Sunday, April 1, 2012

A is for ALA, Anaheim, and ARC Giveaway!


In January I went to heaven on earth - Dallas - home to the midwinter ALA convention and this bibliophile's candy store.

Have you ever been to ALA? Ohmygosh. It's one of the most insanely awesome and wonderful places a writer and book lover could ever go! Three days of books, talking about books, more books, more talking about books. I even got a little writing time in. Scored limo rides with the fabulous Sara, Cambria, and Cristin



And...had my pic taken with this guy.



Book signings, books, agents, authors,...reader/writer's dream, yo.

LOVED. IT.

The summer ALA convention is in Anaheim and this chick wants to go BAD. The cost of the convention's not terrible (actually insanely inexpensive), but airfare? Hmmm. Anyone have a magic carpet I can borrow?

Seriously though, if you've never been to ALA, go to Anaheim. SO much fun and you leave with way too many of these.




Which brings me to my last A item: GIVEAWAY!!! I have so many Awesome ARCs I want to share with you. And this month I'm giving away


Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines. The only way Kendra can stand out next to Grayson is to be perfect, and she has perfection down to an art -- until a cheating scandal threatens her flawless reputation.
Behind the wheel of her car, with Grayson asleep beside her, Kendra decides to drive away from it all -- with enough distance, maybe she'll be able to figure everything out. But eventually, Kendra must stop running and come to terms with herself, her brother, and her past.
With undeniable grace and humor, acclaimed author Jennifer Brown explores OCD, the pressure for perfection, and the emotional highs and lows of a complex sibling relationship



Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better things to do than pay attention to her: Mom (when she's not meditating) helps Dad run the family restaurant; Sarah is taking a gap year after high school; and Holden pretends that Mom and Dad and everyone else doesn't know he's gay, even as he fends off bullies at school. Then there's Charlie: three years old, a "surprise" baby, the center of everyone's world. He's devoted to Fern, but he's annoying, too, always getting his way, always dirty, always commanding attention. If it wasn't for Ran, Fern's calm and positive best friend, there'd be nowhere to turn. Ran's mantra, "All will be well," is soothing in a way that nothing else seems to be. And when Ran says it, Fern can almost believe it's true. But then tragedy strikes- and Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart. All will not be well. Or at least all will never be the same.

Grace always has a plan. There’s her plan to get famous, her plan to get rich, and—above all—her plan to have fun.

Sawyer has plenty of plans too. Plans made for him by his mother, his father, his girlfriend. Maybe they aren’t his plans, but they are plans.

When Sawyer meets Grace, he wonders if he should come up with a few plans himself. Plans about what he actually wants to be, plans to speak his own mind for a change, plans to maybe help Grace with a little art theft.

Wait a minute—plans to what?


In this exhilarating companion to Printz Award winner and National Book Award finalist Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi brilliantly captures a dark future America that has devolved into unending civil wars, driven by demagogues who recruit children to become soulless killing machines. Two refugees of these wars, Mahlia and Mouse, are known as "war maggots": survivors who have barely managed to escape the unspeakable violence plaguing the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities. But their fragile safety is threatened when they discover a wounded half-man--a bioengineered war beast named Tool, who is hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers. When tragedy strikes, Mahlia is faced with an impossible decision: risk everything to save the boy who once saved her, or flee to her own safety. Drawing upon the brutal truths of current events, The Drowned Cities is a powerful story of loyalty, survival, and heart-pounding adventure.

Teenage twins Ysabel and Justin Nicholas are lucky. Ysabel's jewelry designs have already caught the eyes of the art world and Justin's intelligence and drive are sure to gain him entrance into the most prestigious of colleges. They even like their parents. But their father has a secret—one that threatens to destroy the twins' happy family and life as they know it.

Over the course of spring break, Ysabel and Justin will be forced to come to terms with their dad's new life, but can they overcome their fears to piece together their happy family again?


Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?



And...AND - not an ARC, but if you loved Perfect Chemistry, you might want

'How to Ruin a Summer Vacation'
Leaving Chicago to go to Israel with her estranged father is the last thing sixteen-year-old Amy wants to do--until she meets handsome but aloof Avi, an eighteen-year-old soldier in the Israeli army.

'How to Ruin My Teenage Life'
Can a guy truly be your boyfriend if he lives in a different country? Avi might think it's possible, but Amy's edgy classmate Nathan wants a chance to prove him wrong...

'How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation'
Signing up for a ten-day boot camp at the Israeli military base where Avi is stationed might not have been Amy's greatest idea--especially since Nathan is there, too.


No April Fools here, people. I'm giving Away All those Awesome Amazing ARCs! All you have to do to enter is be a follower and leave a comment about your dream trip or convention by 11:59 EST V-Day (April 25)and I'll announce the winners on W-Day (April 26) You can earn extra entries by

following me on Twitter (old followers +2, new followers +1)
tweeting about the giveaway (+3)
blogging about the giveaway (+4)
including the giveaway on your sidebar (+5)

Just tell me the extra entries in your comment and I'll tally them for you!

Thanks for participating!

PS—you have a book on your head.

Did I make you look?

April Fools.

41 comments:

  1. I never been to ALA...but any place with book and book stuff is heaven to me. It looked like fun.

    I'm doing A to Z Challenge at http://www.secondhandshoesnovel.blogspot.com/

    Shelly

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  2. Hi! I'd love to win one of those books. I will follow you. I'm intrigued by their descriptions and need something new to read.


    A-Z Challenge at http://tahomabeadworks.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks! I'll be popping over to your blog shortly!

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  3. I've never been to ALA. But I'd love to. I'd love The Drowned Cities or The Hunt. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

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    1. Your welcome! And you would love ALA, Natalie! I hope you get to go some day!

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  4. ALA, one day I will get to you. One day. Soon. Promise. *sigh*

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  5. Sounds like you had a good time at ALA. I'll have to keep it on my list of things to attend if it ever lines up with my schedule.

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    1. That would be too cool if you got to go when I do! We'd have so much fun!

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  6. Hello... That RUINED cover is HOT!

    My dream conference is the next one you'll be at, SWF. :) Also, I really want to go to Prague and Sydney, but those aren't exactly writing related.

    I'm an old Twitter follower, and I tweeted about the giveaway.

    Happy A-Z blogging, friend!

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    1. I know! Simone Elkeles always has the HOTTEST covers. :)

      And I really, really hope we can do a conference together soon. Some day!

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  7. Well, I know it's only 'A' today, but I'm going to go with E is for Envious :) I'd love to go to a conference sometime. I've been eyeballing that one you mentioned in Myrtle Beach as well as the SCWBI LA one this summer. If only I were rich... :)

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    1. Jaime! I would be so amazingly stoked if you went to Myrtle Beach! I know it's far for you, but keep me posted!

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  8. You came to Dallas and didn't tell me? I could have driven up to see ya! It looks like conference was great. You scored some really great stuff! Email me soon, okay?

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    1. I know, I am a TERRIBLE friend. But I had no idea what I was doing that weekend until I got there and then it was super crazy but so much fun! I am emailing you soon!

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  9. Way to kick off the challenge! Door prizes...so to speak! :)

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  10. I'd love to go to ALA, or a SCWBI conference--the only industry one I've gone to has been BEA, but that's for my dayjob, so I'd love to go as a writer to one!

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    1. OHMYGOSH - so jealous you get to go to BEA for your job. BUT you should go to ALA. I want to go to a big SCBWI - I've been to a regional that was really good, but I can only imagine the awesomeness of the big ones.

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  11. I would love to have a chance to go at any convention I can!
    Twitter follower: New - @Gisselle_Alv
    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/Gisselle_Alv/status/186516391120211968
    GFC follower! Thans for the giveaway!

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    1. Writers conferences are BOMB. Wish I could go to some all the time! Thanks for entering!

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  12. I don't need to be in the give-away, just wanted to let you know I loved your post on "A" today.

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  13. I'm so totally still holding out for you to come to ALA again this year.

    <3

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  14. Love your "A" post. Did not know about ALA but now I do and Anaheim is not so far away for me.

    My dream trip would be to Russia and Scandinavia.

    I am a follower and would love to be entered in your giveaway. The books all sound great.

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    1. I'm so jealous you are so close to Anaheim! I really want to take the family but that's quadruple the airfare. We'll see. :)

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  15. Wow, this is amazing! My conference dream would be to attend backspace. But really, any conference would rock!

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    1. I've been to Backspace and while brutal, it is so amazingly insightful. I hope you get to go some day!

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  16. Ohhhh, ALA in Anaheim - not too far for me to go! It's between that one - and SCBWI LA, if I end up doing a conference this year (looks like Mr. Agent Man will probably be speaking at that one, so that may be the deciding factor!).
    You'll have to let me know for sure if you decide to go to ALA...it would be a blast to meet up!
    What a great start to the AtoZ challenge - looking forward to the rest of your posts!

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    1. It would be a blast to meet up! We'll see!

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  17. You NEED to come to Anaheim! I'll be there! *bats eyes*

    SCBWI LA is always my favorite conference, and I can't wait for it again this year. But I really want to try to make it to BEA one of these years!

    I want to win a book! :-D I'm an old Twitter follower (+2)

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  18. ALA sounds amazing - I'm looking for a new conference to attend.

    Oooh, so many books... ~drools~

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  19. How'd I miss this post? ALA looks like fun times! My dream conference is pretty much any conference. I keep telling myself I'm going to attend one some day, but then I add up all the costs and suddenly get all woozy and frugal, lol. I want to try SCBWI in NY or LA at some point, for sure.

    I'm an old Twitter follower :)

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  20. At this stage my dream trip would be to any writer's convention. But alas, there doesn't seem to be any of them in my area of the world. :-)

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  21. I'd be thrilled to attend ALA or BEA :) Basically anything that has to do with books is a fun time for me!!! Thank you for this fantastic giveaway!

    +2 Old Twitter follower @enterthedrew
    +3 Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/enterthedrew/status/191683742845243392

    GFC follower Tiffany Drew

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  22. My dream trips involve exotic places that end in "land" (Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand, Greece)
    My dream convention would be BEA, right here in NYC...when I have finals. And I'm too young to go. ><

    Anyway, thanks for the giveaway! GFC follower ;D

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  23. Follower for awhile. Great contest. And ALA sounds like a dream. Maybe I'll have to drive myself down to Anaheim. Oh wait, what am I gonna do with my four kids?

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  24. I've been a follower for awhile now. My dream trip is absolutely a third year at LASCBWI but my finances are not gonna let me :(

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