June 7, 2013

BEA Newb No More: A Recap Part II & Wait For You Giveaway

Friday, May 31
Again with the butt crack o'thirty. Although it took Jen and I a bit longer to get going this morning, we again hit that 6:20 a.m. ferry and arrived at the Javits around 6:45. After checking our large rolling suitcase, which we shared each day, we got in line to get in to the children's author breakfast. I was very excited for this, because Octavia Spencer, Mary Pope Osborne, Rick Riordan and Veronica Roth were speaking. Talk about an all-star line-up!

Upon entering the event hall, we saw our chairs draped with Heroes of Olympus t-shirts, copies of The Case of the Time Capsule Bandit by Octavia Spencer and Divergent by Veronica Roth on our chairs and a cool Magic Treehouse mug by our place settings. But, before the breakfast started, Jen and I were on a mission. I'm not ashamed to say that we totally stalked Megan Spooner and Ami Kaufman, waiting for them to arrive so that we could deliver the secret password and receive these cool necklaces from their book These Broken Stars. Finally, mission accomplished!

The speakers were all amazing. Mary Pope Osborne read some letters she's received from kids over the years. Rick Riordan reminisced about first getting published and what his life has been like since. And Veronica Roth talked about the importance of remaining humble and appreciating constructive criticism.

Mary Pope Osborne, Rick Riordan and Veronica Roth

 After breakfast, we hit the floor. I met Susan Dennard when she signed my copy of Something Strange and Deadly. Immediately after, I got in line an hour early for the Harlequin Teen Hour. Good thing, too, because when the signings started, it looked like this:

The long wait was worth it! I got to meet Katie McGarry, Amanda Sun, Julie Kagawa and Elizabeth Scott. It was so exciting!

Katie McGarry
After picking up our copies of Frigid by Jennifer L. Armentrout, who wasn't able to be at BEA due to a family emergency, I met Denise Grover Swank, Liliana Hart, Sylvia Day and Mari Mancusi.

This was the longest day for us, but for me anyway, it was the most productive. I met more authors and came away with more books today than any of the other days.

Day 2 Book Haul
Saturday, June 1
For our last day, Jen and I slept in an extra hour and took our time getting to the city. We got in line with Jessica from A Midsummer Nights Read and enjoyed passing the time with her and her cousin. When the doors opened, Jen and I split up right away with her going to the Harlequin booth and me heading to get in line to meet Sylvia Day again and get my copy of Entwined With You. While in that line, I realized I was right in front of Yara from Once Upon a Twilight!

Me and Yara
My wait ensured that I would miss the signings for Reboot and The Ward, which bummed me out. But, not stressing about the books that got away is part of the BEA game, and a part I had to learn quickly. I did manage to meet Jonathan Maberry and Cora Carmack, which was so cool.

Cora Carmack signing Faking It
Then, toward the end of the day, as I was wondering through the HarperCollins booth, I decided to just put myself out there and ask if they had any copies of Reboot or The Ward leftover from their signings. The amazing publicist I spoke with turned around, reached in a cabinet and handed me a copy of BOTH books, saying they were the last ones they had. I think I nearly hugged her, which would've been totally unprofessional. But, in my head, I was thinking, "IloveyouIloveyouIloveyou!"

Jen and I hopped in the car then and drove home where we engaged in much book petting and started nursing a severe BEA hangover.

Day 3 Book Haul
SO... interested in a BEA book giveaway? They say that caring is sharing! So, for my first post-BEA giveaway, I'm offering a signed copy of Wait For You by J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout.

I may even throw in some swag! Unfortunately, I have to limit this giveaway to my US peeps due to shipping charges.  So sorry, international friends - I'll have something for you soon! Fill out the Rafflecopter for a chance to win this awesome new adult book that isn't due out in hard copy format until September!

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Danny said...

Seriously, I am so bumped that we didn't meet !!! And seriously, we have been in the same lines, but then.. as the lines were so super long of course we didn't meet ;(

But I'm happy you had such a fanatstic and wonderful time and I hope we can see each other next year! With better planning :)

Unknown said...

I love seeing all these BEA posts...just a tiny bit of envy haha one of these years though! :)

Um I think my fave NA novel is probably Losing It. I keep hearing Faking It is better and it came in the mail the other day I just need time to read it! :)

Fun post!

Hannah said...

YAY, KRISTA!!! I'm so glad I got to meet you in person and that you had fun! You got some awesome books there! Hopefully we'll have more time together next year!

Unknown said...

Look at the piles of books! Holy crap, I need to go to one of these things. hahaha.

BookBANGERR said...

ugh i was there saturday and waited all day for wait for you but the people lied and said they didn't have them and I went to ask the publisher they said they just brought them there so i ran over and they were all gone by then I have never been so upset! haha oh well awesome for you though and hope frigid was good! I can't wait for that one to come out !

& also one of my favorite NA novels has to be fallen to far by abbi glines i just love that series !

glad you had an awesome time! =]

Unknown said...

I love all Colleen Hoover books, and lately I'm also loving Samantha Young! :)
THANKS for the giveaway! Looks like a great time!

Unknown said...

Beautiful Disaster was my first and is still a favorite! I am sooo going next year!

Unknown said...

So glad that I found your blog!!