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BEA – Thursday & Friday
Jun 15th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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Thursday:

My day started early with the HARLEQUIN TEEN BREAKFAST!

Here are some of the highlights:

The panel @harlequinteen breakfast #BEA15 A photo posted by Liza Wiemer (@lizamwiemer) on

So much fun talking w @adialsaid at the @harlequinteen breakfast!

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NO WHERE BUT HERE author by @katielmcgarry! Katie is just the sweetest! A photo posted by Liza Wiemer (@lizamwiemer) on

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Cage of Deceit author Jennifer Davis and me

BEA Thursday was incredible. I was able to hug my former student Talia Lakritz from Nerd with a Voice, met Terry from Reading Tub, hung out a bit at the Midpoint/Spencer Hill Booth. Rachel Simon found me at the SH, and it was a very happy reunion! We met at BEA two years ago while I was standing in the Simone Elkeles. We became instant friends. Thanks for the smiles, Melissa Amster from ChickLit Central and I also got to see each other, but it was once again way too short!!!!

 

Thursday night, I headed out with Meredith to the Fierce Reads Party, which was held in the magnificent Strand Book Store in the rare books room. It was an absolute blast. Some highlights were talking to Leigh Bardugo and Leila Sales. I told Leila about a friend of mine, Rachel Kinnard, who couldn’t attend BEA, but is a huge fan, and we video chatted with Rachel.

It was a blast talking to other bloggers and dressing up for pictures.

Afterward, Meredith and I headed to the New Yorker Hotel where some Spencer Hill family – yes family! – were hanging out! One of my editors from SH, Asja, brought her boyfriend, and little did they know that I was watching their soul mate connection and taking mental notes to be used possibly for a future novel! I have to give a special shoutout to Patricia, my main editor for HELLO? because I am who I am and where I am because she fell in love with my novel, so spending time with her was incredible! I also had the opportunity to meet and talk with the very sweet Grace Smith. Her mom is awesome too! Soon after, I hung out with Marcilia Loubach and Nicole Moy. Seeing them and talking with them made the entire day so much brighter!

It was a long, exhausting, and absolutely AMAZING DAY!

 

Friday:

Without any doubt, my signing for Hello? was one of the biggest, best moments of my life!!! I am so tremendously grateful to Spencer Hill for this amazing opportunity. Afterward, I attended the Penguin Luncheon and had the privilege to hear authors Sarah Dessen and Carrie Ryan.

BEA15 Recap – Wednesday
Jun 11th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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Wednesday started with The Novl Luncheon! I was able to see more blogger friends and reconnect with the AMAZING publicists from Little Brown. A few of the highlights included meeting THE WITCH HUNTER author Virginia Boecker! There was a special guest appearance by Jennifer E. Smith, who talked about her novel HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN! I met several twitter friends for the first time.  Senior publicist for Spencer Hill, Meredith from pandorasbooks.org and Margie from bumblesandfairytales.blogspot.com and I shared a taxi after the event and had fun talking books!

Here are some highlights:

 

  WOLF BY WOLF by @ryangraudin sounds really amazing! Alternate history? Yes please! @TheNovl — Liza Wiemer (@LizaWiemer) May 27, 2015

In the evening, I went to the HARLEQUIN HIGH TEA: Harlequin so generously provided transportation from the Javits Center to Harlequin’s headquarters. What an event! The display of food was fit for a posh hotel in England. But the highlight was meeting the authors. I’m happy to have some new romance books to read. Meeting Kristan Hannah was a real thrill! She’s an auto-buy, and her novel Someone to Love was one of the first books I read while unwinding from BEA.

From the Harlequin High Tea, Danielle from loveatfirstpage.org and Lauren from loveisnotatriangle.com got on the subway and headed to the Epic Reads Event! The experience on the subway was . . . well, quite intimate. This photo cracked me up. I somehow managed to keep myself from touching this guy!

At the event, we met some awesome authors, including Aaron Hartzler. I’m really looking forward to WHAT WE SAW.

 

BEA – Part 1 (Before I even walked into the Javits Center!)
Jun 11th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

 

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My bookish day started out with a reunion with Hannah from the Irish Banana and Andye from Reading Teen. Without any doubt, I’ve missed these girls so much!

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Another part of my special day was meeting Andye and Hannah’s roommates, Krista from Krista’s Book Jacket. Later on in the week, we spent some quality time talking fave mystery romance books on our way to the Harlequin High Tea. Loved it! I also met the amazing blogger Valerie from Stuck In Books. How had I not known about her and her incredible blog before this moment, I have no idea. After years of following the classy Andi from Andi’s ABCs on Instagram and Twitter, we finally met. If you’re not following her fashion tips on Instagram, it’s a must. I can’t tell you how many times I told her, “I love your outfit!”

One of the best parts of being on Twitter and a part of the YA blogger/author community, is that I have felt emotionally connected to many of the people I follow. It might seem strange to some that you can form those kinds of relationships without meeting someone, especially when the communication is in 140 characters, but it’s TRUE. I had an incredible reunion filled with lots of hugs from Meg and Kassiah from Swoony Boys Podcast. Hung out with Milwaukee blogger dear friends Erin and Jaime from Fiction Fare, talked with Liza from Reading with ABC, who’s handmade bookmarks are so beautiful. She gave them out to people at the Harlequin Teen Breakfast, and I was lucky to receive one. It’s now one of my most favorite bookmarks EVER!

A downfall of mentioning people is ALWAYS leaving someone out. Without a doubt, I’ve done it. It’s been over two weeks since I arrived in NYC, and that Tuesday is now flashes of memories. Attending the following events, I relished in being surrounded by the most talented book people. It was, still is, an honor to walk among you.

 

TEEN AUTHOR CARNIVAL

Next stop was the Teen Author Carnival. It was so amazing to catch up with authors and bloggers I hadn’t seen for a year. I also met quite a few new people or people I’ve known on twitter and felt like I’ve known forever. Most of all, I was incredibly proud of Andye for doing a spectacular job MCing a panel on “Emotions,” which featured authors Kody Keplinger, Tiffany Schmidt, Katie McGarry, Elizabeth Eulberg, Adam Silvera, and Jesse Andrews.

Before the event started, I met my Spencer Hill Contemporary publicist for the first time. The crazy thing was, that it didn’t feel like the first time. From moment one, we’ve been close. She’s not just my publicist, but someone I absolutely adore. We’ve fit seamlessly into each other’s daily lives! I also met Kathy Coe of Glass of Wine Bloodspot, a blogger Kelly had introduced to me to via Twitter/Goodreads/Facebook etc. last January. Kathy wasn’t the only blogger from Canada who made the event. She introduced me to many other Ottawa bloggers. Lovely, lovely people, and many of them had participated in the #HelloFrom Ottawa photograph that brought me to tears when I first saw it! A special shoutout to the beautiful Danielle Ellison, with whom I had a very joyous reunion with! Meeting her 4 years ago on a rooftop changed my life and is linked to the publication of HELLO? I love looking back and seeing how wondrous—no, miraculous—these situations are!

Rooftop Party

For the first time in 4 years, I didn’t host the BEA Rooftop Party. Instead, Hannah of the Irish Banana and Andye of Reading Teen did a PHENOMENAL job putting an event together at their hotel. Bloggers, some authors, and publicists from all over came together for an informal evening. I started the night pouring wine, collecting garbage, and introducing publicists to bloggers. I was having a blast! And then . . .

Much to my surprise, Hannah and Andye arranged for part of the night to be dedicated to my FIRST signing for HELLO?. I knew Hannah had requested ARCs. I knew she wanted people to receive them at the party. And right before the event, Hannah told me that she wanted people to have the opportunity to sign them. BUT I ABSOLUTELY DID NOT EXPECT THAT IT WOULD BE AN EVENT! I just thought that if someone wanted one, he or she would take it out of the box. If they wanted me to sign it, of course I’d sign. BUT NO! People lined up! We ran out of ARCs!!!!!! I could have signed many more!! I was in a happy daze. And Hannah and Andye? They had the biggest grins on their faces!

And the signing wasn’t the only surprise! Becca Fowler of Pivot Book Reviews painted a spectacular book bag with the “vintage” cover of HELLO?. I was so blown away I had tears in my eyes. (Check out her twitter feed to see more spectacular book tote bags!) Still, there was more!!! I was presented with my own ARC of HELLO? with signatures from everyone who attended the event! When I had my book signing at BEA on Friday, I brought my special ARC along to have more people sign. That ARC will go with me to all my book events.

The memories of this evening and these cherished gifts will stay with me forever. I am so truly humbled and deeply grateful to Hannah and Andye. A shout-out to my wonderful publicist, Kelly Hager, who not only knew about the evening and kept it a secret, but also sat by my side and helped me with the signing. Thank you to all the bloggers, publicists (It was fantastic talking to so many of them! We often connect via email about books, but this was great having one-on-one time!), authors, and my editors for their tremendous support and enthusiasm for HELLO?! HAPPY READING!!!!!

 

 

 

Join the BEA #YAParty, May 28, 2015 – 8-11 PM, EST – 27 AWESOME PRIZE PACKAGES
May 21st, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

WE’RE BRINGING BEA to YOU!

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WHERE:  Your couch, BEA, the mall, your bed … anywhere you can access Twitter means you’re at the party!

WHEN:  May 28, 2015, 8-11 PM EST

Please tweet during those hours! 

Please tweet during those hours!

But . . . 

If you won’t be around

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(ONLY entries during that time will count!)

A HUGE THANK YOU to the publishers, authors, and bloggers who provided the prize packages! See each one below.

(You must be 13 years old or older. This post and the prize packages are accurate as of 5-21-15, but are subject to change until the 11:00 PM EST on May 28, 2015. Notification will be done through Twitter. Prizes are not exchangeable. Winners will be notified by June 15, 2015 or sooner. Shipping will be done through the prize donors. You must contact the donor within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen.)

What do you need to do?

 

It’s simple:

You must . . .

1. Follow @irish_banana @ReadingTeen @LizaWiemer  on Twitter.

2. Follow the PUBLISHER or AUTHOR or BLOGGER and tweet (information listed below for each prize)! Subject to change up until the day of the #YAParty! And check in frequently. We may add more prizes up until the event!

3. Just copy and paste the tweets!

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PRIZE #1-5: (USA Only)

BEA STUFFED TO THE BRIM Fierce Reads Tote Bag! You’ll get at least 10 new HOT New Novels and swag!

3 YA Prize Packages

1 MG Prize Package

1 NA/Adult Prize Package

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ACOTAR Giveaway

From Bloomsbury:

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES Prize Pack:  

A copy of the finished book, an ACOTAR bookmark, temporary tattoo, and a mask! 

Tweet: I joined the  and follow @BloomsburyKids & the hosts. I hope to win the ACOTAR prize package. 

BOLDLY BOOKISH Prize Package:

Finished copies of the Boldly Bookish books:

HOLD ME LIKE A BREATH by Tiffany Schmidt

THE START OF ME AND YOU by Emery Lord

LION HEART by A.C. Gaughen

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Trish Doller

Plus Boldly Bookish Swag!

 

Tweet: I joined the  and follow @BloomsburyKids & the hosts. I hope to win the BOLDLY BOOKISH prize package. 

 

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From Little Brown @TheNovlNOVLbox

#NovlBox YA Package including awesome swag and . . .

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker (signed!)

Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Drift And Dagger by Kendall Kulper

Not If I See You First by Eric Linstrom

I Crawl Through It by AS King

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @TheNovl & the hosts. I hope to win a Little Brown mystery YA package! Info: 

 

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PRIZE #9: (INTERNATIONAL)

 

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From Paper Lantern Lit: An e-copy of each title from The Studio OR an editorial review of 50 pages of a manuscript OR an editorial review of 15 pages of a plot outline.

Tweet: I joined the  and follow  & the hosts. I hope to win a 50 page manuscript review. 

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I joined the  & follow  & the hosts. Hope to win a 15 page plot outline editorial review. 

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I joined the  & follow  & the hosts. Hope to win an e-copy of each title from The Studio. 

 

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PRIZE #10: (USA Only)

 

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From Spencer Hill Press and Spencer Hill Contemporary

SIX (6) NEW TITLES!

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @SHContemp & the hosts. I hope to win a six-book package! 

 

 

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From Books of Wonder:

Two lucky winners will win a signed copy of your choice of any book. Value not to exceed $20.00

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @BooksofWonder & the hosts. I hope to win a signed book of my choice! 

 

 

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$10.00 Amazon Gift Card

Tweet: I joined the  & follow the hosts. I hope to win a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card! 

 

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PRIZE #15: (USA/Canada Only)

 

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From Alloy Entertainment:

FIVE (5) Fabulous Books:

REBEL WING by Tracy Banghart

IMITATION by Heather Hildenbrand

VICIOUS by Sara Shepard (signed copy)

THE HEIRESSES by Sara Shepard (signed copy)

THE BLONDE by Anna Godbersen (signed copy)

 

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @alloyent & the hosts. I hope to win 5 fabulous novels! 

 

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COMPULSION Prize Package: Compulsion for Reading T-shirt, signed hardcover, silver plated key necklace, & Compulsion & Persuasion trinket bookmarks 

Tweet: I joined the #YAParty & follow @MartinaABoone & the hosts to win a COMPULSION prize package! http://www.whorublog.com

 

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From author M.G. Buehrlen:

A signed copy of THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE, a “Talk Nerdy to Me” sticker, bookmark, and a pair of Wayfarer sunglasses.

 

Tweet: I joined the #YAParty & follow @mgbuehrlen & the hosts to win the #AlexWayfare prize packhttp://www.whorublog.com

 

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From Fiction Fare Bloggers Jaime & Erin Arkin: IMG_5048

A set of The Grisha Series by Leigh Bardugo with signed bookplates & lots of awesome swag, including a HUNGER GAMES T-shirt.

Tweet: I joined the #YAParty & follow @fictionfare & the hosts to win signed Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Series & swag! 

 

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From Macmillan: 

Graphic Novel Prize Package:

THIS ONE SUMMER by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

LAST MAN 1 & 2 by Bastien VivèsMichaël SanlavilleBalak

EXQUISITE CORPSE by Penelope Bageu

THE SCULPTOR by Scott McCloud

PRINCESS DECOMPOSIA AND COUNT SPATULA by Andi Watson

 

Tweet: I joined the #YAParty & follow @MacKidsBooks & the hosts to win a Graphic Novel Prize Package & swag! 

 

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From Swoony Boys Podcast Bloggers Meg Caristi & Kassiah Faul: 

Custom designed bracelet with book charms – covers your choice!

Tweet: I joined the #YAParty & follow @SwoonyBoys & the hosts to win a custom book bracelet.  

 

 

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Mega prize package – 8 new YA titles and awesome swag!

  • A PulseIt tote bag

  • Zeroesstainless steel tumbler

  • The following galleys:

o   Carolyn Lee Adams, Ruthless

o   Erin Bow, The Scorpion Rules

o   Ellen Hopkins, Traffick

o   Shaun David Hutchinson (editor), Violent Ends

o   Daniel Krauss, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch

o   Heather W. Petty, Lock & Mori

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o   Suzanne Young, Hotel Ruby

 

Tweet: I joined the #YAParty & follow @SimonTeen & the hosts to win 8 new YA titles & swag! 

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Jenny Han Novels:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (hardback)

P.S. I Still Love You  (hardback)

Paperback box set of Jenny’s Summer trilogy

“To All the Boys” spiral notebook

 

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PRIZE #23 (USA & Canada Only)

 

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From author Gayle Rosengren:

A signed copy of WHAT THE MOON SAID; a Tee shirt; a bookmark; a refrigerator magnet; and a key chain or luggage tag; PLUS a signed advanced reader copy of COLD WAR ON MAPLEWOOD STREET.

 

Tweet: I joined the #YAParty & follow @GayleRosengren & the hosts to win her fabulous MG prize package.

 

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From PenguinRandomHouse:

2 mystery prize packages including some of the hottest YA titles!

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PRIZE #26 (USA Only)

 

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From author Liza Wiemer:

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Signed Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen and “Unlock your hear and the rest is easy necklace.”

Signed ARC of Hello? by Liza Wiemer and swag!

 

Tweet: I joined the #YAParty & follow @LizaWiemer & the hosts to win signed copies of ACOTAR, Saint Anything, & Hello?.  

 

PRIZE #27 (USA Only)

From YA Books Central:

Rare Divergent swag and 3 new YA novels! Value: $75

Tweet: I joined the #YAParty & follow @YABooksCentral & the hosts to win rare Divergent swag & 3 new YA novels.  

My Best Tips for Attending #BEA15
May 5th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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Tips for BEA (Especially if you’ve never attended before!)

Attending BEA is one of the biggest highlights of my year. I’ve gone as an author to sign my books and as a book loving blogger. Each experience has been fantastic. I love meeting new bloggers and authors, seeing old friends, reconnecting with publicists at the publishers’ booths, and discovering some of the hottest new titles for the upcoming year. But if you’ve never attended BEA before, the experience can be a little intimidating.

Here’s my best advice:

1. Pick up your badge the day before – on Tuesday– so that you’re not waiting in a long line to receive it on Wednesday. Map out ahead of time the authors you really want to meet and what booths you want to go to to get your favorite authors’ books.

2. Get in line early and have fun meeting the people around you. Be patient, especially with book drops. I cringe saying this, but every year people do some pushing and shoving. This is so not necessary!

3. If you’re shy, use this opportunity to break out of your comfort zone. You’re meeting fellow book lovers so you have a lot in common. Be friendly and people will most likely be friendly back. (It’s definitely worked for me. And though most people would say, “Liza, shy??” I can be. Last year, there were several people I wish I had approached to say hello. In line, it’s easier. But walking around and spotting someone? It’s not so easy! I’m going to give it a try this year.) Introduce yourself to people in line. (I can’t say this enough!) If you’re a blogger, make sure you introduce yourself to the publicists. You may ask them for their business card too.

4. Be cognizant of the people waiting behind you. Meeting authors is extremely exciting. Give me an author over an actor any day. They’re my superstars! But remember that lines are long, so be respectful of time. Many authors will allow a quick photo (best to ask) but do it quickly, usually as they’re signing your book is best.

5. SHIPPING BOOKS. I use the shipping at BEA. Make sure to find the shipping area right away, so you’re not looking for it with your arms FULL! Unload your books so that you’re not hauling a ton of books and hurting your arms, shoulders, and back! It’s a drag, literally. Also, get a box, label it, and if you can, find a spot close to the front near the checkout area. That way, it’s easier to catch the attention of someone who can carry it for you when you’re ready to ship. In the end, I always have two boxes. It’s easy to keep them together. I’ve never had anyone take anything from me. When packing up your books, use tote bags to cushion them. That will help during the shipping process!!! It is possible the boxes will get beaten up, especially if they’re really heavy!

6. Okay, this one might open a can of worms. Many people get pretty upset when others hold spots – unless you occupied it and had to go to the bathroom. But collecting books from one place and skipping the line has been known to get a few grumbles. BE AWARE, be respectful.

7. Share your business cards with other bloggers or follow them on Twitter immediately if you want. This will go along way to developing wonderful relationships for years to come.

8.  Every year people get upset they didn’t get a particular ARC. It’s going to happen!!! Expect it!!!

9. If you normally carry a purse, consider a clutch – one that can hold a charger! So much easier!!! (See #10!)

10. Perhaps the MOST VALUABLE ADVICE? It’s nearly impossible to find an electrical outlet at BEA, so make sure your cell phone is fully charged so you can tweet #BEA15 and take pictures. I also HIGHLY RECOMMEND purchasing a portable recharging device. They’re worth every penny!!!!

BONUS: Finally, come and see me!!!!! I’ll be signing ARCs of HELLO?, my debut YA novel from Spencer Hill Contemporary on Friday, May 29th in the morning! As soon as I have the time, I’ll announce it. My signing will be in the Midpoint booth.

Do you have other tips or did you post them on your blog? Add your link or thoughts in the comments below!

 

BEA 2014 Recap and Mega Giveaway
Jun 19th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

BEA 2014 Recap and Giveaway

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Wednesday, May 28:

Novl Headquarters, Little Brown Books for Young Readers Blogger Brunch

What a fantastic event! Found out about a lot of the HOTTEST Little Brown for Young Readers’ NEW TITLES. Here are some of my live tweets during the event, plus a group shot tweet from @theNovl. Even though I came home with lots of books from BEA, these are definitely a priority. I already read WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME by Josh Sundquist. You can read my complete five star review on Goodreads, but here’s how it started: Ahhhh, I loved Josh Sundquist’s honest and easy to read YA memoir about his quest to understand what went wrong with significant relationships he has had with females since middle school. Why didn’t they like him? Did it have anything to do with his prosthetic leg? How come he didn’t kiss them? What did he do wrong? What can he learn from these failed relationships?

 

 

TEEN AUTHOR CARNIVAL (TAC)

This was my third year at TAC, and once again it was amazing. The panels were great. Loved listening to Elizabeth Eulberg and Rebecca Serle and Gayle Forman, to name just a few. Here’s a video clip of Gayle signing at the end of one of the talks.

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THURSDAY, MAY 30th:

Harlequin Teen Breakfast

What can I say except that it was AWESOME! Loved meeting the Harlequin Teen authors. I must admit, I totally fangirled on Jennifer Armentrout. Alexandra and I had a convo on ghosts (she totally believes in them!), Julie Kagawa was as warm and friendly as ever, Adi Alsaid was pumped about his book and shared some info about his family (he grew up in Mexico and Israel!), Robin Talley’s new book received a lot of buzz. It seems to me that Robin was extremely brave and daring to write a book about a lesbian relationship between a white girl and a black girl during the 1960s. (For some reason, I didn’t connect with Dawn Metcalf during the event. But I did get her novel signed during the BEA signing later that day. During the event, I also reconnected with editors and publicists, who asked for our feedback. Overall, it was an incredible event. I have already devoured Jennifer Armentrout’s novel STONE COLD TOUCH. My five star review is here: Goodreads. Trust me, the whole series is so freaking good!!! I couldn’t decide if I’m Team Roth or Team Zayne. I LOVE THEM BOTH!  Harlequin Authors Harlequin Books

2014 YA AUTHOR/BLOGGER PARTY

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It was with tremendous joy and responsibility, that I once again hosted the YA Author/Blogger Party. There is so much to tell about the event but for now I’m going to share my thank yous:

Steve Fine, who, as a complete stranger and guardian angel, came to my rescue and made it possible for me to rent this facility. And thank you for putting up with the boxes, emails, questions! Hopefully, the “Banana Bread Redo” sweetened the load a teeny tiny bit.

Nili Doft, who has made this party possible three years in a row. My guardian angel #2 and awesome cousin. Without her there would be NO PARTY!

Andye Epps of Reading Teen, it’s been a privilege and a huge blessing to work with you three years in a row! Thank you for making me smile and laugh every day, and thank your connections all over the YA world, RSVPs, ideas, BINGO questions, texting while on the treadmill, hysterical tweets, and EVERYTHING (because I know I’m forgetting a thousand things!)

Hannah McBride of The Irish Banana who came on board this year. (Wiping brow with relief & gratitude!) She’s our whirlwind “organista,” matchmaker, color-coding expert, letter writer, name tag maker, pub/auth/blogger connector (she seriously knows everyone, and if she doesn’t, she will by tomorrow), and comedian who had Andye and me LOAO!

Faye Bi of Little Brown and NOVL for your wonderful input and suggestions.

Angela Velez of Paper Lantern Lit for brainstorming ideas, putting together our BINGO cards, and connecting us to the fab PLL authors. She also had the brainchild of the #YAParty, which ended up being a HUGE success!

Rachel Kinnard, Adam Silvera, Gaby Salpeter, Erin Arkin, Jaime Arkin for brainstorming sessions. Aryeh Katz, Miri Berger Katz, Avital Katz, Jaime Arkin, Erin Arkin, Kassiah Faul, Meg Caristi, Rachel Kinnard, Tara Sonin, Angela Velez and Tori, Rachel Simon, Amy Guiffrida, Cheryl McBride, Patti Morris, Betsy Kaplan, Amy Reale for setup and/or cleanup, and assistance during the party.

The following people for making arrangements for authors and/or shipping books or swag: Faye Bi of Little Brown, Jonathan Drucker of Books of Wonder, Lisa Wray and Natashya Wilson of Harlequin Teen, Derry Wilkens of Sourcebooks, Lizzy Mason of Bloomsbury, Tracy Miracle of Candlewick, Danielle Ellison of Spencer Hill Press, Erin Galloway of Berkley, Alison Lisnow of HarperCollins, Katy Hershberger of Simon & Schuster, Ksenia Winnicki of Macmillan, Cassie McGinty of Disney/Hyperion, Patty Garcia of Tor, Meredith Barnes of Soho Press, Tracy van Straaten of Scholastic, Lauren Donovan of Penguin, Caroline Lambe of Strange Chemisty, Angela Velez of Paper Lantern Lit. Our photographer:

Gary Hershorn (Gary is a world renown photographer. He worked for Reuters and currently travels the world for various magazines etc. It truly was a privilege to have him at this event. I’ll be sharing some of his pics. In the meantime, click on his name and see his work on Instagram.

Our pianist: Tommy Wallach, 2015 debut YA Author of WE ALL LOOKED UP (S&S) – He was AMAZING! Click on his name to connect with him on Twitter. 

Thank you to the following publishers for their support:

Berkley/NAL, Bloomsbury, Candlewick, Dell, Disney/Hyperion, Harlequin, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin, Little Brown, Macmillan, Paper Lantern Lit, Penguin Group, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Sourcebooks, Soho Press, Spencer Hill Press, St. Martin’s Griffin, Strange Chemistry, Tor. MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE EVENT LATER!

Click here: Photo galley: (Pics taken by Gary Hershorn)

A FEW BEA Highlights:

More to come:

The fabulous Danielle Ellison (FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS) and Alex Kahler (MARTYR) at their book signing!

The fabulous Danielle Ellison (FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS) and Alex Kahler (MARTYR) at their book signing!

 

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BEA Wrap-up, ’13 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party (Harlequin Teen Book Giveaway)
Jun 9th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

Pre-BEA, Teen Author Carnival, Harlequin Teen Breakfast, BEA, ’13 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party

(Scroll down my posts for EIGHT awesome giveaways.)

PART 1: (Tuesday, May 28)

Pre-BEA excitement started the moment I walked into my cousin Nili’s apartment at 10:00 AM and was greeted with stacks of boxes to open for the 2013 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party. I can’t even begin to express my deepest gratitude to Nili. If it weren’t for her, there would never would have been the Rooftop Party. She made it possible for me to rent the space and invade her apartment. Somehow, she managed to contain the forty-five plus boxes to one side of the room.

Hours I spent preparing for the party just on that day: ELEVEN!

Many thanks to Austin Reale of Reading Teen, Amy Reale of Wicked Bookcraft and Reading Teen, Jeremy West and Jeffrey West of Novel Thoughts, Vania Stoyanova of VLC Photo, and Rachel Kinnard of Rachel Reads who also gave up part of their Tuesday to help with set up.

PART 2: (Wednesday, May 29)

Yes, believe it, more boxes were delivered to Nili’s apartment. In the morning, I headed out to the Javitz Center to pick up my badge and get in a few wonderful hugs from Erica of The Book Cellar and Gaby of Queen Ella Bee Reads.

Adam Silvera of Paper Lantern Lit stopped by with more books to fill the tote bags. My cousin Avital came over and helped distribute the Massachusetts Book Award Winner for Fiction, Alice Bliss into all the totes. We then headed to the grocery store for last minute party needs. I’m more than glad I had her around. This Wisconsin girl is used to getting into a car, driving to the grocery store, loading up bags, driving home, and unloading. Ahhh, what we take for granted. Unless you use delivery service in NYC, most likely you’re hauling groceries!

TEEN AUTHOR CARNIVAL: Yes! So much fun to reunite with blogger friends I haven’t seen for what seems like forever and to finally meet in person Twitter friends I’ve been following for years. There were plenty of hugs and excitement as we all anticipated listening to the authors talk. Once again, the evening was well organized and met with a very enthusiastic crowd. David Levithan and Allen Zadoff were particularly funny. Many thanks to all the coordinates (I know for sure that Mitali Dave of Alley of Books was one of them) and volunteers of this great event. (Jeremy West designed the logo and was the MC for one of the breakout sessions.) For more info: TAC.

After many laughs and a few more books added to my stack, my cousins Avital, Aryeh, and Miri and I went to get a bite to eat at the famous (and inexpensive) University Pita near the NYU campus.

I spent the rest of the evening hanging out with my cousin Nili, and then working on a few last minute items needed for the Rooftop Party. I was pretty buzzed with excitement and didn’t get much sleep.

PART 3: (Thursday, May 30 – Day)

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Amanda Sun talked about her novel, INK. She drew upon personal experience of living in Japan to write this book. I can’t wait to read it. Love the cover.

I woke up early exhausted but excited and definitely in need of an extra shot in my Starbucks soy mocha.

HARLEQUIN TEEN AUTHOR BREAKFAST:

I was so thrilled to get an invite to this event. In the hall, I met up with lots of blogger friends including Jaime and Erin of Fic Fare and Meg and Kassiah of the FictionatorsSwoony Boy Podcast and DivergentLexicon. <3 <3 <3. Inside the room, I met , I totally fangirled  and then got breakfast. During breakfast, members of the Harlequin team including editors, publicists, and the authors did a five-minute round robin, going from table to table to talk with the bloggers. Editors and publicists asked us for our opinions about their books and we discussed what makes a eye-catching cover. With the authors – Julie Kagawa, Katie McGarry, Elizabeth Scott, and Amanda Sun we talked about their books, writing, and their excitement for their new titles. ICANNOT wait to read their books!!!! In addition to this amazing privilege of being at the breakfast, one of the Harlequin publicists let us know that we could take a few of the books used as table decorations to share with others. So, here they are: INK by Amanda Sun, HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott, and DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry. Here’s your chance to win them all!

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After the Harlequin Teen Breakfast, I headed into the main hall for BEA. I met one of my former students, Talia Lakritz (an inspiring author) and her mother Debbi Lakritz (also a published author). It was truly a privilege to say hello to many of the publicists who had been incredibly supportive of the Rooftop Party, including Derry of Sourcebooks, Lisa at Harlequin (I met her at the breakfast), Tracy at Candlewick, and Lizzy at Disney. I stopped by the Spencer Hill booth and was thrilled to see Danielle Ellison and Patricia Riley. I also me Sarah Guillory, whose new YA novel through Spencer Hill was being EXCLUSIVELY premiered at the Rooftop Party later in the evening! Jeremy West of Jeremy West Design revealed the new cover for SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE by Erica Cameron. Kirstyn Epps of Reading Teen was the cover model.

After a many fabulous hours at BEA, I headed back to Nili’s apartment to get ready for the Rooftop Party. More boxes of books were waiting to be added to the NOVL tote bags. I greeted four deliverymen who brought desserts (including NOVL cupcakes! – thank you, NOVL & Faye), food, and beverages (and pizza for those who came early to help set up!) Much to my deepest gratitude, help arrived around 4:45 P.M. Jaime and Erin Arkin of Fic Fare and Meg Caristi and Kassiah Faul of Swoony Boy Podcast and DivergentLexicon were the first on the scene. They put the finishing touches on all the tote bags, put 120 batteries into the lanterns, and started loading up moving carts.

Pre-party preparation with Kassiah, Jaime, Meg, and Erin!

Pre-party preparation with Kassiah Faul (Swoony Boys Podcast and Divergent Lexicon), Jaime Arkin (Fic Fare), Meg Caristi (Swoony Boys Podcast and Divergent Lexicon, and Erin Arkin (Fic Fare)!

Amy Reale of Wicked Bookcraft and Reading Teen coordinated the efforts on the rooftop and solarium while I stayed downstairs in Nili’s apartment making sure that everything got packed up!

HUGE thanks to the following individuals who also helped with the set up: My cousins Nili Doft, Aryeh, Miri, and Avital Katz, Austin Reale, Mitali Dave, Rachel Kinnard, Jeremy and Jeffrey West, Andye and Kirstyn Epps, Erica Haglund.

PART 4: (Thursday, May 30 – Night)

THE 2013 YA AUTHOR/BLOGGER ROOTOP PARTY!!!!

First, THANK YOUS:

I’ve already thanked my cousin Nili above, but hey, one more time can’t hurt! <3 you!

My husband Jim who was truly the financial support behind this entire party and did the amazing graphics and book cover posters. There would not have been a party without you, either. There are not enough words! And my son Justin who pitched in before I left for New York, coordinating items I had to bring along and alphabetizing nametags etc, etc, etc! <3 you both!

Andye Epps of Reading Teen for her support, suggestions, and assistance and for contacting some of the publishing houses, authors, and bloggers.

Amy Reale for her artistic talents, help, and suggestions, and for being a major contributor through her Wicked Bookcraft art.

Austin Reale for his assistance and his talent as a sleight-of-hand magician.

Jeremy West for the beautiful invitation design and nametags and endless enthusiasm and suggestions.

Lauren McCall for help on the nametags.

Jeffrey West for creating our fantastic playlist and photographing the Rooftop Party.

Faye Bi of Little Brown and NOVL, whose enthusiasm, dedication, ideas, and assistance helped to make this event incredible. (Also the rest of the Little Brown team who worked with Faye, helping to brainstorm and get things together for the party.)

Adam Silvera of Paper Lantern Lit for our fun brainstorming sessions in support of PLL authors and your assistance in providing an awesome activity for Rooftop Party participants. (And the rest of the PPL team for supporting this event.)

The following people for making arrangements for authors and/or shipping books or swag: Kristina Aven of Little Brown, Nina Rastogi of Figment, Jonathan Drucker of Books of Wonder, Lynn Wiese Sneyd of LWS Literary Services, Jessica Shoffel from Penguin Group, Lisa Wray of Harlequin Teen, Derry Wilkens of Sourcebooks, Katie Halata of Egmont, Lizzy Mason of Hyperion/Disney, Erika Denn and Tracy Miracle of Candlewick, Danielle Ellison of Spencer Hill, Alison Lisnow of HarperCollins, Katy Hershberger of Bloomsbury, and Rachel Wasdyke of Houghton Mifflin.

Thank you to the following publishers for their support:

Bloomsbury, Candlewick, Egmont, Harlequin, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin, Hyperion/Disney, Little Brown, Macmillan/Tor, Penguin Group, Sourcebooks, Scholastic, Spencer Hill

Thank you to the following sponsors and supporters who provided goods and services to help make this event extra special.

Sponsors

I also am excited to say that Spencer Hill decided to make the Rooftop Party and all the participants the recipients of EXCLUSIVE ARCs for author Sarah16045763 Guillory’s  RECLAIMED! @sguillory262

Authors who attended the party:

Holly Black, Erin Bowman, Laurie Boyle Crompton, Rachel Carter, Joelle Charbonneau, Susane Colasanti, Zoraida Cordova, John Cusick, Susan Dennard, Danielle Ellison, Elizabeth Eulberg, Kami Garcia, Jacqueline Green, John Horono, Alex Kahler, Stacy Kramer, Dan Krokos, CJ Lyons, Sarah J Maas, Megan McCafferty, Katie McGarry, Gretchen McNeil, Elizabeth Norris, Deb Noyes, Lauren Oliver, Cat Patrick, Veronica Rossi, Tiffany Schmidt, Robyn Schneider, Victoria Schwab, Val Thomas, Amy Tintera, Jessica Verdi, Allen Zadoff, Kat Zhang

Click here for PHOTOS OF THE 2013 YA AUTHOR/BLOGGER ROOFTOP PARTY

For fantastic posts that include the Rooftop Party:

Anna Reads – Anna had the most incredible gifs of her meeting her #1 favorite author Megan McCafferty! This is priceless!

The Irish Banana Review – Hannah has great pictures of the rooftop & a fab BEA review!

Fic Fare – Jaime and Erin share their highlights of BEA week, including the Rooftop Party.

Swoony Boy Podcast – Kassiah and Meg share their fun at BEA and the Rooftop Party.

Queen Ella Bee Reads – Gaby shares some of the books she received at BEA and the Rooftop Party.

Supernatural Snark – Jenny did a BEA recap.

The Book Smugglers – They shared a photo.

Katie’s Book Blog– Katie shares her haul of books that she received during BEA, including books from the Rooftop Party. Most of them are at the end, including FROM WHAT I REMEMBER and the Sourcebooks.

Jenuine Cupcakes – Jen did a great post on Ten Reasons Why You Should Go To BEA. There are awesome party photos and Jen living dangerously with lightening rods. 😀

NOVL – Faye shared the amazing Harry Potter READ made by Amy of Wicked Bookcraft that she won and a cool panoramic view from the rooftop and the delicious cupcakes and other NOVL fare.

Paper Lantern Lit – Adam did a really cool poll during the Rooftop Party. He asked people to name their YA crushes as part of the promo for Jacqueline Green’s new novel Truth or Dare through Little Brown. Click on the link to find out who were the most popular crushes!

Susane Colasanti  – She did a fantastic recap of her BEA week, including an event she attended with Sarah Dessen and David Levithan.

Cuddlebuggery: Stephanie of Cuddlebuggery wrote an amazing post on 10 Things I Learned at BEA. It’s extremely helpful.

Q & A with me, Liza, about the Rooftop Party:

Q: How did the authors get invited to the party?

A: Almost all of the authors were chosen by the extremely supportive publishers. I’m deeply grateful for that support. A tiny minority were personal connections. A couple found creative ways to attend.

Q: How were the bloggers chosen?

A: Quite a few were suggested by the publishers. Some were personal contacts. Some were suggested by other bloggers including Andye of Reading Teen and Jeremy of Novel Thoughts. ALL are Twitter followers: @LizaWiemer. Each of these bloggers have outstanding reputations. Number of twitter followers were definitely taken into consideration, but was not the ultimate reason for an invite. Active and involved blogging was definitely critical.

Q: Will there be a party in 2014?

A: G-d willing, yes! That is definitely the plan. I have already received my cousin Nili’s blessing to have the party again. Her support is critical. In addition, I am happy to say that even before the party ended, several sponsors and publicists offered their support for next year. YAY!

Q: If I’m an author, how can I get an invite for 2014?

A: Because of space restrictions, almost every author present had a book published or soon-to-be published in 2013 (or within a year of the party). I’ll use the same criterial for 2014. Please send me a note to me at whoRublog@aol.com. Most importantly, contact your publicist. Working closely with publicists is a crucial part in making this party a success. Please note that this is a SOCIAL event. Authors and bloggers are invited to mingle and have fun. No one is “on stage.”

Q: I am a blogger and would love to be invited. How can I make that happen?

A: Well, I cannot guarantee an invite. But as I mentioned above, your blogging reputation is important. I share blogger contact information with the publishers who support this event. If you don’t follow me on twitter, it definitely helps for me to get to know you this way. See question #2 for additional factors.

Q: Why wouldn’t I get an invitation?

A: It could be one of many reasons including timing, large number of requests and limited space. Many authors and bloggers are put on a wait list. As I said, publishers have priority. I wish I could invite everyone! Seriously, I experience a great deal of guilt having to say no or “I need to put you on a wait list.” But the absolute truth is that I technically only rent out the solarium. The solarium is a glassed-in area on the rooftop. It has a building code restriction of 40 people! Believe me, I pray for amazing weather and I have a little leeway because some people come early and leave early etc. The good news is that there is always a chance that it will work out. Please be patient. I find it as difficult and disheartening as anyone else, especially since it goes against my personality not to be welcoming. But ultimately, limited space, space, space is what I contend with.

Q: Why don’t you get a bigger venue?

A: I wish I could afford to do so, but since the majority of the cost for the party comes out of my pocket, another New York venue would be way too expensive. Plus, we wouldn’t have the amazing views. It’s an absolute privilege to have the party, one I don’t take for granted. It takes many months and long hours of planning and numerous people to make this party happen. Without all these amazing people (just look above) the Rooftop Party would not take place.

I hope I’ve answered your questions. If you have others, please feel free to contact me at whoRublog@aol.com

PART 5: (Friday, May 31)

Book trailer for Sandra Brannan's books by Vania Stoyanova of VLC Photo.

Book trailer for Sandra Brannan’s books by Vania Stoyanova of VLC Photo.

My morning started out with a great surprise in the taxi. I saw the book trailer designed by Vania Stoyanova of VLC Photo, whom I’ve admired for a long time. It truly a thrill. I snapped a quick pix before it disappeared.

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Holly Black at the Little Brown signing for Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I attended a fabulous BEA Children’s Breakfast event. What made it most special was seeing Amy from Kissed by Ink  who so graciously saved me a seat. Veronica Roth was absolutely fantastic. From the breakfast, I headed upstairs. Highlights were seeing Holly Black and Simone Elkeles.

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

I got an autograph of Jim Carrey for my cousin Aryeh whom we often refer to as our family’s Jim Carrey. Aryeh often has us laughing to the point of tears, so it was my turn to surprise the heck out of him. I called Aryeh to tell him that I was able to nab him an incredible book that I had the author sign for him. After a pause, I announced that it was a Moroccan cookbook, which I knew he loved since he and his wife Miri are such great cooks. There was a moment of silence, and then Aryeh being Aryeh sincerely thanked me for being so thoughtful. I knew I had him. That night, I showed him this photo of Jim Carrey and presented him with the autograph. I got him! Surprising Aryeh was one of my proudest moments.

 

SIX GIVEAWAYS: After BEA & YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party
Jun 7th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

EPIC GIVEAWAY 

To have you celebrate the 2013 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party, which I hosted on May 30th, I’m doing a massive giveaway.

More details about the Rooftop Party, Teen Author Carnival, Harlequin Teen Breakfast & BEA soon!

6 PRIZE PACKAGES – US/Canada Only, Ends June 30th, 11:59 PM:

You might be a lucky winner of some of these items, which will make up six different prize packages:

BOOKS, FIGMENT bag and T-shirt (M) (I’ll love you, if you love me!) Swag including bookmarks, THE TESTING bracelets, JESSICA DARLING IT LIST #1 coasters, highlighter pens, CAMP JUPITER SPQR T-SHIRT (L) from Rick Riordan The Heroes of Olympus Series, MAGIC TREE HOUSE mug, NOVL tote bag!

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Books include: Jessica Darling’s It List #1, A Wounded Name, The 100, The Butterfly Clues, The Archived, The Lies That Bind – The Liar Society, My Life After Now, ManicPixieDreamGirl, Jane Austen Goes To Hollywood, All I Need, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer, From What I Remember, The Madman’s Daughter, Alice Bliss, The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean. 

Thanks to the following publishers: Little Brown, Egmont, Hyperion/Disney, Pamela Dorman Books (Penguin), Viking (Penguin), Sourcebooks Fire, Candlewick, Random House, Lerner Books, Balzer & Bray (HarperCollins), Poppy (Little Brown), Point (Scholastic)

Thanks to one of the sponsors from the YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party: NOVL – Follow them on Twitter – @theNovl

Thanks to one of the supporters: Figment – Follow them on Twitter – @Figment

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Post-BEA Reads: ALL IN NEED @SusaneColasanti & BROKEN @CJLyonswriter + Giveaway
Jun 7th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

Both Susane and CJ attended the 2013 YA Author Blogger Rooftop Party, which I hosted again this year. (More later, I promise, including some phenomenal giveaways.)

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2013 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party – Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality and Susane Colasanti and her boyfriend Matt Harrington

When it comes to romance and soul mates and good guys with flaws – because let’s be honest NO ONE IS PERFECT – Susane Colasanti and I could be soul sisters. I was fortunate enough to meet her boyfriend Matt at the party, and without any doubt they are the BEST couple. They’re proof that the love you find in romance novels DOES exist! (I’ve had that with my husband since I met him at seventeen, so that’s proof #2.)

So, what does that have to do with Susane’s novel ALL I NEED? Watching Matt and Susane, I realized afterward that Susane wrote a novel about that kind of special love. No, Skye and Seth, the main characters in ALL I NEED, are NOT Matt and Susane, but their love definitely reminds me of the two of them.

ALL I NEED is about finding that one person who helps you be the best you can be. It’s about the one person who can bring you the greatest joy and  bring you to tears. It’s about the one person you want to be with because you enjoy each other’s presence. And it’s about finding your way when distance can tear you apart. Anyone with an ounce of romance in their blood will enjoy reading this sweet romance. Yes, women, there are guys out there like this! They’re not just made up. Susane’s proof and I’m proof. But in the meantime, if you haven’t found that guy, read ALL I NEED!

 

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CJ Lyons also attended the Rooftop Party. A few lucky people received a copy of her debut YA novel BROKEN, thanks to her publisher, Sourcebooks Fire. (Thank you, Derry!!) CJ Lyon is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous adult medical mystery novels. She also has a plenty of experience in the medical field as a pediatric ER doctor.

Wow! BROKEN is so different from other YA novels that I think fans of YA will find it refreshing. It’s medical mystery brilliance, a thriller that will pull readers into the lives of Scarlet, a fifteen-year-old girl who is on the verge of death. Her goal is to spend one week in a regular high school experiencing a regular teenager’s life. There’s nothing “new” to the bullying you’ll read about – the kids that tease Scarlet for being different. That can be found in any school. But what is different is Scarlet’s remarkable story. It’s what makes headlines in the news. Scarlet’s life and death situation, her relationship with her family, and her relationship with the two young men who come into her life and help her to “see” things differently, make this medical thriller intriguing. Though there are plenty of descriptions of Scarlet’s problems, readers will not be overwhelmed or unable to comprehend what’s going on with her. As the story unfolds and you discover more and more about Scarlet’s issues, readers will want to keep turning the pages to learn more and more of her story. I highly recommend that you do NOT read anything at the back of the book until you finish the novel. There are too many hints in the Q & A that will give away plot points, so resist the urge to read them!

Definitely recommend this novel for those who want a break from dystopian and fantasy. Perfect for those who want a different twist to contemporary.

For more information, click here: BROKEN

FIRST GIVEAWAY FROM THE ROOFTOP PARTY: an ARC of BROKEN & an ARC of ALL I NEED

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10 Tips for Attending BEA
May 26th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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Tips for BEA (Especially if you’ve never attended before!)

Attending BEA is one of the biggest highlights of my year. I’ve gone as an author to sign my books and as a book loving blogger. Each experience has been fantastic. I love meeting new bloggers and authors, seeing old friends, reconnecting with publicists at the publishers’ booths, and discovering some of the hottest new titles for the upcoming year. But if you’ve never attended BEA before, the experience can be a little intimidating.

Here’s my best advice:

1. Pick up your badge the day before – on Wednesday – so that you’re not waiting in a long line to receive it on Thursday. Map out ahead of time the authors you really want to meet and what booths you want to go to to get your favorite authors’ books.

2. Get in line early and have fun meeting the people around you.

3. If you’re shy, use this opportunity to break out of your comfort zone. You’re meeting fellow book lovers so you have a lot in common. Be friendly and people will most likely be friendly back. (It’s always worked for me!) Introduce yourself to people in line. (I can’t say this enough!)

4. Don’t be afraid to compliment an author if you’re familiar with his or her work. If you’re excited to read their book(s), tell them. Introduce yourself. Whatever you say, be sincere. I would say, “Hi, I’m Liza Wiemer from WhoRuBlog and I really appreciate _________ about your book X.”  Or, “Hi, I’m Liza Wiemer from WhoRuBlog. Thank you. I’m looking forward to reading your novel & posting my review on my blog.” Or, “Hi, I’m Liza Wiemer. Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment!” Maybe they will or won’t remember you specifically, but if you don’t tell them who you are, then how will their memories ever be triggered in the future? I’ve made some of my most awesome connections at BEA. You never know when or where or who, so be ready.

5. Be cognizant of the people waiting behind you. Meeting authors is extremely exciting. Give me an author over an actor any day. They’re my superstars! But remember that lines are long, so be respectful of time. Many authors will allow a quick photo-best to ask-but do it quickly, usually as they’re signing your book is best.

6. No need to push, shove, or grab for books. Be patient, respectful, gentle, and kind. Yes, ARCs can go quickly, but honestly there are more than enough to go around. You may not get ALL the titles you want, but you’ll get a lot!

7. Unload your books downstairs in the shipping area so that you’re not hauling a ton of books and hurting your arms, shoulders, and back! It’s a drag, literally. 😀

8. Okay, this one might open a can of worms. Many people get pretty upset when others hold spots – unless you occupied it and had to go to the bathroom. But collecting books from one place and skipping the line has been known to get a few grumbles. I’m staying out of this debate, because personally I’m on the fence. BE AWARE, be respectful.

9. Share your business cards with other bloggers or follow them on Twitter immediately if you want. This will go along way to developing wonderful relationships for years to come.

10. It’s nearly impossible to find an electrical outlet at BEA, so make sure your cell phone is fully charged so you can tweet #BEA13. If you have one, carry a portable recharging device.

Do you have other tips or did you post them on your blog? Add your link or thoughts in the comments below!

 

 

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