Monday, September 16, 2013

GATED Launch!

I had the BEST SATURDAY EVER attending the launch for Amy Parker's debut GATED.

Do the gates keep the unchosen out or the chosen in?

In Mandrodage Meadows, life seems perfect. The members of this isolated suburban community have thrived under Pioneer, the charismatic leader who saved them from their sad, damaged lives. Lyla Hamilton and her parents are original members of the flock. They moved here following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, looking to escape the evil in the world. Now seventeen, Lyla knows certain facts are not to be questioned:

Pioneer is her leader.

Will is her Intended.

The end of the world is near.

Like Noah before him, Pioneer has been told of the imminent destruction of humanity. He says his chosen must arm themselves to fight off the unchosen people, who will surely seek refuge in the compound's underground fortress--the Silo.

Lyla loves her family and friends, but given the choice, she prefers painting to target practice. And lately she'd rather think about a certain boy outside the compound than plan for married life in the Silo with Will. But with the end of days drawing near, she will have to pick up a gun, take a side, and let everyone know where she stands.

GATED on Goodreads

A group of five authors from Orlando roadtripped over to Tampa to Inkwood Books for Amy's launch. We had so much fun. Tara Gallina drove. She could give Danica Patrick a run for her money. Heehee!

A couple of my favorite quotes from the road:

"You'll have to do the tuck and the roll because I'm not slowing down."

"Are you sure you're not Polish?"

"And why is he wearing a petticoat?!"

On the way, Sarah Nicolas made an Instagram video of us answering "How many spaces after a period?"

We arrived on time, thanks to Tara's driving, and even got a parking spot right in front. Christina Farley took some great pictures, so here are a few:

 Tara, me, and Jessica Souders making our purchases.

 Amy's gorgeous spread celebrating GATED!

 The group! Also including Vivi Barnes, Krystalyn Fowler, Joe and Lisa Iriarte, and Lucienne Diver!
 I took this one. :)

Plus, Christina made a video of the day, so check it out! And then go buy GATED! (Also, Christina and Tara are both hosting giveaways of GATED on their blogs, so be sure to click on their names to enter.)