Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Author Event Recap & Giveaway: Dark Days Winter 2013

Hello lovelies!  Last night I was lucky enough to attend the Southern California tour stop for The Dark Days Winter 2013Held at the Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach. The line up was like the dream team of authors: Tahereh Mafi, Veronica Rossi, Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton.  Be sure to scroll down to enter our Mega Giveaway: Signed Copies of their newest releases.

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My usual partner in crime these days, Arlene @WinterHaven books met me and we fan-girled away over meeting our equivalent to rocks stars: WRITERS! 

The amazing Veronica Rossi
Veronica Rossi talked about how her series is made of up opposites: male and female protagonists, advanced and primitive societies, and their race to survive.  When asked about how Roar will be in the next book she said "Everything that he's hinged and based his life on has changed, and so the third book is about him dealing with that and finding a new reason for living." I had theories about Roar and what happened, but after that statement, I wonder if I should hold out hope?!   Veronica said she was emotional over writing the third book but she feels like that was a really good sign, those were the days she really felt like she was on the right track. 


The always entertaining Tahereh



Tahereh Mafi as always was a laugh.  She says she likes the "pants-optional" lifestyle writing affords her! She really loves writing Warner and she wonders what that says about her, to love writing the "villain" so much. She thinks it's important to write a villain that isn't too easy to hate.  I asked Tahereh whether she was Team Warner or Team Adam and she wouldn't tell!  When asked if she would write a novella in Kenji's POV, she said "yes, and she probably will" but she added "I don't think I was supposed to tell you that."  Yes! I love insider info! 

Brodi Ashton assembling my guitar pick necklace
Brodi Ashton's Everneath Series ties some elements of myth into the story, but I was happily surprised to find out she purposely didn't research them in depth, because she didn't want to be restricted by their stories. Hopefully that means her trilogy will not end tragically like so many myths do. You know me, I'm all about the happy ending!  I asked her if she was Team Jack or Team Cole. She said she is Team Cole, and 
I got a little scared, but then she added that 
Nikki is firmly Team Jack! Phew!!


Cynthia Hand, Tahereh Mafi, Veronica Rossi
Cynthia Hand said although she feels good about finishing her series, there was one scene that came to her driving that made her so emotional, she had to pull over and cry.  She also said she would love to revisit some of the characters in the Unearthly Series someday.  She has a whole story she'd love to tell about Maggie (Clara's mom) but it wouldn't be anytime soon, as she's moved into new territory right now. I'm crossing my fingers for a novella for a few of those characters!


So, that was my exciting evening.  Well, that and the lovely 405 traffic on the way home! But enough about me. I have goodies to share! We are giving away a Signed Hardback of each of the following: Through the Ever Night, Unravel Me, Boundless, and Everbound, plus swag.  Four books to one lucky follower.  The giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.  The only requirement is that you follow the blog.  So fill out the rafflecopter below for a chance to win. 




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38 comments:

  1. Awesome recap, Rachel! Sounded like a great event. :D
    Good to know that about Nikki. Now I actually want to read Everbound. Lol I also need to get around to finishing the Unearthly trilogy and starting Shatter Me and Under the Never Sky. All sound good!

    Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway!

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  2. Once again, I'm thrilled ( and slightly jealous) that you got to attend another amazing event. I love the tidbits you shared from the authors.

    Thanks so much!

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  3. You go to ALL the best events, Rachel! Tahereh! Veronica! And nooooooooo, my hopes about *ahem* Roar are ruined. I think we assumed the same thing and that we'll both end up disappointed, but somehow I still can't stop hoping. I have my copies of Unravel Me and Through the Ever Night so I'm not entering, but you're very generous as always. <3
    I'm glad you had fun, Rachel! And I'm SO SO good at hiding my jealousy.

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  4. RACHEL!!! It was so great seeing you! I feel like it's been forever! :) Are you going to the Breathless Reads event next Monday at Mrs. Nelson's? I'll be there again... Just sayin' :D

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  5. Oh my god Rachel! :) I'm really trying not to be jealous but honey it's hard! Those are the authors I love and the books I'm dying to read! WOW signed! I'd be in haven! Thanks for this amazing giveaway :)

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  6. So Jealous!!! you got to meet those amazing authors,Tahereh Mafi is so funny I die with her teaser Unravel Me YouTube videos . thanks for the amazing giveaway and good luck to all who enter =D

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  7. What an awesome day for you ladies! Amazing recap hun!:)

    Tina~

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  8. OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOGM DHASDHASIUHDUIAHIUHUDASUDHASID
    *HYPERVENTILATES*
    RACHEL.
    YOU YOU YOU YOU MET SO MANY OF MY FAVOURITE AUTHORS!!!
    OMYGAWWWDDDD! I AM SOOOO FREAKING JEALOUS.
    YOU SHOULD'VE TOLD ME AND I WOULD'VE TAKEN THE FIRST FLIGHT OUT OF AUSTRALIA TO SEE THEM WITH YOUUUUUUUU!

    Okay. I think I should stop capslocking :/ hahaaa
    WAIT. I CAN'T. BECAUSE KENJI MIGHT BE/IS GETTING HIS OWN NOVELLA!!
    ADHSADHSAUIHDUSAKA *HYPERVENTILATES AGAIN*
    YAYYYYYYYYYYYY! Kenji is like, one of my all-favourite characters and I just bloody LOVE HIM! Can't wait to be inside his head!!!
    AND YESSS! TEAM JACK ALL THE WAY<3

    Thank you SO MUCH for the giveawayyyy!!!!!!!<3 YOU'RE AMAZINGGG RACHEL!

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  9. Wow! Thanks for sharing ur experience, and thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  10. thanks so much for making it international, we never have any good book events near me i'm tempted to move haha

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  11. So many good authors! Veronica Rossi sounds so nice over Twitter and I LOVE Tahereh Mafi's writing style. I still need to read Brodi Ashton though. It sounds like a wonderful experience!

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

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  12. Awww Rach, I was only saying to Jas the other day how jealous I am of the events you get to go to. But despite my jealousy (lol) I'm glad you had a fab time. Looks like you had a fantastic experience!! =)

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  13. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway Rachel. I had placed an order for this event so my books could get personalized but unfortunately there was problems with the online payment system and the books didn't get personalized so I didn't go with the order :(

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  14. I'M SO JEALOUS RACHEL!!!!!!!! I would absolutely LOVE to attend this event, I only wish they were coming a bit closer to Ohio so I could do so. I need to move. Seriously. I love that Tahereh called her lifestlye "pants optional" - that is so my lifestyle as well. It's one of the benefits of working from home:) Looks like you had a blast my friend, and thank you so much for the amazing giveaway!

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  15. OH MY GOSH, YOUR SO LUCKY!!!!! Rachel, it looks like you had a brilliant time meeting all of those phenomenal authors! I would love to attend a book event as amazing as this!

    Thanks so much for sharing your pics from the event, Rachel. And for that totally generous giveaway! :D

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  16. Oh, wow, this would have been so much fun. I'm so envious! It must be super awesome to live in an area that gets a lot of author events like that. I need to move. Lol Thanks so much for this giveaway opportunity!! Great post. :D

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  17. Wow! I would have loved to attend this event. Four talented authors and those lovely four books...sigh. I am very hopeful that Ms. Hand will indeed revisit her characters. I want more, but I am anxious to see where she goes from here. Thanks for sharing and for the fantastic giveaway. Fingers crossed!

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  18. Sounds like you had an amazing time! I wish the tour was coming to my state:( Maybe I'll catch them later!

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  19. So cute that you and Arlene met up again! These event recaps are always so fun. :) No need to enter me, but how awesome of you to host such a generous giveaway!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  20. Rachel, you're so lucky to have so many great author events nearby. I love this recap and hope to meet Veronica Rossi someday - she's one of my favorite authors for sure! Lovely post, dearest!(:

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  21. This sounds like an awesome day. You always meet so many great authors, Rachel. I'm jealous. haha. Oh my gosh, I am Team Cole too. Sadly I don't think I'll get my way, Jack was too boring for me.

    And look at those goodies. Damn they look shiny.

    Glad you hear you had a fabulous day, Rachel and what an awesome giveaway you are hosting!! :D

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  22. Oh my gosh Rachel, I adore these author recap posts, seriously you are one lucky girl! I love how Tahereh loves Warner, I'm probably the only one that loves him as much too, and what's with this teaser about Roar, I have my suspicions, but I'm hoping it's not what I think I'm hoping! Thanks again for letting me live vicariously through your wonderful post! :)

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  23. I'm so jealous!! I'm int so I think I will never get the chance to meet some awesome authors. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  24. Thanks for such an amazing giveaway!!! I's amazing how many good authors you get to meet, great short interviews aswell :)

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  25. Thanks for the cool giveaway and for making it INT. So glad you got to meet such great authors.

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  26. What an incredible giveaway! Looks like you had the best time!

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  27. Thank you for the event recap. I love the pictures that you're sharing with us, thanks a lot :)

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  28. wow..iam jealous with you rachel..this is awesome

    thanks for the giveaway ^^

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  29. wouw! thanks for sharing ur experience, its amazing ^^
    thanks for making it international :)

    sunshine_pinkystar(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. wow! would love to have been there! awesome giveaway!

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  31. i am SOOOO jealous of you guys!! aaah!! and OMG at Tahereh! i cant wait to read a book by Kenji's POV! hahaha! Thank you guys so much for the FANTASTIC giveaway!!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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  32. Amazing post Rachel! Love your write up and detailed recap. :D I had a great time with you and thank you so much for the hot tea. It was nice to sit and chat with you while we waited for these amazing authors. See you tomorrow for more book fun!!

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  33. OMG! you are SO lucky to meet such awesome authors!!! I'm glad you had a great time and thanks for the amazing giveaway! <3

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  34. Gosh,you are so luck Rachel!You got to meet Tahereh & thank you VERY much for that awesome piece of info-Can't wait to read Kenji's POV! :D

    And all those SIGNED books-Holy Fudge!Thank you so much guys! :)

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  35. Hi, I am new follower. This is an awesome giveaway!!!
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  36. What an amazing giveaway. Thanks so much for the chance to win :-)

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  37. OMG!! Your giveaway is AMAZING!! I LOVE all of those books and cannot wait to read them!! I'm so excited about this giveaway! Thank you so much for having this giveaway!!!

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