August 26, 2012

2012 PAYA Festival - Bringing YA to PA!

Me, Jen and Jennifer L. Armentrout (and Pepe!)

On Saturday, my good friend Jen from At Random and I went to the 2012 PAYA Festival sponsored by the organization Bring YA to PA. Nearly thirty authors were in attendance to chat with fans and sign books. As was the case with YA Fest that Jen and I attended earlier in the month, there were also raffles and food sales. Bring YA to PA is an organization that is devoted to encouraging teens to read and love books; that's certainly something I can get behind! So, I happily bought some books and some raffle tickets and settled in to enjoy the day.
Jeri Smith-Ready signing my Shade series books

I went with five books and came home with 15 - not a bad haul for one day! I bought a few additional books to have signed, and I also donated a few dollars in exchange for a grab bag of ARCs - I know, right?? Jen and I had a little squeal between us when we saw those. And, of course, there was swag. :)

Some of my favorite authors were there, which was just icing on the cake. We got to see Jennifer L. Armentrout again, which was great since Onyx (Lux #2) was just release two weeks ago! A few other favorites that I got to see included Wendy Higgins (Sweet Evil), Maria V. Snyder (Poison Study), Jeri-Smith Ready (Shade) and Jessica Spotswood (Born Wicked).

Authors that appeared were: Susan Shaw, Victoria Schwab, K.M. Walton, Margie Gelbwasser, Charlotte Bennardo, Jackie Kessler, Amalie Howard, Ellen Jensen Abbott, Jennifer Hubbard, Jennifer Murgia, J.R. Wagner, Shannon Delany, Beth Kephart, Brigid Kemmerer, Jaclyn Dolamore, A.S. King, Jessica Spotswood, Jeri Smith-Ready, Maria V. Snyder, Cyn Balog, Josh Berk, Cesya MaRae Cuono, Gwendolyn Heasley, Dianne Salerni, Rebecca Serle, Jennifer Armentrout, Christine Norris, Alissa Grosso, Wendy Higgins, Amy Holder, Elisa Ludwig, and Tiffany Schmidt. It was so exciting!

But, what was more exciting were these pretty additions to my bookshelf at home!

Books I had signed

My grab bag ARCs

Look at all the swag!


Danny said...

*gasps* You meet Wendy Higgins? I.Adore.Her!!!!!! It sounds like you had tons of fun :)))

Krista said...

Danny, I was actually thinking of you guys on Saturday when I met her, because of the new cover contest you have going on. Wendy was SO nice, too. I love going to these things!

LRAtRandom said...

Yay! Great post Krista! Here's mine

Anna said...

Very nice, Krista! I love all the goodies! :D