If a trip to Wisconsin or Kentucky is not in your plans this spring but you would still like a signed book, I BEAR GLAD TIDINGS:
Ward and her entourage of devoted fans, fellow authors, and assistants have put together a virtual signing event. You can buy books, specify a personalized message, and choose your method of shipping. Sign-ups have begun for insiders on Ward's forum, which you can sign up for here. Once you have a log-in, look for a thread titled "Virtual Signing now OPEN!" and follow directions from there. Navigating the forum is pretty self-explanatory, but if you need any additional help finding the right spot, shoot me a comment here or PM one of the mods on the board.
Signing up on the forum is free and quick, and there are some fun extras there if you are the kind of person who loves looking for internet easter eggs. There are "slices of life" scenes that are available from the front webpage without going into the forum, which are really great if you need a between-book fix, but if you like that, dig into the forum for even more goodies. The characters from the books make occasional "appearances" on the forum; the mating ceremony between Cormia and Phury plays out in one thread, and the section called "The Brothers on The Board" is full of extra content. Fans first met the character Lassiter here long before he appeared in Phury's book, and while you don't need this information to enjoy the books, there's a whole additional layer of fun, speculation, and character nuance to be found here. Spoilers are rare and clearly marked if you want to avoid them -- the mods are vigilant and sometimes even when Ward spills a tidbit, it will get deleted!
I'm told that the virtual signing will be available to non-forum-members shortly (within a few days) from the main page, but if you want a jump on it, head over to the forum today!
If nothing but a face-to-face meeting will do, here are the announced dates for in-person signings. And hey, spring is a nice time of year for a jaunt to the midwest.
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