Went to a book signing/ meet n greet/ Q & A for Nalini Singh and Maya Banks. It was hosted by ARRA at Dymocks in the cbd here in old Melbourne town. I had entered myself and my housemate into the competition to meet the authors before the signing. My housemate was selected along with 39 other lovely lady fans. Due to extenuating family circumstances my housemate was in Sydney and I was now her.
With drinks and nibbles on hand we listened to the ARRA convenor ask the writers questions for half of the session and then the floor was opened to the audience.
We found out that Naasir of the Archangel universe will be the next story to be told in that canon. I fist pumped like a fangurl because Naasir is amazing and the only character that I have been drawn to in a book boyfriend way within this world.
We were told by Nalini that Naasir actually answered four questions truthfully at the dinner hosted by Archangel Raphael and his Consort, Elena in Archangel’s Shadows.
Nalini also spilled the beans about the upcoming books in the Psy/ Changeling series. Books 14 (Shards of Hope) and 15 (untitled) are the end of this story arc but 15 will give strong directions to indicate the way forward in book 16, the beginning of the second story arc, or Season 2 as Nalini calls it. Can’t wait!
Maya Banks was very engaging and I had a wee chat to her husband. These Texans who had flown sixteen hours to visit us, had also been up to Brisbane and next travel to Sydney. Maya and Nalini are old friends, meeting at the Romance Times book convention in 2008 and the very biggest supporters of each others work.
I also spoke with Nalini’s sister, Ashwini. I asked her what it was like to have a character named after her. She said it was cool because now people would know how to spell her name. Also, Nalini said that she was now immortalised. I gave Ash some Hershey’s Cookie Cream Kisses and Nalini some Castlemaine Rock. Nalini signed two of my books and even though she had been talking/ signing non stop for nearly two hours she was really nice and keen to meet me and co- worker Sian. We can’t wait to see her and Ash again. Hopefully we’ll get to host them at a library event in the future.