I feel like I haven't been to a book signing in awhile but, last night I went to the Growing Pains event at Waterstones in Liverpool One. Which included 4 fantastic authors - Laura Dockrill, Claire Hennessy, Julie Mayhew and Jess Vallance! And was chaired by the wonderful Caroline Smailes. Before the event I entered a competiton on Twitter from WaterstonesL1 to win the books for the event and a few tickets and I couldn't believe it when I won! Sadly, I could only use two of the tickets as most of my friends where busy but I got my friend Aimee to come(I didn't bribe her with food....) I already had Nothing Taste As Good and Lorali and I gave Lorali to Aimee and I got my second copy of Nothing Taste As Good signed for a giveaway!
The event was small but it was fun. Caroline started off by asking the questions in a quick fire round, which she got from a speed dating site and it was so funny. These authors where all fantastic together and a part. They really had amazing things to talk about like when Claire said, 'I'm so fed up of people bitching about YA when they haven't read it,' which is so true!! Plus, Laura telling everyone you can do what you want if you put your mind too it. She said that she did bad in school and she would love to show her teachers now how wrong they where about her and it was one of the moments you just wanted to high five her. They are all fantastic authors who have written some amazing books that you guys should really go check out. Hopefully they will come back again as they talked about what they're working on now and I AM EXCITED. Especially since Jess said she might try something lighter and Julie is working on a play production of The Railway Children.
Lorali by Laura Dockrill - WORDERY/WATERSTONES - Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn't exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from. Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as princess, but her entire destiny. Lorali has rejected life as a mermaid, and become human. But along with Lorali's arrival, and the freak weather suddenly battering the coast, more strange visitors begin appearing in Rory's bemused Sussex town. With beautifully coiffed hair, sharp-collared shirts and a pirate ship shaped like a Tudor house, the Abelgare boys are a mystery all of their own. What are they really up to? Can Rory protect Lorali? And who from? And where does she really belong, anyway?
Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew - WORDERY/WATERSTONES - If you leave home, is your heart left behind? Darya Ivanova is looking forward to September. She has looked after her little sister, Nika, since she was a baby. Now Nika is starting school. Maybe Darya can find a job with her own tidy desk. Perhaps even a boyfriend. But when an unimaginable tragedy strikes, Darya's life plans are fractured. Stalled. She is afraid. What if she never knows real love? What if she never finds somewhere she belongs? If only she could get to Moscow. There, Darya could escape. There, she could become someone else...
The Yellow Room by Jess Vallance - WORDERY/WATERSTONES - If you receive a letter telling you your father has died, what do you do? Anna's father left when she was very young and Anna, now 16, is living with her ambitious, unemotional, scientist mother. Then she receives a letter from her father's current girlfriend, Edie, with some shocking news: her father has died. Edie would like to meet Anna because she has something for her from her father. Anna's friends think Edie is not to be trusted and that she should steer clear. But Anna is drawn to Edie: her warmth, her character, her ability to rustle up delicious meals, all of which it seems her own mother is seemingly incapable of...and the way she can tell Edie the secret that is buried inside her, that she cannot bring herseft to tell her mother or her best friends. A taughtly told, compelling tale about mothers and their daughters - and the lengths that some will go to, to make their dreams come true.
Nothing Taste As Good by Claire Hennessy - WORDERY/WATERSTONES - Annabel is dead. And she's not happy about it. Despite having strived to be 'lighter than air' back when she was alive, the consequences of that yearning haven't quite sunk in yet. Julia Jacobs is fat. Which Annabel immediately notices when she's assigned as Julia's ghostly helper (don't even think about calling her a guardian angel). And as her helper, Julia's problem seems pretty obvious to Annabel. Fat = problem = unhappy. Sorted. The only trouble is that whatever is causing Julia to overeat is hidden deep within her. Annabel will have to get to know Julia to uncover this secret and 'fix' her. Annabel can become the voice of reason, Julia's source of strength. Except...all this time spent in someone's head has got Annabel thinking. Not just about food, but about her family too. And that maybe happiness can mean more than eradicating all the flesh from your bones.
So I got to get photos with all beside Jess because I had to rush sadly but at least I got my book signed by all and my friend got her copy signed of Lorali by Laura and asked for some great places to go in Brixton which she wrote in the book which was so funny and great.
So thank you WaterstonesL1 for a wonderful evening with some fantastic and beautiful authors! Defiantly go pick these books up if you haven't yet-ALSO I HAVE A GIVEAWAY!
Enter the link below to win a signed copy of Nothing Taste As Good by Claire Hennessy!