Saturday, November 9, 2013

19 Giveaway of CHAMPION by Marie Lu plus Young Adult Fictoin Pick and Mix 11/9/13

Hello From YALLFEST 2013!
My YALLFEST trip started even before I sat down in the airplane with a lovely surprise. I sat (in the wrong seat, because that's how I roll) next to Cinda Williams Chima, and then ended up next to Rae Carson when I moved to my actual assigned seat. We had some lovely chit chat, and then I started going over the last notes my editor had sent. Fifteen minutes later, I realized, HOLY COW! -- I'm editing my book sitting next to Rae Carson. The keynote speaker I am going to see in two days. Whose books--did I mention?--I love, love, love? Total fangirl moment. I think I only managed to embarrass myself six or seven times on the two hour flight, a relatively low number for me, overall. But both authors were absolutely lovely, and I'm doing an interview with Cinda tomorrow. (Er, today, since it is now 2:00 a.m.)

Here's an embarrassingly blurry photo on the walkway off the plane. Why is it blurry? I'm sleep-deprived--that's my story and I'm sticking to it. 
Cinda Chima with Rae Carson

After arriving in Charleston, I met up with my lovely friend Carol, and we waited together for Kimberley Griffiths Little's flight to come in. The three of us checked into our hotel and schlepped back to the airport via the long cut (i.e., we got lost) to get Tracy Clark, whose luggage was stuck on a broken baggage carousel for an hour. By the time we finally got out of there, waited to get a table at a restaurant, and waited for our food, we were ready to eat our napkins or go fix sandwiches for ourselves in the kitchen. Back in the hotel, we worked on press releases and interview questions and strategy and gossip. The four of us are sharing a room, so you can imagine it's a bit hectic, but a ton of fun.

Tracy and Carol doing a Rap Song

Veronica Rossi w/ Lauren Oliver in the Background
Today was spent picking up huge boxes of books for book signings, catching up with friends, exploring Charleston, and more running around than any set of feet should have to put up with--especially in heels. We ran into Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs at the bookstore, and also went to a book signing to pick up our friend Jackie, so we got a chance to chat briefly with Veronica Rossi, Lauren Oliver, Melissa de La Cruz, Alexandra Bracken, and Carrie Ryan--who are all so gracious!

Alexandra Bracken, Carrie Ryan

The sad part is that we didn't get to meet up with Jocelyn Rish and the big group of local Charleston writers I was looking forward to meeting. I get to have lunch with her on Tuesday, but I am still so sad to have missed that. 

The real YALLFEST event starts tomorrow--er, later this morning. There are almost 50 authors here doing panels and signings, and I would love to have the event spread out over a week so that I could go to EVERYTHING. Since that's not going to happen, we spent tonight planning our schedule with military precision so we can hit as much as possible.

Interested in seeing who's here? Here's the link. And leave me a comment on this post and tell me whose signed books you most want to see here as a giveaway. I suspect I can find a way to make that work :).

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Thought for the Week
via Famous Quotes to Inspire You

Young Adult Novel Giveaway This Week

The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

Buy on Amazon | Buy on IndieBound | Add to Goodreads

Young Adult Novel Giveaway Last  Week 

HORIZON by Alyson Noel (ARC)

Expected publication: November 19th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin

Winner: Jeanne Agee

Fate has bound them together—and torn them apart. Now Daire and Dace face one final fight that will seal their destiny forever.

Daire Santos is the last of the Soul Seekers, and the only thing standing between the Richters and the destruction of everyone she loves. With her grandmother gone and Cade back in Enchantment, Daire must finally step into her destiny and lead the fight against the Richters. But what if that means sacrificing the person she loves most?

Bound to the Richters by blood, Dace struggles against the darkness growing inside him that threatens to claim Daire too. Though Daire refuses to give up on him, the choice may not be hers. An epic battle is on the horizon and the end of the world looms near. With such insurmountable odds stacked against them, is their love really enough to conquer all?

PreOrder Horizon on Amazon 
View Horizon on Goodreads


Books, Books, Books

Way to make the choices impossible! Entertainment Weekly has created a poll to narrow down the best YA novel of all time. Here's Round One. I hope you have an easier time choosing than I did!

Did you know that 1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives? I didn't either! Save the books!

Foreplay by Sophie Jordan 


Young Adult Reader of the Week:


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* Want to be the reader of the week next week? Leave a comment on our Thursday or Friday posts! 


Blogger of the Week: 

Martina and Jan from "Adventures in YA Publishing"

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Note from Kate: I want to take a second to thank Martina and Jan for all they do. They work so hard day after day to keep this blog up and running, they do massive giveaways every week and ask for nothing in return, and they gave me this opportunity to work as an intern for them! I thought since Thanksgiving is coming up on us fast, this would be a great moment to let me say how thankful for them I am! Thanks, ladies! :)

Note from Martina: Awww, Kate, THANK YOU! I have to tell you though that WE are so lucky to have you!!!! And everyone, in case you missed the announcement a bit ago, Kate is no longer an intern but a full-blown and fantastic member of AYAP, as is Alyssa! We are SO thrilled to have them. Check out our About Us page for more information! 

Note from Jan: This totally made me tear up. You're such a sweetheart, Kate. Thank you!

* Want to be the blogger of the week next week? To be honest, this is pretty much the only way I have time to discover new blogs, so it's a great way to get into my twitter feed and into these round-up posts if you have great content to share. Leave a comment. I'll pick from among the bloggers who leave comments here on the blog today through Wednesday.

Writing Tip of the Week

"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do." 
~ Thomas Jefferson

Writing Quote For the Week


  1. Any author; Abbi Glines?

  2. Oh my God, Yallfest is one of the top events!

    Thank you for sharing all these photos with us:)

    Rae is an awesome author:)

    Thank you:)

  3. Looks like a great time! Champion sounds amazing!

  4. There are so many great authors at YALL fest. All of their signatures would be worth their weight in books. :) And can't wait to read Champion.

  5. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  6. You are so lucky to go to YALL. I so want to go there one of these days!

  7. Wow. What an amazing time. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I can't wait to read champion!! XD

  9. Thank you for this giveaway!!! For me, champion is the book I have been looking forward to this year :D

  10. Can't WAIT to read Champion! Thanks so much for the giveaway! ^^

  11. I'm so excited to read Champion! I ship June and Day so hard it's not even okay. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  12. We were sorry you and the rest of your crew couldn't make it to dinner, but it was so great to have lunch with you yesterday! Good luck with your super crowded To Do list!

  13. Yallfest sounds like such a great time. I hope I can go next year. And I haven't read the other Legend books, but it has been on my TBR shelf forever. I've heard great things, so I'm looking forward to starting the series. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. I've been waiting for this third book for so long! Thanks for the giveaway.(:


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