Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Last weekend, the girls at We Heart YA and our writer friend, Joelle, attended Joseph Beth's "Beachy Keen" YA book bash -- a YA author discussion panel with SEVEN new and established authors. It was so much fun to get to meet them in person. The giveaways were amazing, and Stephanie was lucky enough to win a gift card to spend at the book store. Just to let you know, I am living proof of an established cliche: cheaters never win. I know. I tried. *sigh*
(l. to r. Joelle, Sarah, Stephanie, Saundra Mitchell, Julie Kagawa, Linda Gerber, Kristina McBride, Sara Bennett Wealer, Julia Karr, Kay Cassidy, Kristan)
Of course, we all wrote about the event on our personal blogs -- take some time to check out what Kristan, Stephanie, Sarah, and Joelle have to say. Some of the authors even responded in the comments, which shows how excited they are to connect with their readers. Very cool! Between the four of us, we managed to grab a copy of each book so there's lots of reading going on at the moment.
In case you were curious about what books these authors recommended:
Julie Kagawa, author of THE IRON FEY series, thinks you should try TWENTY-BOY SUMMER.
Linda Gerber, author of TRANCE, loved PAPER TOWNS and WINTERGIRLS.
Saundra Mitchell, author of THE VESPERTINE, recommends MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN (if you like Tim Burton-esque stories, which WE do).
Kay Cassidy, author of THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY, mentioned THE GIRL OF FIRE & THORNS, which you may know WE are so excited to purchase this fall.
Julia Karr, author of XVI thinks you should read THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE, THE REVENANT, and THE NEAR WITCH because you'll not want to stop reading.
Sara Bennett Wealer, author of RIVAL, loved WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON. (Can John Green do nothing wrong?!?)
Kristina McBride, author of THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES, thought immediately of BEFORE I FALL when asked which books made an impact on them this year.
So, in honor of book signings and author sightings, comment about a book signing you attended OR which author you'd LOVE to see at an event... and you could win an ARC of Elana Johnson's POSSESSION. All you have to do is comment, and a winner will be picked at random and announced next week. (Open to US, UK, and Canada.)
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