30 April, 2012

Spring Fling Giveaway Hop (INTL)



Today's giveaway is for Saundra Mitchell's The Springsweet!



From Goodreads:

Heartbroken over the tragic death of her fiancé, seventeen-year-old Zora Stewart leaves Baltimore for the frontier town of West Glory, Oklahoma, to help her young widowed aunt keep her homestead going. There she discovers that she possesses the astonishing ability to sense water under the parched earth. When her aunt hires her out as a "springsweet” to advise other settlers where to dig their wells, Zora feels the burden of holding the key to something so essential to survival in this unforgiving land. Even more, she finds herself longing for love the way the prairie thirsts for water. Maybe, in the wildness of the territories, Zora can finally move beyond simply surviving and start living.

Rules:
  1. Must be at least 13 years old or have the permission of a parent/guardian to share your personal info. 
  2. Open to anywhere that bookdepository.com ships (which is just about everywhere). 
  3. The winner will be chosen randomly via the rafflecopter.com widget. 
Good luck! Don't forget to visit the rest of the blogs on the hop.

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Author Interview with Mike Mullin

We're very excited to have Mike Mullin, author of Ashfall, on the blog today. I recently read Ashfall (see review here) and asked Mike if he would answer some questions for us. Lucky for us, he said yes.

Mike Mullin’s first job was scraping the gum off the undersides of desks at his high school. From there, things went steadily downhill. He almost got fired by the owner of a bookstore due to his poor taste in earrings. He worked at a place that showed slides of poopy diapers during lunch (it did cut down on the cafeteria budget). The hazing process at the next company included eating live termites raised by the resident entomologist, so that didn’t last long either. For a while Mike juggled bottles at a wine shop, sometimes to disastrous effect. Oh, and then there was the job where swarms of wasps occasionally tried to chase him off ladders. So he’s really hoping this writing thing works out.

Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife and her three cats. ASHFALL is his first novel. 

On to the interview!

Hi, Mike! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today. I read Ashfall recently and I have to say that I loved it. It was hard to read at times because I was really afraid for Alex and Darla and what was going to happen to them.  I was so immersed in their world that I felt like I was on the road with them and it was pretty scary.

Thanks for inviting me, Thuy. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed ASHFALL!

Your online bio says that you once had a job where they showed slides of poopy diapers. What kind of job was this and how long did you work there?

I was an Assistant Brand Manager for Pampers Diapers at Procter & Gamble for a few years. At the time I worked there, the heads of Marketing and Product Development hated each other. So whenever Product Development had to give a presentation to Marketing, they’d schedule it at lunchtime and bring color slides of the most disgusting diarrhea-loaded diapers they could find.

Did you set out to write a YA novel or why did you choose to make your protagonist a teenager? 

I set out to write a YA novel. I grew up reading Peck, Cormier, and Blume and never quit. Since I’ve been reading (and geeking out over!) YA novels for more than 30 years, it was natural to choose to write in that category.

There seems to be a lot of dystopian and apocalyptic fiction coming out lately. I think Ashfall is unique in that the story begins before the disaster happens. Why did you decide to start the story before the volcano erupted vs after?

I wanted to start Ashfall out with a bang (bad pun fully intended).

How much research did you have to do before you started writing Ashfall? Did you visit any volcanoes?

I spent 8 months researching volcanoes before I even began the first draft for Ashfall. Then I continued my study of geology as I wrote and rewrote Ashfall over the following two years.

I visited Mount St. Helens as part of my research. It has mostly recovered from the 1980 eruption, although the Toutle River is still an ash-choked mess in some places and inspired my description of the Mississippi in Ashfall.

There’s a more thorough discussion of the research I did for Ashfall on the Our Time in Juvie Blog.

I love Darla! She’s so badass. She knows all kinds of useful stuff like how to make a corn mill and how to skin a rabbit. Was she inspired by anyone in particular and/or why did you decide to make her the more skilled out of the two in terms of being able to live off the land?

Thanks! Darla is like my wife, Margaret, in her toughness, loyalty, intelligence, and willingness to rein Alex in when necessary. Unfortunately, Margaret can’t repair cars—it’d save us a lot of money if she could.

When I need Darla to accomplish some mechanical miracle, I call my brother Paul, who is an electrical engineer, and ask him, “So how would Darla…?” So I guess you could say she’s a bit of an amalgamation of my wife and brother.

I’ve always seen Alex as a city boy. So if he were going to survive, he needed to meet someone with the skills he lacked. And I liked the idea of turning the clichéd romance—boy rescues girl—on its head.

Alex is big on tae kwon do and I see from your website that you are a black belt. Why did you decide to give Alex this skill? Do you and Alex have anything else in common? 

As I was planning Ashfall, I realized my protagonist would have to be someone exceptional to survive. The more I read about the Yellowstone supervolcano, the more shocked I became at what a devastating natural disaster it will be when the volcano erupts again. But at the same time, I’ve been an avid reader of dystopian and apocalyptic literature for years, and I wanted my book to be a little bit different from the excellent current crop of apocalyptic novels—I wanted it to be intensely realistic.

So, I decided my main character would be a martial artist. The only problem: I knew next to nothing about martial arts. I suppose I could have read a bunch of non-fiction about martial arts, but instead I decided to find a studio and train for a while. I happened across ATA Black Belt Academy, really enjoyed training in taekwondo, and stuck with it, earning my black belt not long before Ashfall was released last year.

Given what you know now about what would happen in the event of a sudden volcanic eruption, how long do you think you would survive should it actually occur?

Not long. Maybe a month or two. I researched this question: who survives natural disasters and why? Some of the best epidemiological research on this topic has been done on the Donner Party. To summarize, it shows that to have the best chance of survival, you need to be between the ages of six and thirty-five, female, and have family with you. I’m too old and too male to be a good candidate for surviving the kind of apocalypse I depict in Ashfall. If the supervolcano erupts in my lifetime, my goal will be to die in a way that’s consistent with my values—helping the younger generation to survive and rebuild.

A disaster occurs and you have five minutes to leave your home. What do you take with you?

If it’s a global disaster—a supervolcano, asteroid strike, or similar—I don’t leave my home. If it’s a local disaster, I grab a pack; throw in all the bottled water from the fridge, a knife, matches, a plastic tarp, rain poncho, fleece hoodie, and all the bottles in our medicine cabinet (aspirin, Tylenol, etc). I could grab that much in five minutes. You can survive a long time without food, so the immediate concerns are keeping warm, dry, hydrated, and healthy.

If you could choose, would you rather face an apocalypse from a natural disaster or a zombie apocalypse?

A natural disaster. Fighting zombies is fun in Left for Dead, but I don’t think I’d enjoy it for real.

What can you tell us about Ashen Winter, which comes out later this year? I want something good to happen to Alex and Darla but I have a feeling that isn’t going to happen.

No, Ashen Winter is, if anything, even darker than Ashfall. It starts six months after Ashfall ends—it’s June and the volcanic winter has only deepened. It’s still below freezing outside, and none of the four-foot blanket of snow smothering Iowa and Illinois has melted. Many survivors are desperate for food, and some of them will do anything—eat anything—to stave off starvation.

Some random questions we like to ask:

If you could go back in time (and not mess with the space time continuum), what would you tell your younger self?

Don’t quit writing Captain Poopy’s Sewer Adventures—this guy named Dav Pilkey is going to make a bundle selling Captain Underpants just nine years from now.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

Probably a teacher of some sort.

Cake or pie and what kind?

Pie—coconut crème with a meringue topping.

Last book read?

Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves

Favorite guilty pleasure movie?

Highlander—the first movie and the first year or so of the TV shows. The sequels are worthless.

Song that you can’t help singing along to when you hear it?

“Fire Water Burn” by The Bloodhound Gang.

Strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

Termites, on a dare from the resident entomologist at a company I worked for that made and sold insecticides.

Last thing - will you be doing any touring later this year for Ashen Winter (meaning where can your fans stalk you)?

I’ll be touring a ton. I’ll be at Book Expo America, The American Library Association, The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE, and numerous libraries and bookstores. You can find my schedule here. Check back frequently—there are a lot of events in the works, and I’ll add them to that page as soon as details are available.

Thanks for stopping by, Mike. We’re really looking forward to Ashen Winter and wish you the best. :)

Thanks for inviting me to visit Read Now Sleep Later!

Thank you, everyone, for hanging out and reading our interview with Mike. Ashfall is out now and its sequel, Ashen Winter, will be released in Oct 2012.

You can find Mike online at the following:
Website
Blog
Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads

Purchase Ashfall
Indiebound
Amazon
Barnes & Noble




29 April, 2012

In My Mailbox (10)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren (inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie) where you can show off the books that you got last week.

ARCs Received:


I'm on the blog tour; so excited that it's my turn to read! For more info click the widget on the sidebar.

I also volunteered for a friend and was rewarded for my troubles with the ARCs below. 



Borrowed:


This looks adorable. I don't know if you can see: it says "translated from the Rabbit by Polly Horvath". Haha!

Netgalley:


It's been so difficult to get review copies from Disney-Hyperion so I'm glad they occasionally release titles to everyone. I'm very likely going to end up buying this anyway!

26 April, 2012

Ashfall - Review



Publication date: 11 October 2011 by Tanglewood Press

ISBN 10/13: 0446574473 | 9780446574471


Category: Young Adult Science Fiction
Keywords: Science fiction, survival, natural disaster
Format: ebook, Hardcover


Thuy's review: 

Alex is just a normal teenage boy living a normal life. He has an annoying younger sister and parents that he loves, but who also get on his nerves from time to time. His biggest concerns are homework and practicing for tae kwon do. But his life and everyone’s around him changes in an instant when a super volcano in Yellowstone National Park erupts, covering the land and sky in ash and changing the ecological landscape of the world forever. Now Alex must survive as he makes his way to find his family. Some of the people he encounters are kind, while others have much more sinister plans now that the world is in chaos.

Ashfall is one of those books that you want to read because you want to know what happens but also don’t want to read it for fear that something terrible is going to happen to the characters. Ashfall actually reminded me a little bit of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road though not as bleak and with less cannibalism. I’ve read a lot of dystopian and post apocalyptic novels lately. I liked that Ashfall was a little different in that it actually starts before the disaster. I think this actually makes Alex’s situation worse than other dystopian novels because 1) he has to survive the initial aftermath of the volcano eruption and 2) he clearly remembers what life was like Before. To me, Alex’s situation is much more relatable and I was right there with him wondering what the heck was going on when the roof crashed in on him.

Because Ashfall is based on actual science (yes, the super volcano exists!) it’s especially scary. Sure it’s unlikely that a volcano is going to erupt any time soon, but it could happen. I can also imagine a large earthquake, hurricane, tsunami having similar effects if large enough. And I know enough about people to believe that society would break down pretty quickly once food and water were scarce. There’s also some commentary on what the government would do in this type of situation which, while disconcerting, seemed believable.

It’s not all bad though. On his journey, Alex encounters many kind people. There are people who help him when they don’t have to. Alex would surely be dead if not for the help of many people and he tries pay it forward by helping when he can as well. I really liked Alex and my heart was in my throat every time he had to venture outside. I really didn’t want anything terrible to happen to him or Darla.

Speaking of Darla, she’s totally badass. I loved that she knew all kinds of things about mechanics and farming. She’s so unique - a totally strong and independent person who doesn’t even like Alex when she first meets him. I loved that she was so capable but still believable. As they learn to depend on each other for survival and more, Alex and Darla start to fall in love. I liked that it wasn’t an instant attraction and that Mullin didn’t shy away from the sex part of it. Yes, teens think about sex. Especially boys. But Alex and Darla tackled the subject practically and without drama, which was refreshing.

Ashfall is a story of will and survival. An intense and action packed drama filled with compelling characters, it will make you ask questions about yourself and the world we live in. Would I survive a major disaster like the one in Ashfall? Would society? I don’t know but I can’t wait to find out what happens to Alex in the sequel to Ashfall, Ashen Winter.



Visit the author online at www.mikemullinauthor.com and follow him on Twitter @Mike_Mullin

25 April, 2012

Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop (Intl)



My favorite fairytale right now is The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and my favorite character is the (often nameless) Prince. In some of the older variants he is "the old soldier". The story is about a dozen dancing princesses who are driving their father into penury by constantly wearing out a dozen pairs of shoes every night, to the point where the King has no choice but to lock them up in their bedroom at day's end. Still they somehow are able to wear out their shoes every evening. He offers the hand of any of his princesses to the man who figures out how they are doing this. 

The old soldier or prince character, through a mixture of luck and cunning, is able to figure out that every night the girls disappear through a trap door which takes them to a Fairy Ball. They dance the night away and return worn out (shoes, too!) every morning. I love this fairytale even though it seems a bit senseless and without a lesson, because it gives other storytellers free license to imagine a bigger theme and character development, as well as romance, with the fairytale as the framework.

From Errol le Cain's 1978 adaptation of the tale (photo from Our Paper Moon)
Today you can win one of these Dancing Princess adaptations:



The winner gets to pick, but I highly recommend Entwined by Heather Dixon--it's my favorite! There is more than one "prince/soldier" character and I thought it was well-written, entertaining, and romantic.

Rules:

  1. You must be at least 13 years old or have the permission of a parent or guardian to enter. 
  2. This contest is open to anywhere that bookdepository.com ships (so pretty much anywhere). 
  3. The winner will be chosen randomly through the rafflecopter.com widget. Thanks for entering!
Don't forget to visit all other awesome blogs on this giveaway hop!



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Daemon Invasion Tour


Hi, everyone. You saw our post this morning about the Daemon Invasion Street Team, but now it's time to really reveal what this is all about. And if you're looking for a team to join, please go to our post and consider joining ours. Get ready for the invasion!

From Daemon Invasion Headquarters:

Over the last couple of weeks, you’ve heard us talking about the upcoming #daemoninvasion and we’re so excited to finally share with you what is going on.

Really excited.

The beautiful and uber cool models, Pepe Toth and Sztella Tziotziosz, who grace the Lux covers, will be joining us in the United States! You heard right. They are flying here, from Hungary to spend a few days as Daemon and Katy! While they are here, they will be working with Vania, from VLC Productions (the team behind Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, Melissa de La Cruz, Kimberly Derting, Moira Young, Kami Garcia and Margret Stohl, Hillary Duff, Lauren Destefano, and many, many more authors’ book trailers), to film book trailers for the Lux Series.

During the filming in Atlanta, they will be accompanying us on tour! What does that mean? You get to meet them. In the flesh. They will be participating in the signings and events. At those signings, we’ll be giving away signed posters, photos, and other swag. There will also be meet and greet events you can join in on. 

At each signing, there will be advanced copies of Onyx given away!

And to top things off (as if this isn’t enough, but we don’t do anything small), there’s something very, very exciting in the works! It involves advanced copies of Opal, water, and a little destination known as the Bahamas. 

I am not kidding. 

This will be epic. 

Aare you excited? I am! This tour is going to be so, so much fun, and I’m so thrilled that Pepe and Sztella are a part of it. We owe them a huge thank you and a giant welcome making the 16 hour flight to meet the readers of the Lux Series. You!

Daemon Invasion Signing and Event Schedule

June 8th
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA
3:00pm

June 10th
Barnes and Noble
St Johns Town Center
Jacksonville, FL
3:00pm

June 13th
Barnes and Noble
Waterford Lakes Town Center
Orlando, FL
3:00pm

June 14th
Barnes and Noble
The Palladium at City Place
West Palm Beach, FL
4:00pm

There are several #daemoninvasion street teamers out there and if you want to join a team to win exclusive prizes, search down the #daemoninvasion hashtag to join one of the teams!

Don’t forget to visit Jennifer L. Armentrout’s blog to win a signed set of Half-Blood and Pure (in celebration of her adult romance release, Tempting the Best Man, under pen name J. Lynn. It can be purchased here.

This should be a lot of fun and we hope you join us for #DaemonInvasion!



Daemon Invasion - Join Our Team


So I did something that I don't normally do. I signed up to participate in an event. Let me just say that I am not usually a joiner. You know that kid who always volunteered to help out or joined every club and sport in school? Yeah I was that other kid waaaay in the back doodling in a notebook. But when I heard that Jennifer Armentrout was starting a team to promote her Lux series featuring the super sexy alien Daemon, I did what I normally don't do and signed up. I really loved her first book in the series, Obsidian, and cannot wait for Onyx to come out. And that's how I find myself today on a street team asking for your help.

Yup, I can't do this alone. I need a street team of similarly obsessed Daemon fans to help me. You don't have to have a blog but you do need to have a twitter, facebook, tumblr or other social media outlook that you can post on. Jennifer and her team will give us tasks to complete and, as we complete them, we'll go on to the next task levels. The higher we go, the more eligible we all are for prizes. And we get to spread the Daemon love. Sounds fun, right?

If you're interested in joining our team, leave a comment with your email addy or email me at twee66 at gmail dot com with your name and the link to your social media site. I really hope someone joins me so I am not a team of one (oh high school insecurity is coming back to me). Thanks, everyone!

*The image above was inspired by one I saw on Putting Pen to Page (credited to Refracted Light Reviews) and, of course, by the Ryan Gosling Hey Girl series. 


ETA: For more info on what's happening during Daemon Invasion, please go to our info post here

UPDATE 5/14/12: We still need team members! Hit me up at twee66 at gmail dot com if you want to join our team.




24 April, 2012

Author Event - Maggie Stiefvater & Corey Whaley at Burbank Public Library

Hello, everyone! I had a really fun book event the other day at my very own local library. Burbank Public Library hosted Maggie Stiefvater Wolves of Mercy Falls series, Scorpio Races) and Corey Whaley (Where Things Come Back) for a talk on April 23, 2012. I've seen Maggie several times before but this was my first time seeing Corey whose book, Where Things Come Back, I've been dying to read. Both came to talk about their new books, read an excerpt and then answer questions from the audience. 

Maggie started the night off with a brief intro and read a passage from The Scorpio Races. Maggie said that she had always wanted to write a story about the mythical water horses that she had read about when she was a child. The story was of a beautiful but also deadly creature. The original myth was very strange and had all of these weird rules for the horses and it wasn't until she realized that she could get rid of the parts of the story that she didn't like was she able to finally write the story. She also likened her book to Top Gun but then said her editor didn't like that and switched to say that her book was like My Little Pony/Jurassic Park.

Corey read a bit from his book and then told us about how he had always wanted to write a coming of age story. He had written for awhile but he never felt like he had the right story to tell. One day in college he was driving and listening to NPR when a story came on about musician Sufjan Stevens. The story was about how Stevens wrote a song about an ivory-billed woodpecker after hearing about this rare bird being spotted in a small town. The town was all but dead but, after the sighting, people started to flock there in the hopes of spotting the bird. Corey realized that this town would be a great setting for his book and that's when the seeds of Where Things Come Back came from. 

On naming characters:
Corey was actually in his car when he came to a fork in the road leading in two directions to two different towns. The signs were close together and the names of the towns seemed like a fitting name and that name became the first character in his book. Later on, on a trip to his hometown he passed another small town whose name he also appropriated for his book. Then he decided to keep up the pattern and pulled the names of town from all over Arkansas and Louisiana and made names from those towns. One character, who is an outsider, did not get a town name. 

Maggie said that she believes that a character's name is a reader's first impression of them. Take any name and, when you hear it, you have an idea of that person. She thinks that people either embody their names or are the exact opposite of it. For Sam from the Wolves of Mercy Falls, she named him because it was only one letter off from "sad," which she felt he was. Unfortunately her editor pointed out that there was already a werewolf named Sam in the Twilight series and asked her to change it. For several days Maggie went through books and even tried out the name Lee for awhile, but none of them felt right. She was reading the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs at the time (love!) and realized that there was also a werewolf named Sam in that series. Then she pulled all of the books she could find with werewolves named Sam in them and told her editor that people would probably be more confused if the werewolf wasn't named Sam, than if he was. So Sam stayed. :)

What they're reading/like to read:
Corey said that he loves Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. He said that after he read Perks, he wanted to be able to write a book like Perks. He also said that he reads a lot of Kurt Vonnegut and his fellow YA authors.

Maggie, a cynic, doesn't cry at books or movies (like me!) but that she cried a lot reading The Time Traveler's Wife. The book really moved her and is probably the only book so far that has made her shed tears. She also said that she reads a lot of non-fiction because she is always doing research and looking for new ideas.

Obviously a lot more was said than what I am paraphrasing here but this already a pretty long post. Maggie and Corey were both awesome and I learned a lot listening to them. After the talk, we were able to buy some books (note to library--if you're only going to accept cash and checks, let people know before the event). I brought two books of Maggie's to get signed - my awesome UK edition of Lament (thanks, Kimberly!) and Ballad. Oh--Maggie said that she just turned in the third faerie book, yay! And I bought a copy of Where Things Come Back for Corey to sign.

All in all a very fun night. Thanks, Corey and Maggie, for coming out to my hood!




Visit Maggie at maggiestiefvater.com and follow @mstiefvater on Twitter
Visit Corey at johncoreywhaley.com and follow @corey_whaley on Twitter

Find more of Thuy's adult book reviews at rnslnitelite.blogspot.com and follow @fishgirl182 on Twitter

23 April, 2012

Book Events Happening TONIGHT in L.A.

This post is coming a bit late but just wanted to let our readers know that there are a few book events happening tonight in the local Los Angeles area. 

World Book Night
various locations
go to the site for more info

Our very own Alethea will be giving out books tonight for World Book Night. If you are volunteering or come across any volunteers tonight, we'd love to hear your story. I am really hoping I run into a group but we'll see.


Author Visit for Corey Whaley & Maggie Stiefvater
Monday, April 23, 2012

Burbank Public Library - Buena Vista Branch

300 N. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91505



Maggie and Corey will be on hand to talk about their books. Books will also be available for sale and there will be a signing afterwards. (This is right down the street from me so I will be there!)


YA or Bust Tour
Monday, April 23, 2012 at 6:30pm

Children's Book World
10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Come see Gayle Forman, Stephanie Perkins, Nina LaCour and hosted by Marie Lu.

This is being arranged by our friend Angie from Beneath the Jacket. I really wish I could go to this but the store is very far from my work and I can't get off early. If you go, please tell Angie that the RNSL gals say hi and come back and tell us how it was. 




In My Mailbox (9)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren (inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie) where you can show off the books that you got last week.

Bought: 


our May 2012 selection for YABC (chosen by Roxy W


Traded for:



I sent Uniquely Moi Books my extra copy of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I'm about 60 pages in and beginning to think I got the short end of the stick--despite Selection already being made into a TV series before the book is even released. Now if the world were a fairer place Shadow and Bone should at least get a movie deal at minimum; an HBO miniseries would be best. It is freaking brilliant.

I also went to The LA Times Festival of Books today, but I already had all the books for the authors we went to see! :P So I can't really count them.

That's it for me this week! What's in your mailbox?

21 April, 2012

Author Event - Extra Yarn with Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen


Hello, friends! Last weekend was the first ever Southern California Yarn Crawl. For those who don't know, it's basically a big weekend event that encourages people to go out and visit as many local yarn stores as possible. There are lots of events and door prizes to make it fun. Not to mention lots of yarn (we here are RNSL are big knitters). As part of the festivities, Unwind Yarns in Burbank, CA hosted Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, the team behind the wonderful new children's picture book Extra Yarn

Our very own Alethea along with friends from Bridge To Books were on hand during the event to help out. There were cake pops and drinks and Alethea even knit the letters for Extra Yarn. I did the houses which were way easier. :)

yummy yarn shaped cake pops
house cozies like the ones in extra yarn, only smaller
The  event started off with a reading of the book by Mia. Mia was a great reader and put a lot of personality into the reading.


Next, Mac and Jon drew with the kids and signed books.  Mac also ended up reading the book again later in the day for people who missed Mia's reading. If you want to see a video clip of Mac's reading, head over to Aly''s blog to see it (it's worth looking at).

i love this picture. no doubt alethea will think it looks awkward. :)

signing da books
jon, hannah, and mac

Cake was eaten, books signed, and fun was had by all. It was a really fun event and it was so cool to see the mix of knitters picking up the book and book people learning about knitting and yarn. It was two worlds colliding in the best possible way. If you haven't checked out Extra Yarn yet, you must! A sweet, funny, and magical story; it has something for everyone. Thanks for hanging in there and getting to the bottom of this post. If you were there, we'd love to hear your thoughts on the event. If you weren't we'd still love to see your comments. If you want to see more photos, please visit our flickr set for the event. Have a wonderful weekend!