Books Event

Courtney’s EPIC Launch Party

February 21, 2011
I had the lovely opportunity to attend Courtney Allison Moulton’s launch party for her book, Angelfire, which is made of awesome…as is she. I’m a Michigander and I’m always thrilled to be able to go author events because we don’t have too many, especially for fellow Michiganders. 🙂 I had met Courtney back in September at the Anderson’s Young Adult Literature Conference, so I was really excited to see her again. And I was meeting up with Erika from Moonlight Book Reviews AND finally meeting Alex from Electrifying Reviews! Both of them are great and I feel so uncool next to them.
My parents and I got to the store around one and since the signing didn’t start until two, I wandered around the store. Part of the glory of Schuler Books is that they have a USED section and at the location near me, I always find great books in really good condition, as well as DVDs and CDs. Well, the Lansing store was no exception and I found some great used books. I’m starting to branch into the romance genre, so I got one from that section, and then I moved over to the “normal” books and bought a finished copy of Desires of Dead. But while I was looking, Erika showed up and we hugged and chatted. Good times. 🙂
From there, Erika and I picked up our copies of Angelfire and then Alex arrived, and it was great finally meeting him. Our senses of humors seem to clash with one another, but I think we finally got into a good groove, haha. We wandered around, chatted, found some free swag, and Erika and I talked Alex into buying some books. We’re bad influences. After the employees set up chairs for the signing, the three of us claimed seats and then Aimee Carter, author of the upcoming The Goddess Test, came and it was lovely to meet yet another Michigan author. She sat and hung out with us, and I do believe I’ve made a new friend.
Okay, I’m sure you’re all wanting to know about the actual signing, so here we go…
Courtney and I
First off, Schuler Books sold out of Angelfire and there were a crapload of people there! I am so happy for Courtney! She talked about the book a little and then took questions before reading a passage. She talked about how the movie “The Time Machine” inspired the idea of Will trying to save Ellie throughout time and how Sailor Moon inspired Ellie’s character. Courtney mentioned a lot of people liken Ellie to Buffy (I’m guilty of doing this sometimes), but she thinks she’s more like Sernea/Sailor Moon than Buffy, but they both kick a lot of butt. Haha. She also talked a bit about NaNoWriMo and how Angelfire was a product of that, which I didn’t know. Then she got ready to read a passage, which ended up being the one she described as “funny with blood”. The other choices were, as she called them, “really bloody”, “hot guy and bloody”, and “some blood”, haha. After the reading, they moved the chairs so everyone could mingle while drinking root beer floats, which were extremely tasty. 🙂

During the mingling, I had the chance to meet some fellow bloggers. I was really nervous, though. I don’t fair too well in social situations because I get really nervous, which I need to get over since I’m having a book signing of my own in the future, lol. There were so many people that it was hard too meet everyone, but I met Sara from The Hiding Spot and Kristi from The Story Siren. Meeting both of them was AMAZING because they’re both super nice and they run sites that I look up to. I also met Leah Clifford, author of A Touch Mortal, and she is so friendly and her jacket was so cool! Then I ran into Amy Huntley, author of The Everafter, who I had met a few years ago when her book first came out. When I first saw her, I had asked writing-related questions and it was cool being able to tell her I now have a book coming out. She was so excited and it was great to see her again. 
After chatting it up with the authors and bloggers, Erika, Alex, Aimee, and I finally got in line to get our books signed. Courtney was happy to see us all and she happily signed the three books I had for her, one of which will be given away at some point, and she had some extra swag for us to take, too. After getting our books signed and our pictures taken, we all mingled (love that word) some more and then parted ways. Before leaving, I had wonderful conversation with a friend of mine who works at Schuler about Alex Pettyfer, Gaspard Ulliel, and my book, haha. She also gave me some ARCs, so that was nice. 🙂
Overall, it was an AWESOME day and I hope everyone had as much as I did, if not more. Funny thing, though. Things kept falling/dropping. I think a reaper was there messing with all of us. 🙂
Blogger decided to be stupid again and make uploading photos difficult, so photos will be posted later.

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    Alex Bennett (Electrifying Reviews)
    February 21, 2011 at 5:20 am

    It was soooooooooooooooo much fun!

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    February 21, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Aimee Carter, author of the upcoming The Goddess Test, came and it was lovely to meet yet another Michigan author. She sat and hung out with us, and I do believe I’ve made a new friend.

    Heck yes! ;D It was fantastic to meet you.

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    February 21, 2011 at 8:08 am

    O_O >_< Why couldn’t I live close to amazing authors?! I guess I have to exchange that with not living in an ice-cold tundra…

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    February 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Looks amazing & fun!

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    Lani Woodland
    February 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful time! 🙂

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    Casey (The Bookish Type)
    February 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Ahh! I so wish I could have gone! Launch parties always look SO fun and I loved Angelfire! =D

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    Jamie - I'm a guy, btw
    February 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    That sounds like such a great time…wish I could’ve been there (Florida is a tad far from Michigan!)

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    February 22, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Lucky you for an awesome party. I don’t know what would have excited me more…meeting Courtney or meeting all the bloggers 🙂

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    Leah Clifford
    February 22, 2011 at 4:25 am

    You did wonderful! I was JUST talking to my mom about how great it was to meet all of you! 🙂

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    February 28, 2011 at 1:11 am

    I loved this! I had so much fun meeting all of the authors! I really enjoy when I get to hang out with you DJ!

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    Kelley Vitollo
    March 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Sounds like a blast!

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