Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fierce Reads Fall Tour Fun at Mysterious Galaxy

October 29, 2013 was the night to kick off the second leg of the Fierce Reads Fall Tour! And...my daughter and I was there with a few friends to celebrate with the featured authors!

About Fierce Reads
Fierce Reads is an online community and a brand where teens can interact with books they love and be a part of the discovery of new books. The national author tour is a major part of the Fierce Reads brand.

Get the tour information, here!

On this second leg of the tour featured these amazing authors: Ann Aguirre and Gennifer Albin with special guests Leigh Bardugo and Jessica Brody.

In addition to kicking off the second leg of the Fierce Reads Tour, it was also a big night for both featured authors for October 29, 2013 marked the release of their latest books...for Ann Aguirre, Horde, and for Gennifer Albin, Altered

First off, let's get a brief description of our featured authors and special guests.

Anne Aguirre
Ann Aguirre is a USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.

Here is her latest book release...
Book 3 of The Razorland Series
Summary on Goodreads

Gennifer Albin

Gennifer Albin holds a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Missouri. A recovering academic, she turned to writing her own books. In her free time she sits on the National Novel Writing Month Advisory Board, laughs (and cries) with her mom writers group, and watches too much Doctor Who (if that's possible). Gennifer lives in Poulsbo, Washington with her family. 

Her latest book release...
Book 2 of The Crewel World Series
Summary on Goodreads

Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she lives in Hollywood, where she indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls, and costuming in her other life as makeup artist L.B. Benson. Occasionally, she can be heard singing with her band, Captain Automatic.

She is the author of the New York Times Best Sellers, Shadow and Bone and Seige and Storm (Holt Children's/Macmillan). The final book in the Grisha Trilogy, Ruin and Rising, will be published in 2014. She is represented by Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of New Leaf.

Her latest book release...
Book 2 of The Grisha Trilogy
Summary on Goodreads

Jessica Brody
Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self "publishing" her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples and electrical tape. 

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions ad Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.

Jessica now works full time as a writer and producer. She currently spilts her time between Los Angeles and Colorado.

Her latest book release...
Book 1 of The Unremembered Series
Summary on Goodreads

As the event began, each author introduced themselves and gave brief descriptions of their latest books. This group of authors were amazing and funny as they informed and entertained the audience about their books and their writings. After all the introductions and descriptions...the audience Q&A started. 

Check out the fun we had with these amazing and fun authors!

In this first clip, the first question was posed for each of the authors...

In this second clip, the Q&A continues with a question about how they prepare themselves for the fan reactions to their book series...

These beautiful ladies are amazing for creating these worlds that we enjoy reading and entertaining us with their wit and experiences, as fans asked a variety of questions. It definitely wasn't a dull moment with them. After the fun Q&A, the signing began! It was great! We enjoyed seeing Ann Aguirre again since RT Teen Day 2011 and Leigh Bardugo from the last event we met her at the other Mysterious Galaxy in Redondo Beach...and meeting Gennifer Albin was amazing fun. These ladies are so fun and hilarious to chat with! It was so totally awesome, too, that Jessica Brody is also a huge fan of ABC's series SCANDAL! I was absolutely ecstatic, but, we couldn't discuss it much since we both were behind on the episodes. Jessica and I definitely need to catch up on the episodes before any SCANDAL discussion could be had. 

The staff of Mysterious Galaxy had the signing session organized, which was awesome; this gave everyone a chance to chat and spend time with the authors. How awesome was that! We absolutely loved it since we didn't feel rushed! The staff so rocked that night! After all the signing was said and done, everyone wanted photo ops...and, yes, we did get that opportunity. But, before we started with photo ops, I asked if we could get a group photo with their books. And, sure enough everyone got there photo...it felt like we were the paparazzi...hahaha!!! All the authors were looking in every direction there were cameras..haha! Too funny! Loved every minute of it!

Ann Aguirre, Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody Gennifer Albin

Ann Aguirre
Leigh Bardugo
Jessica Brody
Gennifer Albin
Mariah w/ Ann Aguirre, Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody
& Gennifer Albin
Jasmine w/ Ann Aguirre, Leigh Bardugo,
Jessica Brody
 Gennifer Albin

Mariah's signed copy of Altered by Gennifer Albin
Jasmine's signed copy of Horde by Ann Aguirre
Jasmine's signed copy of Unremembered
by Jessica Brody
Our photo signed by Leigh Bardugo
Mariah's photo signed by Leigh Bardugo
Ann Aguirre signed our photo from RT Teen Day 2011!

View the full album at: Movies, Shows & Books on Facebook

Of course, what is a book tour without swag!!??!! Yup! Not only did we get our books signed, these beautiful ladies gave out swag! Well, we know what that means....we can have a giveaway!!! Yay!

****The Giveaway***

Fierce Reads bag
Fierce Reads Tour poster signed by Ann Aguirre,
Gennifer Albin, Leigh Bardugo
& Jessica Brody
Bookmarks signed by Ann Aguirre,
Company D patches & bracelets
Crewel/Altered cards & stickers
Siege & Storm bookmarks signed by Leigh Bardugo,
Siege & Storm buttons
Unremembered sampler & bookmarks signed
by Jessica Brody


  1. My favorite YA book series? It's really really hard to pick just one but right now I am all kinds of obsessed with Sarah Fine's Guards of the Shadowlands Series (Sanctum/Fractured). I partly chose this because it's severely underrated and I want to give it attention but the final book in the series is probably my most anticipated 2014 release (that and the third Throne of Glass book :D)

  2. Probably the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie. That and the Wither series! A close contest!

  3. I love the raven cycle! Maggie's writing was hard to get into but I loved it in the end. The characters Im just in love with all of them and i think the story is just so interesting.

  4. Series? Oh man, this is a tough one. I really love Julie Kagawa's series (both The Iron Fey and the Immortal Rules) because it's just so good! I became addicted to Fae books because of her. And The Eternity was just asdfghjkl. All the feels. Let's just say I need the third one ASAP before I explode.