By now, everyone knows about my love for all things Sarah J Maas and Throne of Glass. So, of course, when the release party date was announced and it was fairly local, there was no doubt that I’d be going.
On the day of the release, there were loads of people tweeting about the book, the release party and their attendance. Expecting a lot of people, I forced Hubs to leave San Diego just after 2 o’clock. We got up to Mrs. Nelson’s around 4pm.
I went to buy the book for a friend and one of the girls working said I was more than welcome to hang out in the store, that they had people wandering around who were attending. I went to the event area and quickly claimed the entire front row.
As I was buying a Mr. Darcy tote bag, Sarah walked in with her husband and her parents. She saw me at the counter and said hi. And STG, I get so giddy around her. Like I’ve never seen her before. Walking back to my seats, I noticed they set up the guest book [a copy of ToG] next to the display by the front door.
Sarah came out around 6pm. The events manager, Beverly, introduced Sarah and told everyone there would be mingling and snacks. Beverly said there would be a talk and Sarah would sign, but to enjoy the food [cupcakes!!] and the company. After about 20 minutes or so, Sarah and Beverly both came back to the front.
Beverly revealed the results of the Who Would You Choose? question [Chaol won 75% to Dorian’s 25%] and the raffle people were chosen to win the pack of books the store had put together as a giveaway.
Sarah didn’t do a reading, but immediately opened it up to questions. She also asked the crowd if there were any FictionPress fans. Amazingly, ToG was written and posted on FictionPress ten years ago. And Sarah wrote this lovely blog post about how thankful she is for those specific fans.
I would like to thank them all as well. While I have no doubt ToG would have been found at some point [because it is that phenomenal], the encouragement Sarah received from her fans propelled her to look into publishing.
There were some good questions, but the most important one is that the story of Throne of Glass will span 6 books. Six. Books.
She’s contracted for 3 books now, but hopes the she will be able to continue with the other three because the story arc will not be finished after the third book. After that news, I just didn’t pay attention to anything else…
The signing started and it took a bit to get up to Sarah. She was taking her time and chatting with everyone who came to the table. When I got up there, I handed Sarah my book for Christina, I mentioned that I would be getting my book at her tour date in San Diego. And her answer?
“And if I recall, that’s your birthday, right?”
After I confirmed that it was my birthday, she said she was going to embarrass me at the event and perhaps even bring me a birthday hat that I had to wear.
We chatted a bit more [she likes Doctor Who and my Tardis phone case] and then we took some photos.
Since I don’t have my copy to show the picture of the autograph, take a look at this lovely map that’s inside the finished copy…