Happy Thursday readers! Today I will be talking about a very exciting event I was lucky enough to be invited to on Sunday- an afternoon tea at Waterstones Piccadilly 5th View, with the one and only Ryan Graudin! A while ago I reviewed her amazing novel The Walled City here, and I also did the UK blog tour for Walled City when Ryan wrote a post about her top writing tips. So, as you can imagine, I was incredibly excited to meet Ryan, and chat to her with the other UKYA bloggers who attended.
The only thing I was looking forward to more than the DELICIOUS cake (that is always on hand during blogger events for some reason!) was being able to take home a proof of Ryan's new novel to be released in October later this year. Wolf By Wolf has been described as X-Men meets Inglorious Bastards meets The Book Thief- if you're not excited about this book then I don't know what's wrong with you! After some coffee and chatting to the other UKYA bloggers, we all gathered around the cake-stuffed table and Ryan introduced herself. We started with discussing Walled City (as most of us had been part of the UK blog tour) and Ryan told us a bit of her inspiration for writing it and some of the amazing travel experiences she had had. After this we moved on to discuss Wolf By Wolf, and Ryan read us the first chapter, leaving us all utterly speechless. The first chapter was dramatic, heart-breaking and left me and the other bloggers breathless.
We were then told some very exciting news. We were the first people EVER to see the UK cover of Wolf By Wolf, so we did a cover reveal to let all of our followers know what the UK cover was going to look like. It was such an honour to be one of the small group of people chosen to reveal the UK cover (which is stunning, by the way!) See the picture here:
After some more informal chatting over tea and MORE cake, Ryan signed our copies of A Walled City and Wolf By Wolf and we all wrapped up our conversations. It was lovely to go out for coffee with Jim (check out his blog) and Lily (check out her blog) after, and talk some more YA! It was so great to meet both of them, when the content of our blogs are so similar, although theirs are a lot more advanced and professional than mine!
A HUGE thank you to Fierce Fiction and Nina Douglas for organising this fabulous afternoon tea, all the UKYA bloggers who were so lovely and especially to Ryan Graudin, who gave up her time to come and meet us!
Check out Ryan Graudin's amazingly beautiful website here.
Check out Wolf By Wolf here.
Until next time :)