#PTALive Melbourne, with Penguin Teen Australia

On Monday 12th August 2013, Penguin Teen Australia hosted #PTALive at their Melbourne headquarters. Among other things, it was to launch their new website. (NOTE: Feedly, my current blog reader, isn’t recognising this URL – or any variations of it. So if anyone finds a compatible RSS feed that will work with Feedly, please let me know.)

Got to be honest, I felt rather odd at the event, because…I’m not really a fangirl. Nothing to do with my age (mid-twenties), and everything to do with my personality. And a lot of the books that were highlighted, I just have no interest in. And for the others, I’m interested in Veronica Roth‘s and Marie Lu‘s series, but I haven’t read them yet. And I’ve only read Richelle Mead‘s first two Vampire Academy novels.

Marissa Meyer‘s Scarlet was featured out of two “underrated” titles. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been selling as well as some of the publisher’s other titles. Which is a real shame, because I rather like the Lunar Chronicles series. Admittedly, I read library copies of Cinder and Scarlet, so I haven’t put my money where my mouth is.

There was a shout-out to bloggers in general, and my site was one of twelve to be visually specified. Yeah, that surprised me, too. And seeing my name among the others really made me stand out, not necessarily in a good way, because I don’t have branding or a specially made banner. My entire blog is much like that.

I’ve been book blogging since 2007. Let that sink in. It’s currently 2013. And I’m rather unprogressive ;-)

But I digress…

Guest authors interviewed were Will Kostakis (author of The First Third) and Jennifer Kloester (author of The Cinderella Moment). Not entirely sure why, but Jen reminded me of American author Jackie Morse Kessler (also known as simply Jackie Kessler). Maybe because of their initials, and they both write YA fiction and practice martial arts. Also, they’re contracted to the same US publisher (Month9Books)… ;-)

Anyhoo, it was reported that Melbourne’s #PTALive had the most attenders, beating the other events around the country. Batmanians, unite! :-) Also, surprising to learn that Vampire Academy’s biggest market is Australia. Would’ve just assumed the US was. But Australia has a lot of scary fangirl to give, apparently ;-)

Penguin Teen Australia: Facebook Twitter YouTube Tumblr

Will Kostakis: Facebook Twitter The First Third

Jennifer Kloester: Facebook Twitter Blogspot The Cinderella Moment

PENGUIN BOOKS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO (YA & ADULT)

CONFIRMED RELEASE DATES
Marie Lu – Champion (Legend, Book 3) – 6th November 2013
Richelle Mead – The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, Book 4) – 19th November 2013
Rachel Caine – Daylighters (Morganville Vampires, Book 15) – 20th November 2013

UNKNOWN RELEASE DATES
Nancy Holzner – Hellhound (Deadtown, Book 5) – 29th October 2013 (in the US)
Marissa Meyer – Cress (Lunar Chronicles, Book 3) – 4th February 2014 (in the US)
Jessica Spotswood – Untitled (Cahill Witch Chronicles, Book 3)
Sylvia Day – Captivated by You (Crossfire, Book 4)
Heather Brewer – Soulbroken (Legacy of Tril, Book 2)
Richelle Mead – Untitled (Age of X, Book 2)

PENGUIN USA PUBLISHED IT, BUT AUS MAY NOT
A. D. Robertson – Captive – 22nd October 2013
Lauren Dane & Megan Hart – There All Along – 3rd December 2013
Andrea Cremer – Snakeroot – 10th December 2013
Lydia Kang – Control – 26th December 2013
Rachel Caine – Prince of Shadows – 4th February 2014
J. Nelle Patrick – Tsarina – 27th February 2014
Seanan McGuire – Half Off Ragnarok – 4th March 2014
Andrea Cremer – The Inventor’s Secret – 22nd April 2014
Seanan McGuire – Sparrow Hill Road – 3rd June 2014

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