Friday, May 31, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
|Display of Judy Blume's books at the entrance
|Inside the event room
|Judy Blume and Larry Blume arriving
|More press time
|Larry setting up the trailer
|Yup! Larry Blume was Judy's "fudge" (SuperFudge)
|Lawrence "Larry" Blume
|Luke Tarsitano as "fudge", at 4 yrs old
|Luke Tarsitano, all grown up, he's now 23 yrs old
A fan asked Judy on how does she do it...write these books for different age groupings, since she just makes up these stories. She admittedly replied that she is still a "child at heart." And, Larry even replied that Judy has a remarkable memory...jokingly saying that she even remembers all the names of everyone in her third grade class...hahaha!! Several of Judy's adult fans praised her for the stories that she wrote since so many kids can relate to it. One in particular that was mentioned was Blubber, which touched on an issue that many kids are dealing with today...bullying,which was referred to as "victimization" then. Teachers did not have the awareness that we have today on how bullying can affect the young nowadays.
|Larry Blume and mom, Judy Blume
|Judy Blume signing my copy of Deenie
|Judy Blume signing my books
|Jasmine and Judy Blume
|Judy Blume books that got signed
I even asked Judy if Larry could sign my copy of Tiger Eyes since he directed the film adaptation. She was all too okay with it, she even told me to tell Larry that "his Mom said so." Now, how hilariously cool was that! And, so he did sign my copy of Tiger Eyes!
|Larry Blume signed under where Judy signed! Yay!
|Jasmine and Larry Blume. He even liked my shirt! LOL!
|Mariah and Larry Blume
|Tiger Eyes movie tie-in cover
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
May 28, 2013 was a night of literary fun as Josephine Angelini and fans celebrated the release of the last book in the Starcrossed Trilogy.
Arriving a couple hours before the 7pm event with Josephine Angelini, Mariah and I staked our claim on our seats since it wasn't a wristband event. Yes, I wanted to be sure we were front and center...and we definitely were. I then proceeded to purchase the entire Starcrossed Trilogy books while we waited for this exciting reading/signing. Although I haven't read these books yet, I have been very interested and fascinated with these books since it's loosely based on the Greek poem, The Iliad, Greek literature/mythology. On top of all that, we were among friends...Perla, Cassandra and Franceis, to celebrate the launch of this book with Josephine Angelini.
As time grew closer to start the party, fans were treated to Sprinkles mini-cupcakes. Yes! It was a definite treat! As more fans arrived, the excitement grew. A few fans were even discussing the books among each other.
Excitement escalates as 7pm approaches. To many fans' delight, Josephine Angelini arrives to indulge us to a reading from Goddess. She read an excerpt from Chapter 5 in Goddess. As Angelini read the excerpt, the audience listened intently with awe. Although I haven't read any of the books, I was pulled in to the "Helen's" plight. With her animated reading, Josephine Angelini brought the characters to life and captured our imaginations.
|Josephine Angelini arrives and is introduced to fans by Lita, events coordinator.
|Josephine Angelini begins the reading
As Josephine Angelini brought the reading to a close, the Q&A began. However, Angelini started off by answering a question she knew several fans were thinking. Yup, she got ahead of everyone and answered the question, "are they ever going to get together?" She was referring to the characters "Helen" and "Lucas." However, she did not divulge any spoilers to that effect. Awww...what a tease...LOL! Hence, the Q&A continued.
I can only describe this event as exciting and fun. With Josephine's animated discussions with the fans, it made this whole session amazing. We learned so much about the story behind the making of the Starcrossed Trilogy. Luckily, Mariah was able to record some the reading and Q&A...and, is now available to view on my YouTube channel: MsBabyJazz1972.
Although clips #1 & #2 are only seconds long, I uploaded it anyways. Hope you like and enjoy these video clips and please subscribe.
Here are the video clips to this amazing event:
- Goddess Release Party clip #1
- Goddess Release Party clip #2
- Goddess Release Party clip #3
- Goddess Release Party clip #4
- Goddess Release Party clip #5
- Goddess Release Party clip #6
- Goddess Release Party clip #7
|Josephine Angelini discusses her next novel, Crucible
|Josephine Angelini reads the prologue of Crucible from her iPhone
We got to hear a "sneak read" of Josephine Angenlini's next book...a fanta-sci themed story. After listening to a coupld of pages of the prologue, I was fascinated with this new story. Now, I definitely will be looking forward to reading her next trilogy.
After an exciting Q&A, the signing began. Fans excitedly lined up to get their chance to chat with her. Since we were sitting in the first row, we were able to chat a bit with Josephine Angelini. It was an amazing time! Everyone had a chance to chat AND take posed photos with her. AWESOME!
|Jasmine, Perla, Franceis and Cassandra
|Josephine Angelini signing my books...and Victoria's copy of Starcrossed
|Jasmine and Josephine Angelini
|Mariah and Josephine Angelini
|Josephine Angelini signing Perla's books
|Josephine Angelini and Perla
|Josephine Angelini signing Cassandra's books and bookmarks
|Cassandra and Josephine Angelini
|Josephine Angelini signing Franceis' books
|Mariah getting the bookmarks signed
Not only did I meet the amazing Josephine Angelini, I also met another talented author, Anna Carey. This is one of the reasons why I love author events like this...not only do I meet the spotlight authors; I also have the opportunity to meet other authors who come out to support their friend/author. And, this is exactly how I met Anna Carey, author of the Eve Trilogy.
|Anna Carey chatting it up with a fan
|Anna Carey, author of the Sloan Sisters Series
|Perla and Anna Carey
|Jasmine and Anna Carey
To view the entire photo album of this event, please go to: Movies, Shows & Books on Facebook.
All in all, for a Tuesday evening, it was filled with fun and excitement!! Not only were we entertained with a reading, we learned so much about Josephine Angelini's thoughts on how she started writing, what inspires her to wriate and what stories she likes to read and to write. Disussing the makings of her books was simply a joy to listen to. Being a book nerd, I am always in search for good reads, especially in my favorite genres. I guess that's why I'm not going to ever really get caught up on reading all the books that I have. <sigh> That's okay. It's just incredibly amazing to be able to meet all these talented authors. I thoroughly enjoyed this event. Hence, Iam very excited for the release of her next book trilogy, starting with Crucible. But, of course, I have got to read the Starcrossed Trilogy first...haha!!! I am not alone on that. The waiting for a next book in a series to be released can be excruciating, especially when the previous book leaves the reader with a "cliffhanger."
Again, Barnes & Noble at The Grove has put together another awesome author event. Until the next author event.
|The Starcrossed Trilogy: Starcrossed, Dreamless and Goddess