thirty
days at Turning Pines. Cassie knows it is going to be tough, and it will likely be one of
the worst experiences of her life, but the alternatives are worse. What she doesn't
count on, is finding someone there who just might be worth letting in. Can Cassie deal
with her past and open her heart?
What I Liked:
• I had no illusions going into this one like I did last year when I read Pretty Amy. I was
expecting Pretty Amy to be a light, fluffy read all about going to prom, what I got was
a tough look at three teenage girls making bad decisions due to their lack of self
worth. This time, I knew that Cassie's story would be even more raw and I was right.
This is not an easy novel to read, probably why I don't review more contemporary, it
was tough at times and it stressed me out, but through it all, I saw a girl struggling to
find herself and prove that her life mattered. Cassie's journey of self discovery takes
place during a month long stay at Turning Pines which is one of those rehab camps
where they send juvenile delinquents. It is not a fun place to stay by any means and it
was an eye opening experience to read this one. If you ever wondered about the type
of people who are sent to these camps and what they undergo read this book.
• Cassie is a touch character to like. On one hand she is smart and funny, some of her
lines are so sarcastic that they made me laugh, but on the other hand she is so closed
off and damaged that it is hard to get the full picture. She is a girl who has never
really been shown kindness in her life, except from her brother. Her father serves in
the military so he is always gone, her mother is consequently always drunk because
she can't deal with his absence. Cassie has never been cuddled and loved and told
that she mattered. So she is angry to the point of being combative and she doesn't
know the first thing about love and trust. The one time she lets a boy in, she suffers
some catastrophic consequences which shatter the fragile trust she established. Now
she is broken, gutted if you will, and trying to survive each day at the camp. During her
stay, Cassie slowly analyzes all the bad that happened to her, comes to terms with it,
and she begins to take those tentative steps to trust and hope and believing she is
worth it. Keep in mind her self discovery is harsh and brutal at times and gut
wrenching, but in the end I am glad I went on the journey with Cassie.
• I appreciated that this book dealt with some very challenging topics such as
pregnancy and abortion and the devastating aftermath. Cassie's experience is painful,
scarring and revealing.
• This is one of those contemporary novels that will stick with me because it is so
honest and it doesn't hold back. Cassie puts forth a tough exterior. On the outside
she is a girl who smokes, curses and makes bad choices and doesn't seem to care
what the world thinks of her, but on the inside she is scared, alone and desperately
wanting to be loved. Even though she wouldn't want it, I wanted to hug her.

Dear Cassie is a good follow up to Pretty Amy. In fact, I much preferred Cassie's voice
to Amy's since Cassie doesn't sit around and feel sorry for herself and she is more in
your face. This book takes at harsh look at a teenage girl floundering with the
pressures of today's society as she tries to find herself and learn her own self worth.
The story is raw and gritty and it isn't easy, but in the end, I enjoyed watching those first
hesitant baby steps that Cassie takes to hopefully what will be a brighter future. This
book isn't for everyone, but if you are someone who enjoys realistic, gut wrenching
reads, get this one.
Favorite Quotations:
"The "cabin" looked like a shack built by a homicidal maniac---you know, the place he
keeps his blood-splattered murder tools and rotting corpses. The door creaked as
Rawe opened it---that a room you enter and may never leave creak."
"I already knew what I was capable of, and I wouldn't want to be in a cabin in the woods
alone with me."
"Rawe said that if we knew where we came from, it would be easier to see how we'd
ended up where we'd ended up. The crap not falling far from the butthole and all that."
"I would have liked to be drinking stolen beer from the cooler, but after the arrest, my
mother did a sobriety check every time I came home. Which was beyond ironic,
considering my mother's breath could have gotten me drunk."
"You look like a naked, upside-down female synchronized swimmer in need of a wax," I
spit through the water. "Desperately."
"Um, maybe," I said, even though I was positive if I kneeled down to pray, the sky would
open up and lightning would fly out like octopus arms and burn me to a crisp. I didn't
deserve to pray. Not that anyone but my brother knew it, but I didn't deserve anything
except to go take a crap in a pit toilet."
"If this is what I am now---a girl who used to know who she was, who used to be able to
make people afraid of her, but is now only scared of herself. Of what she will do if she
lets one more boy in."
"They probably had the kind of parents who would always tell them they were awesome,
even when they sucked. I had the kind who told me I sucked when I sucked."
"You ned to live this life." she whispered. "You can live it with regret, or you can let it go."
Disclosure: A big thanks to Entangled Copy for providing me a review copy in exchange for
an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this


Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University and is glad to finally have it be worth more than the paper it was printed on. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats. She wrote her first story when she was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous.  You can find out more about Lisa on her website, blog, Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter.

About Heidi:
I have always had a healthy passion for reading.  My love of books started at an early age, as soon as I could read my life long love affair for books began.  Reading to me is one of the finest pleasures in life.  My guilty indulgence is a good book, a soft blanket and a cozy concoction.  It is thrilling to hold a book in your hands and wonder at the secrets that are buried deep within. Then page by page the story pours out revealing it's heart and soul until there is nothing left to show; nothing left to say. To me a good book is one that continues to call to you after completion.  The characters are still whispering in your mind; their story threads reaching out to entangle you even as you pick up another book to start the wonderful process anew.  Each book is a new adventure, a new story, another find.  That is why I read!
I am currently a stay at home mother of two toddlers, who keep me very busy. I also have a wonderful, supportive husband without whom this blog would not be possible.  I am a recent transplant to the rainy, region of Portland, Oregon; thus the reason for my blog Rainy Day Ramblings.  The many rainy days here provide me ample time to snuggle up under a comfy blanket with a cat and read while the rain drips down my window.
I also, when I find time, enjoy baking, candle and jewelry making, cross stitching and spending ample time with family.
Find me on my blog, facebook, and twitter.  

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pre-Ordering your very own Personalized Book from Powell's

So you might not live in Portland, or maybe you do and can't make it to an event you have been looking forward to!  Well I am here to help you by showing you how easy it is to pre-order personalized books so that you aren't completely missing out.

First thing is to go to Powells.com.  If you need to see any of these photos larger you should be able to double click them.

Now you can either go to the Event Calendar to locate the event or you can do a search in the Search Bar at the top for the Author/Title/ISBN of what you are looking for.  If you want to go the Event Calendar route simply put your mouse cursor on Stores & Events Link at the top and click on Event Calendar.

Once the Event Calendar comes up then you can click on an Event.  I'm going to choose the one that is currently tomorrow's event. 

Now you can click on any of the titles.  Once you click on a title it will take you to a page that looks like this....

So you will see that not only does it mention the upcoming event but below it says you can Pre-Order a signed Edition.  Click on Pre-Order a Signed Edition of the book.  Now this will look like the SAME page but on the right you will see this box where before it did not say Pre-Order.

Click on the Orange box where it says PREORDER.  This will add it to your cart. 
Now you can go back to the top to the Stores & Events, Events Calendar and go through the process again.  You can also add books to your cart that are NOT showing as Pre-Order.  Powell's ONLY chooses one book per author, so for example if you want to have personalized books by Kody Keplinger or Lisa Desrochers who have multiple books out you will simply need to order the version of the book you want.  This is going to be a bit more work on your part.  Let me show you an example:

Back on the Event Link for this specific event:

I will click on Kody Keplinger's NAME instead of the title so I can see ALL her books.
Now I'm going to click on the Title of 'A Midsummer's Nightmare' so I can order a personalized copy.

Now in this case, the Pre-Order shown is for the Paperback which isn't out until June.  So A Midsummer's Nightmare is available as a new Hardcover at Beaverton, where the event is taking place, which I would choose to Add to Cart. 

If I wanted to also buy a copy of 'The Duff' it shows I have more options, as you can see in the list above where there are 2 choices under where 'A Midsummer's Nightmare' is listed.

Now I want to see all the choices for 'The Duff' so I'm going to choose the first option, even though I do not want a Used Hardcover.  This is what will show up on the right side of the next screen once I have clicked 'The Duff'. 

As you can see there are multiple choices for how I can purchase 'The Duff'.  I want a new Paperback so I'm going to go to 'This Title in other Editions' and click on New, Trade Paper.  When I do that, it shows that Beaverton has this book in stock.  
As long as the location the event is being held at has quantity you are good to order.  

Okay I have 3 books in my Shopping Cart and want to have them ALL personalized.  No problem!  Here is my cart before I Check Out.

You can see that 'The Nightmare's Affair shows as On Order, but that is nothing to worry about, it's just the way Powell's system works.  Let's go ahead and Check Out.

Now obviously if this your first order you will enter your Name and Address on this page but I already have done that.  For my example I'm using the Powell's store address.  ;)  Once you are ready click on Save and Continue.

After choosing your Shipping click Save and Continue.

After you enter your payment info there is one more screen where we will be doing the Personalization part.  Your order will not be placed until AFTER that screen.  So after the Save and Continue on the Payment Options Screen you will see this:

On the RIGHT SIDE you will see a Special Requests? Box shown below.

The Special Requests? Box is the place you are going to write a note to the Store that you want ALL of the books in your order to be Personalized.  Be specific.  I would write something similar to this:
'Please have all of the books in my order personalized and signed by the authors at the Fall In Love with Teens Fiction event on April 17th.  Please personalize them to 'Melissa'. Thanks.

This information will be on the order info that goes with each INDIVIDUAL book.  After you enter your Special Requests and have checked your order details you can click on Place Your Order.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Cat Winters Event Recap!

Mel, Cat Winters and myself

Last weekend I went to the Cat Winters release party for In the Shadow of Blackbirds.  This book was
fantastic so I was really excited to see her again (I met her briefly at ALAMW in January) and learn more about the background of the book, etc.

We first got together at Panera before the event so we could get some chatting time in.  Besides Cat there was her sister and a friend, Sara (Novel Novice and a contributor here) and Mel (my co-blogger here) and several authors including Teri Brown (Born of Illusion, June 2013), Chelsea Pitcher (The S Word, May 2013), April Henry (Girl, Stolen; The Night She Disappeared and more) and Miriam Forster (City of a Thousand Dolls, Feb 2013).  We had a good time talking books and stuff (and eating yummy stuff) before heading over for the event.  I sat next to Miriam Forster and Sara at the event and Miriam and I squealed about Dark Triumph and how in love we are with the book (those books).  I really liked all the authors I met but Miriam and I clearly have similar taste in books!  And she's pretty awesome, I really liked her.  At the event there were a few others I know pretty well, Vy from Vy's Blog and Jen from A Reading Daydreamer.  It was my first time meeting Jen but I've met Vy many, many times (we're old pals now!).  Amber Kizer (Meridian) was also there and I've met her before as well.  Yep, quite the group of people!  It's always so nice (and fun!) to see everyone again.

When the event actually got started Cat did a slideshow with photographs from when the book takes place.  It's been a week now since the event so my memory is forgetting everything covered but here are the notes that my friend Mel took, via twitter.  She also answered questions and this twitter feed is from both.  Be sure to stop by and follow Mel
  • Learned about possible aspirin poison from Germany, people started taking large doses of US made aspirin which wasn't regulated. - This is regarding the flu and why it may have been SO bad and why so many died.
  •  So read a lot of non-fiction about WW1 & music from 1918& watching films from 1918 which you can find on the books website.- This was her research, which was extensive (and it shows!
  •  A mother bathed her child in raw onions for three days and drink onion syrup and cured her daughter from the flu. - True story AND in the book.
  • Audience member asking about salt up the nose to protect from the flu. talks about ideas about how they could kill bacteria. - She said that basically anything that burned they felt could 'kill' the flu. 
  • Question asked by about if has experienced or seen any ghosts.- By what I remember she said that she does believe in ghosts and she's had some experiences but nothing more than places feeling spooky, or just feeling like there could be something (someone?) there. 
  •  Spirit photographs were happening during WW1 for those who lost their loved ones. Including a photo of Mary Todd Lincoln with Abe's spirit.

It was a very well done event and thoroughly planned.  I like that she had the slideshow and that we all actually really learned things.  It was all really interesting.  Anyone who hadn't read the book will certainly be doing so now!  I'm glad I read it already so I understood the different things she spoke about.

Below are some more photos from the event. It was such a great time!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cassandra Clare Event Recap

Cassie Clare, Me and Sarah Rees Brennan
This was also posted on Candace's Book Blog.
Less than two weeks ago I was super lucky enough to go the Cassandra Clare event in Portland Oregon at
Audience behind me & Shelley
the Clackamas Town Center mall.  The event was hosted by Barnes & Noble but they held it outside the store in the mall so there was much more room.  I know that many showed up the moment the mall opened so they could get the first seats, but I had a reserved seat since I was helping my friend Sara from Novel Novice with some stuff and we knew we'd be there way late.
The turn out was huge!  They didn't have enough chairs so there were people all over the floors as well. Shelley from TSK, TSK, What to Read was directly behind me and we had plans to meet up there.  So I had a chance to chat with her a bit before things got under way.
The bus was late since they had a long drive so Sara was asked to do trivia with the audience while we
waited.  She asked me to hand out the tickets to people when they answered the questions so they were entered to win B&N gift cards.  I get super nervous in front of crowds but I didn't know about it so I didn't have time to freak out and I think I did okay.  I hope so anyway.  At least I didn't have to talk.  The trivia was a lot of fun too and while I don't really remember anything now, at the time I was finding some of the things pretty interesting!
Once Cassie Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan arrived everyone started freaking out.  It's like she's a real celebrity!  I don't know that I've gone
to an event for such a well known author.  It was crazy sauce there!
They didn't waste any time and jumped straight into questions.  Sarah Rees Brennan passed out prizes to those who asked questions.  One thing I got annoyed about was that people sometimes seemed to only want the prize.  They'd ask the question then be waving Sarah over for their prize and not even be paying attention to the answer.  Very annoying.  Though I understand wanting a prize, it just seemed a little rude. 
I listened pretty intently to everything but didn't take notes. Luckily Sara tweeted everything so she remembered it and you can find it all here, on the Examiner.com site, where she highlighted all the interesting things we learned.
After all the fun questions it was time for the signing!  Barnes & Noble had done wrist bands by first come, first serve and so they would call numbers for getting the books signed so those further down the line could go do something else and not actually stand in line the whole time.  Fortunately for me I had no need for a wrist band because I was the 'camera guy' for an interview with Cassie after the whole thing was over!  So after Cassie and Sarah were settled in Sara and I headed over to eat some lunch at Panera and kill some time.  We also got to browse books for a bit.  But the signing line was actually done after only a couple hours!  It might have been a little over, but not much.  It went super fast but they were pushing those books through pretty quickly.  I felt really bad cause afterward she was icing her wrist.  I can imagine after signing that many books for that many days in a row, it would be pretty sore.
After signing a little stock we headed out the bus!  Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) and Sara Ryan (Empress of the World) were also with and everyone chatted a bit while I sat up the camera and then Sara from Novel Novice (lots of Sara's!) started the interview.  I'm not spilling any of that for you guys though, you'll have to check it out once it's posted at Novel Novice, but I will be sure to give you all a heads up about it cause it was a GREAT interview!  It has spoilers, so be sure to make sure you get all those books read so you can check it out once it's up! 
Before we headed off we got our books signed right there!  And my bag of course. ;)

Here are some more pictures for you.
Laini Taylor and Sara Ryan in front of the bus

Grainy pic of Cassie, Me and Sarah