Monday, April 30, 2012

Bitterblue ARC Winner!

Congrats to Jenea Whittington for winning the advance reading copy of Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore! Please use the CONTACT tab above to email me your address and I'll get the book out to you ASAP. (Please respond within 48 hours or I will select another winner)

The rest of you will have to wait to get your own copy when it's published May 1st! (Good thing that's only tomorrow ;)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bitterblue ARC Giveaway

It's not signed, but I've got an ARC of Kristin Cashore's Bitterblue to give away. Who wants it?!

To enter, just leave a comment below! Giveaway ends Sunday, April 29th. Winner will be announced Monday, April 30th.

*U.S. only

Monday, April 23, 2012

Teen Book Con, TLA, ARCs and Authors!

Has this past week been a whirlwind! First with Houston Teen Book Con, a full day of author panels and signings! Hearing from authors first hand is always a boost in the writing motivation. Too bad I'm still so behind in my real work to even think about starting my next project. BOO!

I met the lovely Michelle Zink; the hilarious Maggie Stiefvater (again!); Catherine Gilbert Murdoch said I made her day with my hardcopy of Dairy Queen because she couldn't remember the last time she saw one; Elizabeth Eulberg is hysterical!; Holly Black was so sweet; Marissa Meyer and I chatted about crushing on princes as teens.

TLA was crazy! I'd heard about the ARCs they give away like candy at these library conventions, but HOLY MOSES! They even give away finished copies of books not out yet, and some already out! I showed serious restraint and tried to take books I was legitimately interested in, but I still came home with quite the load!

The two stacks on the left are mostly ARCs, and the stack on the right are all signed!! Believe it or not, I only bought 9 of these books at the conference (I brought some from home), and most of those were bargains. Some of the hardbacks were $5 and the paperbacks were even less. Oh the whole thing was dangerous. And glorious. Be on the lookout for giveaways soon!!

There were SO many authors at TLA. On Wednesday, my roomies and I attended the Texas Tea with YA authors which was really neat. The authors hopped from table to table at intervals (our first author was Maggie Stiefvater! EEEP!) and told us about their books and let us pick their brain. Such a fun experience. Then I went to a party that night and met so many fabulous authors in a more social setting (John Green was there and somehow I didn't notice. *smacks head* But I did talk to him the next day at the convention. He's SO nice!), so that was neat. Had some lovely chats with authors Veronica Roth (Divergent), Elizabeth Eulberg (Take a Bow), Jennifer Ziegler (How Not to be Popular) and my Twitter buddy Stacey Kade (The Ghost and the Goth). (I'm really trying to keep the name dropping to a minimum in effort not to sound braggy, but if you haven't heard of any of these fantastic authors, I want you to know about them and read their books!)

And please excuse me while I fangirl over Shannon Hale! Here I am with her, looking a little crazed and excited. LOL.

Other authors I had the honor to spend some time with this week that you should definitely check out if you're unfamiliar: My writing buddy Joy Preble (the Dreaming Anastasia series), local author Christina Mandelski (The Sweetest Thing), Amy Fellner Dominy (OyMG), Kiki Hamilton (The Faerie Ring), and Geoff Herbach (Stupid Fast). And a shout out to my roomies, Steph, Jen and Cari! I had the BEST time, ladies!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Teen Book Con and TLA

This next week is CRAZY with the author events! Saturday is the Houston Teen Book Con, which I went to last year and met THIS lady!

(it's Stephanie Perkins, in case you were wondering. Her hair is reddish-pink these days)

This year I'll get to hear from Orson Scott Card, Maggie Stiefvater, Holly Black, Michelle Zink, Jessica Spotswood, Marissa Meyer, Elizabeth Eulberg and omg so MANY MORE.

And next week will be my first library association convention EVER (TLA) and I'm a little scared. But my GOODNESS the author line up! Kristin Cashore, Tera Lynn Childs, Rachel Hawkins, Sophie Jordan, Joy Preble, Jackson Pearce, Veronica Roth, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Kate, Stacey Kade, Sara Zarr, and Shannon Hale! There are a ton more, but these are highlights for me. I may fall victim to the specially priced books and all the ARCs (INSURGENT, anyone?!), I'm definitely going to need a new bookshelf asap. Can't wait to hang with my blogger buds (*waves to Cari, Steph and Jen*)!

Will you be at either of these events?? Have you been to a TLA type thing before? Am I going to get trampled?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Five - Back from Vacation

1. I'm back! I've been in Florida since March 27th for a wedding/vacation. Who knew beaches in the Gulf could be so GORGEOUS?? I live on the WRONG side of the Mississippi River, that's for sure. Our water is brown, our beaches dirty and piled with seaweed. But Clearwater Florida is amazing.

2. I read two books on the beach! Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins and Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard!

3. I'm tan! Sort of.... Darker at least. Not burned! I was super strict with the sunscreen because I'm relatively fair skinned.

4. The worst part about vacations is coming back and realizing how behind you are on everything. I've got four photo sessions to edit, and it's a stressful feeling. My relaxation from last week is long long long gone.

5. Weddings with a Greek side are SUPER fun!

(taken with my little point and shoot. I didn't want to be responsible for my big camera on this trip LOL)

Did I miss anything exciting in the blogosphere while I was gone? I've missed you all!!