Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sherrilyn Kenyon Live (Book Giveaway)

As you can see from the tattoo on the left, I headed off to meet Sherrilyn Kenyon yesterday. She was visiting a Barnes and Noble in Dallas, about 35 minutes from the house. I didn't know about Kenyon's appearance until Donna from Fantasy Dreamer asked if anyone was going.

I truly enjoy Sherrilyn Kenyon's works, I think when I first started reading them they were fresh and original and an entirely different take on the typical vampire mythos. The stories also embraced Greek mythology for which I have a deep fondness. Ultimately, however, the true selling point was the fact that my husband recommended them to me. He's a big fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon. He gave me Fantasy Lover to read and we've read every book since. So I packed up my copy of Night Play and my daughter and off we went. Donna and I were going to hook up at the B&N.

Settling In

My daughter is one of my biggest fans, but I rarely take her to events like this because I don't want her to distract me from the meet and greet, the conversations and of course, the person speaking. As a parent, one part of your mind is always deeply focused on your child when they are there. She was excited about going, however, so she packed up some books, markers, a notebook and her DS as well as an iPod so she would have plenty of entertainment. Donna beat me to the B&N by about ten to fifteen minutes and got tickets for the autograph line (116 was my number) and I arrived just at 4 p.m. The kiddo settled into the kids area, and Donna and I settled into the guest area for the presentation. It was more than a bit hot especially as the bodies kept packing in.

The diverse crowd featured young and old, male and female, business and casual. In the little corner where we were sitting, teens behind us debated everything from what would happen next in Ascheron's world to how much more could Stephanie Meyer torture Jacob. Shortly after 5 p.m. Ms. Kenyon arrived, the fun was just beginning.

The Q&A


With such a huge crowd, the question and answer section was bound to be short. I did get to throw a question in, because I was curious: how long does it take Kenyon to write a book? Kenyon answered:

"It varies from book to book. Fantasy Lover took three weeks, but some books take six months. I try to say sure I can do a book in six weeks, but that doesn't always happen."


What about Simi, will she meet her true love? Kenyon teases:


"She already has. In Dream Hunter in fact, but I can't tell you who it is or you wouldn't read the books."

Will Acheron let this would be lover survive? Kenyon remains coy:

"Maybe!"

What about Acheron, will he (and Tori) have any babies? Kenyon laughs:

"Well with a little help."

Where does Kenyon get her character names?

"They have them when I meet them. It's like they walk up and introduce themselves, full formed, names included."

Will the series ever end?

"Ummm .... no?"

Loud enthusiastic cheers meet this announcement.


Delightful and Fun

I found Ms. Kenyon to be fun, down to earth and positively delightful. I enjoyed listening to her answer questions and describing her own background as the daughter of a drill sergeant and grand daughter of an evangelical priest in the South -- in other words she doesn't need a microphone to get her point across. She has seven (or eight) brothers and three sons, so there's lots of testosterone in her life.

When I went up to get my copies of Bad Moon Rising autographed as well as Night Play, I told her of my husband's affection for her work. She laughed and told me that one brother read her work and said it didn't suck. Gotta love family.

It was a fun foray to North Dallas to see and hear Ms. Kenyon (not to mention picking up the latest Dark Hunter novel that I didn't even realize was out!) Thank you Donna for giving me the nudge on Twitter!

I got one copy of Bad Moon Rising signed for my husband, but I picked up a bonus copy for you fun readers! That's right, I have an autographed copy of Sherrilyn Kenyon's latest Dark Hunter novel: Bad Moon Rising. If you're interested in winning this little gem all for yourself, leave a comment here and tell me a little about your favorite author experience or Dark Hunter experience.

I can't wait to hear it.

I'll post the winner on Sunday! So what are you waiting for? Tell me all about it.

21 comments:

  1. I love this series so please enter me in your awesome contest.

    Sorry, I don't have an author or Dark Hunter experience because I have never been to a book signing (no one comes where I live).

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  2. Well my first experience at meeting any author was this year at the first Australian Romance Readers Convention, And Sherri was there!!! squeeeeeeeeee
    She was fantastic, and had us all in stitches, but I had such a fan moment when getting the book signed by her, that I was speechless, (had to be the first time ever) instead of saying how much I enjoy her books, I stuttered, she noticed my Harry Dresden badge, and we had a quick chat about Jim Butcher. When I got over my blind panic, I was soo annoyed with myself. lol

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  3. Hi :)
    Thanks for a terrific blog post Heather.
    I loved the pictures.
    Your daughter looks adorable and I'm glad she shares your love of books.
    Tabitha Devereaux is my favorite Dark Hunter character so far and I hope she has another full book of her own. :)
    I'm glad you had a terrific time at the signing.
    I haven't met any authors in person. Ever.
    I'm in a dinky little town in Northern Ontario faaaaaar away from everything & everyone. And I don't have $ to go see 'em either with three children in school.
    Thank goodness for Twitter for I have met quite a few of my author-loves there.
    :)
    Love and best wishes to you and yours,
    twitter.com/RKCharron
    xoxo

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  4. You and Donna had an amazing time as it seems. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to live vicariously through your experiences!!

    Since I have no live author experiences (living so far away and not having had the opportunity to travel to one of the author events in the US) I will just tell you that Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters were my first encounter with the paranormal genre a few years ago. At the recommendation of a dear friend I started reading Fantasy Lover and got hooked. I bought the entire series up till then (I think Dark Side of the Moon was just released) and devoured them in a few days.
    My favorite character is still Vane, my favorite Werehunter and hero. But I must say I like many of the DH characters as well as their heroines.

    Hugs,
    Pearl

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  5. Sounds like you had a great time. I would love to meet her. I met J.R. Ward a few months ago and it was such a great experience. It was my first book signing ever and J.R. is so funny and very down to earth. I had a lot of fun!! Living in KY I don't get that many authors that close to here. Thank you for the opportunity to win this great prize.

    Jamie B

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  6. SK's coming to my town next Monday and I'm really looking forward to meeting her again. Love how you covered the booksigning - and the answers you provided. Gives me some fodder for some questions I have.

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  7. Hi Heahter,
    Thanks for this amazing contest! My favorite DH experience? Well, once upon a time I was minding my own business as I chatted and wandered online. Until this man recited his creed to me...as it turned out it was the Dark-Hunter creed and I cannot find it anymore on Kenyon's new website, but my heart was beating a mile a minute. Hearing him made me instantly buy all the novels in the DH series an a new world beckoned me, I entered and never was the same again.

    In that same year, 2006, I received word dat Sherrilyn Kenyon would be attending a small convention in Germany. An online friend and I traveled hills and valleys to meet her. Sherrilyn was not only full of great stories, I got interviewed for a local german tv station where a shamelessly pimped the Dark-Hunters. I had breakfast with Sherrilyn and Diana, books signed, goodies...wow, it was awesome. My only experience with a signing session but I instantly wanted more.

    Dark-Hunters were one of my first series I read in the original language and I was hooked, lined and sinker ever since. My addiction thanks her, my CC groaned ever since that fateful event and my hubby got to learn a whole new side of me after being together for 10 years LOL

    ~hugs~
    Leontine

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  8. Great account of the booksigning. I have never met an author. I love this series. Ever time I get a new Dark Hunter book,I can't put it down until I finish it.

    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  9. I have yet to meet any of my favorite authors. So I guess I'll just tell you about when I first discovered Sherrilyn Kenyon and her Dark Hunters novels. I first fell in love with Sherrilyn's books when I read book, Night Play and in love with her character Vane. This is one of my all time Dark Hunter books. I love all Sherrilyn books and really excited about reading this latest, Bad Moon Rising. Awesome Contest! Thanks for letting us get a chance to win this amazing book!

    Thanks, Heather!

    Stef

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  10. Great post - looks like you guys had a great time. I love that you brought your daughter and she had fun too. I've been to several Anne Rice book signings - they're usually a lot of fun. Her fans are wonderful - so many dress up, and at one signing she had a parade and tossed "throws" - I have a signed rat that was an "extra" in the movie Interview With A Vampire that we caught. She usually also has a blood drive on site and a special shirt for donors.

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  11. I went to RWA this year and volunteered to do registration and I got to register NORA ROBERTS into the confernce! *fans self* And then ran into so many authors that I adore (Julie James, Silvia Day, Cheryl Wilson and Ann Aguirre to name a few).

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  12. I met SK last year at the Buns and Roses Tea in Richardson. Got to sit at her table, have dinner with her the night before and met some other wonderful fans that I still keep in touch with. I am even going to her KCON in New Orleans this October.

    I love her books! Thanks for the details about her signing. I didn't get to go. *sobs*

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  13. I had the chance to meet Sherrilyn on her Acheron tour and thought she was awesome! I wanted to drive to Dallas too, but couldn't make the trip. I'm glad you were able to and made it home safely.

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  14. What a fantastic post! It sounds like so much fun and I love to meet authors that I enjoy their work.

    At the RT conference this past year I was beyond lucky to sit next to Heather Graham over drinks at the bar. She was so friendly and nice and was willing to offer all kinds of advice to new writers. It was a very cool experience!

    Thanks for the post and the photos!

    Sabrina

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  15. Unfortunately, not many authors come to Nebraska so I'm afraid I don't have an author meeting story. Can I substitute that I met Adam Sandler, Harrison Ford, Patrick Swayze, and Wesley Snipes? They've been here in my fair city.

    As for Dark-Hunter moment....I love going to the bookstore to get the new release and bonding with others equally excited to read the new book.

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  16. My favourite author experience was meeting Andrew Davidson at a reading at our public library. I'm a fairly shy person so was totally nervous when he came over to chat with me, out of the blue, for five minutes before he was due to start speaking. I was thrilled because The Gargoyle is one of my favourite books.
    wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

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  17. I haven't met any of my favorite authors in person yet, and would be probably totally tongue tied if I did, lol. Love this series and especially Vane.


    caity_mack(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. I want to thank everyone who's stopped by already. I have to say, I am loving reading all your stories. I've met a few authors some big, some small -- all interesting. My daughter is going to be drawing the winning name out of the hat late tonight, so be sure to post if you haven't. The winner will be announced in tomorrow's blog!

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  19. Honestly I don't really have an experience to talk about. I would love to read the book. I would love to meet the author. I adore authors. *G* I'm an Romance Author Groupie on twitter. LOL

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  20. Hi Heather,

    I don't have an author experience yet myself living too far away and not able to travel down to the US for them at the moment but trust me one time I will!!! Can't wait for that to happen!

    I can tell you about my Dark Hunter reading experience. My sister was totally head over heals and read up with this series. Had bought most of them in PB but switched over to HC editions as this series was a must have in HC for her. She told me that before she'd send Fantasy Lover PB away that I had to read it and I was like: "But I have so many other books to read and..."
    "No," she said: "You just HAVE to read it!"
    I went like "Ok I will" she brought it over on her next visit and said she had to have it back in about 3-4 weeks as she had to give it to someone else then. I went like "I'll read it before then" weeks passed my sis kept asking me if I had read it and I said "I will, honestly..."

    I think she gave up on me reading it. But haha folled her didn't I. I was going to her for a visit at the end of week four for a meet and greet with other book-devotes and one evening I thought (I think two days before I'd leave) 'Ok let's see what the fuss is about' I read the first page... second page... third page... and read on all night till I sighed and finished the book' Trust me if there was I full moon out that night I would have stand in it and chanted that name thrice myself to see if I could make magic work!

    I was left craving for the second installment in this series so my sister was so humbly kind to loan me her copy of Night Pleasures which I started reading when I came back home praying for my order to arrive of all books that were out in that series which arrived (only a few days later) that's when my two-week reading frenzy started, after that the anxious wait started for Darkside of the Moon!

    Not sure if I'm still in time for the actual book-draw but I loved reminiscing about my DH reading frenzy!!!

    Hugs
    Natascha

    ashleagh (at) realmsonourbookshelves (dot) com

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  21. Never had a chance to meet one of my favorite writer. I saw Mary Higgins Clark from far away. I don't like crowds. I had the chance to meet the real Darth vader and Bobba fett so I could say I had a cool meeting once. Would have loved to meet Sherrilyn. Love the dark hunter series so much.
    aliens72a@gmail.com

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