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Maggie Stiefvater Comes To Kings English

05 Oct, 2012 by in maggie stiefvater, scholastic Leave a comment

Attention Utah, one of our favorite authors, Maggie Stiefvater, is coming to The King’s English Oct 9th 2012 at 7:00 pm (1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City.) She’ll be reading from and signing The Raven Boys released in September 2012 by Scholastic. This first book in the Raven Cycle Series is a creepy, magical read; I loved it! Maggie is so dynamic in person. You do NOT want to miss her books or a chance to meet her! See you there.
Learn more about this and more upcoming bookish events at The King’s English website.

Interview with The Edge of Nowhere Author Elizabeth George

20 Sep, 2012 by in The Edge of Nowhere Leave a comment

Elizabeth George, New York Times best-selling author of the Inspector Lynly crime novels, first visited The Kings English (TKE) in Salt Lake City 20 years ago while in town for some Park City skiing. On Wednesday, September 12th at 7 PM she returned to TKE for the signing of her first young-adult novel, The Edge of Nowhere. Heather, from Fire and Ice, interviewed Elizabeth about her breaking into the teen scene.
George is best known for her adult novels set in Great Britain. She ‘s been writing them for over 25 years, the first book having been published in 1988. Elizabeth had just finished the second draft of her 19th English crime novel when her novels were picked up and made into a BBC TV series which now airs all over the world and ranks among the top ten best sellers. Interestingly, The Kings English had sold over 800 copies of her Lynly novels, and now Mrs. George has a new novel for the young adult set in the United States.
The Edge of Nowhere is a bit of a different slant as it is set in her hometown of Whidbey Island outside of Langley, a charming little village on the south end of Puget Sound. Whidbey Island, as George describes it, is a ” hotbed of artists of all kinds, and is incredibly atmospheric.” Even still, Elizabeth says: ‘it’s much easier to write about England. While Whidbey Island is endlessly interesting, and endlessly beautiful, it’s been very challenging.’ ” “it’s harder to write about a place when you’re writing about a place you know well.”
Elizabeth also had no idea going into this that she would be writing five drafts. “I had no idea how hard writing for the young adult would be.”
Like the rest of her books, The Edge of Nowhere has a large cast of continuing characters — some major and some minor.The main character is Becca King, who flees with her mother from San Diego to Puget Sound after she hears a “whisper” in the mind of her step-father. Becca possesses an unusual, undeveloped talent — one that is also a curse. Her ability to hear the incomplete thoughts in the minds of others has been inherited from her grandmother.
The second main character (and love interest) is Derric, a Ugandan boy. While Whidbey Island is largely homogeneous, many people there adopt children from Africa. Derric is one of the adoptees who Becca sees sitting in a police car on the ferry coming to the island and she instantly feels drawn to him. Of course, Mrs. George describes “it helps that he’s really good-looking.”
Ferries in Washington are very big and this one happens to have a cafeteria. In the line, she sees a young girl — 5’2” and very tough. When Becca catches her trying to cheat the cashier, the two girls have an instant enmity, which brings the introduction of the third character, a girl named Jen.
The final main teen character is Seth. The author feels it’s important to show the ability for men and women to be friends and nothing more. Seth is the friend-interest of Becca, a gypsy guitarist who has dropped out of school because of a learning disability. Becca, Seth, and Derric wander into the forest, Derric takes a very bad fall, sustains a head injury, and goes into a coma. The crux of the mystery in the story is about what actually happened to Derric — did he fall, was he pushed, and (if so) who did it ?
photo copyright Heather Zahn Gardner
Q & A With The Author
Tell us a little about Whidbey Island. What makes it the perfect setting for this novel?
“Just look at some of the place names: Mutiny Bay, Smuggler’s Cove, Possession Point, Fisherman’s Alibi, Double-Bluff Beach, Dead-Goat Road….With names like that — these are actual places on the island — who wouldn’t want to set a novel here? The book practically writes itself once you have the location. Well…..almost.”
Do you have any photos to forward on to the reader, or a favorite site to reference about the setting for your book?
“I actually hope to get some photographs onto the website fairly soon. It’s been tough to do this, as I’ve been extremely loaded with work. I’m completing the second Whidbey Island novel now, as well as my 18th British crime novel, so I haven’t had a lot of time to do pictures; but I intend to. Stay tuned to the website.”
Why do you think adults are so important in young-adult literature?
“In real life, young adults don’t live in a vacuum, without interactions with adults. I want my books to reflect as much as possible the sort of interactions young people have with the adults in their lives while at the same time focusing most of the stories on the young adults themselves.”
What books or projects are you currently working on?
“I’m completing the second draft of the complete rewrite (argh) of the second young-adult novel which called The Edge of the Water.
Tell us about your foundation.
“The Elizabeth George Foundation supports unpublished writers for a period of up to a year; offers scholarships to creative writing programs; supports poets and emerging playwrights; and offers grants benefiting disadvantaged children and teenagers leaving foster care.”
Best literature you’ve read or young adult books you would recommend to others?
“Now that I’ve discovered that To Kill a Mockingbird is considered a young-adult novel, there can be no better book to recommend to young adults than that one. I have read it at least ten times and I have gotten something new from it with each reading. It is my vote as ‘Best American Novel’….Ever.
About The Edge of Nowhere

The first young adult book by a #1 New York Times bestselling author

Whidbey Island may be only a ferry ride from Seattle, but it’s a world apart. When Becca King arrives there, she doesn’t suspect the island will become her home for the next four years. Put at risk by her ability to hear “whispers”–the thoughts of others–Becca is on the run from her stepfather, whose criminal activities she has discovered. Stranded and alone, Becca is soon befriended by Derric, a Ugandon orphan adopted by a local family; Seth, a kindhearted musician and high school dropout; Debbie, a recovering alcoholic who takes her in; and Diana, with whom Becca shares a mysterious psychic connection.

This compelling coming-of-age story, the first of an ongoing sequence of books set on Whidbey Island, has elements of mystery, the paranormal, and romance. Elizabeth George, bestselling author of the Inspector Lynley crime novels, brings her elegant style, intricate plotting, incisive characterization, and top-notch storytelling to her first book for teens.

About The Author: Susan Elizabeth George is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain. Eleven of her novels, featuring her character Inspector Lynley, have been adapted for television by the BBC as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.
She was born in Warren, Ohio, but moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when she was eighteen months old. She was a student of English, receiving a teaching certificate. While teaching English in the public school system, she completed an advanced degree in psychology.
Her first published novel was A Great Deliverance in 1988, featuring Thomas Lynley, Lord Asherton, a Scotland Yard inspector of noble birth; Barbara Havers, Lynley’s assistant, from a very working-class background; Lady Helen Clyde, Lynley’s girlfriend and later wife, of noble birth as well; and Lynley’s friends Simon and Deborah St. James.
Special thanks to Rachel at the King’s English for arranging our one on one interview. All photos copyright Heather Gardner Photography.

Brodi Ashton Everneath Book Launch and Swag Giveaway

25 Jan, 2012 by in swag giveaway 43 comments

Brodi Ashton wowed us all with her knack for public speaking, making us laugh and pulling in a HUGE crowd last night at the King’s English Everneath book launch event. The 15th street gallery was completely packed to capacity with people standing in both rooms. Brodi had a power point presentation describing her path to being published. She queried over 165 agents before landing her first representation as an author. She even had a laminated scroll of all the letters to show us how persistence pays off. Her first book queried, Echo was set in Idaho, about a journalist who is abducted by aliens. While never accepted, her beta readers stand behind it as a hit.

 Everneath is the first in a trilogy published by Balzer and Bray, the title a combination of forever and underneath, suggested by Brodi’s critique partner and YA author Bree Despain. It features protagonist, Nikki who is quiet and broken after having made a decision which affects the next 100 years. Revisions on book two are currently in the works and must be submitted soon, it will be released in January 2013.

 Present at the event were local authors Sara Zarr, Elana Johnson, Nichole Giles, Natalie Whipple, Matthew Kirby, Bree Despain, Emily Wing Smith, Heather B Moore and Angela Corbett. Book bloggers included Fire and Ice, Amy O of Eve’s Fan Garden, NewUTMommy, SLC Bookworm, Erin Olds, Catie S, Maw Books, EmsReadingRoom, CranberryFries, Toomuchaubrey, BooksATrueStory and SueySays.  It was fun for me because also there were many members of Brodi and my junior high and high school classes as well as her immediate family.

Brodi signed copies of her book which sold out before everyone could get a copy! On hand was an Everneath sheet cake as well as lots of goodies for those waiting in the line which stretched through the entire store.
She also gave away Dead Elvis guitar pick necklaces, temporary tattoos and book marks which we are giving away in a swag pack below. (Book not included) Open internationally, simply comment to enter. Thanks again to Brodi and TKE for the great event! See all of our photos on Facebook and SmugMug.

Cinder Event Recap and Swag Giveaway

12 Jan, 2012 by in Heather Gardner Photography, marissa meyer 20 comments

Last night was the CINDER event for author Marissa Meyer at The King’s English bookshop in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her first announcement to the crowd was the Cinder just hit the NYT bestsellers list at number 10. Congrats Marissa!

She then told us a little bit about the history behind the story which stems from her fascination with the anime series Sailor Moon. Marissa wrote fan fiction based on Sailor Moon for ten years before launching into her Cinder series which she wrote partially in one month during NanoWrimo. Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles is set in futuristic Beijing, China. In this world, Asia is all one country also inhabited by Lunas which look like humans. Book two, Scarlet, will be set in France, book three, titled Cress in the Sahara Desert and book four, Winter, in the Lunars. The Lunar Chronicles are all going to be based on fairy tales. Cinder– Cinderella, Scarlet-Little Red Riding Hood, Cress-Rapunzel, and Winter-Snow White.
After Q&A Marissa signed books for us and others in attendance. Spotted at the event were Brodi Ashton, author of Everneath, Bree Despain author of The Dark Divine Series,  writers Valynne E. Maetani, The Luckiest Clover and Helen Kiaya Pemberton, Jessica from Books: A True Story and Carrie from Stalking the Bookshelves.
I posted my full photo album with descriptions on the Facebook pages for Heather Gardner Photography, Fire and Ice, on smug mug and twitter.

And if by chance you missed the event last night…no worries you can head to Provo Library tonight at 7 PM for another chance to see Marissa Meyer!

We are giving away an author signed CINDER postcard to one of our readers. Simply comment below to enter. Open internationally. Ends January 26, 2012.

Angela Corbett Eternal Starling Launch Party

08 Dec, 2011 by in Heather Gardner Photography 13 comments

Last night author Angela Corbett launched her book Eternal Starling at the King’s English book store in Salt Lake City. The Children’s Room was packed to full capacity and by the time I got there we were lined up standing outside. She had cake pops, candy bars and m&m cookies for treats as well as a raffle for signed books, bags and jewelry. Spotted in the huge audience were authors Brodi Ashton Everneath and Lani WoodlandIndelible, as well as fellow book bloggers from LDSWBR and CubicleBlindnes. Congrats Angie!

The surreal part for me was seeing the author photo I took for her printed on the back dust jacket, on a poster outside the book shop and on shelves in the store. Thanks you so much to Lani and Angela for making one of my dreams come true! Click here to visit the official Heather Gardner photography website or view all Angela’s author photos here.
Find Angela Corbett on Facebook / Twitter/ Goodreads/ Blog

Giveaway- In celebration I am giving away three author signed Eternal Starling bookmarks and an awesome signed bookplate from a package of goodies Angela sent those of us on her blog tour. To enter to win simply comment below. Open internationally. Giveaway ends December 28, 2011.

Author Kiersten White Coming To Utah

28 Jul, 2011 by in paranormalcy, provo city library, supernatrually 1 comment

We are excited to announce that YA author Kiersten White will be in Utah next week as part of her Supernaturally Tour. Her first stop is

Tuesday, August 2nd
Provo City Library
at 6:00 pm

Celebrate the release of New York Times bestselling author KIERSTEN WHITE’S newest novel, SUPERNATURALLY!

A limited number of free event tickets will be available to the general public starting on Saturday, July 23 at the Adult Services reference desk.

Tickets will be distributed to all interested patrons, regardless of cardholder status.Questions? Call Courtney at 801-852-7685.

And her second stop is scheduled for The King’s English
Aug 6th 2011 at 2:00 pm
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City,

Kiersten White will read and sign Supernaturally, the second volume in her debut trilogy for young adult readers.

In Supernaturally, a lot has changed in the six months since Evie escaped from the International Paranormal Containment Agency with her shape-shifter boyfriend, Lend. Evie’s not-so-normal past keeps creeping up on her and things get pretty complicated…

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy. Born and raised in Utah, White graduated from BYU. She has one tall husband and two small children and lives near the ocean, where her life is perfectly normal. This abundance of normal led her to a fascination with all things paranormal, including but not limited to vampires, faeries, and pop culture.

Hope to see you there!

Ally Carter Uncommon Criminals Event

27 Jun, 2011 by in Heather Gardner Photography 5 comments

Saturday June 25th I attended the Ally Carter signing and pre-event with several other Utah book bloggers at The King’s English book shop. We had a chance to sit down and ask Ally some exclusive questions. Here’s what we found out:

-The Heist Society books are episodic in nature and as of right now there’s no set number to the series
-Hale’s name comes from a name Ally saw at a museum on temple square during a visit to Utah she made with her employer. She wanted a last name that could also be used as a first name.
-Ally first heard about the Nazis stealing art on an episode of West Wing. She has since researched Holocaust art which is a common theme in her series. She recommends the documentary “The Rape of Europa” and book “The Monuments Men” to learn more
-Ally’s book feature a strong female protagonist and several external conflicts
-Her favorite authors in YA include Sara Zarr, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, ELockhart, Sara Rees Brennan and Holly Black
-The fifth book in the Gallagher Girls series is coming out soon with six planned so far.
-Ally previously wrote two adult titles, the first being called Cheating at Solitaire.

Fire and Ice would like to thank Courtney Lowe from the Provo Library and Disney Hyperion for the cool Uncommon Criminals sunglasses as well as he opportunity to meet Ally personally. Also, Emily from Emily’s Reading Room for organizing all of us bloggers and King’s English for hosting the event. In attendance were book bloggers Heather Zundel, Jennifer K Jovus from My Life With Books, Catie Skola from Book Bound, Mindy and Shanda from LDSWBR, Emily from EmsReadingRoom, Heather from Fire and Ice and the Friendly Reader. We are currently giving away and audio version of Uncommon Criminals which we had signed on Saturday, so check our right sidebar to enter!

All photos are copyright Heather Zahn Gardner

Photography Friday- Emily Wing Smith Release Party

29 Apr, 2011 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

YA contemp author Emily Wing Smith unveiled her second book Back When You Were Easier to Love last night at The King’s English book shoppe. I have to say she is one of the most genuinely nice people I have ever met and her speech left me a little emotional. She spoke of determination, acceptance, finding who you are and spending time with the things that bring you the most joy. Which, by the way is the name of her latest protagonist. After having us laughing with her stories of writing on random bits of paper and obsessive teenage love, she broke out into song with the “Barely Manilows”, also known as “the six”–a group comprised of her critique partners and other YA authors including Brodi Ashton-Everneath and Bree Despain-The Dark Divine, Kimberly Webb Reid, Sara Bolton, and Valynn Nagamatsu. Among the crowd of supporters were local writers James Dashner, Sara Zarr, Kris Chandler, and Matthew Kirby.

What a pleasure it is to know Emily. She is truly an inspiration! Check out her blog at be sure to pick up Back When You Were Easier To Love.
All photos copyright Heather Gardner Photography.

MATCHED Release Party at Kings English

07 Dec, 2010 by in matched 3 comments

Once again The King’s English bookstore hosted an amazing release party on Saturday, this time for for Ally Condie’s new dystopian YA book, MATCHED. Currently it is the #1 pick on the Indie Next List.

MATCHED is a trilogy with the second book CROSSED to be released November 1, 2011. The inspiration for her book came from time spent as a High School English teacher chaperoning proms as well as her experience as a sorority mother in Ithaca, New York.

Ally accepting books to sign

Leeann Whiffen, co-founder of the Utah Autism Coalition and author of A Child’s Journey Out of Autism with Ally

Me getting my stack of books signed

The release party jam packed with people who came out to support MATCHED. Here are some of the people present (and these are only the ones I recognized…) loads of talent in one room!

Authors present:
Sheralyn Pratt
Nichole Giles
Brodi Ashton
Emily Wing Smith
Bree Despain
Kris Chandler
Leeann Whiffen
Elana Johnson
Wendy Aphayrath

Ali Cross
L.T. Elliott
Carolyn Vawdery
Jenn Wilks
Shannon Hale
Sara B Larson

Olivia Carter

Lauren Marie
Maw Books
Catie S Book Bound

Twilight Moms/ Eve’s Fan Garden
Lisa Hansen
Amy O

Special thanks to author Sheralyn Pratt for saving me a seat and author Leeann Whiffen for taking my photos. It was so fun to see everyone again.

You may also view The Kings English bookshop photo gallery of the MATCHED release party on Facebook here. Or, read our MATCHED review here . Also, feel free to enter our signed ARC giveaway from Provo Library. If you are in Utah, stop by her next release party tomorrow night, December 7th, at 7 PM hosted by the Provo Library at Academy Square.

Beautiful Darkness Signing at King’s English

22 Oct, 2010 by in margaret stohl, new YA fiction 52 comments

Last night was the final tour stop for YA authors Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia’s Beautiful Darkness Book Tour at Utah Indie bookstore The King’s English. Kami and Margie were full of Southern Hospitality even though they herald from L.A.
If you want a good laugh, tune in and watch their previous blog T.V. coverage of the tour. They have fun bantering back & forth. (Frequently MStohl breaks into random song) Kami revealed she likes to think of new ways to kill off her characters, so you can bet not everyone survives the four book series. She is a Black Sabbath type of girl while Margaret prefers Glee.
The two have already planned out the entire series via grape smelly marker on a white board. Interestingly, the original idea for Beautiful Creatures came after hearing a group of teens complain about what they saw in YA fiction and what they wanted to see change.

YA contemp author Emily Wing Smith
hosted the first Q&A session and introduced her upcoming book
“Back When You Were Easier To Love” to be released April 28, 2010 by Dutton.

Brodi Ashton, author or the upcoming Ever’neath series mediated the Q&A speed round where questions were taken by blog TV participants online as well as live participants. In the audienc fieilding questions was Bree Despain, author of The Dark Divine.

Fellow Utah Book Bloggers Emily’s Reading Room were there with their Literati group.

I got to see some of my fun and favorite TwilightMOMS

Lisa- founder of Twilight MOMS, me, Jenny and Tara

and I spent my days before hand collecting meaningful junk for gift necklaces.

Here’s where you all come in…

Kami and Margaret were generous with their swag and we are giving some away. Our prize pack includes a Beautiful Darkness bookmark, a pin from the authors and one of my handmade necklaces.
Simply comment below to be entered to win.
Contest ends November 21, 201o and is open internationally.