- Busybusybusy = links and then some photographicals from last weekend's event at the Morris Book Shop. I have every intention of catching up on emails within the next few days, so if I owe you one: it is coming.
- Like the movie Clue? Me too. This Buzzfeed piece is for you.
- First mechanical gear found in a living creature.
- The HuffPo's guide to the "tangled web of teen fandoms."
- I don't think I could love Allison Janey more. Make this woman the star of a movie / TV show / whatever-she-wants.
- A love letter to Lexington, our city, which we generally adore.
A few nice reviews:
- At My Library in the Making: "All the interconnecting conspiracies made The Woken Gods a true thriller, but it still had a twisted sense of humor that perfectly fit this twisted book. It was truly unpredictable, and there was a well-developed and swoon-worthy romance to boot. Despite a few slow moments, I was never bored. To sum this up, The Woken Gods is a freaking awesome book that I would definitely recommend to Rick Riordan fans, and oh, who do I have to beg for a sequel?" *beam*
- At Much-Loved Books: "The synopsis gives a good idea about what The Woken Gods is about, but it's not until I began reading that I really got to see the world Gwenda has created, full of mythology, secrets, mysteries, and some pretty scary monsters." *beam again*
- At Badass Book Reviews: "My favorite had to be the god Anzu, who was assigned to protect Kyra. Anzu was a flying lion griffin-like god and he was very protective of Kyra, especially after she helped him out." I include this because Anzu seems to be everyone's favorite!
- And some nice words for Blackwood (and other Strange Chemistry books!) on e-book sale at YA Yeah Yeah: "Electric chemistry between the two, a truly chilling villain, and one of the best endings of the year make this a must read." *beam the final*
- Updated list of all The Woken Gods promo stops so far, including the real-world imaginary tour ones. Remember: Reading and spreading the word makes kittens happy.
I often talk about how my local bookstore cup runneth over. We are so lucky, and I know it, to have such a vibrant literary scene and such great bookstores. I already posted about the launch day signing event at Joseph-Beth, but wanted to thank the fabulous Morris Book Shop, aka MoBoSho, for hosting me last weekend. Should you want signed copies, both have plenty (and personalizations can be arranged).
There were delicious cupcakes:
And a bookstore-owner with a chainsaw (because don't all bookstores have people come in on Saturday night to return a chainsaw borrowed from the staff?):
And my pal Alison saying nice things that I can't quite believe are true:
Christopher's adorable nephew William, who assured me he was not listening during the scary parts of my reading (and thanks to Christopher for playing the mermaid in our bonus reading from the collaboration we've been working on–once again a show-stealer!):
And then we went out for dinner and drinks and such, but not before goofily clutching the sign:
Upcoming stuff! Next weekend, Christopher and I will be reading (and signing anything put before us) at Straight Shot Coffee in Middletown, Ohio, at 2 p.m. And next month I'll be at Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach, on Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m., and then at Malaprops in Asheville (with several other authors) on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. Details on the events page, and reminders closers to.