Thursday, February 28, 2013

ABA WI8 Adventures & Shenanigans

This weekend I had the privilege of attending ABA Winter Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. I had never attended such a large and awesome gathering of booksellers before. They are truly made of awesome, and they were all there for the same reasons--we love books and want to share and provide each other with good reads! You can't go wrong with such a fantastic crowd.

Have pink suitcase and Starbucks, will travel.

I arrived in Kansas City on Saturday, just after a huge storm hit the city. It made for very scenic views from the hotel room, though!

The awesome view from the hotel. Union Station!

I had some free time before meeting some booksellers for dinner, so I decided to explore KC. I went straight for the Sea Life Aquarium.


Rainbow jellyfish!

And adorable rays that make friends with me!

Sunday morning ABA kicked off with a fantastic talk from Malcolm Gladwell:

Talking about success, failure, and geek girl basketball teams.
Then it was a traditional KC Barbecue lunch!

And then the author's reception! I had the pleasure of meeting MIRA author Jason Mott, whose book THE RETURNED sounds incredible! Seriously, guys, you'll want to read this one. Plus he's a fantastic guy. Funny, kind, and terrified of spiders like me. ^_^

Lookit all those ARCs O_O
Then people started to file in. So many awesome authors in one place! And even better, it was so great to meet booksellers who are passionate about great books. Hurray!

Setting up for the Author Reception
I also had a chance to go the art museum in KC, and they had an exhibit on Chinese and Japanese ink wash painting, which inspired INK and The Paper Gods.

The biggest ink and wash painting I've ever seen. Twice this length!
Totally related to INK. I promise.
And this looks like it could be Tomo's desk from INK!

I had a great time in ABA and met some wonderful people. And got some fantastic ARCs in the process! Heads up - I will be doing a giveaway at some point with some of these ARCs, possibly including an INK ARC, so stay tuned! ;D

Thanks for going on my photo tour. If you went to ABA WI8, hope you had a fantastic time too! And if not, hope you had a glimpse into my adventures and shenanigans this weekend!

See you next time!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sneak Peek - INK Interiors!

I'm so excited to share this post with you guys.

So as some ARCs of INK have been circulating around the blogger and reviewer community, you may have been hearing a few hints about the interiors of INK. Today, let's pull back the curtain and have a sneak peek of some of my favorite designs inside the book. :)

I love the detail that has gone into INK's interiors. Every choice speaks to the content and tone of the book.

Let's start with the chapter headings:


If you're wondering, the cute cartoon background is my handkerchief map of Kyoto.

Lovely cherry blossoms, dripping down to the first line. How much do I love this? It's beautiful with a touch of the sinister, which perfectly captures the world of INK. That sense that things are unraveling, that everything could fall apart before your eyes, comes across thanks to the dripping ink sketch.

Speaking of which, did you know there are sketched illustrations in INK?

Yes! I know! There are some gorgeous illustrations that go along with the story of INK. Here's a close-up of one of them. How much do I love that they took sketches mentioned in INK and turned them into actual book illustrations?

Okay, let's talk about one of the most exciting details, which has been popping up in Twitter feeds lately.  


Here's one. And when you flip the pages, the bird flaps his wings. O_O

I know, right? So cool! And even the flip animations are relevant to the plot!


Okay, before we go, I'm dying to share INK's lovely spine. It's had a few blog appearances as bloggers photographed what was in their mailbox that week, but here's another look if you haven't seen it yet:

LOVE. I am such a happy author. 

I can't thank the Harlequin TEEN team enough for the incredible detail they've paid to INK. The beauty and danger live side by side in the art, and really capture the essence of the book.

INK is out June 25, and the prequel, SHADOW, will be out June 1st. 

Have you added INK to your Goodreads yet? :D



      Ink (The Paper Gods, #1)


Hope you look forward to it!