On Thursday 22nd March I was invited to the offices of MIRA Ink UK to their very 1st Blogger Event and I couldn't have been more excited because I love lots of their titles and to go to the 1st blogger event they host was very special indeed. I had to leg it out of work and take the train and tube there and I ran up the stairs (I don't do running) just so I could get from one side of London to the other in an hour. I got there just in time and met Hayley and Casey from Dark Readers at the station so we could walk together and reduce the chance of getting lost. Didn't exactly go to plan and even with a map and directions (which I might add I thought to bring!!) we missed one turning and ended up getting to the offices last. Whoops! We collected our name badges and went upstairs to find all our fellow bloggers already seated but thankfully we hadn't missed anything yet.
The lovely MIRA people had laid on some yummy cupcakes and snacks for us all and a MASSIVE goodie bag filled with current and future titles. The bags were waiting for us all on our seats and I nearly rammed my face into the bag to try and see what was in there because I know there would be AWESOME things in there. MIRA had tweet a photo of the bag during the day and I'd be dying to see what was inside all day at work!
We started off with introductions from the team and then a power point and video trailers and author messages about the new titles heading our way from MIRA this year:
New Girl by Paige Harbison out May 2012 which is a modern retelling of the classic Rebecca
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross out June 2012: A haunting Steampunk romance mystery adventure. It's the 1st in a trilogy sent in London 1897
Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent out in July 2012 is the latest in the series and Rachel had recorded us a little video message to say hi and talk a little about the book and announce the title of the 7th book will be 'With All My Soul' and is the last in the series
Crave by Melissa Darnell out October 2012 and is a vampire and witch Romeo and Juliet type story and is part of the Clan trilogy with book 2 Consume and Book 3 Covet soon to come (hopefully)
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry out and is a classic bad boy meets loner troubled girl and they are thrown together as they are both in therapy and want to break into their files to find out what's in there. Suffice to say romance happens and I'm really looking forward to this one. Loved the character names: Echo and Noah. GREAT names!
Saving June by Hannah Harrington out June 2012 is a contemporary YA about a girl who's sister kills herself with no understandable reason why and when her parents want to divide the ashes to scatter them and so she steals the ashes and goes on road trip with a boy who knew June (not that anyone else knew that) and she finds out about herself and her sister along the way. This one is right up my street mainly because it has heavy musical influence in it and even had playlist in the back of the book. LOVE THAT!
Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz is out September 2012 and is sold as Gossip Girl with Witches so I guess it's perfect for fans of the Blue Blood books which has that same vibe
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is out May 2012 and is the 1st in a Vampire dystopian series and is set in a world where human's have been nearly wiped out and vampires rule and you either have the choice of death, slavery or being turned. The trailer looked SO GOOD. Have a peak yourselves!
Then we were so lucky to have Julie herself on hand via the wonder that is Skype to chat with us all! I must say I looooove this idea and minus a few tiny hitches like feedback on Julie's end and a tiny delay it was an amazing way for us as UK bloggers to chat with US authors we really admire and would otherwise not get to see without a long flight. Julie Kagawa is such a lovely person and was up for talking about her new book, her other series the Iron Fey books and her super cute baby chicks that we got a sneaky peak at. SO ADORBS!
The Immortal Rules was born out of a mix of two ideas where Julie's agent suggested vampires for the next series maybe and Julie already had ideas for a dystopian novel and decided to combine them both. The vampires in The Immortal Rules are very traditional horror style vampires and Julie really wanted to make that clear. Even though she has nothing against Twilight and other vampire romance's out there in YA; they just weren't the vampires for her book. Julie also mentioned she was currently reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone (a book I adored) and that the next book from the Iron Fey world of books in a new series is called The Lost Prince (much ooooing and ahhhhing happened at this point). We waved bye and thanked Julie for her time and then got to chat and mingle with the other bloggers and the MIRA team.
Thanks SO much to everyone at MIRA for the event and the books and again to Julie Kagawa for chatting with us all. A fab event and I can't WAIT for the next time!