It was sweltering in Los Angeles today, but that didn’t stop Melissa de la Cruz’s book party for Vampires of Manhattan from being fun! I think the swanky vampires themselves would have approved of the gathering, which was attended by local LA authors, librarians, entertainment veterans, and a whole bunch kids who were very excited to be there.
The garden party was hosted by Beautiful Creatures author Margaret Stohl, whose lovely home provided the perfect setting for this relaxed event. At The Ring and the Crown Tea I attended a few months ago, I was struck by how supportive all these LA authors are of each other, and it was really nice to see Allen Zadoff, Pseudonymous Bosch, Alyson Noel, Robyn Schneider, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer Bosworth, Gretchen McNeil, Morgan Matson, and many others turn out in celebration of Melissa’s book.
Sharp-eyed fans will notice that Vampires of Manhattan is actually dedicated to Margie Stohl, and Melissa told me that without her, this book could never have been written. Friendships are a beautiful thing, and it’s always wonderful to see successful women standing together.
Guests enjoyed sliders and shaved ice from local food trucks, as well as themed St. Germain “Big Appletini” cocktails. I had the “Monkey Brains” shaved ice, which was strawberry-banana flavored with condensed milk, and Mr. Darling enjoyed the root beer float one. Perfect for a hot summer’s day.
Local independent bookstore Mysterious Galaxy was on hand to sell copies of Melissa’s books, and everyone congratulated her on the new release. It’s funny, because the television series The Witches of East End also airs tonight, and of course, that’s based on Melissa’s book as well.
Vampires of Manhattan is the first book in a spinoff series from her bestselling Blue Bloods series–what’s interesting is that VOM is adult, whereas the original series was YA. I’ve read the first 100 pages or so, and the best way to describe it is this: if the queen of glitz Jackie Collins was writing urban fantasy, this is the type of story she might’ve told! It’s a page-turning paranormal thriller featuring lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous, and Blue Bloods fans will find that familiar characters are all grown up and dealing with deception, murder, and lots of sexy times. It’s very easy to follow even if you haven’t read the other books yet, although you’ll obviously love it if you’re already a fan of Melissa’s books.
It was a very fun event, and both Margie and Melissa could not have been more gracious. LA may be laid back, but our authors know how to party, y’all. I wish you all could have been there to enjoy it, too.
Don’t forget, this is an adult book, but mature YA readers will no doubt enjoy finding out what happened to the characters in the Blue Bloods series. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a thoughtful comment below telling us specifically why you’re excited to read this book! Are you already a big fan of her vampire series, or will this be your first one?
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A giveaway copy was provided by the publisher. My thanks to Melissa de la Cruz and Margaret Stohl for the lovely event.