Hey y'all!So last night was the The Evolution of Mara Dyer launch party. I was supposed to introduce Michelle Hodkin, and I was so excited. It was incredible and convinced me more than ever that this is what I want to do with my life and that these are the type of people that I want to be around. I absolutely adored it. Michelle Hodkin was awesome before, but she was such a sweet, encouraging, and inspiring person that I couldn't help but love her. Can I please do this every night? It's like BEA all over again. I loved it so much that I hate it ending.The Event:So I got there around 5:30 because it started at 6. I had a little notecard intro written out and business cards ready. It's so exciting for something to be happening in my hometown. I've heard that Tampa has a lot of writers, but not a lot of YA writers. Talking to them on Twitter can't possibly compare to meeting them in person. I fall in love with their personalities. I met another blogger, Jenna of Making the Grade! It was great to meet her.Michelle Hodkin got there only a few minutes after I did. For me, one of the best parts for me was being able to talk to her beforehand. She has a fascinating background and graciously answered questions. Then we went over to the YA section of Inkwood and exchanged book recommendations. Talking books was so much fun!I was supposed to introduce Michelle but it was such a small group. I don't really know what happened in the end but we just kind of segued straight into the signing. I was bummed about not being able to speak because I was really excited but the amazingness of Michelle Hodkin more than made up for it.She started off by reading the carnival scene from Evolution (I'm actually reading it at the moment but I haven't got to the scene in the book!) and it was absolutely captivating. I was completely absorbed and Michelle was such a great reader.Then we started the Q&A. I was in the back of the room (a mistake, but oh well) and was able to ask her a few questions. I also tweeted from the event and was able to pull up questions that I had written on my phone. We asked about publishing, her inspiration, Mara, social media, and more. It was riveting and I was just so fascinated by her as a person.After the Q&A, we continued to the signing. Inkwood spoils me and gave me an ARC to get signed. I bought a finished copy and got that signed, then I also brought my battered ARC of the first book since it was one of the first review copies that I ever got. Michelle wrote something about Noah in it that makes me blush whenever I see it.Unfortunately, the signing had to end and I was so sad. I wish it had gone on forever. I miss being around authors and bloggers and sometimes I feel so disconnected from that part of my life. The release party was the best. It was very intimate and other than BEA, was the first signing I've ever gone to. I'm more determined than ever to work in this business so I can be around these people and talk books all the time. I definitely want to meet Michelle Hodkin again and I hope Inkwood starts holding more YA signings.'I'll hopefully be reviewing The Evolution of Mara Dyer on the blog soon. I'm on page 152 of it right now and am in love! I also tweeted last night from the event with some information about it.Last night was definitely worth it. I loved talking to Michelle so much and even though I didn't technically get to introduce her, Inkwood showered me in goodies and I loved her talking.In other words, I loved it.The Book:
Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.She can’t.She used to think her problems were all in her head.They aren’t.She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.She’s wrong.In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
The Evolution of Mara Dyer was released yesterday on October 23, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. It's complete at 544 pages and is the sequel to the bestselling The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I reviewed the first book here. I'm currently about 150 pages into the book and am absolutely LOVING it so far. Inkwood also sent me home with some other books too, but y'all will have to wait until my In My Mailbox on Sunday to see them!If you couldn't make it, I missed you, but if you did, it was so great to meet y'all. Michelle Hodkin is a goddess and after last night, I can't sing her praises enough. Inkwood did an awesome job of hosting and I hope I get to do something similar again soon! I loved last night!