The Compulsive Reader: Courtney's Launch!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Courtney's Launch!

I've been to a lot of awesome events during my years as a blogger and have met many awesome people, but Courtney Allison Moulton's launch party has been one of the most fun and well-attended of signings I've been to!

We started out the day by going out to lunch at a nearby restaurant. The hostess got a bit of a panicked look on her face when Shanyn (chickloveslit.com) told her we'd have 15 coming, but they put all of us bloggers (and authors Leah Clifford, who wrote A Touch Mortal, and Scott Tracey, who wrote Witch Eyes) up at two tables and we had loads of fun talking and making little paper hats (Courtney) and laughing and generally being that one table that the rest of the patrons always look at.

Courtney reading!
Then it was party time!

There were a couple of huge towers of copies of Angelfire around the store--a total of 95 copies. And...the store sold out completely! Woooooo! That is totally awesome for Courtney, especially since she is a debut novelist!

From left to right: Aimee, Erica, Kristi, Alex, and DJ!
The signing area was standing room only for us! Shanyn, Kristi (thestorysiren.com), Sara (thehidingspot.blogspot.com), Katie (sophistikatied.blogspot.com), Erica (thebookcellar.blogspot.com), Chelsea (thepageflipper.blogspot.com), Stacey (pageturners.com), Scott, Leah, Devyn Burton, and I all stood/sat on the floor in the very back while Courtney gave her talk, answered questions, and read from a scene in Angelfire in which Ellie kicks some major butt!

Courtney and I!
After that, root beer floats were served (which were very appropriate considering that they're the favorite of a certain character in Angelfire...) and the signing line formed, which was looooooong! We also caught up with a couple of other bloggers and authors, including Amy Huntley (who wrote The Everafter and told us she's working on something else too!), Aimée Carter (who wrote The Goddess Test, which comes out in April), and blogger/writer DJ, who has a book coming out in August! It was surprising how many different authors and bloggers came out to support Courtney, but totally awesome too. Today was one of those days in which the awesome-ness of the YA community really shone through.

Shanyn and Courtney!
We had a lot of time while waiting in line for Courtney, but it was great because it gave us a chance to talk and really get to know each other. And then, of course, there was the book shopping. Browsing through a bookstore is just so much fun if you have 10+ book bloggers and YA authors around to talk with...but it does make it a little hard to decide on what to get!

And...a group shot! This isn't even all of the bloggers that came out, I think we're missing a couple!

Group shot!

Now, go buy Angelfire!


Bethany said...

That sounds fun. Glad you had a good time. :)

Jessica said...

Sounds like it was a blast! I'm totally jealous...I live too far away to have gone, but "Angelfire" was great and I would have loved to meet Courtney!

DJ D. said...

I wish we could have met/chatted, but it was so crazy there! So many people! :-) I am thrilled for Courtney for the turn out and for the selling out of books. Her talk was hilarious and the root beer floats were quite delicious. :-)

The Compulsive Reader said...

Jessica: Courtney is going on tour with a bunch of other authors! You should check out her website to see if she's coming near you!

DJ: I know! And some people I didn't even know were bloggers until the end, despite having name tags! It was loads of fun though, and I agree about the root beer floats!

Pam Pho said...

Fun. I tried to call the store to see if they had any signed stock. Nada.

BookChic said...

Sounds like an awesome time! I wish I had a teleporter so I could have attended, lol. Great pics!

Tara said...

This event sounded like so much fun! I'm glad Courtney had such an awesome turnout and I can't wait to read the next books in the series.