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Mead in Melbourne

I think I should’ve been posing on the other side of the table. Oops. Thanks to Penguin staff member Felicity for photographing – you’re a gem πŸ™‚ Yes, kids, I am wearing hobo gloves, but these are from Germany, which makes me Euro hobo-chic πŸ˜‰ Even covered in lint balls and cat fur. Please excuse my lack of make-up, and lack of product in my hair – my ‘do looks much better today.

Monday 14th September 2009: Knox Civic Centre hosted Richelle Mead’s first official Australian readers event, and I proved why I am not fit for public consumption πŸ˜‰ I offered my copy of Eternal Lover up for signing – the same book that I’d won in a contest and was already personalised by the lovely Jackie Kessler. (Richelle contributed to that anthology, so she didn’t just sign another author’s book. That would be weird. Even by my standards πŸ˜‰ )

I’m not good at small talk (I’m good at rambling blog posts, but that’s the power of gobshite passed down to me via Irish ancestors), and I think I mentioned that Jackie is awesome. And that I’m looking forward to reading Hunger (to be published under the name Jackie Morse Kessler). And the thank-you note I left was written on a Jackie Kessler sticky-note. Written with a Jackie Kessler pen.

So I probably came across as a mega-weird Jackie Kessler fangirl. Let’s clear things up: Jackie is indeed awesome. Awesome enough to allow internationals like me to enter her contests to win books and post them out here. Along with the finest author swag I’ve come across. Seriously, this The Road to Hell pen is fabulous. And the sticky-notes came in handy at ARRC09, because I thought it would be decent etiquette to pass out thank-you notes to some authors for attending. Thus why I also gave Richelle a thank-you note.

And I’ve only read one of Jackie’s novels, plus a novella that was in an anthology (A Red Hot Valentine’s Day – I haven’t read Eternal Lover yet). While they are good reads, and Jackie is a darl, I wouldn’t say I’m a fangirl. It’s not nice to weird-out internationals πŸ˜‰

For the record, of Richelle’s books I’ve read Succubus Blues and Vampire Academy, with the others waiting on my shelf to be read. Why I didn’t bring them to be signed? Authors can’t be expected to remember all their readers, so I figured no one else had a copy of Eternal Lover already signed by one of the contributors.

lolcatz photographed Richelle and I whilst Felicity did, so that photo may emerge on the Internets. I don’t think he photographed every reader. Anyway, as I was packing up to go I asked him if this was his first visit to Australia. It was. I said “have a good one”, whilst giving a thumbs-up. Don’t ask me why. I’m not one to draw attention to my fingers. And I’m not usually one to talk to strangers, either.

Thanks to Richelle, Felicity and lolcatz for being polite creatures, and tolerating dear Tezzy.

As far as I know, the next author event I plan to attend is WorldCon 2010, which will take place in Melbourne. Have heard that Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant and Laura Anne Gilman will be attending, and my copy of Staying Dead needs signing and personalising… πŸ˜‰

P.S. Woke up this morning to hear Richelle on Nova 100, chatting with Hughesy, Kate & Ed. The whole interview is available in audio, if you look below the “From the Show” heading. And there’s a 1-minute video excerpt. The caption refers to female vampires “flowering” every 28 days, but I really think Kate’s question referred to vampires ingesting menstrual blood, as well as regular blood from people’s necks. I don’t think vampires themselves actually menstruate. But maybe I misunderstood. Australians generally aren’t good at subtlety (we’re straight-talking, like Family Guy‘s Ollie the weatherman), so when we try it, things get weird…even weirder than our straight-talking πŸ˜‰ Bless Kate and her chutzpah for asking! πŸ™‚

[REVIEW] Succubus Blues – Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead
Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, Book 1)
Kensington (US: 27th February 2007); Random House Bantam (UK: 1st August 2007; AU: 1st October 2007)
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Georgina Kincaid is tired of being a succubus. She wants to settle down, fall in love and have a family, and her crush on thriller writer Seth Mortensen is doing nothing to change her mind – quite the opposite. But that’ll have to wait until she can shut down whoever’s murdering demons and angels alike in Seattle.

I’d gone in expecting a succubus-in-love story with a chick-lit voice. Not really my thing. But once Georgina got serious and the plot developed, I was surprised, and mightily impressed. The stuff about angels is so fascinating, the drawcard of the novel, but no one alerted me beforehand about this factor. Had I known of its presence, it probably would’ve moved up my reading order.

Social commentary brings books alive for me, makes them feel more real, and I definitely like characters more when I agree with their opinions…

“This country is so in love with itself,” he complained, sipping sake. “It’s like one big mirror. It just sits all day and looks at itself. When it can be bothered to look away, it’s only to tell others ‘do this’ or ‘be just like me.’ Our military and economic policies bully people outside our borders, and inside, conservative groups bully other citizens. I hate it.”

Good thing I already have Books 2, 3 and 4 in the series waiting on my shelf πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday, Richelle Mead

It’s November 12th – Richelle Mead’s birthday. I was thrilled when Random House Australia bought the Oz rights for the Georgina Kincaid and the Dark Swan series. No word on whose bought the Oz rights for the Vampire Academy series, though. At present, I own the first two Succubus books, the first Vampire Academy, and the first Dark Swan. But greedy me naturally wants more πŸ˜‰

Anyway, give the gift of royalties by purchasing Succubus Blues, Succubus on Top (Succubus Nights), Succubus Dreams, Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss and Storm Born.

Cat with Books

(Images from here.) Manny with various books, including:

Gena Showalter’s Awaken Me Darkly, Enslave Me Sweetly & Savor Me Slowly
Liz Maverick’s The Shadow Runners & Wired
Eve Kenin’s Driven & Hidden
Kay Austin’s Time Transit
Michelle Maddox’s Countdown
Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight & The Host
Richelle Mead’s Succubus Blues, Vampire Academy & Succubus on Top