Book Signings – Anna Bright, Brigid Kemmerer & Breeana Shields

img_7721Maybe you’ve already seen it on Twitter – and by ‘it’ I mean, what I did this weekend. Well, firstly I went to two book signings, Brigid signed at both, but the second one I got to moderate.

I GOT TO MODERATE FOR BRIGID.

And Breeana, whose book The Bone Charmer is amazing you should go read it.

But I got to moderate for Brigid at one of her signings.

If I could go back and tell 2012 me, who had just discovered Brigid, who was only a fan who made a shirt with ‘Elemental’ and ‘#TeamGabriel’ and ‘#MerrickBrothers’ on it, would one day get to moderate one of Brigid’s signings, not to mention be her friend…I would think I was crazy. I also still have the shirt I made – I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get rid of it.

It’s so surreal, and I still can’t believe I had to opportunity to do this. It was even weirder being on that side of a signing, in more of a ‘professional’ capacity over a ‘fan’ capacity. I’m so grateful Brigid gave me this opportunity, and hopefully in the future it can happen again.

img_7690But let me backtrack, and start with Saturday’s signing, since that one was first.

Actually, I guess I should backtrack a little bit more, and say that I was supposed to moderate this signing – the one with Anna Bright. Then Brigid asked if I would be okay with doing her Delaware signing instead. I said yes, and while I was bummed that I wasn’t going to get to ask Brigid and Anna questions, I was still excited to go and just be a fan and support both of them.

Brad and Britney from AudioShelf – who have a Booktube, Bookstagram and Podcast, moderated the Saturday signing, and they Live Streamed the whole thing. Between them, Brigid and Anna, the atmosphere was light and fun and just overall fantastic to listen to. Though, not going to lie, I made sure I paid attention to their questions because I was a bit nervous of moderating at the Delaware signing.

img_7685You should also go follow them across all their platforms – they’re pretty amazing and funny and definitely worth it!

Anyways, I went to this signing with my best friend, she hadn’t been to a signing in forever, so it was really fun being able to go with her. We went to Brigid’s first ever signing for Storm back when it released, and we always try to go to any of her local signings (if our schedules permit). We got to be fans and wait in line for Brigid to sign our books – my collection is growing again.

img_7724Brigid teased that Curse 3 has a title, and that it’s really good. She also said that it might be revealed in the next couple months, so everyone should keep an eye out. She also said that Curse 3 will have four POVs – Harper, Rhen, Grey and Lia Mara – so for everyone who missed Rhen and Harper, fear not! They will be back.

Anna talked about her aspirations for The Boundless which is due out in June, and how she originally wanted the book to have about a billion POVs – spoiler, it doesn’t much to her dismay. She also briefly talked about her next project and I’m looking forward to it.

Brigid and Anna are always fun to listen to and watch whenever they’re together. Make sure you check out The Beholder if you haven’t yet – also, make sure you check out the Elemental Series by Brigid. It doesn’t get enough love.

img_7726Saturday’s signing was a lot of fun, and it ended too soon…even though it lasted for over two hours? I was bummed it ended, but that only meant that the next day I was going to be moderating a signing for Brigid and Breeana.

Fast-forward a night and a few hours, and I’m in a car with Brigid, headed to Christiana Mall in Delaware. Honestly, I was pretty nervous. I don’t really like speaking in front of people, it’s never really be something I’ve enjoyed or even been good at. I spent the whole car ride internally freaking out while we chatted about books, writing, everything and anything.

When we finally reached the Barnes and Nobles at the mall, this is where it got a bit surreal.

img_7725In the past, I would go, find a seat and sit there until the authors come out. This time, I got to go with Brigid to the Employees Only break room, and we hung out there and chatted for a bit. Then it was time to go downstairs, and they led us around the back side of the escalator and behind some shelves and then out to the table. It was just weird being on the other side of it. How many times had I seen the authors show up, come out of a back room before the signing? How many times had I wondered what that would be like, to be there with them, hell, to be one of them?

While I’m not yet published, and I was there to ask questions, it was this little glimpse into what I really hope is in my future.

Then the questioning started – by yours truly – and I started with ‘How Dare You?’ directed at Brigid. For those of you who have read and finished A Heart so Fierce and Broken you’ll understand. Then I talked up Breeana’s book, The Bone Charmer, which I had recently read, and it really was amazing. It’s being slept on, so go, pick it up. It’s so good!

img_7689From there my nerves kind of disappeared. They never fully went away, because I was sitting and talking into a mic in front of a lot of people, but I was able to push them towards the back of my mind and kind of get lost in the moment.

Once again Brigid teased about the title to Curse 3 and asked if everyone wanted to know what the title was.

The crowd basically erupted, and Brigid had to backpedal. I was sitting there thinking that sometime overnight she’d been approved to reveal it, but nope. Everyone got so excited and I really cannot wait to see the announcement for it. Then she said it’s “A Blank so Blank and Blank” and that was it. People laughed and I think Brigid felt bad. I don’t think she expected for people to be that excited about a title reveal.

img_7688Breeana talked about her book and its sequel, The Bone Thief coming out in May – I’m super excited for it! She also talked a little bit about her next project, though it hasn’t quite been announced. She told me a bit about it after the signing had finished, and y’all it sounds amazing. I’m so excited for this project and I cannot wait to read it.

Once I was done asking my questions, the audience had some – a lot were writing craft related. Both Brigid and Breeana were happy to answer them, and then after the actual singing part, the event was over. I met so many people, had so much fun, and I’m still sad that the weekend is over, and the event is over…it’s Wednesday and I still have a bit of a hangover from it. But it’s also kind of the best feeling, because it was a fantastic weekend. It was a memorable experience. I discovered a new to me author and became friends with her. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.

img_7720Right before we headed out to dinner, I was talking to one of the employees who helped run the event and she asked me if I was in publishing, or a rep of some kind – basically how I knew Brigid. So, I told her. I’ve been a fan since 2012 and that grew into a friendship and when Brigid asked if I wanted to moderate, I said yes. When she asked where I lived, and I told her about 30 minutes away from Brigid, her eyes grew wide, and then when she asked if I drove up here, and I told her that I rode up with Brigid, she said that she would probably die if she could ride in a car with her favorite author. I couldn’t help but laugh, because same.

Basically, the whole weekend was amazing and surreal, and I would 100% do it again if Brigid offered. Hands down.

Dinner with Brigid and Breeana was great and lots of fun. We talked about legitimately everything and had amazing food. My burger was fantastic. As was my wine.

img_7686Then it was time to part ways, sadly and the drive home was full of listening to Brigid’s ACSDAL playlist (it’s perfect) and just talking. I’ve been sworn to absolute secrecy, like, upon pain of death, but y’all Curse 3 is SO going to be worth the wait. Trust me on this.

Trust me.

What Brigid has in store…

I get giddy just thinking about it.

Ugh. I can’t wait.

Don’t @ me, asking what I may or may not know. Sworn to secrecy upon pain of death.

And then to top off an already amazing night/weekend, Brigid loaded me up with a few copies of her books, and a signed copy of Heart. I went to the DE with two books in my bag and left with legit more than I could carry. So, thank you so much Brigid for contributing to my collection of your books.

img_7723And circling back around to that signed copy of Heart. I had a signed copy of Curse from ALA, and I’m currently running a giveaway over on Twitter, where one person will get the signed set. So, if you want a chance, make sure you head over to my page, I’ve pinned the tweet to my page, and enter!

I’m really excited that I’m able to do this, and I wish I could’ve done more than one set, and could have done international. Unfortunately, for now, I can only choose one winner. I’m excited to pass along these two amazing books to one lucky someone at the end of the month. So, if you’re interested, make sure you head on over to my Twitter and enter to win the first two books in the Cursebreakers series!

I want to close out this long post, by thanking Brigid for letting me moderate and driving, for not face timing Sarah J Maas (lol, long story) and for everything else. It meant so much, and hopefully one day I get to do it again. I can’t wait for Anna and Breeana’s upcoming releases, and you should check out AudioShelf as well!

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