Welcome to the Becca Fitzpatrick Aussie Blog Tour! Today you're going to hear all about The Black Hand Ball in Sydeny and discover just what happened!
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I’ve only had the pleasure of attending a few author signings or events since I’ve began reading, but I can say without a doubt that The Black Hand Ball is the best one I’ve ever been to. Everything from the incredible people I met there, to the atmosphere and the amazing Becca Fitzpatrick herself not only met my expectations, but exceeded them. And then some!
I’ve been looking forward to this event for quite a while, so I was anxious to get there. So anxious in fact that I dragged my mum (who is just the best for always attending these kinds of things with me) there an hour earlier in the rain, and we arrived before everything was even set up. Seeing the Ball before it was set up and the transformation it undertook was incredible. The Establishment and the team over at Simon & Schuster out did themselves with the decorations and setting! It was simple, yet elegant and set the night.
Begin there early also gave me the chance to meet Caroline straight away and let me just say...ahhh! Caroline Payne is even more awesome and beautiful in person than she is over email! It was fantastic getting to talk to her and being able to put a face to the personality who has been so wonderful to me since I’ve started working with Simon & Schuster as part of The Rest Is Still Unwritten. Caroline talked to me for ages and we chatted a lot during the night, even as the poor girl ran around organising everything the entire time. She was so lovely and easy to talk too—just amazing.
Throughout the night I also had the chance to meet, talk and even dance (yes we danced!) with some of the other vibrant ladies at Simon & Schuster and let me just say they are all incredible people! They were so fun and hilarious to be with. I met the amazing head of Simon & Schuster; Marketing Director Lou Johnson early on in the night and she just so friendly and warm and certainly knew how to party. Lou talked to me a few times during the night and I made sure to get a picture, although it came out a tad blurry. Wah! My camera played up on and off during the night *sigh*
Yet the best part of getting there early was that I got to meet Becca BEFORE the event began! There were only two other fans there when she arrived and Becca signed our books early for us and then sat chatting with me for about 20 minutes. Honestly, she has to be the nicest, friendliest author I’ve ever met and you could tell how happy she was to be there. She was so natural and relaxed off the bat and she really lit up the room. She told me briefly about her time in Australia and some of the signings she’d been too.
At this point people had begun to arrive and soon the party began! The music began to pulse and then the Angels descended. Ha! I might add hot, sexy angels that went about serving drinks to everyone and who were more than happy to pose for photographs. And yes, I made sure to get a photo...or three, with some of them. The guys themselves were really friendly and open and everyone there was already having a great time.
Becca mingled with the crowd straight away, talking to fans and even signing some books for fans there as well as posing for photographs. All the fans were so happy and excited and it was easy to talk to everyone, I even made a couple of friends that I spent the night talking to which was awesome. I mean, who doesn’t wanna be able to gush about books at these kinds of things?
Finger food was offered by the many waiters (not angels) that went around serving and it was delicious! I admit I didn’t eat that much as I was caught up in the excitement, but what I did have...yum!
Soon Becca took to the stage to talk and the entire crowd was captivated. Becca had an incredible stage presence and shared some funny tales with us, including how she came to write Hush, Hush, her experiences attempting to get picked up and she even told us the inspiration for some of her scenes, characters and plot lines! There are some scenes in series I certainly think differently of after hearing Becca talking and hearing Becca’s teenage experiences that were the inspirations for some of her funnier scenes defiantly made me smile. Then Becca answers some questions posted in by fans and we got a secret message from Patch. Oooooh! And it was good *drools* I recorded the whole thing, but I’m not going to post it just yet as I don’t wanna spoil it for anyone else attending the other two balls.
After the message, Becca went and began signing books for everyone. I’d already had my books signed early on in the night, but I wanted to get a nice picture with her. The lines were enormous---practically everyone lined up and it was slow going as Becca took the time to talk to each and every person as she signed books, tickets, post cards and posed for photos.
I’d already met her briefly during the night, but I had the chance to talk to Becca’s agent Catherine Drayton at this point, a wonderful woman who was just so inspiring to talk to. She was so friendly and had some great tips about writing and wanting to be a part of the publishing industry. Oh, and we also got to laugh and giggle about the hot angel servers. Definitely a great woman!
Even now the line for signings was massive, so I waited a bit and instead danced with Caroline, Lou (yes, the Marketing Director of S&S danced like a woman on a mission, lol) and some of the other Simon & Schuster gals to kill time and get the party started. There were a few people dancing, but not many and attempts to coax some of the Angels into dancing failed, but all in all it was still fun. I spent a lot of the night with a lovely girl named Paige who I met and I dragged her up to dance and we had a great time as the lines for signings shrunk.
Then when there was a 45 minutes left of signings I jumped in line to get my picture and was able to chat with Paige some more (like a tonne) and other fantastic faces in the lines. We gushed about the Hush, Huh books as well as all our other faves....you know, VA, The Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices and just laughed and talked the entire time the line was moving. Everyone was so happy to be there and the atmosphere was just incredible! People dressed up for the event and looked a million dollars and I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a soul in the room that hadn’t had a great time. I know I sure did!
Finally I got my lovely picture with Becca and thanked her for signing my books earlier; wishing her a great stay for the rest of her time in Australia and then it was almost time to go. The event and book signings ran over, but Becca stayed and made sure every book got signed and everyone got a picture and she was so graceful and happy about it---honestly the woman shone!
Upon leaving we were presented with out goodies bags which contained, well....goodies! The chocolate was to die for and I’m already tempted to dive into the book I got.
And that was it!
I can’t say what the other balls will be like, but Sydney’s was a night to remember! I have no faults with it—none whatsoever. I haven’t smiled or laughed that hard in a long time and it was such a brilliant night.
I can’t thank Dolly and Simon & Schuster enough for putting on such a fabulous event and am so grateful to Simon & Schuster for letting me attend! And of course to woman of the hour, Becca Fitzpatrick herself, for making the night so special with her incredible desire to meet her fans and dedication to making sure everyone was happy.