Mundie Moms

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Pitch Dark Days: Austin, TX Stop 2.18.12

The Pitch Dark Days tour stopped in Austin this past Friday and what a fabulous tour stop it was! Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows & Courtney Allison Moulton came to the Barnes & Noble in the Arboretum to sign their books, read a snippet out of their books as well as answer fan questions. Before the start of the signing I had the chance to sit down and interview the authors together. Unfortunately I'm having issues posting my video, but I'll get that added here just as soon as I can.

This was one of the funniest interviews I've done. These ladies are so much fun to talk and joke around with. This picture was taken during the interview and pictured is: Courtney Allison Moulton, Jodi Meadows, Myself, and Brodi Ashton.

Here's some of the questions I asked them:

What's one YA book you've read recently that you wish you had as a teen?

- Cynthia Hand said Jay Asher's 13 Reasons Why
- Brodi Ashton said The Way He Lived by Emily Wing Smith
- Jodi Meadows said Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
- Courtney Allison Moulton Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Liana Taylor

What author inspired you to become a writer?

- Cynthia Hand said Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird was the first she read where she paid more attention to the writing and the voice.
-Brodi Ashton said A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, she wanted to be Meg.
- Jodi Meadows said Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn made her realize that the fantasy element was real and that writing could be a job
- Courtney Allison Moulton said Bitten by Kelley Armstrong influenced her and made her realize that she could write about monsters in the real world.

What's one thing you'd go back and tell your teen writer self?

- Courtney said she would tell her younger to ignore everyone who told her she couldn't do it.
- Jodi said she'd be cryptic and tell her to keep writing no matter what.
- Brodi said she's tell her teen writer self not to be afraid and to be fearless.
- Cynthia said she'd tell her younger writer self to write what you love.

In the video (once it's up) you'll be able to watch/listen to their more detailed answers and hear more questions I asked them.

(Brodi, Cynthia, Myself, Jodi & Courtney before the signing)

During the signing the authors had giveaways like the hats you see pictured below from Cynthia Hand, as well as fingerless gloves that Jodi Meadows made and all the authors had candy they threw to those who asked questions. When is chocolate not a bonus at a signing. The authors were asked some great questions, and you can read what was mentioned during the signing by following the #PitchDarkBooks hashtag or reading my tweets under my twitter account, Mundie Moms. I've also got pictures posted there as well.

Pictured are Courtney Allison Moulton & Cynthia Hand (the hats were ones Cynthia gave away during the Q&A)

(Brodi Ashton reading from Everneath)

(Jodi Meadows reading from Incarnate)

After the signing there were about fifteen of us bloggers along with the authors and some of their friends and family who headed over to Chuy's for dinner. It was so much fun! For me, getting to sit around and chat with the authors, blogger friends and meeting new bloggers is the most exciting part of tour stops. It was truly a fabulous night. For those who didn't get to come to the signing, you can order signed books from the Barnes & Noble store where the signing took place. Here's their # 1-512-418-8985

I've also got some SIGNED swag to giveaway thank you to each of the authors!!

* 4 winners will receive a set of Wings of the Wicked book marks, Everneath bookmarks along with Everneath temporary tattoos, and signed book plates.

* 2 winners will each receive a signed bookmark from Cynthia Hand as well as an Everneath guitar pic necklace.

* 1 additional winner will receive a set of signed bookplates and an Everneath guitar pic necklace

To enter, please fill out the form below: (giveaway rules included on the form)

Thank you to Harper Teen for another fabulous Pitch Dark Days stop!

Thank you to Courtney Allison Moulton, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows for a fabulous night!!

Thank you to Magan from Rather Be Reading for all the help with tweeting during the event, taking pictures and filming the interview. I couldn't have done it without you!

You can see the rest of Magan's awesome photos here.


  1. Such great photos!!! The event looks awesome.

    1. Thanks Sophie! Wish you could have been there.

  2. It sounds/looks like you had a GREAT time! I'm jealous :). Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  3. The photos look awesome!!! Those ladies must've been so fun to listen to :)

    1. Thank you Vy! They were. They are hilarious. I hope I can get my video up soon so you can listen to them.

  4. Looks like everyone had a ton of fun! I look forward to seeing your video! Thanks for sharing it all with us :)

    1. You're welcome Margie! It was a blast and I'm hoping to get my video up today.

  5. Sounds like it was a great event. The Dark Days does not tour in Canada, so I am super excited that you made this giveaway INTL. Thank you so much!

  6. Amazing photos! Thank you for the giveaway, and I can't wait to see the video!

    Ashelynn @ Gypsy Book Reviews.

    1. Magan took amazing photos. I can't wait to share my video. :)

  7. This looks like a GREAT time! I'm so jealous! :-) Cynthia Hand is one of my favorites ... "Unearthly" and "Hallowed" are such amazing books. I'm currently reading "Angelfire," and "Incarnate" is on my "to read" list. So I would say this is an all-star author line up!

  8. Looks like you had fun!! I wish I lived near there!!

  9. So jealous! I wish I could go :( Looks like you guys had fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Thank you so much guys for making it international! I'll keep my fingers cross for this.