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Short Hiatus Note

I just wanted to post an update saying that The Book Belles will be on hiatus for the next week. Regular posts will return the last week of November and there's some exciting stuff already planned for December + January :) I hope you all are having a great week! 

Colleen Hoover Signing Recap

*From HPB's Twitter

When the November 9 launch party was announced at the Dallas Half Price Books, I knew I had to go. I'm a huge fan of Colleen Hoover and she's written some of my all-time favorite books, especially Maybe Someday. (It's such an amazing, emotional read!) The launch party was such an awesome experience and while I didn't take too many pictures, I recorded most of the Q & A. Here it is:

Of the guys you've written, which one do you think that you'd personally connect to the most?

Daniel from Finding Cinderella. I'm not too romantic of a person, and humor is one of the qualities I value most in a guy. If a guy was saying all this cheesy romantic stuff, I'd probably be like "dude- stop".

What inspired you to become a writer?

My family is who I wrote Slammed for, as they wanted to read it, and it gave me the motivation to finish it. They always wanted to read what I wrote. 

Someone in the audience commented that she was really active on Facebook with her fans and asked why/how she's able to do it.

Knowing what it's like to not have too much growing up, I feel that it makes me very appreciative of the career I'm able to have. I want to do good things with being an author.

Is there a scene you would never rewrite or change?

I really love the scene in Maybe Someday where they write the Maybe Someday song.

How many Sharpies do you think you've used signing books?

In the past three years, over a thousand. I like Sharpies sharp, so I'll sign 30 books or so before I use a new one. That's my diva moment. They're called "Sharpies", not "Dullies".

When will Never Never: Part 3 release?

January 26, 2016 (I am so excited!)

How many of the songs did you write in Maybe Someday?

I wrote maybe half of the songs for the book. I had to rewrite every scene in the book that had a song when there were problems with the original songwriter for the novel. Griffin ended up writing a bunch of music to fit in with the book. He wrote a song for November 9 that's coming out next week.

What's your biggest pet peeve?

I don't know, I'm a pretty even-keeled person. It's maybe bad music, as bad music that I don't like irritates me. My bookshelf opens up to a secret room where I write, and it's quiet, with no windows. I have to have complete silence when I write.

The following are the books I had signed:

I am so excited to start November 9! It already has amazing reviews and I have yet to read a book by Colleen Hoover that I don't like :)

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom Book Review

 Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination, but an answer. In heaven, five people explain your life to you. Some you knew, others may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie's five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: "Why was I here?"

Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross Book Review

Wren Noble is dead—she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living.

Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands—the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn’t exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she’s not ready to join her sister in the afterlife.

Now the guy who saved Lark’s life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins—who should know better than to mess with the dead—may be their only hope of staying alive.

November New Releases

I usually try to spotlight the contemporary new releases every month, but since there aren't too many books releasing in November, I figured I'd feature all the young adult releases I found. There are some really amazing books coming out this month! :)

November 3
NeedThe Lies About TruthHotel RubyTen Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)All In (The Naturals, #3)The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #2)Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School, #4)The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

November 10
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)ConsentYoung Widows ClubSoundless
November 24

November 24
Light of Day

I'm currently working my way through replying to comments and should hopefully be caught up by tomorrow. Also, look out this week for a signing recap, review of Humans of New York: Stories, and a November New Release giveaway! :) Which books are you most excited about this month? Let me know if I missed any!