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.)


samantha.thomson said...

Being in Southern Oregon we never get good book signings here- but I would LOVE a signing with Cassandra Clare!

Laura (All the Word's a Page) said...

Sounds like you had a great time!

I attended an awesome fantasy author event once with Kelley Armstrong, Alyxandra Harvey, and Lesley Livingston. I hadn't read any of their books but it was great to meet them and talk about their process and favourite series.

BellaBunnell said...

Well, out of this group, most definitely Julie K. We'd talk about manga and ASH, of course and I would giggle the whole time. Thanks for the giveaway ladies! Love your blog(s)!

Angelica said...

I would love a signing with Suzanne Collins!! That would be amazing!!

Heather Reid said...

Sounds like an awesome event! I'm hosting a workshop and book signing for Lee Weatherly in September. Very excited! Went to a book signing for Robin Hobb a few months ago, she was awesome. Would love to meet Maggie Stiefvater as she's my new fav.

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Jealous! That sounds like a blast. We rarely get authors visiting South Carolina, unfortunately. Love all the author recommendations.
Mary @ BookSwarm

Michelle Santiago said...

i wish there's events like this where we live. :/

sounds like a really fun event though and i second saundra mitchell's recommendation for miss peregrine. that's an awesome book :)

as for an author i'd love to see come to hawaii... jk rowling hands down. thanks for the giveaway :)

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I'd love to have a book signing with Cassandra Clare. The last one I attended was the This is Teen event with Meg Cabot, Libba Bray and Maggie Stiefvater.

Unknown said...

I need to read Miss Peregrine, it seems so good!

I'm never been to any signings, but I'd like to meet... Suzanne Collins (no duh!) and a few others that I can't bring to mind now, lol.

Erica said...

That looks like it was an awesome time!

I would love to go to a signing that Terry Goodkind was at!

Michelle Santiago said...

Since my sister and I live in Maui, authors never come here for book signings. But if there were to be one, we would love one with Melina Marchetta, Julie Kagawa, and Cassandra Clare. That would be awesome!

Hope you guys enjoy the books you got! Happy reading:)

We Heart YA said...

Oh man, you guys, a signing with Suzanne Collins would probably blow our minds.

Thanks for all the great author recommendations!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow!

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