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Ilona Andrews Book Signing

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a big fan of Ilona Andrews’ books. Ilona Andrews is a husband/wife team, and they write some great urban fantasy adventures. On The Edge is one of my all time favorite books. (It’s also on sale for $2.99 at the moment. Just a great read. Highly recommended).

When I heard that the Ilona Andrews team would be doing a book signing for their latest book at a nearby library, well, OF COURSE, I prepared to attend! The first book in the series is Burn For Me — a terribly suggestive title with an equally smarmy cover that depicts the books as…well, the books aren’t that. I fully admit that I avoided reading Burn for Me for a very long time because of the cover and the title. HOWEVER, I have read it, and I can heartily recommend it. It’s a great adventure with wonderfully fun characters. (It’s also on sale right now!!!)

The new book in the Hidden Legacy Series, White Hot, has a possibly…worse cover and an equally suggestive title. But even with that, I wasn’t about to miss the book signing and discussion.

Ilona and her husband Andrew were great speakers. They mostly took questions and shared bits about the characters, shared some personal stories and kept the room in stitches. Both of them were generous with their time, and not only did they stand for pictures, they signed every book that I brought with me in my Green Bag Lady bag. (I had several. As in Many. And I forgot one of them at home! They’ve written 19 books and I had half that with me.)

It was a great evening, well spent, discussing plots, characters, writing tips, high school graduations and the proper pronunciation of “y’all.” I didn’t want to be the one to tell Ilona, but with her Russian accent, I’m not really certain she can pull off the proper drawl. 🙂 She’s cute as a button though.

Some interesting tidbits:

When guests come to town they go to County Line for BBQ (I’d recommend Salt Lick in Driftwood–very, very authentic Texas experience and best BBQ on the planet. There’s also Dahlia’s Cafe in Liberty Hill that is a great Texas experience).

One time, when stuck on a plot, they determined they would not leave the pool until they solved it. Andrew brought beer and they settled in for a nice, relaxing discussion. Of course, once the beer was gone, they really, really needed to leave the pool. PRESTO, the plot was born!

Even Ilona Andrews has very little control over traditionally published covers. The publishers decide–be they the US version or the French, Spanish or German version.

The two of them have a great sense of humor that comes out in person and in their books. They are both gracious and professional. If you ever have a chance to hear them speak or to get a book signed, hurry on over!

Posted: July 8, 2017
Filed in Book Reviews