Monday, March 21, 2011

Dark Days of Winter In Minnesota and a Giveaway!

What do you get when you put four authors and several book lovers in a bookstore? A hilarious and fun-filled evening, which is exactly what I had when I attended the Dark Days of Winter tour stop in Roseville, Minnesota this past Thursday.

You all probably know that I love connecting with other bloggers in my area. The signing started at 7:00, so Amber from Me, My Shelf and I met up at 5:00 and wandered over to a nearby Old Chicago for drinks and Italian nachoes. We were quickly joined by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie and one of Amber’s friends from her book club. It was great to chat about YA books and life.

Once we got to the signing, we met up with Mariya from Mystifying Paranormal Reviews and Brittany from Looksie Lovitz, plus more members of Amber’s book club. We were all able to grab seats in the first two rows!

The four authors in attendance were Leah Clifford, Claudia Gray, Courtney Allison Moulton and Kimberly Derting. The program started a little late because Kimberly Derting’s flight out of Seattle was delayed. A moderator read a brief bio about each author and each one got up and read a brief passage from one of her novels. After that, the floor was open for questions from readers. All of these authors were hilarious, especially Claudia and Courtney! Here are some fun facts we learned.

*The soundtrack to Leah’s book, A Touch Mortal, is largely techno.

*In her junior high and high school years, Claudia was the kid who, instead of chatting during study hall, wore black sweatshirts and read Dracula.

*Kimberly loved reading scary stories as a child, and those reading experiences helped her develop the voice of the serial killer in The Body Finder.

*If we want to be published authors, we should never go the bathroom. Courtney Allison Moulton missed the initial call from her agent saying that Angelfire had sold because she was in the bathroom.

After the panel, it was time to sign books. Not only did the authors have tons of great swag to share, they even put chocolate to share with all of us. I was able to get all of my books signed, and talk to each author individually. They were all super nice, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet them!
From left to right: Myself, Leah Clifford, Claudia Gray, Kimberly Derting and Courtney Allison Moulton

Since not all of you could be there, I picked up a couple of items to share with you guys. One winner will receive:
*A signed hardcover of A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford + a bookplate and a bookmark.
*A signed ARC of Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton + a bookplate and a bookmark.
*A signed paperback of The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting.
*A Dark Days of Supernatural bookmark.
*Desires of the Dead bookmark, button and bracelet.

Want to win all of that? Check out the rules and fill out the form below.
*One winner will receive all of the items listed above.
*Open internationally.
*The giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on April 2nd.

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing with us! It's never worked out that there's a signing near enough to me so I love to hear about them from other people!

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  2. The signing looks like it was pretty awesome ^>^

    Sniffly Kitty
    Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books

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  3. So glad you got to go to this event. Sounded like you had a great time.

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  4. Ooh, that looks like a lot of fun! Awesome, too, that so many of you bloggers met up!

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  5. Thanks so much! I am so pissed, that I always miss these :(

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  6. That is so awesome! I wish I could've been there too.

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  7. How I wish I could be there! Thank you for the amazing giveaway! :D

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  8. I sooooooooooooo wanted to be there but my daughter had a choir concert. Super jealous!

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  9. THANK YOUUU for the great giveaway! :)

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