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What is a Memorable Fan Moment for These Authors? {+ Giveaway}

Boldly Bookish Blog tour

Spring Blog Tour!

I’m very excited to be joining in Bloomsbury’s Boldly Bookish blog tour today since it means I get to share with you some really great fan moments for these authors and I get to offer you all your choice of some great books! There are four exciting books coming out from Bloomsbury this spring that one winner gets to pick from :D.

Trish Doller

Memorable fan moment: Not long ago, I received an email from someone who told me that reading Where the Stars Still Shine helped her find her voice and gave her the courage to tell a secret she had been keeping for most of her life. There is absolutely nothing that matters more to me than knowing my words could do that for someone.

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants adventure. Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school, and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party, she finally has a chance for fun. They invite her and friend to join them on a road trip, and it’s just the risk she’s been craving-the opportunity to escape. But what starts out as a fun, sexy journey quickly becomes dangerous when she discovers that one of them is not at all who he claims to be. One of them has deadly intentions.

A road trip fling turns terrifying in this contemporary story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

A. C. Gaughen

Memorable fan moment: I got an incredibly sweet email from a young girl in my hometown who was asking if her teacher was lying to her when she said that she had me as a student. I guess she had been reading Scarlet over vacation and said so, and the teacher said she knew me—the girl didn’t believe her, so she emailed me to ask for an explanation. We had a pretty good talk about it, but that was just crazy to me—there’s this thing that takes a while to understand, that people can find your book without someone you know handing it to them, and this girl found my book. This girl loved my book, like I had loved so many others. That was just this very touching moment for me (if you read this, hi Lindsay!).

But really, every day there’s something new that just stuns me—the generosity and love that people show me, the friendship and community that people have welcomed me into. Being an author is a dream come true for me, so there are just a few too many moments!
Lion Heart by AC Gaughen

The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy delivers another action-packed and romance-filled adventure.

Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.

Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince’s clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?

Emery Lord

Memorable fan moment: Oh gosh, I have so many, don’t make me choose! I guess I’ll say that I certainly have a special compartment in my heart for everyone who pre-ordered my debut book or showed up for my first signing. When people take a chance on you before Day One, you never forget them. Or at least, I don’t!!

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

Tiffany Schmidt

Memorable fan moment: Oh, geez. This is like asking me to pick a favorite book. I have so many great fan moments that I cherish. Really, I have to pick one?

Okay, while visiting a high school last spring, there was a girl who loitered behind while the rest of the students headed back to class. I was busy packing up bookmarks and capping sharpies, but I smiled and asked if she had a question. She took a deep breath and said, “I’m dyslexic and Bright Before Sunrise was the first book I read because I wanted to. I’ve never finished a book before—one that’s not assigned for school.”

And then I was teary eyed and tongue tied and her teacher was calling her—and all I could do was call out, “Thank you!” as she left. I hope she knows what a gift her words were to me.

Can I have one more? Please? (I’m going to go ahead and pretend you’ve given me permission). Last fall a mom showed up at one of my events. She shared that she was a cancer survivor and she and her daughter had read Send Me a Sign together. The mom had brought her daughter’s summer reading project (an adorable scrapbook about Send Me a Sign) and asked if I would sign it. She had it framed and gave it to her daughter as a Christmas present. I finally had the chance to meet her daughter just a few weeks ago and received one of the best reader hugs ever!
Hold Me Like A Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.
Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can’t protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.

And in her family’s line of work no one can be safe forever.

All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.

Bloomsbury is wonderful enough to provide one winner with their choice of these four great books (I loved Lion Heart especially!!!!!). The giveaway is US only and entrants must be 13 years or older as per Bloomsbury’s policy.

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Good luck!
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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  1. This is a great post! As a reader, it means a lot to me to meet an author, but I’ve always wondered what it’s like from an author’s perspective.
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  2. Oh this was such a fun post! I just love reading about moments like this – it’s fun to hear about how fan moments touch authors, since I’m used to the crazy fan side of things :) Thanks for sharing!
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    • Haha, I know exactly what you mean, it’s nice to know that they don’t think we’re terrifyingly insane ;-)

  3. Tiffany’s story made me tear up! I love hearing about students who find books they love outside of assigned reading. It makes my teacher heart happy <3

    What makes me boldly bookish… hmm… I suppose recommending contemporary (as in present day publishing) books that have similarities to the assigned reading I give them. I'll never forget when I told a student that The Maze Runner is like The Lord of the Flies and suddenly she was much more interested!
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    • Yey awesome teacher moments! <3 That's such a good idea about recommending books to your kids! I bet you're getting a lot of new readers with that strategy :D

  4. Oh my gosh, I adore these fan moments! The one from Tiffany Schmidt made me all sad. That’s so amazing. It’s great to see how your words affect people, especially authors. I love what Emery said too about people taking a chance on her from day one. That’s such a good point.

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