Kathryn Purdie Event Recap and Giveaway!

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We had such a great time Tuesday night getting to attend Kathryn Purdie’s launch party for her latest novel in the Burning Glass series, Crystal Blade! I absolutely love these books, and Crystal Blade is my favorite book in the trilogy thus far (check out my full review here), so it was such a great experience to get to attend this event.

First of all, Kathryn wore this gorgeous Russian gown, which was absolutely stunning and so much fun!

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Kathryn spoke about how difficult it can be to write a second book. I found her honesty not only refreshing but absolutely inspiring. I can only imagine how difficult it would be to write a second novel when you have ARCs for book one circulating and are just starting to see reader feedback for the first time. Kathryn ended up re-writing her entire book after turning in her original draft, and she did it in a very, VERY short period of time. After completing that draft, she had to trim over 50,000 words off to complete this phenomenal novel.

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Kathryn certainly overcame all of the pressure and obstacles she faced, because she created a book that is truly wonderful. All the work she put into this second book certainly paid off. She really hits her stride in this novel. It is so well-written. I was absolutely glued to it from beginning to end!

One of the things that helped her get through some of those challenges while she was writing Crystal Blade was the incredible community of writers we have here in Utah. Sara B. Larson, author of Defy and Dark Breaks the Dawn, and Emily King, author of The Hundredth Queen, were particularly supportive and helpful for Kathryn as were her wonderful father and family.

We truly have a special community here, whether you’re a writer, blogger, or reader, everyone is so supportive and welcoming. It’s such a special book community to belong to, and I feel so lucky to be part of it. Kathryn is definitely a pillar in our community here, so it was an absolute pleasure to get to celebrate the launch of this beautiful book with her.

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Enter the Giveaway

One winner will receive:

  • 1 hardcover copy of Burning Glass
  • 1 hardcover copy of Crystal Blade
  • A swag pack including character art, bookmarks, and full-cover book plate map!

Rules:

  • U.S. only due to shipping expenses.
  • This giveaway ends 08/26/2017.

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21 thoughts on “Kathryn Purdie Event Recap and Giveaway!

  1. bookprincessreviews says:

    This looks like a brilliant event, Krysti! I can’t believe she had to completely redo her draft in such a short amount of time. I can’t imagine completing anything that huge and important in that time, but it turned out to be a masterpiece of sorts, so it was worth it. When I get to this wonderful series, I’m so going to have a whole new appreciation for it. Wonderful recap as always, lady! <3

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      It was such an great night! Katie is one of my favorite people on the planet, so it was so much fun getting to attend this one. I also love it when authors talk so honestly about how difficult writing can be. Thanks so much, love! 🙂

  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    Yes! another amazing author event. I LOVE that dress! Is that something Purdie would have expected her characters to wear? Where did she get it?! Want!

    Also… is that an Edward Scissorhands Pop figure in that photo? There MUST be a story there.

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Yes! It was such a fun event! The dress is gorgeous! It is something her characters would wear, since Burning Glass is Russian-inspired fantasy. She had it made by someone, and now I can’t remember who she said it was…

      So the Edward Scissorhands pic was one she took when she had to cut over 50K works from her manuscript. It’s pretty fitting. 🙂

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        He is?! I didn’t know your other half was a writer! You are totally meant to be! 🙂 Keep me posted on how his writing progresses. That’s awesome!

      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        Summer is typically filled with baby-steps. He’s a farmer during the warm months and a writer in the cold ones. It works out well for him– and for me, as he is home in the winter doing all the fixing around the house! XD

        I’ll definitely let people know how it goes. I’m certain someday I’ll be a fairly be advocate. 😉

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        What genre does he write? I’m so curious to know more about this book now. LOL. You will absolutely be a great advocate when he’s published. That’s really neat. 🙂

      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        He’s writing some high fantasy more akin to Game of Thrones. Politics, magic, lots of adult themes. It’s not my go-to genre, so it’s interesting when I do editing sometimes. My feedback he often ignores since I’m not the target audience. 😉

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Oooh, gotcha! I’ve never read those books, because there are so many and they’re so big. I love the show though. LOL. I’m sure you still have great advice regardless of genre.

      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        I read the first book and 40 pages of book two. It just isn’t my style. And the show is a tad too violent for me (read: WAY too violent)– but that’s okay. I’ll still try to be impartial and a good editor. First draft is just first draft, after all.

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        I can totally see that. They are pretty graphic! You’ll do great job editing though. The basic storytelling elements are pretty much the same no matter the genre.

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