Thursday, 7 August 2014

Event Recap: Blogger Tea with Mila Gray



I was thrilled to have been invited to a Blogger tea event with Mila Gray (Sarah Alderson) this weekend. If you've been following me on the blog or Goodreads for a while, you must know how much of a fan I have been of her work. Of course when it comes to meeting anybody famous, I tend to get super nervous, but as soon as I saw Sarah, she was quick to get rid of those nerves. I got a hug and a so nice to finally meet you Jasprit, it really is something when an author recognises you, especially one that you have admired for ages. 


 

We met with Sarah on the release day (at a select number of stores) of her NA book Come Back to Me. I'm not typically a fan of NA books, but Come Back to Me I loved, it was such a beautiful and heart breaking story and I was glad to meet other fans of this book there too. I met up with Jess and Donna from Book Passion for Life before the event, I've met with both ladies before, so was thrilled to know somebody else would be attending the event with me. We met up with Sarah, her publicist and other bloggers in this cool little cafe called Drink, Shop & Do. 

Source: https://www.facebook.com/drinkshopdo/events

We had our own little bloggers table, (around us there were ladies who had come in for hen do's and were making their own little sashes!), and were served with tea, gorgeous brownies, red velvet cake and sandwiches. I liked how informal this tea was, we were able to get to know other bloggers and of course chat with Sarah and get our books signed! 




I was also lucky to meet with Emma from Never Judge a Book by its Cover. Its always great to be able to meet with a fellow blogger, whose blog you've been following for sometime. Emma was absolutely lovely! I was also able to chat with Kirsty from the OverFlowing Library. 

Me, Donna and Emma.

Sarah was lovely, as she made the time to chat with all of us, we had fun chatting about her previous books, how she found it moving from writing YA to NA books, how much she was involved in selecting the covers for her books, travelling and of course Fifty Shades of Grey! Sarah was the easiest person to talk to, I felt like I was talking to a friend that I known for ages! The two hours that we had definitely went by way too quickly, but I'd never had as much fun at an author event as I had at this one! We also received a neat goody bag before we left. 



Thank you to Sarah, Catherine and all the wonderful bloggers, who made this blogger tea such a great one! 

                                  




29 comments:

  1. YAYYYYYYYY I'M SO GLAD YOU MET SARAH! I know how much you adore her and your "i spy sarah alderson books in *insert name* store" tweets always make me smile :) Aw! This place looks so cute! RED VELVET CAKE IS ROSE COBALLOWAY'S FAVORITE. YESSSS :) And the message Sarah wrote for you is adorable :) I need this paperback in my life as well! I just loved the story so much. And eeep! You, Donna and Emma look all so gorgeous :) Aw! It's so great that you got to talk to Sarah about so many things. And would you look at all the swag! So pretty :) I'm so glad you got to meet Sarah. I truly, truly am, my love!

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    1. Thank you Siiri!! It was amazing that I finally was able to meet Sarah! I think the paperback is available in some stores, but the official release date is November, do let me know if you want me to send you a copy! :)

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  2. This looks like so much fun. I was invited but couldn't make it - now I'm sorry to have missed it! Also not a huge fan of NA but really liked this one! :)

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    1. Aww that's a shame Daisy, I hope there are some events in the future that we can both attend, and I'm so glad that you enjoyed Come Back to Me too! :)

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  3. What a fabulous way to spend a day, Jasprit! Like you, I don't really read NA, but I'll happily make an exception for Sarah. I have no doubt I'll enjoy it immensely. I loved everything she wrote so far, so why should this be any different?
    I'm glad you had fun, and wow, that place is so lovely.

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    1. Thank you Maja, I really did have a brilliant time. I hope you do decide to give Sarah's NA book a go, I think that you will like it too!

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  4. Lovely write up hun! It was such a good day!! =)

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    1. Thanks Donna! It was great meeting you again x

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  5. You guys are totally making me jealous. :P The event looks FABULOUS and I am so glad to hear you guys had so much fun! Those goodie bags look SO AWESOME! :D And I am glad you were able to get your copies of Come Back to Me signed!! :)

    Sarah seems like such a friendly author on twitter and I am so glad to see you had so much fun meeting up with her! :D Hopefully someday I'll get the chance to hang out with her as well!! :D

    Thanks for sharing this, Jasprit!! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. You're welcome Rashika! I hope you get the chance to meet her one day too, she is such a lovely person and so easy to chat with!

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  6. Awww, this sounded like a super nice event. The setting looks absolutely homey, comfortable, and may I just say, fabulous? It really gives off such an amiable voice, a good place to get to know authors you love and friends you've met on the internet. I'm glad to know you had a good time, hon! The pictures were adorable! :D

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  7. It was such a nice day Jasprit, and I was so pleased to finally meet you! I hope we get to meet up soon at other events! Lovely recap! :) x

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  8. You sound like you had such a lovely time at the event, Jasprit. I'm jealous! Getting to meet a favorite author and having that author know exactly who you are is kind of incredible! :) That must have been really exciting for you.
    Sarah sounds like the sweetest author ever too.
    I'm glad you had such a fun time!

    P.S I love your hair! It's so long and pretty! :)

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    1. Thank you Nick, I know what you mean, even though I've chatted with Sarah many times through twitter and email, you (well I) would never think that she would remember me from the many other bloggers and readers she chats with, but it truly was a great honour!

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  9. Sounds like a fabulous tea! I like that you had your own blogger table -- always nice to meet fellow bloggers IRL.

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    1. Yes it is Mary, I've been quite lucky this year, that I've been able to meet so many lovely bloggers over here :)

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  10. This looks like it was so much fun! I'll have to check this book out. :D and red velvet cake! so yummy!

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  11. What a lovely event! I've not read any of Sarah's books, butI've heard great things and I love following her on twitter. I'm happy the event went so well! Thank you for sharing with us, Jasprit!

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  12. That is so cute, Jasprit! I have not actually heard of Sarah before, but I will be sure to check her out on GR now! I am so glad you enjoyed the day, and it sounds like a lovely little event! :)

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  13. It's so amazing when you get recognized by an author you love! I was overwhelmed by this at YALC. :) The cafe looks so cute and the treats so yummy! It sounds like you had a great time, really glad you got to meet one of your favourite authors!

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  14. I have seen pics at Emma's blog and it seems like you ladies had a great time. I'm so glad you've met Mila! :) I love the pics you shared. Thank you so much for the recap. Great post, Jasprit :)

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  15. How fun. I a tea party. I know you are a huge fan of Sarah and I am thrilled you got to meet her in person.

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  16. This sounds like such a fun, casual event. Not to mention, the cafe looks really cute and the food looks delicious.

    I'm happy for you that you got to meet Sarah and that she recognized you :)

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  17. Look how pretty that setup was there, Jasprit! Isn't it just the most exciting thing in the world to meet someone whose work you admire so much? So glad you had a great time!

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  18. Oh my goodness, what a lovely event! A blogger tea is such a fabulous idea, how awesome of the (publisher? bookstore? author? all three?!) to host that.

    I know you're a huge Sarah Alderson fan (in fact, I think you're the one who posted the first reviews I read for her books), so I'm so happy that you got the chance to meet her. <3 If only all book days were like these, right?

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  19. Aw, yay :D Sounds like you had such a good time. <3 Thank you so much for sharing sweetie. Such cute pictures :) You look adorable. Also, sigh. I am jealous. <3 Wishing authors lived at the top of Norway, lol :) But so happy for you.
    <3

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  20. The wedding ceremony was serviced in the dining room, so they set up chairs for the guests. Once the ceremony ended, they quickly moved the chairs out and set up tables and chairs for formal dining.
    best boozy brunch nyc

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  21. Ok, what is a Hen do? Is that just a hen party aka bachelorette party? Or is a "do" something else? ANYWAY, this place looks gorgeous and I'm so jealous you met Sarah. Thanks for sharing the fun!

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