Friday, January 31, 2014

Sylvia Day Signs SPELLBOUND

Tonight I attended a fantastic event at my favorite bookstore, Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach! I had the pleasure of meeting Sylvia Day, author of the dark & sexy Crossfire series.

Sylvia Day Signs SPELLBOUND

We have a fabulous Friday evening planned for you! Bestselling author, Sylvia Day returns to Mysterious Galaxy with her latest novel of passion, Spellbound. Sylvia’s publisher is providing us with wine to set the mood and we have invited Naomi Howison of Xocia Chocolate to provide tastes of healthy chocolate for everyone who attends. International best-selling author Sylvia's Spellbound features "A Familiar Kind of Magic," "That Old Black Magic," and the never-before-published "Black Magic Woman." Sylvia will address reader questions not only about Spellbound, but also her Crossfire series, her Marked series (published as S.J. Day), writing erotic romance in different subgenres, including paranormal and historical, and much more! Join us for TGIF with Sylvia! This is a ticketed event and includes a signed copy of Spellbound, wine, and chocolate.

I have to admit, I'm not that familiar with her work. I've only read about half of the first book of her Crossfire series, Bared to You, because it was intense. Good - but very intense. Too intense for me at the time. But I had to go to this event because seemed like such an awesome deal for less than $20! 

I will, however, go back and finish Bared to You based on the fact that I liked Slyvia as a person. It's always fantastic to meet authors and discover that they have awesome personalities. Slyvia's funny, witty and sarcastic - all qualities near and dear to my heart! I loved her expression in this picture when she talked about how disinterested her 14-year old son is in reading her romance books. Especially after all his teachers and friend's mothers say they've read and love them. As you can see, he was not amused, lol.

During the Q&A, Slyvia shared some great reflections on her experiences being an author. One of the answers to a question really stuck with me. Anyone who's a familiar with her Crossfire series knows there's a little trauma in the personal backgrounds of her main characters. She was asked, "why do you think women as readers are attracted to such broken men (like Gideon)?" Everyone giggled a bit at this, but her answer was, "it's really hard to fall in love with perfection." I am paraphrasing here, but still what a great answer!

I also liked how she views of herself as "a narrator of her stories, not the writer." She said that her characters tell her their stories. She went on to share an interesting perspective on writer's block. She said that sometimes when she gets stuck, it's because she's trying to make something happen in the book instead of letting the characters speak for themselves. I really identify with this point of view. 

The goodies at the event were fantastic, too. While I'm not a wine connoisseur by any means, I took a couple of sips and it was pretty tasty. I didn't get to try the chocolate though... boo. We also were surprised with a gift, a Crossfire tee-shirt! 


Slyvia also stayed well after the event ended to talk to her fans, and took her time to speak to everyone while signing our books. She seemed just as honored to meet us as we were to meet her!

I had a wonderful evening and am excited to check out her Urban Fantasy series, Marked, and her historical novels! For anyone who's interested, this signing was taped and should be uploaded to her publisher's website soon!

Thank you, Mysterious Galaxy, for another fantastic event!

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  1. I love that you made it and had a great time! See you later today! PS. Love the pics

    1. Thanks! I made a mini trip out of it and stayed in town last night. Hanging out at Mysterious Galaxy anxiously awaiting our Divergent discussion!