I was sooooo lucky to be able to meet Laini Taylor in person at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT. Let me just say that she is AWESOME. Laini was so personable and inspiring and creative. (She even made my YA skeptic mom ask to borrow the book later!)
Laini started out by describing how she got to this tour. Her first two books, a halted attempt at a science-fiction title, how she came to write Lips Touch: Three Times and finally came to publish The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I was stoked to find out that it is the first book in a trilogy!!
When she read from the book, you really felt as if you were there, in the story. The main character, Karou, is so fully formed that you had no question about her motives...only the intriguing and wondrous world that she lives in! You could hear the rustling of pages throughout the room even before she stopped reading, lol.
Laini was super gracious answering questions, giving great reading advice, and just being a generally hilarious and warm-hearted person. It was amazing to meet her and in a such a cozy environment! When she did the signing, it was great because only about 25 people were there, so we actually got to chat a little with Laini.
I was lucky enough to be able to ask Laini ahead of time if she would sign not only the finished copy of the book, but the two ARCs that I had as well. My friend, Jen from Yabooknerd, was in Vermont for the NELA (New England Library Association) conference, so one signed ARC is going to her, *but* I have another signed ARC to give away!
So, if you would like the chance to win a *signed ARC* of Laini Taylor's The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, leave me a comment with your name and email address before this Friday, October 7th. I'll randomly choose a winner on Saturday, October 8th. Good luck!!