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Vancouver signing aka Life in a Northern Town

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Last weekend, I headed north to one of my favorite countries, beautiful Canada. Canada is a lot like the US, except politer and with flashing green stoplights that I don't really understand.

The signing was cool for a number of reasons. One is that the staff at the Burnaby Chapters (outside of Vancouver) has unquestionably landed into the top three most efficient bookstores I've ever had the privilege of signing at. Another is that our event was broadcast live online, and you can watch my reading and Q&A here.

Also, we had a DJ.



Now you know it's a party. I started out reading my Malachi Wolfe scene, which--sadly--was probably the last time I'll do it. Good thing I've written another with him into The Indigo Spell for future signings.



We had a lovely turnout, the biggest on this tour, according to estimates. You can't really see it, but there's a big line of people extending into the book shelves.



Along with the DJ, there was a tattooist there who helped us kick it Alchemist style.



Some people, however, came with their own body art.



Here's a shot of the camera that did the online filming. Cool, eh?



Chapters kept me well-supplied with water and coconut mocha frappuccinos--the official drink of The Golden Lily tour. Sadly, that's probably the last one I'll have in a while since it's back to thrifty eating for me.



Good times all around! My friend Steve (who also took these pictures) was super nice and drove me to Vancouver because, much like Georgina in Succubus Heat, I'm convinced Canadian police are looking for American plates. Unlike her, I don't have the charm to get out of a ticket. The day wrapped up with a one-hour wait to get back through the US border. When the agent inquired about our visit, he then asked if I was "jumping on the vampire bandwagon." Ah, it's good to be home.


The Golden Lily Tour: Days 4, 5, and 6!

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Well, sorry I fell behind in blogging my tour. Usually I like to post pictures and recaps every night, but things got a little crazy this time. When we last left off, I'd had a really awesome event in Fort Lauderdale. I headed home to Seattle after that, to see my family and to do my hometown signing at University Bookstore. I had high expectations for the weekend, hoping I'd get a little relaxation and could bring my husband and son to my signing. What ended up happening was the stomach flu sweeping our family, followed by my poor little baby getting a small break in his arm when he tried to pull himself up (and didn't succeed so well). So, yeah, that kind of slowed me down with blogging.

Day 4: Seattle

In spite of the craziness, we still managed a pretty fun event at University Bookstore. They've supported me from the early days and always do a great job.



I saw some familiar faces and some new ones there, both of which make me so happy! We also had people who came from some incredible distances.



No event would be complete without me posing with Duane, the store's fantasy and sci-fi expert. We like doing these shots just to show the insane height difference.



I think the big surprise of the evening came when we had an engagement during the Q&A! A man proposed to his girlfriend right there in the audience--definitely a first for me and the bookstore! Here's Amber accepting the bling. Congrats, guys!



Day 5: Los Angeles

I won't lie. Leaving my family was pretty tough on Monday. The baby seemed to be handling his splint just fine, though, and my husband assured me they'd be okay. So, it was off to the City of Angels and the Santa Monica Barnes and Noble. Before the signing, I got to have dinner with two of my favorite author pals, Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures series) and Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods).



Then, it was off to earn my keep! Here I am sharing my wit and wisdom, using so many hand gestures that I apparently couldn't keep my cardigan on.



This was a pretty hardcore signing too. It ran almost three hours! I don't mind because I get to just hang out and chat. You guys who wait there with all your books are the real heroes.



And check it out! Shirts. You know I love them. I'm also glad these two ladies are still able to get along, despite their differing philosophies.



Along with the shirts, we had a custom Golden Lily bag come through, with one of the book's swoony romantic quotes on it.



Houston

After all that California excitement, it was off to the Lone Star State and the beautiful city of Houston, which immediately tried to thwart my hair with its rain and humidity. Hang on to your cowboy hats because we have a lot of pics here, but then, I guess that's how Texas rolls.

The evening started off with my awesome Malachi Wolfe reading. The auditorium was dark, so I just took it on faith that there were actually people listening to me out there.



So, you can imagine my surprise when the lights came up, and I saw that there were a lot of people out there.



And then, it was time to sign!



So many great people came through! This group from Dean Middle School came with their librarian and brought me a really amazing VA scrapbook they'd made.



Another duo put together a pretty sweet poster of all my covers. I signed one for them, and they gifted me with another.



But I wasn't the only one to walk away with goodies. Here's a little something for my guardian son!



And yup, there were shirts. Adrian's starting to challenge Dimitri when it comes to reader love and affection.



This trio was much more open-minded with their vampire love. Fun fact: there are often multiple cameras taking pictures of groups, so it's hard to know where to look sometimes.



And wow! A Dorian-love shirt. This is not something I see very often at all.



And what I have NEVER seen is this totally awesome Mumm-Ra t-shirt, worn in honor of Seth Mortensen. I'm a fan of this because I love 80s t-shirts and because I firmly believe Mumm-Ra is the most terrifying cartoon villain ever created.



Thanks so much to everyone who came out in all cities in this tour! It's been a year and a half since I was out on the road, and you guys definitely reminded me of why I love meeting readers so much.

That wraps up the American part of the tour. I have one stop in Vancouver, BC this weekend, and that'll be the end of my travel for a while. That signing will be livestreamed, so if you want to virtually go to a signing, I'll give you the details on that soon.

Lastly, it happens every time--and has already happened. The day after I'm in a city, someone asks if I'm ever going to come to that city. It makes me sad. I do lots of reminders here, on Facebook, and on Twitter, but I know it's still easy to miss things! So, if you want to stay up to date, here's the link to my announcements mailing list on Google. I email about tours and new releases, so you can get the info delivered straight to your inbox!

Thanks again, guys!


The Golden Lily Round-Up

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Oh my gosh! The Golden Lily comes out June 12! I'm so excited. It's sneaked on to a few shelves already, and people are loving it, which makes me so, so happy. I don't want to disappoint you guys! So much is happening right now before the release that I wanted to quickly list everything for you in one handy place--including a new link to the first two chapters!!

You guys, THIS IS GETTING REAL!

What's The Golden Lily?
It's book #2 in the Bloodlines series, which is the spin-off to the Vampire Academy series. It features Adrian, Sydney, and Jill. If I ever decide to write about Rose again, things in the Bloodlines series will come into play. TGL comes out in English-speaking countries on June 12. BONUS: you can learn more and read the first two chapter here.

I'm Touring!
Check my tour schedule to see if I'll be in your town. I hope you'll come see me to get books signed, ask questions, and pose for some pictures. It'll be good times for all.

Ordering Autographed Books
University Bookstore's website is working again *most of the time*. The store apologizes profusely and is working hard to get it all running correctly. The last day to order signed copies of TGL and have them ship on June 12 is tomorrow, June 7. I explain the details about dates and how to search here on my website. (There's also a number to order over the phone there). And if you don't need an autographed copy, just hit up your local store!

Bloodlines #3
It's crazy, but I'm already working on the next book. The Official Bloodlines Facebook page is going to reveal the title of book #3 and its first paragraph if it can reach 25,000 likes. It's almost there! And, as a bonus, some Walmarts will have a special edition of TGL that includes the first chapter of book #3.

The Golden Lily Teaser Trailers
If you missed it, Penguin Australia has made some pretty sweet teasers featuring cool quotes from the book. They recently posted them all in one convenient place.

E-reader Postcards
I know sometimes it's hard for people with e-readers to go to book signings. People who own Kindles, Nooks, etc. are sad because they don't have a pretty book to sign or maybe I've already signed their case. Well, I made up some cool postcards that I'll sign just for you guys! Show me your e-reader at the signing, and I'll hook you up. And if you have "real" books and an e-reader both, that's cool too.

People are Talking...
And have left some awesome early reviews for The Golden Lily: here and here.

Live Feed
If you can't make my signings, my Vancouver one on June 23 will have a live feed of the event, so you can watch what it's like. More info on that as we get closer.

The World of Richelle Mead App
If you have the app for your iPad or iPhone, you'll be able to download an annotated copy of TGL on release day.

My Own Favorite Quotes
And finally, I've been posting my own favorite quotes from The Golden Lily. Here they are:

#1 - "Sydney, this is the kind of shirt that says, ‘You’re never getting in here.’”
#2 - "Sorry, ma'am. I’m already caught up in one epic battle of good vs. evil. I don’t need another."
#3 - "I felt the need to clarify we were there for the self defense class, in case he also taught about dog breeding or riding the high seas."
#4 - "You are the most beautiful creature I have ever seen walking this earth."


Did I mention this is getting real??


The Golden Lily Tour!

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Exciting news around here, guys. I'm very pleased to announce that the tour dates and locations for The Golden Lily have been released! As I often say, it's impossible for me to be everywhere, and my publisher tries its best to get me to a wide variety of areas. Since my baby's still young, this is a shorter tour and a domestic one. I may have a few scattered signings in other places later this year, so keep checking my website or sign up for announcements if you want info about that. I hope those of you in these cities can come out to see me!

Tuesday, June 12th - Lansing, Michigan - 7pm
Schuler Books & Music
2820 Towne Center Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48912


Wednesday, June 13th - Lexington, Kentucky - 7pm
Joseph-Beth
161 LexingtonGreen Cir # B1
Lexington, KY 40503


Thursday, June 14th - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - 7pm
Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
(Books sold by Books & Books)
One E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


Saturday, June 16th - Seattle, Washington - 4pm
University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105


Monday, June 18th - Santa Monica, California - 7pm
Barnes & Noble
1201 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Tuesday, June 19th - Houston, Texas - 7pm
West Houston Community Center
(Books sold by Blue Willow Books)
725 Bateswood
Houston, TX 77079

Important tour info: Tour events usually start with me reading from the new book and then answering questions. You may bring your own books, from any of my series, and/or also purchase books at the store (which is nice to do, since signings are a lot of work and cost for them!). There is a three book limit per person--one will be personalized and the other two simply signed. Since that's per person, you can get more books signed if you have your mom, friend, etc. come and bring some of your books too! Plus, they'll keep you company in line. Pictures aren't guaranteed, but we try really hard to make time to do them! Some stores have bracelet systems or pre-order information. I'll post that as we get it, so please check my website in June for more details. Hope to see you soon!


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