I had an awesome time yesterday at the Lit Fest despite getting soaked by the rain. I left home just after 7:30 am and arrived back at 11:00 pm, with two bags of books and swag.
I sat in on a couple of book readings. The first by Dawn Singh, who read from Dead Normal, and gave us a sneak preview of the third book in the Regina series, Demons from the Ashes which she promised me will be out by Christmas! The other reading was by Joshua Sutton from his latest book Saints of the Mother, the follow up to Cameraman.
I also attended the talk given by T.G. Campbell, author of the Bow Street Society books, on The Pitfalls of Making a Book Trailer’. Although I’m not an author and will never need a book trailer, I found it fascinating. I had never thought about how much time, effort and cost goes into book trailers.
In the international hub, J.S. Burke chatted about her Dragon Dreamer book series, two of which are published and there are at least two more on the way. Unfortunately, CJ Rutherford‘s time in the hub was cut short due to sound issues… he couldn’t hear us and we struggled to hear him.
There was a terrific performance by the Tombe Dance Company who did an interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. It was a shortened version of their original presentation, due to the white rabbit getting sick, and they roped in some of the authors to help out!
I met some new-to-me authors, chatted to some old friends and authors and made some new friends.
I have 18 more signed books to add to my shelves (once I’ve moved and unpacked) and picked up some wonderful swag and info. I also received a wonderful goodie bag from the organisers, which included Xander’s Heart (The Vampires of Whitby Book One) by Scarlett Flame.
My Book Haul:
Maria Gibbs gave me book 3 of Children from the Streets, The Other Side of the Streets,
which I’d won at an event on facebook, and as I’ve only read the first book of the series, A boy from the Streets, I picked up book 2, Sins of the Father, as well.
I have most of Rose English (Su S’ari) books so treated myself to her latest publication, Lost Love In Spring
I love K.S. Marsden‘s writing and although I have read James and Sophie on my Kindle I needed the paperbacks too.
I won a copy of The Case of the Curious Client (Bow Street Society, #1)
by T.G. Campbell at last years Lit Fest and enjoyed it so I snagged the next two in the series, The Case of the Lonesome Lushington and The Case of The Spectral Shot.
I added three books from Chris Turnbull, The Vintage Coat, Carousel and The Planting of the Penny Hedge to complete my collection by this brilliant author.
I also picked up the only book written by Joshua Sutton that I didn’t have before, Saints of the Mother.
By new-to-me authors I bought:
Iniquity (Ascent #1) by Melody Winter
Bonds (Bonds Series Book 1) by Marie Anne Cope
Aeon Infinitum: Run For Your Life by E. Rachael Hardcastle
…and three books by Duncan Thompson, The Church of Freyr, Within the Dark Places and Where the Darkness Hides.
Thank you to all the authors who took part in the event. It was great, but nerve-wracking, to meet you all!
I’d like to congratulate the directors, Dawn Singh, Chris Turnbull, Su S’ari and Joe Kipling; Dawns other half and right-hand man, Peter Singh, and the #indiearmy for organising this wonderful event and keeping it running smoothly.
And last but definitely not least… Thanks to Su and Maria for the wonderful meal with wonderful company after the event. xx