Wednesday, March 25, 2009

JR Ward Update

Those of you who are hoping to attend an in-person book signing for J.R. Ward's Lover Avenged, may or may not be aware that such events are a little bit rare. Ward rarely ventures very far out of the midwest, and pretty much does not fly.

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.
ps, a couple people have told me that they are having trouble leaving comments -- if this is broken for you too, could you please let me know at nicola327 AT hotmail DOT com ? Much appreciated.


Carolyn Crane said...

Hold the phones here. Does JR Ward live in Wisconsin?

Anonymous said...

I thought she lived in the south?

Sorry little CJ, the stalking option is not as live as you hoped.

Nicola O. said...

Heh. According to her bio, she lives "in the south." Based on her signing schedule, it looks to me like it's somewhere in KY.

Carolyn Crane said...

Oh, I thought Southeast, too, but when you said Wisconsin....

Nicola O. said...

Well, she's doing a signing in WI. Does that help?

I ♥ Book Gossip said...

Hey Nicola, I just wanted to tell you the books you sent out were wonderful. I can't wait to read JR's next release. Are you going to any of the signings?

Nicola O. said...

Yay, I'm glad you got them OK.

No, I live near Seattle, and as much as I love the Brothers, I can't justify that kind of travel-- which is why I was excited about the virtual signing.

Anonymous said...

Dose she have like regular areas that she dose do signings? Cause Im in Colorado, so if I can manage a trip, let say for her next book next yearI can pre plan..

Nicola O. said...

Hi there, Anonymous. I'm afraid you've stumbled onto an older post. As far as I know it's still true that Ward does not fly and therefore her signings are usually limited to the mid-west as far as I can see. To get up to date signing information, check out her website at or her Facebook page.


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