In comments to my last post, Tone wondered if Phoenix had kidnapped me. Well, yes, it sort of did! After the AMAZING Project Book Babe came to a close, I stayed on to enjoy a few days of desert sunshine in the company of Stephanie Perkins, who was out visiting her home town from North Carolina, and I only got back to Portland last night. I haven't had a chance to sort through photos and video links yet, so for now I'll just say: I've never attended (or even heard about) such an awesome author event, and I'm so grateful I got to be part of it!!! It was So Much Fun. Such great energy, wonderful people, crazy laughter, and abundant good will. It was AWESOME!!!
And Project Book Babe continues in the virtual world, as the online auction rolls along. Currently on the auction block: an Advance Reader's Copy of Silksinger, signed by both moi and Jim, and illustrated by Jim with a one-of-a-kind drawing! It looks GREAT! If you'd like to bid on it (and I hope you would like), go HERE. (On the item page you can see the drawing.) A likewise illustrated and signed ARC of Lips Touch will go up soon, as well as an illustrated and signed hard cover of Blackbringer. This is a great way to get yourself an early copy and have the money go to a great cause!
Until I have a chance to write a coherent run-down of Saturday, I'll just say: Shannon Hale and Jon Lewis are hilarious and made fantastic emcees; the organizers and volunteers really created a phenomenal event (thanks, Daanon & Michelle for inviting me and taking care of me!); Stephenie Meyer is every bit as lovely and normal and nice as she is rumored to be (which, if you haven't heard the rumors, is: very lovely and normal and nice); Dean Lorey is a terrific prom dress model (and he wrote for Arrested Development, which had me geeking out all day); and basically: everyone was GREAT. I miss them!
Thank you to everyone who helped out, who attended, who bought raffle tickets, laughed loudly, bid on auction items, played music, or did anything else to make this work!!!
And here, before I go, are Stephanie and I at the Phoenix Zoo, Stephanie apparently being kissed by a baboon. We'd just bought our colorful sunglasses in the zoo gift shop (along with sun block. Wow, it's sunny in the desert!). Aren't we dashing?
Shannon Hale has a great post up with lots of photos and info HERE.