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Blog Tour: ONE by Sarah Crossan – An Amazing Q&A and Giveaway
Sep 18th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

ONE by Sarah CrossanOne Cover

Published by: Greenwillow Books

Pub. Date: September 15, 2015

Tippi and Grace share everything—clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.

Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.

But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.

 

LINKS: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | The Book Depository

 
Sarah Crossan

Sarah Crossan

ABOUT SARAH CROSSAN:

Sarah Crossan is Irish. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and Drama teacher at Cambridge University and worked to promote creative writing in schools before leaving teaching to write full time.

She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing. She spent several years living and teaching high school in New Jersey before moving to London.

She currently lives in NYC.

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook

TOUR SCHEDULE:

Q & A:

  1. What kind of research did you do for ONE?

I did ALL the research! This means I didn’t use the internet because, as anyone who has done proper research knows, the internet is actually pretty useless when it comes to accurately depicting a picture of reality! Instead I went to the British Library and trawled the shelves for books and periodicals to find out all I could on the subject of conjoined twins. I spoke sweetly to a friend of mine at the BBC, and he managed to retrieve lots of documentaries for me from the TV archives. And finally, I spoke to medical professionals including Edward Kiely, the leading separation surgeon for conjoined twins in Europe. All in all, my research lasted about a year.

  1. What surprised you the most about writing ONE?

I was surprised that it ended up in verse. It began life as a prose novel. In fact, I wrote thirty thousand words of the novel in prose, but it just wouldn’t come together. I spoke to my agent, who suggested I start again. This idea horrified me. Delete thirty thousand words? “Yes!” she said. So I did, and when I went back to the novel, it was in verse. And everything fell into place.

  1. Tippi and Grace face a difficult decision of going through separation surgery. Most people don’t ever have to face such a challenge. But given what they went through, what lessons can people take away from Tippi’s and Grace’s experience?

Tippi and Grace show us what it means to love, which is allowing oneself to be happy in order to honor another person. Let happiness be your gift to others.

  1. Do you have siblings? If so, how did you draw upon your own relationships to write this novel?

I have three brothers, but I didn’t really draw on those relationships at all for this novel. Instead I focused on my relationship with my daughter, who was an infant when I was writing the book, and thought about the physical closeness of mother and child and how no one ever questions the importance or the normality of that.

  1. ONE is in free-verse poetry. How was the writing process different from the other books you’ve written?

Writing in verse is a waiting game! You can’t sit at a computer and rattle out one thousand words a day. You have to (pretentiously) wait for the words to come to you, and that can be very frustrating.

  1. Who has been your biggest writing influence and why?

I’m influenced all the time by different things I read, but Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust made me fall in love with verse novels. I don’t believe there is a verse novel that can compare to this masterpiece. Everyone should read it. NOW!

  1. How did the idea of writing about conjoined twins come to you?

I saw a documentary about Minnesotan twins Abby and Brittany Hensel and was completely captivated by how happy and successful they have made their lives despite sharing a body. I knew I had to write a novel on the subject, so I started my research the very next day.

  1. If you could become one of your characters from ANY of your books for a day, which character would you choose to be and why?

If it’s only one day, I would become Grace, so I could know how it feels to live in one body that has two minds. I’m sure I would find all the stares difficult, but it would be worth it.

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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.

Click here for a funny sing-a-long that Gayle Forman Started:  IMG_6520

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

Set up pics:

 

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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Join the #YAParty, May 29, 2014, 8-11 PM EST – 31! AWESOME PRIZE PACKAGES
May 23rd, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

HOST LIZA WIEMER CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO ATTEND

THE #YAPARTY

WHERE: Twitter

WHEN: May 29, 2014, 8-11 PM EST

(Please tweet during those hours!If you won’t be around during that time, I recommend scheduling tweets using TweetDeck. ONLY entries during that time will count!)

WHY: Because space for the BEA YA Author/Blogger Party is very limited and I want everyone to be able to participate.

***Special thanks goes to Andye Eppes of Reading Teen and Hannah McBride of The Irish Banana, YA Author/Blogger Party Organistas Extraordinaire – Please follow them and enter the two special prizes (#24 & #25)!

A HUGE THANK YOU to the publishers 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 5-23-14, but are subject to change until the 11:00 PM EST on May 29, 2014. 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:

Follow @LizaWiemer on Twitter

Follow the publisher or specific prize donor and tweet (information listed below for each prize)!

PRIZE #1: (INTERNATIONAL)squareicon

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  & Liza Wiemer. I hope to win a 50 page manuscript review. 

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

Or

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

 

PRIZE #2: (USA Only)NOVL-Logo-tagline-12-12-12 copy

From Little Brown @TheNovl

  • Rapture Practice Paperback

  • The Walled City ARC

  • Famous in Love ARC

  • Secrets & Lies Hard Copy

  • Just Call My Name ARC

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @TheNovl & . I hope to win a Little Brown five-book package! Info: 

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PRIZE #3: (USA Only)

From Spencer Hill Press and Spencer Hill Contemporary SIX (6) NEW TITLES!

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

 

PRIZE #4: (USA Only)website_logo_clear_670x60

From Strange Chemistry, your choice of five books!

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @StrangeChem & . I hope to win five SC books, my choice! 

 

PRIZE #5: (USA Only)1b69a6d8a3b2f8183c33bb5ff595df76_400x400

From Books of Wonder a signed copy of DOROTHY MUST DIE

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @BooksofWonder & . I hope to win a five SC books, my choice! 

 

PRIZE #6 & #7: (USA Only)

BraceletFrom Bookish Delites, bookish bracelets made by Kassiah Faul.

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @SwoonyBoys & . I hope to win one of two bookish bracelets! 

 

PRIZE #8 & #9: (USA Only)

From Fic Fare, YA Signed ContemporaryIMG_6158 Book Package! (Better Off Friends, Ask Again Later, My Life with the Walter Boys)

IMG_1771. . . YA Signed Dystopian/Alternate Future Book Package! (Plus One, Control, In the After)

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @ErinLee20 of Fic Fare & . I hope to win YA Contemporary Book Package! 

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @ErinLee20 of Fic Fare & . I hope to win YA Dystopian Book Package! 

PRIZE #10 – #26 (USA Only)

From Wicked Bookcraft, (17 winners) A handcrafted bookmarkbookmark 2 (like the one pictured, various book themes, including Harry Potter & Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children!)

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @WickedBookcraft of Reading Teen & . I hope to win a handcrafted bookmark! 

PRIZE #27 (USA Only)

From the YA Party, a signed “We Love YA” Board from our YA authors – at least twenty-five signatures!

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @ReadingTeen @Irish_Banana. I hope to win a signed “We Love YA” Board from YA authors!  Tote Bag

PRIZE #28 (USA Only)

From the YA Party, a tote bag filled with books/ARCs/Swag from the event.

Tweet:  I joined the  & follow  @Irish_Banana. I hope to win a tote bag filled with YA books/ARCs/Swag! 

 

PRIZE #29 (INTERNATIONAL)

From Danny at Betwitched Bookworms, a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.

Tweet:  I joined the  & follow @Danny_Bookworm & Liza Wiemer. I hope to win a $25.00 Amazon gift card! 

 

PRIZE #30 (USA Only)

From Harlequin Teen:

  • Pawn by Aimee Carter

  • The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

  • Dare You To by Katie McGarry

  • Inside by Maria V Snyder

Tweet:  I joined the  & follow @HarlequinTEEN & Liza Wiemer. I hope to win four Harlequin Teen YA novels! 

PRIZE #31 (USA Only)

From author MG Buehrlen (THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE) andYABooksCentral.com 

Tweet: I joined the #YAParty & follow @yabookscentral @mgbuehrlen & Liza Wiemer to win a YABC tote w $100 of books! 

 

Thank you for joining us! We hope you had fun. Good luck! Winners will be notified by June 15, 2014 or sooner.

 

BETTER OFF FRIENDS by Elizabeth Eulberg – LAUNCH PARTY Blog Tour & Giveaway
Feb 16th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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We’re celebrating the launch of

BETTER OFF FRIENDS by Elizabeth Eulberg

Publisher: Point (Scholastic)

Pub. Date: February 25, 2014

SIGNED copies can be pre-ordered or purchased after the Better Off Friends Launch Party on February 25, 2014 through Boswell Books by calling (414) 332-1181

Summary From Goodreads:EEshot copy

For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love?

REVIEWS:

“…a pitch-perfect rom com. With a nod to When Harry Met Sally, rising YA romance writer Eulberg situates relatable characters in realistic situations. There’s depth, too… A humorous and cozy story about friendships and relationships, and the oh-so-fine line between them.”
– Booklist

“Reminiscent of When Harry Met Sally, Eulberg’s account of an evolving relationship offers witty banter interspersed with pangs of unrequited love. …their roller-coaster relationship provides plenty of entertainment and romantic thrills along the way.”
– Publishers Weekly

“Can a guy and a girl ever really be friends, as in ‘friends, but just friends?’ This is the question that animates this delicious, delightful romantic comedy. Readers will devour each chapter, narrated in Macallan’s and Levi’s alternating voices, correct in their confidence that Eulberg is going to deliver on her promise of an enormously satisfying story.”
– Children’s Literature

MY REVIEW:

I absolutely loved, loved, loved, loved this novel, and since it’s set in Wisconsin, it made it even better. Levi, as my friends at Swoony Boys Podcast would say, is totally swoon worthy!

Macallan and Levi relationship goes through many roller coaster rides. Sometimes their perspectives and values don’t match up, but ultimately there’s no doubt that they were made for each other. But are they “better off friends?” Readers will cheer them on & you have to read the book to find out what happens.cheeseball

Told in alternating points of view, BETTER OFF FRIENDS IS contemporary YA novel perfection. <3 <3

FOOD:

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There’s something else that is absolutely delicious about this novel, and that’s the food!!!!!

Wisconsin is known for all sorts of cheese, and Macallan and Levi enjoy plenty of dishes that have cheese it it. Fried string cheese?  Cheese curds? – Welcome to Wisconsin. Elizabeth Eulberg included her mom’s cheeseball! I made it  and shared the recipe for our WI/IL Author/Blogger/Librarian luncheon back in December, but I’ll share the recipe again here:

 

BACKSTORY:

Better Off Friends came from a conversation my editor, David Levithan, had with one of his colleagues, Erin Black, who said she was looking for a YA story like When Harry Met Sally… that grapples with that age old question: can a guy and a girl really be just friends? When David mentioned it to me, I called dibs.Over the course of a year (while I was writing Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality), I thought about how I could tell the story in a fresh way. I went back toWhen Harry Met Sally… and loved that it’s a story that takes place over a long period of time so you can really see the relationship develop between those two characters. So I knew that I wanted Better Off Friends to be over the course of a few years as well as have little moments of the characters bantering throughout the book so the reader can see right from the beginning the kind of friendship they have.I began to slowly develop the characters of Macallan and Levi, and map out their friendship through five years. When I began writing the book, I decided on a whim to have it set in Wisconsin, which ended up becoming a character of its own. As someone who grew up in Wisconsin, it was fun to set a book in a place that I have such affection for. This also provided me with countless ways to insert my love for the Green Bay Packers (from Levi’s last name, Rodgers, to the various teachers names throughout the book). GO PACK!

Writing this book was a lot of fun, but it also made me cry in a few places. I’m really proud of Better Off Friends and hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

GREAT LINKS:

Blog Tour: (Check out each link for a separate post and giveaway of a signed copy of BETTER OFF FRIENDS!)

Feb 16 Liza – WhoRuBlog – Review & some more recipes & giveaway of a signed book http://www.WhoRuBlog.com
Feb 17 Sarah – Novel Thoughts  – Review and and giveaway of signed book  http://www.novelthoughtsblog.com
Feb 18 Jaime and Erin – Fiction Fare – Quotes from the book with Wisconsin references & giveaway of a signed book http://fictionfare.blogspot.com
Feb 19 Andrea – Mrs. Payan Reads – History of Culvers and giveaway of a signed book http://mrspayanreads.blogspot.com
Feb 20 Erica – The Book Cellar – (still to be determined) & giveaway of a signed book http://thebookcellarx.com
Feb 21 Heidi – YA Bibliophile – Irish references and giveaway of a signed book http://www.yabibliophile.com
Feb 22 Rachel – As told by Rachel – Pictures of places mentioned in the book from Wisconsin and giveaway of a signed book http://tigerlilyrachel.com
Feb 23 Kelly – Belle of the Literati – WHEN HARRY MET SALLY: Can girls and boys be friends? Kelly is asking her friends for for their thoughts! http://belleoftheliterati.blogspot.com
Feb 24 Jillian – Heise Reads and Recommends – Reviews from Students & giveaway of a signed book http://www.heisereads.com

We’ll be tweeting: #BetterOffInWI @ElizEulberg

GIVEAWAY: One signed copy of BETTER OFF FRIENDS (US/Canada Only)

 

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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)

Amanda Sun Harlequin

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!

Giveaway

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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BEA & NYC YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party Highlights & Giveaway
Jun 10th, 2012 by Liza Wiemer

It all started with this:

 

 

 

 

 

I hadn’t planned on going to BEA (Book Expo America), but Jeremy’s tweet got me thinking. So, I talked to my husband Jim about it. Without any hesitation, he said that of course I had to go. I contacted Nili, one of my many cousins who live in NYC, and asked if I could stay with her. That led to one simple thought: Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a party with YA authors and bloggers?

That thought led to action. I contacted Nili about renting a space in her apartment building, which turned out to be the glass enclosed rooftop solarium on the forty-second floor of her building. I had never seen the space, but I could imagine how spectacular the view would be – The Statue of Liberty, Manhattan, the Hudson River, Hoboken, NJ. Nili didn’t hesitate, and because of her, this party became reality. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! xo (See pictures here: http://www.whorublog.com/?page_id=1122 )

Almost immediately, I knew I’d need some help. The talented blogger/designer Jeremy West of Novel Thoughts http://www.novelthoughtsblog.com/ jumped on board to make the gorgeous evites, logo, etc, and then the fabulous Andye and Amy from Reading Teen http://www.readingteen.net/, whom I’ve admired and respected for years because of their thorough and fair book reviews, their sense of humor, their willingness to blog about their opinions on tough topics in YA novels.

The NYC YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party was on its way.

At the very beginning, there were a few moments of doubt. Will people come? But I asked myself what the worst case scenario would be. The answer was simple – the money spent would be gone and no one would show up but us. (After all, BEA week is extremely busy and authors and bloggers have other parties to attend.) I decided I could live with these risks. Huge expenditure of time, energy, money. But in one conversation I had with Jeremy, I said, “I’d rather take the risk and fall flat on my face, than not try at all.” Generally speaking, that’s one of my philosophy’s toward life. It has served me well.

The experience was way more than we could ever imagined. Each of us brought our strengths to the table and shared ideas through email, Skype, Google Video Chat, texting, and HeyTell. Andye kept an online spreadsheet that included authors and their publishers, bloggers, RSVPs, author facts for our True and False icebreaker. It took tremendous organization and communication. I’ve planned parties in Milwaukee, but never one out of state. I never thought about how convenient it is to get in a car, drive to the grocery store, and get everything I need. In NYC, you have to think about what you can carry. Delivery service is the absolute norm. We had lists of items to bring from out-of-town-I checked two bags at the airport and Amy and Andye’s car was loaded with the centerpieces, books, etc. Jeremy took a bus with name tags, our True and False icebreaker activity, and a canvas he designed for all the authors to sign for one of the ten raffles we had.

These are the book covers of the authors who joined us!

The raffles included Amy’s magnificent book-themed centerpieces (to see her incredible work click here: http://www.readingteen.net/2012/06/my-bookish-crafty-project-for-rooftop.html, Starbucks gift certificates, books, and journals with a cover designed by my husband using all the authors’ covers and Jeremy’s logo. Party favors included blinking “lightbulb” pens, glow-in-the-dark items, Figment tot bags, which we filled with books from Candlewick, Sourcebooks, Harlequin, Flux, Little Brown, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Disney, Pendrell, Bloombury, Harper Collins, Random House, Macmillan, Hachette. Thank you to all these publishers for making the party extra special by donating YA novels for us to share. In addition, Simon and Schuster gave us suntan lotion in honor of Burn for Burn, Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian’s new YA novel.

Nili’s apartment was filled with boxes from publishers, party places, and on the day of, tons and tons of food and beverages.

Several additional people were integral to making this party a success. Jeremy West’s awesome brother Jeffrey of Novel Thoughts was our official photographer and also had been a part of some of the planning. So glad you could make it to NYC. Thanks so much. xo

From nearly the very beginning, Kelsey Dickson of Reading and Breathing gave us a hand. She put together the playlist for the evening, including songs she found on authors’ playlists of the music they listened to while writing their YA novels. She also brought disposable cameras and glow-in-the-dark necklaces and bracelets, which were a HUGE hit! She helped set up, too. Thanks Kels! xo

The YA from Reading Teen, Austin, Abigaile, and Kit, also were an integral part of the party. Their help was critical for putting our gift bags together, setting up, welcoming our guests, cleaning up. Y’all are awesome! Thank you so much. xo

And my cousin Aryeh, who stayed behind the scene and kept everyone in refreshments and made Amy laugh. Love you. xo

Mitali of Alley of Books and the Teen Author Carnival also came early to help set up. Thanks!

Throughout the planning, we prayed for good weather. (It did end up raining a little, but for the majority of the time, we could use not only the solarium, but the rooftop.) By eight o’clock, the guests arrived. Some of the authors made near Herculean efforts to get to us, including Adele Griffin who was in a taxi for an hour! Tweets were sent, some with the hashtag #RooftopParty. Many of the authors said it was the BEST party they had been to all week. Overall, the evening was a HUGE success. There was laughter, photos taken, budding friendships formed, breathtaking views.

To hear about the experience from Stacy and Shannon from Girls in the Stacks, listen to their comments about the Rooftop Party, which start at approximately 13:00 minutes. (I recommend the entire podcast – their comments about the BEA will make you smile and laugh.) http://girlsinthestacks.com/podcasts/ya-podcast/2012/06/bea-2012/

I have a few more highlights to share with you, but these come from the BEA and the Teen Author Carnival.

Lucas Klauss and Jennifer E. Smith

Jackson Pearce and Eliot Schrefer

Teen Author Carnival was held Tuesday night at Jefferson Market Library. The panel discussions were fantastic. I went to “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful – Keeping it Realistic” and “What Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Stronger (Kick Ass Characters)” with over twenty YA authors. http://teenauthorcarnival.tumblr.com/

I saw numerous twitter/blogger friends including Briana from The Book Pixie. Neither of us knew the other was attending, and we just happened to get into the same loooog book signing line right next to each other. I’ll cherish our hug and conversation for a long time. Seeing Stacy (and later Shannon) from Girls In The Stacks also made my day. I saw the AWESOME Lauren Oliver and had her sign her latest middle grade book.

Lauren Oliver and me

Patricia MacLachlan and me

On Wednesday, I arrived extra early for the Children’s Breakfast. To my utter amazement, I was standing next to the legendary Newbery Metal award winning author Patricia MacLachlan. Goose bumps bloomed all over my skin. Talking with her was a tremendous honor. She was so kind, even when I went completely fangirl and asked to have my photo taken with her.

Chris Colfer from “Glee” MC’d the breakfast. He was hysterical, joking with the crowd that he wrote the fan-fiction Fifty Shades of Green, in honor of John Green. You can listen to the clip here: http://lover4klaineandcrisscolfer.tumblr.com/post/24540342391/chris-colfer-confesses-to-writing-the-fifty-shades

Lois Lowry had people in tears. She spoke about her journey writing The Giver and the three novels that followed. She talked about how her son who was killed serving our country influenced her writing. It was his questions that led to writing The Giver.  She said that every generation must have hope to vanquish evil.

I met some extraordinary people standing in line for author book signs. Those connections will stay with me for a long time, and I feel truly grateful and blessed to have made them.

TO SEE PHOTOS OF THE NYC YA AUTHOR/BLOGGER ROOFTOP PARTY GO HERE: http://www.whorublog.com/?page_id=1122

GIVEAWAY:  In honor of the Rooftop Party and BEA, I’m offering several giveaways, including this prize package of Burn for Burn and a signed copy by Rebecca Serle of her newYA novel When You Were Mine, which has been optioned for a movie!

WINNERS CHOSEN – SEE SCOOT READ & UNABRIDGED SHELF, THANKS TO ALL FOR ENTERING 

BURN FOR BURN, by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, BURN FOR BURN Sunscreen, Figment Bag, and a signed copy of WHEN YOU WHERE MINE by Rebecca Serle

Entering the giveaway is easy – just leave a comment. Posting on Facebook or tweeting about it adds an extra entry, please let me know. AND, extra entry if you follow me on TWITTER: https://twitter.com/#!/LizaWiemer – Let me know if you’re a Twitter friend. 😀 Giveaway ends Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 8 PM CST. (US and Canada only)

To enter additional giveaways from our Rooftop Party go here:

Reading Teen

http://www.readingteen.net/2012/06/rooftop-after-party-giveaway.html

Novel Thoughts –

novelthoughtsblog.com/2012/06/bea-rooftop-after-party-giveaway.html

 

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