Being invited to the launch of Heart Shaped Bruise made me a giddy little bunny because I just love Tanya and she's one of the loveliest writers I've gotten to know via Twitter. Not only that but it seemed like every other UKYA author I adored and had yet to meet was going too. Keris Stantion, Cat Clarke, James Dawson, Liz Kessler, Susie Day and a last minute guest Sarwat Chadda. Utter brain meltdown and muppet flail doesn't even cover my reaction. It was also being held at Daunt books, Marylebone which I'd never actually been to before.
I was shocked I didn't really get lost finding the shop because me plus a map can never end well. As soon as I went in the shop you could see the buzzing at the back of the shop which looked like the library from Beauty and the beast which is my dream place to live. That or just a cool home. Sidetracked; sorry!
So as soon as I got in I spotted Leanne from District YA and her mum Sue so went and said hi and catch up and the sweety that is Sam Eades from Headline came straight over to greet me and get me a drink (only juice folks. i'm a good girl!). The whole evening seemed like a blur because one after another came bloggers I knew or hadn't met before but felt like I knew and authors that made me muppet flail inside my chest. What was even cooler for me was how excited they seemed to be to meet me!! I had Keris come over and hug me and show me her new book with my name in the thanks section (FLAIL), Cat Clarke pointing at me across the room as she came in and get all smiley at seeing me (ME! OMG!). James Dawson who I just A-DORE was just the nicest person ever and even gave me one of his Queen of Teen badges (go Team Jamesty!). Also I finally got to meet the lovely Jenni from Juniper's Jungle along with the always fab Viv from Serendipity Reviews, Liz and Mark from My Favourite Books and Caroline from Portrait of a Woman.
|Me and Keris! FLAIL|
The speech Tanya gave was so nice and humble too and I loved seeing her thank her mum who was at the event because the authors always have so much love for their family and friends and seeing that makes me feel all smiley. Being able to say thanks to the people that have supported you is aces. I grabbed myself a cake pop before they were all nabbed and may never find another cake that I loved more than that cake pop. For serious. Then I got to meet Tanya herself who was in whirlwind of hi's and hello's but made a special trip over to say hi to us and I got the biggest hug.
We finally got kicked out of the shop as it closed and made our way to the pub round the corner and I ended up staying there till gone 11pm. I was one of the only bloggers at the pub sat at a table with all these authors who I fawn over on a daily basis. I kept thinking I should pinch myself or just keep quiet in case they realised I was still there and hadn't gone. That didn't happen of course because I just can't be quiet. I'm a loud person and had a ball!
|Tanya signing a book for Susie Day|