The Breathless Tour (Marie Lu, Beth Revis, Jessica Spotswood, Andrea Cremer) was coming to my local Indie Bookstore (Anderson's in Naperville) and I was beyond excited to finally meet Beth Revis in person!
Backstory: I've been blogger-friends with Beth since before she sold her first book, Across the Universe (YA. Science Fiction. Buy.It.You.Must.Read.It.). We had a crit-partner in common (the awesome Rebecca Carlson, who still does amazing crits for me!), and Beth has graciously answered my query-agent-trauma questions many times. I've followed her meteoric rise to NYTimes Bestseller status with great interest and much cheering, not just for her awesomeness, but for paving the way for YA SF for the rest of us.
I had already pre-ordered and downloaded Beth's second book A Million Suns to my Kindle, but when I found out she was coming to town on the first stop of the Breathless tour, I couldn't wait to get my signed copy and finally meet her in person!
In fact, I was so excited, I got three copies.
There were well over a hundred people at the signing, and by happy circumstance, I met my son's teacher and her daughter there, as well as the librarian from my other son's school, and another writer friend. It was a party! And as the authors answered questions in a panel format, Beth was just as fun and funny as I remember her being on her blog and all those emails.
But I was nervous.
I mean, I emailed her and told her I was coming and she said she was looking forward to meeting me in real life! But she had a zillion fans here, and I know how hectic public events can be, and well...I wasn't sure if she would remember.
I clutched my books and stood in line (#38), and completely fangirled with the young lady behind me who was probably 20 and just as excited as I was to meet Beth (as well as the other authors). I got my signed poster and my Breathless badge and waited my turn.
She smiled really big and said "Hi!" back and then she gave me a hug! #squee
Then she turned to Marie Lu (who is as big as a minute and adorable) at the table next to her and said, "This is the author of Open Minds!"
At which point, my head exploded.
I'm pretty sure I stood for a full two seconds with my mouth open with nothing coming out. Then blurted something incoherent. I can't remember what it was. Or maybe I'm blocking it out. All I could think was, omgomgomg. Marie smiled and said something nice and I eventually recovered and turned back into a semi-coherent human being again:
And got Beth to sign my Kindle (we stole Marie's cool gold pen):
And sign some books:
And pretty much floated for the rest of the night.
Thank you Beth for being even more awesome and gracious and cool in person!!
Remember how I said I got THREE books? Well, one is for me (obviously) and one is for my son's Jr. High writing teacher (who is a big fan) and one ... IS FOR YOU!!
That's right, I'm giving away a signed copy of A Million Suns!
Just leave a comment below, and tell me who your favorite author crush is, and I will randomly pick a winner next Monday 2/20 (only open to the US and Canada, sorry! Those hardbacks are expensive to ship!).
UPDATE: If you're looking to win a copy of Open Minds, there's an ebook giveaway going on at Bookworm Lisa and a paperback giveaway on Goodreads!