Tuesday, June 28, 2011

ALA Day 2 Recap: Signings, Sightings and a Giveaway!

After a nice evening out, it was time to regroup and devise a plan of attack. This was our first full day at ALA, with loads of awesome signings and certain MUST HAVE books being released. Advice: If you attend any sort of conference whatsoever, make sure to work in teams. If I didn't have Jen, Cynthia and Christin, I don't know what I'd do. We had each other's backs! Word.

Doors opened...and? PANDEMONIUM!

We grabbed as many books as possible, unloaded at bag check, then headed off to our first signing with Laini Taylor, author of Lips Touch Three Times and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Laini had awesome pink hair and is just such a sweetheart. And guess who we ran into? JAY ASHER!!! I couldn't believe it. Jay Asher waits in lines, too! He also said he saw my tweet about almost peeing myself when we ran into him the first day. How embarrassing!

Then, we headed off to our next signing:

JULIE KAGAWA!!! Cynthia and I were lucky enough to be first in line, so we had a nice little chat with Julie and the publishers, discussing amazing new releases, what we're looking forward to the most, as well as a sneak peak at the cover of The Iron Knight WITH the synopsis! Sadly, due to prior commitments and sheer torture, we were not allowed to read the summary. *tear*

Next up, more books and unloading. We were all pretty exhausted and very much looking forward to another signing, so we decided to ask the awesome (VERY AWESOME) Penguin reps if there was a line for the signing yet. There wasn't, so yet again, first in line for...

BRENNA YOVANOFF! If you ever have a chance to go to one of her signings, please do. She is an angel!

Moving on, we got our copies of The Replacement and The Space Between signed and asked if there was a line for Lola and the Boy Next Door yet. The Penguin rep looked stunned yet pleased, especially since it was just for a book, not a signing, AND another hour and half till they released the ARCs. It didn't take long till this line was so long, you couldn't see the end. Don't believe me?

While we waited, every now and then, one of us would get up, scout the book scene and grab copies of various books. Sadly, while we were waiting, we missed the Cassandra Clare and Ellen Hopkins signings. Ahh, the price of Lola!

I had to use the little girl's room at one time and ran into David Leviathan and Maggie Stiefvater. Again, would've peed myself had I not just used the restroom. I hugged them both, was told of Maggie's sore throat (poor dear) and went back to my partners in crime to recap the story.

More time passes and...


We grabbed a quick lunch, rested a little more and then stormed the conference. We walked by the Simon and Schuster booth to see if they put out anymore goodies and look who we ran into:

ELLEN HOPKINS!!! I love her! She even offered and was kind enough to sign our books. During the whole fangirling blackout, I noticed a line was forming behind me. I felt so bad because she just finished her signing, just to do another signing, lol. But she said she didn't mind. Ellen, you're awesome and a trooper!

After that, we were walking around and ran into Maggie Stiefvater and Brenna Yovanoff! I wanted to hug Maggie again (I have some serious problems), but she was busy talking to one of the publishers, so I ended up chatting a bit with Brenna. We talked about books we're looking forward to and New Orleans in general. Then, Maggie joined us, we hugged it out, and she asked me if I grabbed a copy of The Scorpio Races yet. But of course, new best friend! That was the first thing we asked for, lol. Apparently it's her AND Brenna's favorite book that she's written so far. Umm...totally excited about The Scorpio Races now! :D

After this, we walked over to the Egmont booth, where our new Egmont BFF was preparing for Mette Ivie Harrison's signing. Tris and Izzie looks like an amazing book and Mette is a doll. She even gave us these awesome necklaces. Giggidy!

More walking, more scouting, more books, and finally, the day was over. Tis was an awesome, exhausting but fantabulous day. We ended the night with amazing drinks and food at Deanie's Seafood. YUMMY!!!

Check out my day 2 stash:

And now, it's GIVEAWAY TIME! For those who could not attend ALA, this giveaway is for you. One winner will win this little prize pack right here:

*an ARC of The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
*an ARC of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Jay Asher waits in lines, too!)
*Beads I caught on Bourbon Street (easy there, I didn't show anything or do anything to get them!)

*Comment below about anything I've mentioned. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you (i.e. email address)!
*Since I'm very poor right now, this giveaway is only open to US participants. If you are outside the US, but have a US mailing address I can send the prize to, feel free to enter.
*Giveaway ends July 12th.

Good luck, everyone! Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to go pass out now!


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  1. Ahaha, I liked that Jay Asher read your tweet, about you peeing your pants because of seeing him! Great way to make a first impression xD


  2. Lovely stash of books. I'm jealous. :) I haven't read anything by any of the authors mentioned, though I really want to read Tris and Izzie...anyway, thanks for the giveaway, and I'm glad you're having a good time!

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

  3. Ohh you met Julie Kagawa, lucky! And I'm totally jealous of your awesome stash of books :)


  4. Wow, sounds so awesome and exiting running into authors! :D
    Omg...those long lines! I know what that feels like. x_x I've never been to a book convention, but I've been to a couple anime conventions. All the standing and the waiting is sometimes torture. I will endure all that again, though, if I ever get the chance to go to a book con! XD

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I went to ALA in DC last year, and it was such a blast. Glad you had such a great time! I would have stood in line to get Lola too, I can't wait to read it!


  6. ah that is soo cool that authors wait in lines too. So cool that you got to meet Maggie and Julie. Sounds like a blast.I would have done anything for lola too.

    aprilmom00 at gmail dot com

  7. Sounds like you had an awesome time! I'm so jealous of you snatching LOLA, definitely my most anticipated of this year. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!


  8. The Replacement? JEALOUS!
    Seriously, I'm happy you had such a great time--thanks for posting, and for the chance to win!

  9. So jealous you got to meet Julie kagawa. I love her. And Brenna Yavonoff. Wonderful!! Thanks again for the awesome giveaway!!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  10. I am completely jealous of you right now :) That is one heck of an awesome stack of books, not to mention you get to meet the authors!


  11. I can't wait to see the actual Iron Knight cover. I think it's the best so far.

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  12. Lol at the tweet about Jay Asher! That's so funny. I'm glad you had such a great time and thank you so much for the giveaway!


  13. How nice of Ellen Hopkins to sign for you! Sounds like you had so much fun. I wish I could have gone. Some day...

    Thanks for the contest!

    kprwrite at hotmail dot com

  14. lol. i love your comment about the beads! NO is a crazy place!! thanks for the giveaway!!

    americangirlie1991 at yahoo dot com

  15. omy god my mouth started watering when i saw those pix of your stash! lucky! dont forget to recommend the best ones!

  16. *Le Sigh*
    Very cool. I totally wish I could have come to the convention. Thanks for the cool giveaway though. Look at all those cool book, and you got to meed all those cool authors!!!


  17. So jealous of the books you came back with! And EEK you ran into David Levithan and Maggie Stiefvater???!!!


  18. Ahh that's so cool! Your stash is CRAZY. *wants* :p

    Thanks for the contest!


  19. Wow, thanks so much for the giveaway. I would've DIED if I got to speak with Ellen Hopkins. I once rode in the same elevator with her at a conference, but I was too afraid to say anything! :( Great to hear she's so nice, though.


  20. Hah, Jay Asher saw your tweet about you almost peeing your pants LMAO! *pets*
    Very cool to know that Jay has to stand in lines also. You seemed to have had a REALLY GREAT TIME!
    Loved all the pics!



  21. I love how all the authors you met seem to be so sweet and down to earth. So jealous of all those books!!! I've heard such great things about The Near Witch and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Thank you so much for your generosity! :)


  22. Sounds like such an awesome time. And you got sooo many cool books! I totally would've peed if I ran into Maggie Stiefvater like that too. Lol.


  23. I cannot believe you met Julie Kagawa!My friend Vivien and I were just wishing we could get our Iron Fey books signed! Thanks!

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  24. How awesome!! Glad you had fun.

  25. I really want to meet Julie, she is awesome! Looks like you had a lot of fun. I can not wait to see The Iron Knight in person! So lucky!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  26. I loved your post! I totally would pee myself too if I meet David Leviathan and Maggie Stiefvater right outside the bathroom. Great giveaway!

    Thank you! You are so awesome!


  27. Wow! Sounds like you had an awesome time. Thanks for the giveaway!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  28. I loved your stash of books. So jealous!! :) Thanks so much for the giveaway!


  29. Sounds you had a blast and got to meet alot of awesome authors and people.

    bookserieslover at gmail dot com

  30. Gosh, that's quite a stash! I wish I could go to ALA. Some of my friends reported back such good things, and I'm full of envy!

    So psyched to enter the giveaway!

    cjwid87 at hotmail dot com

  31. That's great you got to meet so many authors and that you got a copy of Lola. Also, that's a pretty impressive stack of books there! Thanks for the giveaway!

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

  32. Oh wow, looks like you had a great time. I'm so jealous of your book piles, and meeting Maggie and Brenna! Thanks for the giveaway!


  33. Wow! With all fab authors in the events, it's really a make or break decision where to go first! And the lines you have to take. But it really sounded fun!


  34. Looks like you had a great time. I have some serious book envy. Lola!!! Ellen Hopkins is an awesome author. Thanks for the giveaway and sharing the wealth! The NW and Smoke and Bone are high on my TBR list. :)


  35. I totally would have hugged Maggie Stiefvater too! :) So cool to hear that authors wait in lines for books and are so nice to their fans. Lola would definitely be worth waiting in line for! Can't wait to read it and The Scorpio Races!

    You got some awesome books - thanks for the great giveaway! heisereads [at] gmail[dot]com

  36. Wow, it looks and sounds like you had a fantastic time and in just two days! So much books too o.o

  37. I'm jealous that you hugged Maggie. I love her writing soooo much!

    arallison at gmail dot com

  38. Lena Beana!! You are my kind of book whore....no one would be able to stop us at BEA!!!! You have to come....PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. I've read LOLA and it was worth the wait - trust me! :)

    Sara @ The Hiding Spot

  40. I SO wish I could have gone to ALA with yall!! But it was either ALA or a family vaca, and well, you understand.

    It sounds like you had a BLAST and I'm hoping to be able to go to the next one.
    Hope to see you at Tera Lynn Childs next week!!!!

  41. Thanks for the giveaway- I covet that copy of Daughter and Smoke and Bone!!! I am going to see Maggie Stiefvater in late July, and will remember to use the bathroom right before meeting her. I fully expect the experience to make me want to pee my pants as well. LOL

    pcottonbearcat at gmail dot com

  42. I am sooo jealous! cannot believe you got ot meet Julie Kagawa.... I would faint! Looks like ALA was a SUCESS :) Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway for your fellow readers. Please count me in!


  43. How did you manage to lug all those books around?! Do they give you shopping carts? =P


  44. Well my husband just said "you're retarded" to me as I whined I WANT LOLAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!! I WANT IT I WANT IT!!!! After seeing u holding your copy.

  45. Oh wow! You remembered soo much from ALA! Honestly, most of it is a blur for me, except for the line to get in in the morning. OMG once the doors opened, it was total craziness!! Looks like you had a great second day in books and author sightings! =) And my parents and I did the same thing while we were in line (at least my mom and I did ;)) and we got some great books because of our book scouting! I can't wait for your day three recap! =) Sadly, my ALA recap is only one post long since I hardly remember anything and didn't remember to take many pics. =P It will be up tomorrow. =)

    Oh, and don't enter me in the giveaway since I went to ALA. =)

  46. That was really awesome that even though you missed Ellen Hopkins signing that she still signed your books. I love authors that go out the way for there readers, Very nice.

    Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

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  47. you are so lucky!! so many books! and thx for the great giveaway


  48. I would have waited with you in that Lola line, totally worth it! So glad to see you got it after waiting for so long. :)

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  49. Who could resist waiting in line for Lola, no matter how long?! From everything that I've heard about it, it was totally worth it, so WTG!! All my library school friends also went to ALA this year and I was so jealous of all the cool people they got to meet. Authors are like rockstars. :-)

    Great giveaway! I've heard great things about both books. :-)
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  50. awwww! lucky you!!! im jealous with your stash!!

    too bad i can't join the giveaway! :/

  51. Haha, I love how Jay Asher read your tweet! That's so funny. And I really love that everyone seems to want Lola and the Boy Next Door! Yay, realistic fiction!


  52. This librarian wished she could have gone to ALA. Maybe one day!

  53. -Lucky you! And haha about the running into Maggie Stiefvater and almost peeing yourself again. Good thing for using the bathroom! That would of been bad and embarrassing. I'm happy you had a fun time!


  54. Lucky You! You got to hug Maggie Stiefvater?! No fair!! and thanks for the great giveaway! :D


  55. Nothing's better than NoLa and Books! Authors are real rockstars. Don't you just love Laini Taylor's hair?

    Good luck everyone!



  56. It is super cool you ran into Maggie Steifvater. her books are so awesome.



    *tries to catch breath*

    I need to make my way to one of these conventions next year - ALA or BEA. You got in as a book blogger, right?


  58. Man, I wish I could have been there! I would give anything to meet Maggie Stiefvater, let alone hug her!!! You are SO lucky!!

    Well, if I couldn't meet her, at least I can enter your giveaway! That's pretty awesome, too :)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  59. I love your almost-peed-on moments and OMG! awesome stash! :O I would also like to go to one of those book conventions XD


  60. I soooooo wanted to go this year! I mean, New Orleans! And last year was SO FUN!
    On another note, you DO realize you're going to be known to all of the authors as the girl who kept threatening to pee herself... O_O haha!

    mbradenwf AT gmail.com

  61. I'm so glad you had such a great time. It's crazy and exhausting, but lots of fun. I missed ALA this year, but hit it last year. Good times. Also... not sure I believe you about those beads. ;)

    I've met Julie, Brenna, and Maggie before. All fantastic, funny ladies. Also, your haul beat mine from last year, I think.

    aine dot onetwistedpixie at gmail dot com

  62. AH! You met Julie Kagawa! How awesome! I need to meet her one day! :)

    Sounds like you had one heckuva trip! Thanks so much for the giveaway!


  63. Jay Asher read that tweet about him? That sounds both funny and horrible! I'm glad you had an awesome time, and I love your stash! Although you have to know I eyed it with more than a little jealousy. :D Thanks for the chance to win a few of the books.

    gingerrodent AT aol DOT com

  64. ALA looked so great this year! Super jealous of Lola too- I can't wait for that book!

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)


  65. Not entering, but I wanted to say my goodness, you are cute! I so rarely see pictures of my internet peeps. :-)

  66. Holy giant stash! I really want to attend next year.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  67. You are so lucky that you got a hold of The Space Between! I want that so bad!!!

    crazypplrok at gmail dot com

  68. Awesome giveaway! I would have wanted to hug Maggie again too. I can't wait until she comes to my town to sign Forever.
    alisoncanread at gmail dot com

  69. I'm so jealous! I want to meet Maggie Stiefvater so badly, but she simply isn't coming anywhere near me. I'm also (of course) jealous of your large pile of books.
    Nice blog, by the way :]

  70. Holy stack of AWESOME books! I am completely jealous! A lot of amazing titles there that I can't wait to read. I am also totally jealous that you met Julie Kagawa! I love her and her Iron Fey series.

    Thanks for the chance to win some great books!


  71. Woah!! I am so jealous. I mean look at all those books! Thanks for sharing.

  72. ahh I wish I was in ALA too! So jealous to all the people who got Lola!!!

    fallendream03 AT gmail DOT com

  73. Sounds like a dream trip to me. I'm jealous too.
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  74. Wow, that is a LOT of books! I hope I'll be able to make it to ALA midwinter in Dallas!

    Thanks for the chance to win :)


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