Last evening it was another gathering of Utah book bloggers. We brought our families with us this time and had a picnic in the park with the 100 degree sun glaring down on us. Also, this time, several authors joined us.
It was an interesting start to the whole event, for my family anyway, because when we arrived at the park and came to a road closure thanks to a city event also happening there, we were told by the little dude to drive several blocks up and around and come to the park a completely different way. So we did.
Then, we came to the road closure on the other side, where the city deal was going on, at which point I got out and proceeded to look for my blogger buddies, not knowing at all what any of them looked like except one or two from the last party!
THAT didn't work, so we followed a car that ignored the road block, and drove through BACK to the side we'd arrived at in the beginning. Finally, my husband said, "There's a group over there, maybe that's them?" So we checked it out and sure enough, we saw the familiar face of Natasha!
I was starting to be so sad about not finding everyone, but now all was well, even if I was by then completely melting in the extreme heat.
So after getting settled, and getting some food and finding our spot in the shade, I could figure out who ended up coming to our gathering.
and of course or fearless leader, Natasha from Maw Books Blog
(and please, don't let me have forgotten anyone!!!)
Taking a picture of Natasha taking pictures, with Emily to the left, Becky behind her, with Britt in the right corner, and Melissa in the left corner.
Then suddenly, the authors descended upon us! A couple I know well, and have read their books. Several were new-to-me and I look forward to discovering their books.
James Dashner with The Maze Runner coming out in October
J. Scott Savage with Farworld: Land Keep coming out in October
Leeann Whiffen with A Child's Journey out of Autism... out now.
Emily Wing Smith with The Way He Lived... out now
Bree Despain with The Dark Divine coming out in December
Brodi Ashton with Echo coming out... soon.
Back: J. Scott and James
Front: Brodi, Emily, Bree, Leann
I loved hearing the authors kid and tease each other, and discuss the industry and how they came to be published. I loved talking blogs and books with other bloggers, but wish we could have talked even more. I feel like I didn't get to connect with the group over there on "the other side." You know how that goes, you get your spot, and then don't move from it. I have a tendency to do that big time. (Below you can see me sitting in my chair, sticking to my spot, enjoying the author banter.)
Anyway, the most exciting moment came when J. Scott Savage, who brought the "uncorrected proof" of his next book to show and tell, decided to sign it and give it to my 14 year old son. The son who I had to literally drag to this gathering, yet the son who also said about J.Scott's first book Waterkeep "it's better than Harry Potter."
My son also loves James Dashner's books, so at the end, I forced them all into a picture:
Seriously, thanks guys. You have no idea how much my son needed this boost. Thank you so much!
And thanks to Natasha for making it happen yet again! I look forward to next time!