25… er, 24 Followers Giveaway!

Lizzie     Sep 19th, 2011     Awesome Things, Fun Things, Giveaways     0 Replies

I’ve finally reached twenty-five twenty-four blog followers! If you were around last night on Twitter, you probably saw my message go out that said that said I’d do my FIRST ever giveaway sometime today, something I’ve been promising for about sixty years now. A few months ago, I said I would do the giveaway at twenty-five followers but it’s one away now and since it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere… I figured it was time.

SO! On we move.

This giveaway is going to have two winners. These winners will receive one of two prize packs, which feature books (of course) and swag such as stickers, postcards, bookmarks, and more! What books are going to be up for grabs? Well…

Prize #1:

ARC of Across the Universe by Beth Revis, with AtU sticker/bookplate (signed) on the inside
The Liar Society by Lisa & Laura Roecker bookmark (signed)
Firelight by Sophie Jordan bookmark, sticker, postcard
Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson sticker


Prize Pack #1


Close-up of signed Across the Universe bookplate/sticker

Prize #2:

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (hardcover)
The first three chapters of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
The Liar Society by Lisa & Laura Roecker bookmark (signed)
Firelight by Sophie Jordan bookmark, sticker, postcard
Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson sticker
CD/DVD containing chapter samplers and special features from Random House authors such as Lauren Kate (Fallen series), Cyn Balog (Fairy Tale, Sleepless), Carrie Ryan (Forest of Hands and Teeth) and many more


Prize Pack #2

Along with those awesome prizes, and in honor of Halloween, both winners will receive one of these adorable little pumpkins that light up and flicker like a candle! The one pictured is pink but the ones that are sent may vary.

Extra Entries
You didn’t think I wouldn’t give you a way to get extra entries into the drawing, right? Because I totally am! None of these are required, but they will increase your chances of winning. =D

Follow this blog: +2
Follow me on Twitter: +2
Follow me on Tumblr: +2—Do not make a Tumblr just to get extra entries; it won’t count. Same goes for Twitter.
Promote the giveaway on Twitter: +2—Please use the hashtag #24followerscontest, you can do this as many times as you want.
Promote the giveaway on Facebook: +3
Put a link up on your blog: +3
Put a link up in one of your blog posts: +5
Make an exclusive blog post about the giveaway: +10—Book blog, personal blog, Tumblr; any of those will count, just make sure to include the link to the giveaway.

Rules and Guidelines
Must be 13 years of age or older
You can enter for both prizes but you will only win one or the other
As I stated before, please don’t make accounts just to get extra entries
Only submit the form once. More than one form from the same person may lead to disqualification
US only this time; so sorry to In’l readers =(
Make sure you read my giveaway policy before entering

This giveaway will end on October 20th! That will give you lots of time for extra entries. =) Good luck, everyone, and thank you!

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Smart Chicks Kick It! Tour

Lizzie     Sep 27th, 2010     Fun Things     0 Replies

Okay, guys. So as you already knew, Friday night, I got the chance to head four hours south to Cincinnati to attend the Smart Chicks Kick It! tour stop there at Joseph-Beth. And to sum it all up in one word: AMAZING. It truly was. The ladies were so fantastic, and hilarious. It’s such an incredible thing for these authors to use their own money, take time out of their busy schedules, and head out for two weeks to meet their readers. I can only imagine how exhausted they must be by now! If they were, it sure didn’t show. I’ll tell you, it was pretty insane. They were fun and energetic and just plain awesome. And I was so lucky to get to go. Here’s my recount of the fabulousness that was Smart Chicks Cincinnati!

The Way There

My mom and I left at around 11:30 AM to make the four hour drive from northeast Ohio down to southwest Ohio. It was pretty boring, and pretty, uh, scary. Why was it scary? Well, just about before we arrived in Columbus, we met up with two semi trucks that were traveling together. And they liked to play chicken with me. Constantly, they were passing me on the highway (which wouldn’t have been so bad) and then slow way the hell down and hold me up. And I would pass them for it. Then they didn’t like that so they’d pass me. And kept it on like this until we almost into Cincinnati. By that time, I was getting really PO’d at these guys for messing around with little cars all along the highway. The final time one of them did it to me, he veered into my lane while he was right next to me. Seriously, the guy could’ve killed my mom and I if he’d hit us. Truck drivers, learn to drive before you try things like that.

And on we move.

There

We got there at about 4 PM, an hour before they were going to start handing out line letters. I’d never been to Joseph-Beth before so when I walked in, I absolutely enthralled. It had two stories and an elevator! An elevator! I’ve never seen such a massive bookstore. I was in total envy of the locals who could go there whenever they wanted.

We headed over to the YA section to pick up the last book I needed for the signing, Raised By Wolves by Jen Barnes, and to hang around for a little bit. I checked out the seemingly never-ending stock of my favorite genre of books. And I freaked out a bit when I pulled out White Cat by Holly Black and turned around to the cover to see a sticker that read, “Autographed Copy”. I said, a little loudly, “Mom, mom, mom! Look! This is signed! SIGNED by Holly Black!” To which she replied, “Really? That’s cool.” Oh, mothers. *shakes head* I continued looking around after (hesitantly) returning the Modern Faerie Tales and White Cat to the shelf and came across the coolest bag ever. It was made out of computer keys. How cool is that? Needless to say, the nerd in me wanted that bag to show off just because it had keys all over it.

While we lounged around waiting, a woman with two of the cutest kids ever came over. The staff there started talking excitedly to her, then the woman next to claimed suddenly, “Oh, I loved your book!” which, of course, brought me to attention. Here, it was the author of Claire de Lune, Christine Johnson! I haven’t read the book yet but it’s in the number one spot on my list so I had another major freakout moment. She was giving out bookmarks and postcards bookplates (I just realized they are bookplates!) so I grabbed one of both, though only bookplate was signed. I’m not complaining though! It was very cool. Christine is very sweet and she gladly signed a book for the woman next to me. I wish I could’ve gotten a book signed but I wasn’t able to afford another hardcover but just getting the swag was sweet. Her kids were so cute! I just couldn’t get over them. Her son kept saying, “Mommy, I want go get another book!” Um, adorable!

Six minutes before 5 o’clock, we headed up to the front desk to pay for the book and get our line letter. We were the third one to get ours, in line A. Then we headed over the very cool and cute Bronte Bistro (the store’s own restaurant!) to eat before the event started at 7. We ate and hung around for a little then headed back to the store to look around. I left my mom and went back to the area where the signing was going to be to discover people were already grabbing seats. Most of the seats were already taken so I put my bag on the two chairs in the back row and went to grab my mom. We waited around for an hour and got to talk to some wonderful ladies around us. A couple girls took the two seats beside my mom and we talked to them, and they were in awe when they saw my necklace, which looked like the pendant Chloe wears in Kelley Armstrong’s The Reckoning.

By then, things were starting to pick up and people were start to crowd around, trying to find seats and making sure they had all their stuff out and whatever else. I was getting restless so I decided to go back over to the YA section and look for a minute or two. Christine had left a bunch more swag behind so I snagged a few more bookmarks and bookplates and headed back to my seat. A woman two rows in front of me informed us that the Chicks were at the front of the store taking photos and I turned around just in time to see Margie Stohl and Jen Barnes go by! They headed upstairs for interviews and we were still a half hour away from the signing to begin. So we talked to the people around us and I tweeted like crazy, my excitement.

Took a few pictures…


The gorgeous set-up!


The pretty Smart Chicks sign

And then….. SHOW TIME!

From there, the fun began! They all shared their news, which was epically amazing! And onto the lightning round! Margie hosted it, and she was so funny about it. We played “Marry, Shag, Cliff” which was started by Sarah Rees Brennan at one of the previous stops. My favorite was Jen Barnes’ who used Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely characters. I believe she said: Marry Seth; Shag Seth (or Irial); Cliff Keenan, at which the girl next me and I hooted. ;) Melissa then gave away the ARC of Darkest Mercy, and I’m very angry with myself for not remembering Aislinn’s grandmother’s name.


Melissa giving away the Mercy ARC

They also gave away a massive basket of books, and drew a name to be included in the Smart Chicks anthology which is due out next year (and is already on my to-read shelf)! Which turned out to be the girl sitting to my right. She was SO excited, understandably. Kelley asked her if she had a death preference, which made me laugh. Then the ladies gave out tour t-shirts, first to those who answered questions then they threw them out to the audience. One thrown by Alyson hit me right in the face. =D Swag (and lots of it!) was pelted at the audience too. I was on my feet catching them, but my mom kept dodging them. I would’ve had a lot more, had she actually tried catching them. Curses!

No need to wallow in what could’ve been though! After the pelting of swag, it was time for the highlight of the night… the book signing! Like I already said, my mom and I were in line A so I didn’t waste any time. I shoved my chair out of the way and headed for the line. I was one hundred percent bent on getting a Beautiful Creatures poster from Kami and Margie so I desperately hoped I wasn’t too far back to snag one. As we waited, I scoped out the line to see how many books other people were bringing along. To my surprise (and slight horror) I could’ve sworn I was the only one who brought fourteen of them.

When I finally got to the table, the first Chick to sign was the lovely Jen Barnes! She was really nice, chatting with my mom and I after signing Raised By Wolves for me. She asked which of the books I’d brought was my favorite and I told her without a doubt, Beautiful Creatures. We talked about our favorite characters a bit before I moved onto Jeri Smith-Ready. I’d just finished Shade the night before so it was still fresh in my mind, and let’s just say I was still reeling from the ending. I got a signed bookmark and a completely awesome Keeley Brothers pin. I can’t wait to stick it on my bag!

Then on to Alyson Noel! If you think she’s pretty in her author photos, she’s gorgeous in person! She’s also so kind and wonderful. She gave me TWO signed Immortals and Riley bookmarks for every book I had, plus a pretty temp Radiance tattoo! Kelley Armstrong was next. When it came to personalizing my books, my stupid lisp, along with utter fangirl-ness, had me saying L-I-B-B-I-E instead of L-I-Z-Z-I-E. We had a laugh about our lisps, which made me feel a bit better about being such a bug. She had some lovely pins but I didn’t grab any. =( Melissa was lovely, and allow me to say that I LOVE her voice. Is that a weird thing to say? Oh, well, I do. She signed all her books for me, each with a different message in them. She was also giving out stunning Darkest Mercy and Radiant Shadows bookmarks, so I got two of each. And then we moved onto the final two Smart Chicks, Kami Garcia and Margie Stohl! Both are wonderful. They saw my massive stack of books and were stunned to learn that I’d read almost all of them. Margie said something like, “Next thing you know, we’ll be coming to your signing!” Which, you know, kind of made my life. Haha! But then, in all my excitement, I forgot to ask for a poster! Darn me! It was still fun though so no use being upset over that… no matter how badly I wanted one…

After the signing, my mom wanted to head home since we had a long drive ahead so I didn’t get pictures with any of the Chicks. In all, though, the night was one of the best nights of my life! Even if I missed out on a couple things, I still consider myself very lucky to have attended. Thanks for the wonderful women who made their way to the great state of Ohio to meet all us fangirls. For spending money out of your own pockets to make it happen. For allowing us fangirls to go fangirl on you. It was awesome and amazing and just downright fantastic.

If you didn’t the chance to attend, don’t worry! I’m thinking of a ultra-super amazing giveaway soon, that will include bookmarks from the Chicks once I’m able to part with some of them. =) I know, I know, I’ve said there will be a giveaway soon. And THERE WILL. I just need money first. Because, you know, it’s kind of, uh, necessary for buying books and shipping and stuff. RIGHT? =D Plus, the longer you wait, the more spectacular it will be!

In the mean time, check out the great goodies I got from the event! You could get your hands on some of it!