Giveaway! — Vicariously Experience YA Fest

I spent Saturday in fabulous company – with 34 other authors, a squad of helpful “Volunteens”*, bucketfuls of wonderful readers, and the amazing staff at the Palmer Branch of the Easton Public Library.  
 It was YAFest and it was spectacular!
The Apocalypsies at YA Fest: Anne Greenwood Brown, Eve Marie Mont, K.M. Walton, Elisa Ludwig, Me, & Brigid Kemmerer
I cannot thank the lovely Cyn Balog and Jennifer Murgiaenough for all their work arranging this event. I was lucky  to be seated with Alecia Whitaker—and the two of us spent much of the day just admiring how well organized this event was and saying how happy we were to be a part of it.
See? This is my happy look!
I loved meeting readers and other authors – and since there’s still 8 weeks and 1 day until Send Me a Sign releases, I handed out Teaser Samplers with the first two chapters. I can’t tell you how much it meant to me when teens came back up to tell me they’d read it already and they wished October 2nd would hurry up and arrive **

Aren’t they pretty? The book is even PRETTIER!

And just when I thought the day couldn’t possibly get any better – I won THIS in the raffle.
It was so heavy, I needed help lifting it even AFTER I’d given away stacks.
It was almost TOO MUCH AWESOME – so I immediately began foisting books off on the other authors.  I came home with a few dozen less than were in that bin, but as soon as I walked in the door, St.Matt said, “MORE BOOKS? But we’re already DROWNING in them!
And he’s right.
So… since all of you couldn’t be at YA Fest, let me bring some YA Fest to you –
I’ve created two prize packs with the books I brought home — enter to win them using the Rafflecoptor below.
Prize Pack A includes:

  • A chapter sampler of SEND ME A SIGN
  • A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS by Michelle Zink
  • PURE by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • DIETY by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • LEGACY by Molly Cochran
  • A BREATH OF EYRE by Eve Marie Mont
  • INSIDE by Maria Snyder
  • MISFIT by Jon Skovron
  • WHERE I BELONG by Gwendolyn Heasley
  • TORN by Christine Hughes
  • SOLVING ZOE by Barbara Dee
  • INCONVENIENT by Margie Gelbwasser
  • SIRENZ by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman
  • SIRENZ: BACK IN FASHION by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman
  • CRACKED tote bag
  • An assortment of bookmarks and other bookish swag 
Prize Pack B includes:
  • A chapter sampler of SEND ME A SIGN
  • LIES BENEATH by Anne Greenwood Brown
  • ANGEL STAR by Jennifer Murgia
  • BLOODSPELL by Amalie Howard
  • A LONG WAY FROM YOU by Gwendolyn Heasley
  • TRAFFIC JAM by Melissa Groeling
  • SPIRITED: 13 HAUNTING TALES edited by Kat O’Shea
  • FALL FROM GRACE by Charles Benoit
  • INCONVENIENT by Margie Gelbwasser
  • ELEMENTAL REALITY by Cesya Marae Cuono
  • LIES BENEATH T-shirt
  • An assortment of bookmarks and other bookish swag
Since these packages are going to be HEAVY and postage gets pricey, I’m going to restrict this contest to U.S.  entries.
Good luck!
*This is my new favorite word
*** As usual, the talented Tiff Emerick was in charge of photos <3>

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Schmidtlets have informed me I can’t give away the Tupperware bin & tinsel — or, as they like to call it — their Disco Bobsled.
Photo taken BEFORE the family room exploded into a tinsel wonderland…


  • THe YA Fest was a blast!! Lucky you winning the Grand Prize:)

    August 6, 2012
    • It was so much fun! Thanks for entering 🙂

      August 13, 2012
  • Jess Fein

    Oh my goodness, they are too cute!! I seriously can NOT wait to get my hands on a copy of your book!! Don’t be surprised if I show up someplace with a shirt that has your face on it! I’m so stoked for you!

    August 6, 2012
    • This made me giggle — can you imagine? The twins would follow you around going “Momma? Momma?” — only 7 more weeks! (can you believe it?!)

      August 13, 2012
  • Wish I could of been there! Sounds AH-MAZING! Thanks for the great giveaway! You ooooze awesomeness! ;-D

    August 6, 2012
    • Ha! Oooozing awesomeness sounds STICKY! Thanks for entering 🙂

      August 13, 2012
  • Awe, they are so cute. You sound like you had a lot of fun… I wish I lived closer to a big city so that I could possibly go to things like this. :(.. Great giveaway.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

    August 6, 2012
    • Don’t let their cuteness fool you… they are wild little imps 🙂 Hopefully someday you’ll get a book fest by you (or you can organize your own!)

      August 13, 2012
  • awesome giveaway! although somehow your rafflecopter thing added me into the contest with me doing nothing…so, that was new.


    August 6, 2012
  • Nancy Keim Comley

    What a great (and generous!) contest!

    August 6, 2012
  • YA Fest sounds like it was so much fun!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway : )

    August 6, 2012
  • First of all, you have some SERIOUSLY cute kiddos. And second of all, I may have to figure out how the heck to get myself to Easton, PA if this happens again next year–sounds amazing!

    August 6, 2012
    • They ARE seriously cute! And seriously mischievous! And, YES! you should definitely come out to Easton next year, it was a fabulous event! (Not to mention that the Crayola Factory is in Easton too!–so much fun)

      August 13, 2012
  • Allison R

    I wish there was a YA event like this in the state of MO. What a great giveaway!

    August 6, 2012
    • If there isn’t a YA event like this yet… maybe that’s a hint you should organize one 😉 Thanks for entering!

      August 13, 2012
  • Awesome giveaway! You rock. 🙂

    August 7, 2012
  • Thank you! This ROCKS! I had to miss this because my sister had the nerve to schedule her wedding that day! 😉 Being matron of honor I kinda had to pick her and settle with just going to PAYA later this month! I am so excited to get a second chance at the fun!

    August 7, 2012
    • Oh, sisters! I hope you had a blast at the wedding and I look forward to meeting you at PAYA!

      August 13, 2012
  • Very nice of you!!!! I had the honor of meeting you at YA Fest and you were beaming! I also can’t wait until Oct!

    Love the pic of your boys and the caption!

    August 7, 2012
    • Hi Marni! It was so great to meet you! I can’t seem to STOP beaming these days! I hope my face doesn’t get tired before October 2nd…

      August 13, 2012
  • Oh my God I had such a good time at this thing! I can’t believe how many people were there! It was crazy—in a totally awesome way too lol

    August 8, 2012
    • Wasn’t it fabulous?! I was so impressed by every aspect of the day!

      August 13, 2012
  • Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    August 8, 2012
  • Kristie B

    Had a great time. 🙂

    August 8, 2012
  • What a great givweaway! It was so much fun. So great to meet you and can’t wait for your book to be released!

    August 8, 2012
    • So lovely to meet you too! Only seven more weeks (and one day) until October 2nd!

      August 13, 2012
  • Those prize packs are so insane! I wish I could have been there. Stupid being an adult! Totally lame!

    August 10, 2012
    • By which I mean having to be at work instead of at YA Fest.

      August 10, 2012
    • Boo! I hate when work gets in the way of fun! Thanks for entering!

      August 13, 2012
  • heather

    Oh my, tons of books!

    August 11, 2012
    • I know! I needed help carrying the bin to the car! Thanks for entering.

      August 13, 2012

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