Saturday, September 15, 2012

Event Recap & Giveaway: Brigid Kemmerer’s Spark Launch Party

IMG_1120Hi Guys! Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend. Not to brag but so far mine has been way past excellent! I was lucky enough to attend Brigid Kemmerer’s Spark Launch party at the Barnes and Noble in Ellicot City, MD today (Brigid told me she would have candy… that’s when I knew I had to go).

After picking up 2 copies of Spark at the register, I settled down in the café area with a delicious Caramel Frappuccino since I was a bit early. Soon enough the announcement I had been waiting for came over the loud speakers. Showtime!

I grabbed a seat in the back row not wanting to block anyone’s view with my height and was lucky enough to meet some awesome bloggers in the process! Alexa Abee, from Writing the Universe and Nadah from Reading, Writing, & Coffee arrived sporting these awesome t-shirts!


I’m only jealous I didn’t think of the idea myself! They were surprisingly stylish! Brigid freaked when she saw them. It was clear she was very touched and blown away by their support. Later, during the discussion, we learned that they actually made her cry! Aww… Alexa and Nadah – You two are awesome!

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Brigid proceeded to tell us a bit about Spark and her writing process. I guess, not having ever written a book myself, I didn’t realize how much research went into it! She talked about how she exchanged several emails a week with her local fire chief regarding the book. It was obvious from her discussion the extent of work that went into writing Spark!

Sometimes during the discussion, it was as if I was at a comedy club with the hilarious banter between Brigid and her husband, Michael. Those two were a trip and definitely kept us entertained. She also read an excerpt from Spark involving a house fire! It made me want to pick the book up as soon as I got home. I think Carnival of Souls would have been a bit jealous though…

Then came the prizes! That’s right, you heard me, PRIZES! Brigid had several gift cards to give away to some lucky attendees. Unfortunately I didn’t win anything, but how cool is that!?


And lastly, was the signing. I picked up a copy for myself and one to give away to you guys! You can enter to win using the rafflecopter form below. Overall it was a fantastic time! Hope she will do the same when book three, Spirit, releases.

Special thanks to Brigid for having us at the party and to Amber from The Musings of ALMYBNENR for letting me know about this great event!


PRIZE: A signed paperback copy of Spark (Elemental, #2) by Brigid Kemmerer


Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.

More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake -- this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.
- Entrants must be 13 years of age or older!
- This giveaway is open to US followers only.
- The winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter and will have 48 hours to respond to my email. If I do not receive a response in that time period another winner will be selected.

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  1. Definitely not water because I am terrified of large bodies of water, so that wouldn't work. Maybe wind? I think that would be pretty cool. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  2. I'd go with Fire. OR maybe water. Then Chris and I would have something in common :-)

  3. I would have to say water. I love this series. All those brothers: WOW.

  4. I'd like to control Fire like Gabriel. It would be so awesome!

  5. Hmmmm...can I do that an element?

  6. I would choose wind. You can't lose with wind. It can blow out fire, evaporate water, and push earth around.

  7. Water because I love to swim. Cannot wait to start reading this series!

  8. I would love to have the ability to control wind... It seems light and not too overwhelming

  9. You're welcome! And there's the kicker: I got there early too and hung out in the cafe with some chai LOL

    1. Hahaha We will catch each other next time! I hope she does a launch party for Spirit when it comes out. If so, we can meet up then :)

      Chai = great choice. mmm.

    2. Definitely!

      Yes love the chai. Also love the pumpkin spice and I've been mulling this over for the past few days...I wonder if I can order a chai with a pump of pumpkin spice and will it be amazing? I think I will be trying this. :)

    3. Oh wow... I bet that would be AMAZING! Let me know how it works out!

  10. I think I would pick water because I love being on and in the water.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. I'd control water so I could control the weather. Today I'd make it stop raining!

  12. I'd choose water, so I could breathe under it. :)

  13. :) This was a wonderful event!!!!!!!!!!! Love the t-shirts too! Are you planning to go to spirits too? I am.

    1. Definitely!! Next time we'll have to meet up! Didn't realize how many bloggers were at the same event..

  14. Wind or Water...or maybe Fire. That might help me overcome my fear of it. Lol. Thanks!

  15. Control fire... I have an awful temper, so it would totally match lol. Thanks for the giveaway!