Tuesday, June 3, 2014

41 BEA Recap, BEA Mystery Box Giveaway Reveal, and YA Pick and Mix 6/3/14

So I went to Book Expo America. Squee! And Compulsion went to BEA -- in giant poster size. Yes, that's my cover  blown up to six feet high or so, sandwiched between the posters of #1 New York Times bestselling authors (Squee again!)


BEA is basically a writer's Disney World. Picture hundreds of publishing booths, hundreds of authors signing books and giving them away for FREE, and thousands of librarians, booksellers, editors, publishers, publicists, agents, bloggers, and READERS all in one place. Mind-boggling, right?

My biggest takeaway? Readers are readers whatever hat they wear. We all sound the same when we geek out about each other's books. I honestly didn't realize that. But getting to hang out with a whole range of people from Simon and Schuster, I was delighted to discover that an incredible number of them had read my book and that it didn't sound like a job when they talked about it. I knew that at some level, but getting to meet these wonderful people in person was a dream.

Me, Sara Sargent (rockstar editor), Meg Leder (rockstar author)

The YA lunch S&S hosted for bloggers, librarians, and booksellers was another surreal and wonderful experience. Picture me at a table with Scott Westerfeld signing books. (He used my pen. It's probably worth more than my car now, but I'm not selling it.) Did I mention he had a banner hanging from the roof of the Javitt's Center that was basically the size of my living room?

Scott Westerfeld, Mara Anastas (Publisher), Me

And then Becca Fitzpatrick, Kresley Cole, and Christina and Lauren (Christina Lauren) came in. Becca Fitzpatrick. Kresley Cole. Christina Lauren. !!!!!

Every one of them was gracious and lovely. Mentally, I kept doing that Sesame Street song in my head. You know, "One of these things is not like the other . . . " But my publisher very generously slotted me in the middle of these incredible writers, and none of the bloggers and guests walked out. I survived, and I introduced Compulsion, and I got to listen to the amazing presentations about the other books featured. I can't wait to read them all!




After lunch, I had my first ever book signing, and there were actually people who wanted me to sign Compulsion for them. Actual people. My favorites, apart from the wonderful author Anna Staniszewski and fabulous blogger Jessica Reigle, was the boy who wanted me to sign it to his teacher, and the dad who had stood in line to get his daughter's book signed. (And yes, I realize this means the daughter was standing in a different line : D) Seriously, how great would it be to be able to take your dad to BEA and have him get books signed for you?

I walked past the S&S booth about twenty times, and somewhere around the 21st, I realized my book was on the wall. (Yes. I'm a total dork.)



Altogether, it was a fantastic experience, and I kept pinching myself to make sure it was really happening.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY




THIS WEEK'S GIVEAWAY

Time to reveal the contents of the mystery box. I have to admit that I was not as successful as I'd hoped at getting ARCs, but I am snagging these from my publisher, and I have a few additional giveaways stored away for the next couple of weeks.



Black Ice
by Becca Fitzpatrick

ARC
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released 10/7/2014



Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…



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Endless Knight
by Kresley Cole
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


Shocking secrets.
Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who’ve been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It’s kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Unexpected allies.
With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.

Gut-wrenching treachery.
When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she’s drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history, one that Evie can’t remember—but Death can’t forget…

In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles.



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Sublime
by Christina Lauren

ARC
Simon & Schuster Books
Released 10/14/2014



True love may mean certain death in a ghostly affair of risk and passion from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors of Beautiful Bastard. Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of Shatter Me calls Sublime “a beautiful, haunting read".

When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.

Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…



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Afterworlds
by Scott Westerfeld

ARC
Simon Pulse
Released 9/23/2014



Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she's made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld' to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

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YA GIVEAWAY WINNER

Winner: Jeri Baird

Dangerous Creatures
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
SIGNED Hardcover
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Released 5/20/2014


From the world of Beautiful Creatures-a dangerous new tale of love and magic.

Ridley Duchannes is nobody's heroine. She's a Dark Caster, a Siren. She can make you do things. Anything. You can't trust her, or yourself when she's around. And she'll be the first to tell you to stay away-especially if you're going to do something as stupid as fall in love with her.

Lucky for Ridley, her wannabe rocker boyfriend, Wesley "Link" Lincoln, never listens to anyone. Link doesn't care if Rid's no good for him, and he takes her along when he leaves small-town Gatlin to follow his rock-star dream. He teams up with a ragtag group of Dark Casters, and when the band scores a gig at a hot Underground club, it looks like all of Link's dreams are about to come true.

But New York City is a dangerous place for both Casters and Mortals, and soon Ridley realizes that Link's bandmates are keeping secrets. With bad-boy club owner Lennox Gates on her heels, Rid is determined to find out the truth. What she discovers is worse than she could have imagined: Link has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay. With their lives on the line, what's a Siren to do?

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthors of the Beautiful Creatures novels, are back to cast another magical spell. Their signature blend of mystery, suspense, and romance, with a healthy dose of wit and danger, will pull fans in and leave them begging for more.

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WRITING TIP OF THE WEEK

Need a creativity boost? Change your brain! According to a NaNWriMo tip post from Scott Westerfeld, "after thirty seconds of eye exercise, subjects gained about ten minutes’ worth of improved scores on various creativity tests. Not ready to drop everything to roll your eyes every half-hour? No worries. Think left-handed.

Read the rest of the post here to find out how.


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41 comments:

  1. I would love to see anything paranormal/thriller/mystery in the box.

    Thank you for the chance to win!

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    1. There are a couple in there already, and I'll see what else I can add. : )

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  2. Wow, it looks like you had a ton of fun! And what a great giveaway! Both Black Ice and Dangerous Creatures look like fun reads but really, they all look great!

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    1. It was a blast once the adrenaline wore off! (Have to say that once it wore off, I was so exhausted that I slept better than I've slept in years! LOL)

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  3. That mystery box of books sounds amazing!!!

    I'm glad you had a chance to experience BEA. I've heard it is wonderful. I'm thrilled to experience this bit through you :-)

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    1. It was HUGE Angela. HUGE. I couldn't have even imagined a book event that size before I went. Super crazy, but I highly recommend every writer do it once. Seeing the excitement about authors is just so cool.

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  4. So excited I won Dangerous Creatures! Thank you! I loved the Beautiful Creatures series and can't wait to read this one!

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    1. Hope you'll let me know what you think, Jeri!

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  5. Omg, so excited for Scott Westerfeld's new book!!!!

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    1. Me too! I'm a huge fan and the book trailer blew me away!

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    1. Getting to hang out with Kimberley was one of the biggest benefits! : ) She's such a doll!

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  7. It all sounds so surreal. I can't even imagine how exciting that was for you - congrats!! All these books sound amazing.

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    1. Surreal is exactly the word I used when I got up to do my presentation. These authors are my heroes. How am I there with them? Mind. Blown.

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  8. Martina, this is so amazing! How fun that you were rightly hanging between rock stars, cuz you're a rock star too <3

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    1. So not, but thank you. It's very sweet of you. I'm an author in training wheels and they are driving Ferarris. But that's cool. I'm happy to watch them and listen to their engines purr. It's awesome to be on the same highway. :D

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  9. Did I mention how jealous I am??? :D You're definitely a rock star, Martina!

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    1. Next year, that will be you. You should see the love for Jen and the other N/A authors!

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  10. Sounds like a wonderful few days. I think Black Ice sounds like an amazing read and I'm putting it on my TBR list now.

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    1. I have it next on my TBR after Forbidden! :)

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  11. This is just SO cool!! Look at those beautiful covers!!

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    1. Aren't they gorgeous? And I learned something new. Scott Westerfeld said that in the UK, paranormal covers are known as Purple & Blacks. I can see it, can't you? Love all the covers, but have to say I'm happy mine is gold.

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  12. Someday I'll go to BEA. I do like to read the recaps, though. It's interesting to see each person's take away from the event - so many different highlights! And I'm really looking forward to S.W's new book!

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    1. I'm loving reading what everyone else experienced. It's all different depending on whether you're a book blogger or a fan or a writer. I wish I could have hit more events and so gotten to spend more time with bloggers and readers! It all went by in a blur.

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  13. Martina-thanks for the insider look at BEA. Your excitement just about bounces off the page. Such an exciting time for you!

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  14. I loved BEA--and I met YOU! (I told you that I follow/am grateful for your blog, though you probably don't recall what with all your new adoring fans ;) ). For the mystery box I'd love a copy of Westerfeld's and Cole's books (I have yours now--signed!) and any other cool surprises. :)

    So nice to meet you!

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  15. Waah so jealous, I wish I could have gone. I heard there were Talon and Heir of Fire Arcs. Would LOVE to get my hands on those

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  16. Saw the Black Ice men from BEA, definitely got me excited about the book! Aside from reading the first chapters, that were great!

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  17. Black Ice, Westerfield's new one, shoot!! I read the BEA thing and can't remember which ones I liked, there were so many.

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  18. Squeeeeeeeee-ing for you. I want to touch the Westerfield pen. Put it in a ziplock so his prints are still on it.

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  19. I have no idea what I'd want in the mystery box...I think I'd take anything that's a good read (fantasy/contemporary/dystopian). Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  20. This is exciting! I love mystery boxes!! I'd like to see some dystopian or something magical =)

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  21. Sublime and Dangerous Creatures are both on my TBR :)

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  22. I would explode of happiness if heir of fire was in there.

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  23. So fun to hear all this, and vicariously be there!! How great you got to meet Sarah your rockstar editor too. :) All these books look good, but I'd really like to read AFTERWORLDS by Scott W!

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  24. What a fun giveaway--thank you! I can't even decide what I would want in the box. The mystery makes it fun, right? Anything YA makes me happy. How exciting to be at BEA as an author! Congrats!

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  25. Oh my goodness. This is amazing. I would love Compulsion (totally not just saying that) heir of fire, Talon, trial by fire, the jewel, or basically anything else. I love mystery boxes and your awesome for doing this *finger crossed and toes as well*

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  26. I hope my last comment went thru just in case here it is again' the jewel, Talon, trial by fire, compulsion, landline, and anything else u are gracious enough to gift. Thanks for this.
    Love Britt

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  27. Sounds like an awesome BEA experience! A writer's Disney World indeed. I'd be in fangirl overdrive. ;)

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  28. I would love to see Zodiac, The Glass Sentence, or Talon! Thanks for the ahhh-mazing giveaway!! ♥

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