Thursday, February 23, 2017

Another Great RBC Meeting...And A Big, Exciting Announcement

I want to talk to you about last night's RBC meeting and show you some pictures.  HOWEVER, I have to, first, give you the big news.  Wait for it...wait for it...Books, Inc. is opening a new The Pruneyard,in Campbell.  This is really good news on so many levels.  First, it's another bookstore.  Second, it's another bookstore in the South Bay.  Third, it's the 1st bookstore in The Pruneyard since Barnes & Noble left 4 or 5 years ago.  For those that don't know, I used to go into B&N there in part to meet local authors.  It was there that I 1st met Jennifer Skully, Shelly Adina, Hannah Jayne, and A.R. Silverberry, all of them authors that I'm happy to say I am still in contact with.  So, for me, it's very nostalgic, among all of the other benefits.  Timing?  Well, The Pruneyard will be going through a remodel this year.  And Books, Inc. will be opening around summertime next year.  CAN'T WAIT!

Okay, that is good news indeed.  But so was our RBC meeting last night. Elizabeth Hunter, author of The Irin Chronicles, came to Recycle to talk about book 1 in the series, The Scribe.  And let me tell you that the members' ratings were sky high.  Not only that, a number of the members have already read book 2 and even book 3.  And Elizabeth brought a bunch of books for us to buy so that we can continue the series.  I was among many who bought both 2 & 3.

What did we learn from Elizabeth last night?  I'm glad you asked:

1.  Elizabeth started writing by doing short stories for fanfiction.  BTW, fanfiction will be the subject of a blog post one of these days.
2.  Elizabeth self-published her 1st book in 2011 and now has a total of 15 books and novellas.  She is currently slowing her pace to 2 full-length books and a few novellas/short stories per year.
3.  She taught us the difference between contemporary fantasy and paranormal.  Since I oftentimes have a lot of problems distinguishing one genre from another, this was a treat to actually get definitions that I can understand.  If you're all nice to me, maybe someday I will give you those definitions.
4.  From that age-old question of whether an author is character-driven or plot-driven, Elizabeth is decidedly character-driven.  Definitely my favorite of the 2.

There's more, but let me show you some pictures, including the head honcho of Recycle Books.


  1. I love the way y'all pack the people in for those book clubs!!

    1. I agree. We are definitely getting increased numbers. Wednesday night we had 16. It's so much more fun when it's a big crowd.

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