JR Ward Signing and Q&A
Posted by The Obscured Vixen on August 14, 2011
JR Ward Book Signing and Q&A Session at Barnes & Noble
Saratoga Springs, NY. August 13, 2011 @ 2pm.
So after traveling five hours to get to Saratoga Springs, waiting in line at sunrise for two hours to get bracelets, our Black Dagger Babe book club was ready to meet the WARDen. JR Ward is by far one of the coolest author that I have ever met. She is an absolute riot! She was cracking jokes about the Brothers, cursing like a trucker, and getting tangled in that damn Smurf robe!
To please her fans, Ward even went so far as giving out three ARC copies of Envy (release date September 6, 2011). One of which who went to the fan that traveled the farthest: someone came all the way from Florida!
So here’s the scoop:
– The WARDen is currently writing Rhage and Mary’s novella, which has now transformed into a short book. She is approximately three-quarters complete with this story.
– Ward knew that writing Tohr’s book was going to have to be written, and she knew it was going to be hard for her. Tohr has been through so much and is still in love with Wellsie. It was extremely hard for Ward to write Tohr’s journey. She said that even though he physically may be attracted to someone, the heart and mind may take a while to follow. Usually the Brother’s books take place over a very short timeline. Lover Reborn will take place over the course of a year.
– During Lover Unleashed, we were all waiting for a big family reunion between the Scribe Virgin, Vishous and Payne… but it never happened! Ward stated that it is going to be a while before this little family is on good grounds. The SV is at rock bottom right now, and it will take her a while to get out of it.
– Lassiter will be getting his own book. Ward is going to keep him with the Brothers, but can see how his story crosses over to the Fallen Angels series.
– Ward stated that Qhuinn and Blay fans will not be happy with Lover Reborn (loud groan from the room). She then said, “You all need to chill the fuck out. You know it’s going to happen. Just give it some time!” The room broke out in laughter. Ward stated that about three-quarters of the way through Lover Reborn it will be very clear who will end up together.
– When asked if there will be a cohntehst in the series, Ward responded “Absolutely, 100%.” However, she did not mention who. [Perhaps Murhder and John Matthew 😛 ]
– Assail is a new character that will be showing up in Lover Reborn. Ward mentioned that next to Z, he is her favorite character. “Assail is the shit!”
– There will be a threesome in the Envy and Lover Reborn. [woot woot!]
– We will see a new member inducted into the Brotherhood in Lover Reborn or the following book. Ward did not mention who this character will be.
– Jose de la Cruz will appear in Envy, as well as a future BDB book where he runs into Butch! Jose is out to dinner with his wife at a fancy restaurant, and sees Butch across the room with a gorgeous female. Their eyes connect, and Jose knows that it’s Butch… then he remembers nothing. Butch wipes his memory!
– Ward can see a “pretty cool cross over between the BDB and Fallen Angel series.”
– It is planned who Trez and iAm end up with: one of the characters we have already met, and one we have not.
– Ward has a third series outlined, but would not give any details regarding it. She does not know if this series will ever come to light because she is still extremely busy with the Brothers and Fallen Angels.
– When asked if Rhage will be in the next book, Ward said “there is a highly anticipated, hilarious scene with Rhage in Lover Reborn.”
– Before Dark Lover was published, Ward send a copy to a list of reviewers for feedback. One of the reviewers said “if you love LA Banks you will love JR Ward.” Ward was extremely honored to be included in the same category as LA Banks since Ward followed her and honored her work. She was extremely upset about the loss of LA Banks.
The best part?
I asked JR Ward, “Since I know you won’t tell us what Layla’s talent is, can you pleeeease tell us when we will find out what it is?” She thought about this for a moment, then said, “Well, it’s coming…” and thought some more about when it would be. As she was thinking, the entire room burst into laughter. Ward then realized that she implied that Layla’s talent was ‘coming.’ Ward laughed so hard that she began to cry and could barely speak to answer the question. She then walked over and gave me a huge high-five for making her laugh so hard. I then proceeded to freak out, and squeal like a ten year old girl to my book club bitches.
JR Ward was unbelievably down to Earth, and absolutely hilarious. I can now see where Rhage and Butch’s humor come from, since Ward made comments I could hear the Brothers saying. Loved, loved, loved meeting her! I would travel another 5 hours to meet JR Ward again in a heartbeat.
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