Sunday, October 25, 2015

A Book Signing w/Sarah J. Schmitt!

A week ago Sunday was the perfect day to load the kidlet up and head to Indianapolis to Kids Ink (an independent children's bookstore) for a book signing. I've wanted to visit Kids Ink for awhile, and it did not disappoint. There were books and toys galore! Sarah was so nice to talk to, and I loved getting my hands on her gorgeous book, It's A Wonderful Death.






There's also this really neat thing that Kids Ink does: having visiting authors sign/doodle on the bathroom wall (Sarah said she had her markers ready!).




Yup, Shannon Hale and Rainbow Rowell, folks. 


 Now, this one probably excited me the most. Steven Kellogg!!! I loved checking out his books from the library as a kid. So full of wild-eyed wonder and playful illustrations.


Oh, and then there's this one. Just a crayon from The Day the Crayons Quit. You know, that not-very popular picture book...*wink*


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Sarah Schmitt has bachelor's degrees in political science and psychology as well as a master's degree in higher education administration, but she has always loved writing fiction. She is a K-8 school librarian part-time and youth service professional for teens at her public library. Sarah currently lives with her husband and two kidlets near Indianapolis, Indiana.


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Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.

RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who’s cuter than you’d expect; Hawaiian shirt–wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction.


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15 comments:

  1. That book looks great! Also, how fun is it that authors get to sign the bathroom wall? It's like they're rock stars, which, let's face it, authors totally are.

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  2. What a cool store! For both kids and adults. And bonus you got to meet Sarah when you visited.

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  3. Sounds like such a great time. And signing the wall is pretty awesome too.

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  4. Lovely photos and the doodles are great. What a fantastic bookshop for a book-signing. And the book sounds great too.

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  5. That book looks awesome... and that store! OMG I must go. Love it!! Great find!

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  6. OMG how COOL are those walls. Every bookstore should do that!

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  7. GAH I love this store. I want one like that here!

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  8. This looks like such a fun place!! I love all those drawings--I'd be in there for hours reading them all, until someone banged on the door :)

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  9. Great to have somewhere like that encouraging a love of books.

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  10. Congratulations to Sarah--her new book looks awesome. Thanks for sharing the 'writing on the wall' and other features of this fun store!

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  11. Sounds super fun. Thanks for heads up.

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  12. Sounds like a lovely read, and I adore the idea of letting writers have fun on walls. Nice to bloggy meet you, by the way. :-)

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  13. Sounds like a wonderful book--thanks so much for sharing, Leandra. And congratulations, Sarah!!

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  14. Oh, how fun! I didn't realize you went to a book signing recently. I love all your pictures, especially all those writings on the wall—how cool is that?! Thanks for sharing Sarah's book—love the cover and premise! :)

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