Yesterday was pretty awesome! I went to the book launch party for The Kiss Of Deception yesterday, and had such a great time! I reviewed it earlier this week, so when I saw that there was going to be a book launch party/book signing at Mysterious Galaxy (a local sci-fi/fantasy/horror/mystery/thriller/suspense bookstore), I knew I had to go.
I haven’t been to many book signings, but they’re always fun to go to because going makes me even more excited to read the book. And going to a signing for a book I’ve read was fun in a different way. I really enjoyed The Kiss Of Deception and hearing Mary Pearson talk about all of the different inspirations for the book and how writing her Jenna Fox books inspired her to write this new series definitely made me want to re-read it already! Reading the book before going to a signing definitely adds a different element to it- I have no idea how to explain what a difference it makes, but it does. And I’m definitely excited to keep reading, because I’m so looking forward to seeing what happens next.
Like, I love that she was inspired by lost civilizations and true love and lack of technology. There is definitely this feeling of a world that’s not necessarily medieval Europe (which is pretty common in fantasy), but something slightly older than that. The different songs and stories and histories of the different kingdoms really added to that, and it really is one of my favorite parts of the entire book. And the map in the physical book really helped see where everything was.
Having read an advanced copy, I don’t think the map was included, but that map, plus the one pictured above really helped see where everything was in relation to all of the other places. That map is one side of a pretty awesome poster that was given out at the party! The other side is the cover of the book, which is also the side that happens to be signed. That part is a bit hard to see, but it is there. The cover is pretty awesome, and it sounds like she’s pretty happy with the cover! Plus, the bookmark has a little heart attached, which makes is really cool, because it goes so well with the book, and what it’s about.
I definitely want to go to more book signings, though. I’ve had a blast at the ones I’ve been to, so I’m definitely going to have to go to more. I just…don’t know how to find out about book signings- well, not completely. I’ve been to a few at Mysterious Galaxy, because I get their newsletter (and a couple of those few were in support of a friend), and I only recently signed up for the newsletter for another local independent bookstore (Warwicks, which is allegedly 30-ish minutes from my house if there’s no traffic, according to google, but it seems like farther away than that) plus one for the county library…which I think should cover most everything. But I don’t know if there are other places to look, so if anyone has other suggestions, I am certainly welcome to them!
I love that I can look at a signed copy of book, and have very strong and specific memories attached to that book, because it’s definitely memorable. Although…actually reading the signed book makes me nervous, because I’m way too freaked out that something bad will happen to it, so the signed copy is the nice copy that looks like it’s never been read…because I likely haven’t actually read that copy. So, chances are, I’ll have a 2nd (e-book) copy of the book that’s my reading copy. Not that I would take bad care of a signed book, because there is no way I’m eating or drinking near that book, and I would definitely use a proper bookmark (instead a paper clip or folding the corner of the current page) and I probably wouldn’t take it anyway. Other. unsigned books? I’d probably dog ear them and whatnot because I don’t really care, but not a signed copy. Or something someone lends, because I totally take good care of books that aren’t mine.
I am so glad I went, and I definitely recommend The Kiss Of Deception! Hope everyone has a great weekend!