I am thrilled to present an extremely exciting guest post courtesy of my friend and neighbor Alex! A couple of weeks ago Sarah J Maas (author of the Throne of Glass series and ACOTR) had a tour stop in Miami to promote her latest release: A Court of Mist and Fury! Unfortunately I was unable to go but Alex went with a friend and agreed to share his experience with us. So without further adieu, here’s Alex!
Hello my name is Alex and this is my very first attempt to blog. I knew I was hooked when I read Heir of Fire and from there, Throne of Glass is a favorite. ACOTAR is the beginning of another great series by Sarah J. Maas. Thank you Sarah, your dedicated team, and publisher for giving the fans the opportunity to meet with you.
When I learned of the event coming to Coral Gables I knew it was a must go. Not the easiest place to travel to from my area due to day of week and time of event. Let the journey begin. From the time I learned of the event, six long weeks had to pass. Ugh! Thankfully my friend Tammy, a huge fan of Sarah as well, agreed to go under the condition that I drive. The day of the event arrived and we were on our way. It’s a 50 mile journey and we were about half way there when I check the GPS. In that most familiar electronic voice, we hear the route is clear and that we will arrive on time. We both stared in amazement at each other as the road ahead of us is now a log jam of traffic. Siri was wrong. Blinkers and horns blazing I decide to make move, I have no intention of being late to this event. I abandoned the GPS route and decide I can make it on my own. We get off the intestate and we are at an inter
section with 23 traffic signals of which half are not work. We immediately burst out laughing. I asked Tammy, “What time did you tell hubby we would be home?” I’m totally lost at this point.
We get back on the interstate and dealt with the traffic. We are on a mission and nothing is going to stop us. A few more traffic jams, express lane only and viola we were there. Now for the second part of the mission. Find parking. After a few more wrong turns the car is parked and we are at Artist Playhouse.
I was so happy to be there. Just give me my ticket and show me the book! My freshly printed, 1st edition, soon to be signed by New York Times bestselling author, Sarah J Maas! Woohoo! When we arrived we had an hour to spare, there was less than 25 people milling around the lobby. That didn’t last long- before we knew it, the lobby was teeming with fans. The line at Will Call was out the door and spilling out onto the sidewalk. Everyone always wants to be the first in line, sit closest to the stage, and have the best view. Why not? I did too.
Suddenly the doors open and like the vacuum of space, the crowd is hurtled into the theater. Whoosh! My friend and I decide to hang back and sit towards the back thinking this will allow us to be one of the first to be signed. More and more fans are filling the seats and you can feel the excitement in the air. It was electric. Suddenly, I saw a tall, slender fan dressed all in black walk by. She wore a long red cape that flowed behind her as she walked down the aisle. She walked back up the aisle and entered a row near me. I said “Nice cape,” and she turned and smiled. In my mind, I heard, “Yes my Lord, Rifthold offers only the finest.” [A reference to the Throne of Glass series] Lol. Now I know I’m dreaming.
Two minutes later Sarah is on stage and the theater roars with excitement. Tammy and I are giddy with laughter and anticipation. We both had long hard weeks filled with stress and this wass just what we needed to ground us. I must admit, she is truly awesome, very receptive to the fans and questions as well as the moderator, Ursula. The two paired up complemented each other. Ursula presented the formatted questions and the dialogue that followed left us only wanting more. Next thing I know we are at the Q&A part of the evening. I assure you I’m not totally shy and in this type of situation I am usually like the clam. My mind is racing with the idea that I’m going to do it. I’m going to ask a question. I have no idea what to ask and am just going to wing it. Yeah right, not me. I poke Tammy and tell her do it. Do it now. She balls up in her seat and looks at me, “Are you crazy? I can’t do that , you do it.” Next thing I know the mic is in my hand and I am asking about the Bogge, Puca and Suriel and how important the mystical creatures are to the story and what can we expect in ACOMAF ? No spoiler here.
Read on my friends and let’s see where this journey ends.
Booking signing time!
Looks like our strategy paid off. We were one of the first ten to get our books signed and I got a few pics of Sarah signing my book. What a blast. I’m gla
d I went and hope to attend future events. As an added bonus Sarah gave us the opportunity to sign her copy of Heir of Fire. How cool is that?
Thank you so much Alex for sharing your experience of the Sarah J. Maas event with us! And thank you also for being awesome enough to get me a signed copy of A Court of Mist and Fury! You’re the best (: