Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Author Event & Giveaway: YA in the Sun

 Encinitas Library
Saturday, November 10, 2012
I had the pleasure of driving down south to the lovely library in Encinitas, CA which is located in San Diego to attend an amazing author event called YA in the Sun. I love visiting this town.  It’s right near the beach, and I have to say that their library is one of the coolest libraries around! With an ocean view and an urban look and feel… I could spend hours just hanging out there. I will definitely have to make another trip to simply spend more time in this book heaven.
Encinitas Library, San Diego CA
Well, besides the wonderful library facilities they have in this quaint town, they hosted one of the BEST author events I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending!!  Just look at the amazing line-up! Their names link to their GR profiles so you can get an idea of the author star power that attended!
Attending Authors
Lani Woodland of Intrinsical
When I got there, I immediately purchased some books I’ve been wanting to add to my collection and as I was entering the event, the sweetest person started chatting it up with me. I have to admit, I was a little distracted because I was stuffing the books in my backpack and getting ready to enter this event. But before I headed inside I didn’t want to leave without introducing myself, and you’ll never guess who I was chatting with?? Yes! Lani Woodland author of Intrinsical. Pure excitement!!

Marie Lu of Legend
This event was extremely intimate where you can just walk up to the authors and start chatting it up. I had to contain myself when I took a seat to review my author card and as I looked up, Marie Lu author of Legend took a seat next to me.  We started talking and I had to wonder... does this lady know how famous she is?? I felt like I was among rock stars! She was gracious enough to sign my author card and books, which we might have been breaking the rules by not waiting for the formal signing event, but she was a good sport about it. =}

Lu, Bardugo, Maas
It was fun to see these authors having a great time with the props and posing for their crowd. They had all sorts of fun attire and they seem to be having the best time dressing it up. I was able to get my author cards signed by all 20 authors in attendance and I’ll be including both in the giveaway bundles.
As the event progressed, they gave away a ton of books. Unfortunately, my number never got called, but I still walked away with a TON of swag including signed bookmarks and cool nail polish and pins. I was able to get all of my books signed and meet just about everyone in attendance. These authors really seemed to have a great time and it was definitely contagious because the crowd was all smiles and excitement.
Messenger, White, Hubbard
Well, that was my experience at the YA in the Sun Author Event and I’m excited to share that I’ll be giving away two book bundles, each containing the Author Autograph Keepsake which has all 20 Authors’ Signatures, some awesome swag and signed book marks. The first prize winner will get first pick of either Book Bundle 1 or 2 and here’s what they contain.
International Giveaway!
Book Bundle 1
Signed Copy of Legend by Marie Lu
Signed Copy of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Signed Copy of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Signed Bookmarks, Author Autograph Keepsake and Shadow and Bone Nail Polish & Pin

Book Bundle 2
Signed Copy of Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard that includes a beautifully drawn butterfly by the author herself
Signed Copy of Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Signed Bookmarks, Author Autograph Keepsake and Shadow and Bone Nail Polish
All you have to do is follow WinterHaven through GFC and share a thoughtful comment about this event, any of the attending authors or what book you’re most excited to read. Good luck!

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    1. I heard that one was great! Good luck. :)

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    1. Great choice! Lots to read in that bundle. :)

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  3. I would love to win bundle 1! Throne of Glass is what I reallllly want! Thanks fir the giveaway!

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  4. Oh this is such a brilliant author event that you got to go to Arlene, so many great authors in one place at the same time! You are seriously one lucky girl! Thank you so much for the giveaway! :)

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    1. It was such a blast Jasprit! I felt like I was at a rock concert. LOL You're welcome and good luck!

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  5. Oh you are sooo lucky! Wish I was there :)
    Both Book Bundles are amazing, thank you for the giveaway and for making it international!

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    1. You're welcome!! Good luck Kristia. :)

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  6. Wow! What a fantastic event. Looks like an amazing time for everyone. Very very cool. Omg the prizes are great too. I'd love bundle #1, but I'd be thrilled with any of it. Thanks! :D

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    1. The bundles were fun to put together. It really was a fantastic event. You're welcome BellaBunnell. :)

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  7. Thanks for this awesome giveaway! I look forward to reading Throne of Glass! :)

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    1. That seems to be a popular choice Jesselle. Good luck. :)

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  8. So cool that you got to meet so many authors. I went to YA Fest in August and there were tons of authors there and it was great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Oh that sounds like an awesome fest Brooke! You're welcome. :)

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  9. Looks like you had a great time meeting all of those authors. So lucky! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. It was definitely a good time. You're welcome. :)

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  10. I would so love to go to an event like that and meet authors, but the ones even remotely close to me involve a few hours drive, and I usually find out at the last minute lol. I'm glad you had fun, and thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to go to one soon kelsey. Good luck! XD

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  11. Wanderlove!!! I'm so jealous. I've wanted to meet Kirsten for forever. She's so cute :)

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    1. She really is Vivien. AND she drew in the book so that's a cool prize. Good luck! XD

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  12. What an awesome event! We only have 1 annual event around here but it is pretty spectacular! I feel like I count down the days until it arrives. Glad you had a good time. :)

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    1. I would count down too sara. They are excited, huh? :) Thank you.

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  13. What a great event!! I actually got to meet a couple of these same authors at SDCC this past year so I know how exciting that is! I just wish they made it to my city more often! LOL Thanks for the epic giveaway and sounds like you had an awesome time!

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    1. Oh how exciting Jarkin!! I'm glad you had a great time. :) You're welcome!

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  14. ohmygoodness i'm so jealous! So many great authors all -trapt- in one place! I've met Leigh Bardugo but thats it. I wish there were more Author events in the est coast ;-;

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    1. I hope you get some more event too Ellie. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  15. These events with authors are so awesome! Only sometimes in Brazil (almos never in fact =[) we have authors for signing books...

    I'm dying to read Legend ^^

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway ^^

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    1. Legend is awesome Ana! I hope you get to read it soon. Good luck!

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  16. That looks like a great time, and what awesome giveaways. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  17. What an awesome event! You are so lucky. I'm glad you had a great time! =)

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  18. This sounds like it was so much fun! I wish I could attend author events like this, but they never come close to where I live. Thanks for sharing the pictures and the awesome giveaway!

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    1. You're welcome Steph. Good luck with the giveaway. :)

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  19. Thanks for making the giveaway international, it would be wonderful if I win :D
    This author event give the chance to those who can't attend events to get signed books ! It's amazing, thank you! :D

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    1. You're more than welcome Katy!! Good luck!

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  20. O-M-G! I am soooo jealous! I want to meet Marie Lu soooo bad! Like I said, I'm jealous. :) I'm really hoping to win Legend by Marie Lu! Thank you so much for the giveaway! :D

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    1. She was such a sweet lady too! I hope you get to meet her soon Brenna. Good luck!

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  21. That looks like you had a lot of fun! Its hard to pick one book that I would want to win as the selection is really good :) thank you for sharing

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    1. You're welcome Lily! I agree, both the bundles have great reads. :D

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  22. Amazing!! I've never been to an event, so this is as close as I'll get!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. You're welcome Silverlight! I hope you get some events your way sometime.

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  23. Would love to win Bundle 1! :]
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    Marijana Sitar

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  24. I would love either one ;-) it looks like you had a blast!

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    1. I didn't Wendy. It was fun. Thanks for posting. XD

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  25. I'm really hoping to win pack 1, though I'd love either! Pack 1 literally took 3 of my all time favorite books and stuck them together SIGNED! Ah! <3 Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

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    1. You're welcome Lili! Good luck with the giveaway! XD

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  26. Ohh a library with an ocean view? Amazing! And also so many authors in just one spot, it's so cool. I'd love to attend one of those events someday, I love to have signed books.

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    1. The library and the ocean view was heaven. I want to go back sometime soonish. Good luck Gaby!

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  27. What a great looking event! And those authors look like they're having a lot of fun. Thanks for posting.

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  28. That sounds like such an amazing event! I wish something incredible like this would happen near my hometown. There were some awesome authors there and I don't think many of them actually do realize how much like rock stars they really are to us fan-readers!

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    1. LOL Jessica! I agree 100%! They are like rock stars! :)

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  29. I would love to win Wanderlove or Starcrossed!!
    Thank you so much for doing the giveaway international! Fingers crossed!

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    1. Great choice Ileana! You're welcome and good luck!

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  30. I really want bundle one. Am dying to read Legend.

    That event sounds awesome. Just sitting down next to one of your fav authors sounds so great. What an incredible event. I am so jealous.

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    1. Legend is awesome! I hope you get to read it soon. It really was incredible and slightly overwhelming if I'm being honest. LOL

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  31. What a neat event! I wish I had known about it. I so would have gone :D

    I would love to have Shadow and Bone! :)

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    1. I found out at the last minute Anna and pretty much dropped everything. Sorry you missed it. Shadow and Bone is such a great book!! Great choice. XD

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  32. I just finished reading Shadow and Bone and I loved it and would love to get a copy!!!!!

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  33. i would love to win the throne of glass,shadow and bone and legend bundle! thank you for the chance. this is amazing! and btw you're so lucky,how many times you have attended an event like this?

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    1. A big event like this?? Not that often. We get a lot of authors in Southern California, but when they all come together like this it's a frenzy. We have the annual LA Times Book Festival which is amazing, but these are pretty rare.

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  34. Super excited for this. I love YA!

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    1. Me too eclairre. :) thanks for posting.

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  35. I`m SO excited you made this giveaway international, thank you very much, I really appreciate that! :)
    I think I`d go with the bundle #1.

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    1. You're welcoem Dita!! Good luck and great choice!!

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  36. I'm an international follower and I'm so sad we don't have such events here I live. I love YA book and I adore all these authors you mentioned! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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    1. You're welcome Veronika!! Good luck!

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  37. How lucky to get to attend this fantastic event! I loved Wanderlove and would be thrilled w/a signed copy.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I still need to read Wanderlove, but it looks really good. You're welcome Andrea!

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  38. Thanks for making this giveaway International!I'd love to win Book Bundle 1 because I'd love to read throne of glass and shadow and bone! :)

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    1. You're welcome Nuzaifa! Both good books! I hope you get to read them soon. Good luck!

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  39. Thanks SO much for such and epically spectacular giveaway :D Both of these bundles are really amazing but I'm especially hoping to win bundle 1 since both Shadow & Bone and Throne of Glass are on the top of my reading list! Thanks again for sharing this!!

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    1. Great choice Micheline! You're very welcome and good luck!

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  40. I would love to win Legend! Thanks so much for having the giveaway.:)

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    1. One of my favorite books Javalotta! Good luck!

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  41. Please Dear God, Let me win book bundle #1.
    Thanks a lot of the super giveaway.

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    1. Aww Ash!! LOL Good luck with the giveaway!! :D

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  42. Oh wow, so jealous!! Love all those authors :) Any of the prize packs would be awesome to own. Signed books!!!! Thanks so much for the chance.

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  43. I'm dying to win Shadow and Bone! What a great giveaway, thanks so much!

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    1. I loved that book Tammy! Great choice! You're welcome. :)

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  44. I really want to win Shadow and Bone!!

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    1. Awesome choice! One of my favorite fantasies this year. Good luck WinterFaerie!

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  45. I've been dying to read both Wanderlove and Shadow and Bone!

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    1. You're going to love Shadow and Bone GillyB! Great book! I still have to read Wanderlove, but I heard it was awesome as well. Good luck!

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  46. This is hard to choose! I love all of these books!

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  47. This event looks so fun! I really need to get out to more events like this, the people there are always the best. Looking forward to reading Shadow & Bone - my blog partner keeps telling me how amazing it is!

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    1. You're blog partner is rigth Sarah!! You have to read it. Great book. Good luck!!

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  48. This looks like it was so fun! I love the pirate costumes =D I think I'm most excited about Starcrossed, I still haven't read that book yet!

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    1. I haven't read that one either Emily. I heard it was good though. Good luck!

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  49. I've heard good things about Throne of Glass. I would like to read that most of all!

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    1. I heard good things about that one too Amy. Good luck with the giveaway.

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  50. So jealous of these amazing events you go to, and all the authors you get to meet.
    Liking the looks of pack 1
    Thanks for another awesome giveaway

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    1. We've been lucky. I just wish I could go to them all. LOL You're welcoem Danielle and good luck!!

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  51. Wow, this is seriously such a cool author event. I've never been to one but if one like that existed here, I would be there in a heartbeat. Those prize packs are also great :) I want to read every single book included!

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    1. It was a great event Sarah! LOL I do too. :) Good luck with the giveaway!!

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  52. amazing giveaway!!!! thanks

    kmichellec87(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  53. Both bundles look wonderful! I wish there were events like this in my rural area.

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  54. Those books look great! Thankful for the generosity.

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    1. I'm liking the book bundle 1. I like mystery and suspense and those books look interesting.

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  55. I am hoping to win Shadow and Bone. Thanks for making it international! :)

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  56. What a amazing giveaway. I would love bundle one. All 3 of those books sound great and they are signed even better.

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

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  57. I wish I could be there. Thank you for the lovely post and giveaway! :D I'm dying to read Shadow and Bone. It sounds amazing and I looooove the cover!

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  58. Since i haven't read any books in either bundle one or two..either bundle will be great to win :D ty

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  59. I'm really hoping to win Shadow and Bone, I've heard nothing but AMAZING things about it. :D

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  60. Great giveaway! I recently read Shadow and Bone and really liked it! I'm hoping to read Legend soon, and I've heard really good things about Throne of Glass! Thank you!

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  61. I really love reading about events such as these. What a fantastic opportunity to meet authors and collect signed items. Here in the UK there is nothing like this near where I live. In fact /i don't think they actually do such events here in the UK with more than one author. It must be a brilliant atmosphere!

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  62. I'm so envious, that's like a dream come true for me to have so many fave authors in one place! Thanks for such a generous giveaway.

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  63. I would love any of these books!! But the signed copy of Legend.. that might be at the top of my list!

    thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  64. I have always wanted to attend an author event! Both of the bundles have awesome books in them!! I'd love to read Throne of Glass and Wanderlove!
    Thank you for this wonderful contest!

    Julie Kornhausl
    kornhsl@yahoo.com

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  65. Awesome giveaway! Most of those books have been on my TBR list for ages. Thanks for hosting. I've never been to any event, I think it's so awesome!

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  66. I'm desperate to read Throne of Glass!!

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  67. Og my, so many great books in there!
    I wish I were from US too, these events seem so wonderful from a distance, and I can only imagine how much fun you can have (I wish I could meet my favorite authors too)

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  68. Wow a lot of interesting books in this giveaway. I am a new follower of the page and would love to win this giveaway!! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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  69. tHNAK YOU FOR THIS AMAZING POSTS, THE AUTHORS WORK ARE CAPTIVATING AND TRULY ENJOYABLE!

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  70. Oh, man -- this is an incredible giveaway! Thank you!! Leigh Bardugo's book Shadow & Bone has become one of my favorite books -- I'd love to have a signed copy! She's an amazing inspiration to me -- she's in Hollywood AND writing stories, which is exactly what I want to do! It makes my dream seem not so impossible after all. :)

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  71. What a great event it was! If only we had them here too ;)... Great giveaway btw :D... Hoping to win bundle 1... I've wanted to read Shadow and Bone ever since it released...

    Good luck everyone! :D...

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  72. I heard many good things about Shadow and Bone, so that's the one I want to win! :)

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  73. Thank you for the giveaway guys :) I'm so jealous, you're always getting to meet amazing authors :D

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  74. Those are fantastic books! :) Many of those are on my Christmas wishlist :) What a fabulous giveaway!!

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  75. Great giveaway, looks like it was a fun signing!

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  76. Wow, wish I could've gone to that signing! Thanks for the absolutely amazing giveaway :D

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  77. Oh, oh, oh, Shadow and Bone! So excited to read it!

    Thanks for the chance. (:

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  78. I would like to win Bundle 1 -Lyssje

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  79. I'd just love to win. Any book will do. Thanks.

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  80. It's so cool that you get to meet some awesome authors! I wish I live in US too. :(
    Thanks for the giveaway! Both bundles are great and I would love to receive any of the two but I think I'm into the 2nd one more than the other.

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  81. brilliant giveaway bundle 1 looks amazing x

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  82. This event sounds amazing! I wish we had more events like this in Florida.

    Wanderlove is one of my all time favorite contemporaries! It would be so awesome to win a signed copy! Of course, the other books all sound great, I'm really looking forward to reading Throne of Glass!

    Thanks for the chance :0)

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  83. I wish I could go to an event like this! Nothing happens out in the desert by me. =( But I pledge to one day go to one somewhere.

    I'd love to win Bundle 1! Of course, all the books are on my TBR list but bundle one has more books!

    Thanks for the chance to win. So glad I found it before it ended.

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  84. I'm so envy of you, I have never gone to an author event. I would like Falling Kingdoms :)

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  85. Unfortunately, I'll probably never have a chance to meet some of my favorite authors - living outside US sucks! So, I'm super jealous that you had a chance to meet this amazing ladies.
    I would love to win bundle 1 'cause it has some of my favorite books. Loooved Shadow and Bone, definitely one of the best reads in 2012.
    Thanks for a giveaway! :)

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  86. So jealous, the event sounds awesome! So many great authors!
    Thanks for the great giveaway! I've been meaning to read Wanderlove for a while now, never gotten around to it though. I have to do something about that soon, seeing as YA contemporary is my fav. genre. :P

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