I don't remember how I got into the Beautiful Creatures series. All I do know is that Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl were doing a signing at the Mysterious Galaxy store in San Diego. I went down to the store a few days before the signing to buy the second book they were promoting, Beautiful Darkness, and get some information on how the signing was going to work.
I ended up also buying a hardcover version of Beautiful Creatures that was already signed. Apparently, [as I was told by one of the people who worked at MG] during the first book tour, Kami and Margie each had "Gatlin County Library" stamps they would use while signing. Somehow, they were told that they couldn't use them any more. That pretty much sealed the deal for me.
As it got closer to the signing, I started talking to Kami online. Asking questions here and there about the books, the signing, etc. She was always so friendly and quick to answer. She also told me that I needed to make sure I told her who I was at the signing, that they both love to meet the people they talk to online, yet no one really introduces themselves.
On the night of the event for Beautiful Darkness, there was a small group of people. Far less of a turn out than I was expecting. Somehow, that made it infinitely better. Kami and Margie are amazing women. They are funny, entertaining and definitely know how to hold an audience captive. There was a Q&A and they gave the background of how they started writing, along with their writing process. Kami also called me out in front of everyone as being someone she talked to online [cue the blushing embarrassment].
Along with signing my copy of Beautiful Darkness,
They gave me a book trailer poster of my girl, Ridley. Also signed.
As I now had books one and two signed, I knew I would be getting the other two for the series signed as well. It was just a matter of waiting for them to be released.