Saturday, 18 May 2013

Author Event Recap & Giveaway: 2013 Summer Lovin' Tour

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Hello readers! Last night I attended the Summer Lovin' Tour at Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Bookshop in La Verne, CA.  I know I'm incredibly lucky to live in the Los Angeles area, because of the awesome authors that come through our city.  With that said, this event has to be one of the extreme examples of just how lucky I truly am!! Six amazing authors all in one spot.  I seriously needed smelling salts to keep me from collapsing on the floor!! I laughed hysterically while being pelted with snack size Skittles, and chocolate that the authors would throw at us (yes, I'm serious).  That was our reward for correctly answering which book a quote came from. 

There is a reward at the end of this post.  I'm giving away a SIGNED hardcover copy of The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler and a SIGNED hardcover copy of Golden by Jessi Kirby, so make sure you scroll down and fill out the rafflecopter!

Suzanne Young, Kimberly Derting, Sarah Ockler


Jessi Kirby & Shannon Messenger
Kicking off the night, we played a game where each author told us two truths and one lie. We had to guess the lie. Let's go with some truths: Shannon Messenger had to make conversation with a shirtless Rob Lowe!! (that poor, poor girl!); Sarah Ockler wore PJ's to school everyday in high school, for one WHOLE year; Jessi Kirby never ditched a day of school in her life (she was much like the protagonist in Golden); Morgan Matson could get in touch with Justin Bieber if she wanted to, and Kimberly Derting hung out for one week with the Olympic Swim Team from Bahrain.

Sarah Ockler minus the "blue bandana"


The authors introduced the books they're on tour for (see above for books).  I read and really enjoyed The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler (my review), and she was a thrill to meet!  Underneath that conservative looking exterior is a wild gangster-rap loving woman!  She embraced that persona in high school by wearing purple baggy jeans, and a blue bandana to complete her look.  We were all giggles as she was relating which rap groups were "authentic".  Back to books: in addition to her newest release, The Book of Broken Hearts, she's currently working on Love & Other Internet Disasters about a girl with a mad crush on her best friend's boyfriend, a forbidden kiss, and how social-media-gone-bad figures in.  It sounded amazing, and is coming to us Spring/Summer 2014. 

Kimberly Derting is the author of The Body Finder series, which I love, and The Pledge series.  She was out promoting the second in The Pledge series which is a dystopian world separated by languages.  Each language is in it's own caste and it's illegal for anyone to speak a language other than their own.  The series centers on a girl who can speak and understand all languages. Kimberly is currently working on the third in the series as well as a new series coming out in 2014.  The new series is called The Taking and is about a girl who vanishes from the car while her father is driving and is missing for five years. She reappears to find everything about her life changed yet she is still the same sixteen year old with no recollection of where she was.  It's expected publication is summer 2014.

Morgan Matson &Jessi Kirby
Jessi Kirby's was out to promote her latest: Golden and so far it's been receiving raving reviews. (Tune in Monday for Jasprit's review!) Golden is about Parker who lives in a world of expectations until she finds the journal of a girl from her school that was part of the "golden" couple that disappeared ten years ago. Exploring the past and the mystery behind this couples disappearance, spurs Parker to find her own identity and direction.  Jessi told us about the book she's currently working on and I was blown away by the description! A girl loses her boyfriend in an accident, and his organs are donated.  Trying to work through her grief she writes to each recipient, and all but one writes back.  Guess which organ?  Well she tracks down the owner (illegally, there are strict rules that govern identities in organ donation) of that organ, and he is instantly drawn to her, putting her in an awkward situation because he has no idea who she is! Sounds incredible, right?!! 

Shannon Messenger
Shannon Messenger is currently in "threequel purgatory," working on the third book of both her series': Let the Sky Fall, her YA fantasy/romance trilogy, and the third in her middle grade series: Keeper of the Lost Cities

Morgan Matson is working on another contemporary romance about a girl named Emily who's best friend leaves without warning and sends a list to Emily with thirteen things to do, like go skinny dipping, kiss a stranger, break something, and has no idea what all these things mean but thinks if she does them it will give her a clue to her best friend's whereabouts. There's also a boy, and kissing, of course!  This is due to come out May 2014. Morgan also informed us that she did indeed take the road trip in Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, sadly, there was no "Roger". 
 Suzanne Young is the writer of The Program and A Need So
Beautiful series working on the second and final book to The Program series.  She's also working on something with Cat Patrick, Just Like Fate which shows two distinct paths a girl's life could go on based on her decision made one night.  This will be out in August 2013. 

As part of this author recap I'm giving away a SIGNED copy of Golden by Jessi Kirby and a SIGNED copy of The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler. The giveaway is INTERNATIONAL, just fill out the rafflecopter below for a chance to win! 

Golden     The Book of Broken Hearts


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82 comments:

  1. I really like My Life Next Door, and The Sea of Tranquility. Also, The Fault in Our Stars!
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  2. Oh Rachel! You always get to the best signings! I love the post and I'm so happy to see that you've really enjoyed this event. My fave contemporary would probably be The Fault in our Stars right now! Thnaks for the giveaway :))

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  3. My favorite contemporary romance is The Sea of Tranquility. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

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  4. So many, but maybe" The Notebook" by Nicholas Sparks.

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  5. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    My favorite is Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler:))

    Thank you:))

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  6. It's between Easy by Tammara Webber and My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Love,
    Ava
    http://www.whyavareads.com/

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  7. Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Just One Day by Gayle Forman. Thanks a bunch for the giveaway!

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  8. Both these books have been getting amazing reviews. And I'm totally jealous of you for attending this event. Living in Europe sucks sometimes.
    Oh, my favorite contemporary... Graffitti Moon, I'd say. I love Cath Crowley so much.

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  9. I love My Life Next Door :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. I wish these authors were coming to the East Coast because I'd love to meet them! Still, I'm so excited for Kirby's new book - it sounds amazing! - and I love the two truths and a lie game!(: Lovely post, Rachel!

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  11. any CR by julie james ..
    thx u so much :)

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  12. A Girl like You by Gemma Burgess. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  13. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton. Sounds like this event was a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing :)

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  14. Hi! Thanks for this chance! I'm knew to this genre, so I really enjoyed Samantha Young series: On Dublin Street, Jamie McGuire series: Beautiful Disaster and recently started Colleen Hoover books!

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  15. Anything Sarah Dessen is my favorite contemporary! She is amazing! I also like My Life Next Door and The Summer I Turned Pretty

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  16. Oh, I can never pick one book! I love contemps by Jennifer Echols, Colleen Hoover, Abbi Gines, Sophie Kinsella and more :)

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  17. I really loved The Fault in our Stars, Pushing the Limits and My Life Next Door that are YA. thanks!

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  18. Have to keep going back to "The Fault in our Stars" still get teary eyed thinking about it...

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  19. Amazing post :D Thank you for sharing. <3 I'm just so jealous! Would love to meet Shannon :D Glad you had an awesome time. <3 And ohh. Thank you for the perfect giveaway :) Right now my favorite is Eleanor & Park. <3

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  20. What a fabulous event, Rachel! Thank you so much for the details about the authors' upcoming books. I'm glad you had such a great time.

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  21. You're so lucky! I love Morgan Matson. Loved Amy and Roger's.

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  22. 10 Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. hmm... i dont think i have read any yet.. Or at least not to my memory that i recall.. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  24. You're back with another event to make us green with envy Rachel lol. It looks like a great time. And thanks for the giveaway :)

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  25. Oh so much fun! I would love to read both of these books. I am reading some amazing reviews on both. You have the best giveaways! Thanks for the chance. Fingers crossed!

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  26. I loved Slammed by Colleen Hoover!

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  27. My favorite is Easy by Tamara Webber. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos and for the chance to win.

    -Dannielle

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  28. The Sea of Tranquility, Where She Went, My Life Next Door and The Fault in Our Stars among the few. :)

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  29. Oh my gosh, Rachel! This sounds like it was so freaking much fun. Meeting Sarah Ockler must have been a blast - I have a soft spot for her writing :)

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  30. This was such a great recap, Rachel. I am going to this tour on Tuesday with Laura from Clear Eyes, Full Shelves and I'm excited to see what else they cover. But that book about the organ donation love story sounds super intriguing. That has the potential to be a tearjerker...and also to be a bit creepy, I think.

    I have too many favorites but most of them are Aussie. Everything by MM, Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood, Bill Condon. Oh, and Raw Blue:)

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  31. So far my favorite is The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan. It's beautifully written.

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  32. Ooooh living near LA is the BEST for author events. Actually living in California is the best! I have to go with Sloppy Firsts or Anna and the French Kiss. Kind of cheating yes, but oh well!

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  33. Being pelted with chocolate sounds like fun. ;) I haven't ready many of these authors' books in the past, but I recently bought myself a copy of Jessi Kirby's Golden, so I'm really looking forward to getting started on that. Thanks for sharing, Rachel! :)

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  34. Rachel this is such a wonderful recap! I'm glad you had such a wonderful time! The upcoming books from Sarah Ockler, Morgan Matson and Jessi Kirby sound absolutely amazing, I will be counting down the days until their releases in eager anticipation! Thanks for sharing another great recap for us! :)

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  35. Ughhh so many favorites! But if I'll pick one off my head right now so it's Just One Day by Gayle Forman.

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  36. So, so lucky, Rachel. I have to actually go out of my way to meet authors. Anyway, awesome giveaway! I'm a sucker for signed books. :)

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  37. This sounds like such a fun tour. Normally I only like one or so authors when it's a group, but I think I'd enjoy everyone and want to buy many of their books. I'm glad you were able to go and thanks for the recap for the rest of us! LOL Those truths are kind of awesome.

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  38. The Truth About Forever is my all-time favorite :D

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  39. On the Jellicoe Road is a lot more than that, but it is still my favorite contemporary book. Then come Graffiti Moon, Easy and so many others.

    I wish I lived in the US *sigh* Meeting the authors I love, that would be a dream come true ;))

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  40. Thanks for the giveaway! John Green books. ;)

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  41. Aw, I love your event recaps, Rachel! Sarah Ockler is so much fun on Twitter, I can totally see that wild persona hiding beneath the polite exterior. But she wore pyjamas for a year?! I wish I could do that NOW.

    I loved Golden too. Looks like it was a lovely event--I already have both books so I'm not entering the contest, but your readers are so lucky that you go to all the best events and bring back books for them!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  42. I love your entertaining recap of this event Rachel!!!! So much exciting information! Thanks for sharing! Love that you got chocolate for answering the right book a quote went with!

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  43. Wow, sounds like an awesome event! You are lucky to live near LA. I bet so many authors come through there!

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  44. This looks like it would've been really fun! I would've loved to meet these authors! I don't really have a favorite YA contemporary. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  45. Wow... looks like the authors are busy working on new book projects. I think I'll have to re-prioritize my read list to accommodate some of the books that you mentioned. Thanks for sharing, Rachel!

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  46. Clearly I need to live in NYC or California, since those are where all these bookish events seem to happen! What an awesome line up of authors, and I really enjoyed reading your recap of the event.

    I'm not sure I have a favorite contemporary romance. It's not my favorite genre, although I'm warming up to it. I guess I'll go with Becky and Luke from the Shopaholic series. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  47. I'm just discovering contemporary romance, and right now I'm reading Pushing the Limits and totally loving it!!! This is such a great giveaway, thanks so much for doing this!

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  48. I'm not actually huge on contemporary romance but have started my love relationship with it LOL my favourite would have to be Between The Lives by Jessica Shirvington, heart wrenching and you definitely need a box of tissues :D

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  49. I love Jaci Burton's Play by Play series :)

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  50. I love a good summer contemp and this sounds like it was a really fun event! For me Sarah Dessen is the queen of my summer reading :)

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  51. My latest love is My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. None have topped it yet.

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  52. I love all books by Sarah Dessen <3
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  53. I love Just Listen by Sarah Dessen :)

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  54. Lola & the Boy Next Door and Anna & the French Kiss! Cutest books ever! <3

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway! :)

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  55. My favorite is anything by Sarah Dessen. (:

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  56. Star Bright by Catherine Anderson

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  57. I can't choose one but my favourites are Easy by Tammara Webber,Slammed by Colleen Hoover,The Edge of Never by J.A.Redmerski,The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and everything by Sarah Dessen.

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  58. Thanks for the brilliant giveaway! My favorite romances are by Abbi Glines, Cooleen Hoover, Katie Mcgarry and Cath Crowley :)

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  59. My life next door. :-)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway. :-)

    Iniya @ Ini's Ravishing Reads

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  60. Looks/sounds like so much fun! I would LOVE to meet these authors.
    My favourites: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, My Life Next Door, and Anna and the French Kiss
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :-)

    ~Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer

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  61. Recently Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger's Epic Detour! Love Morgan Matson!

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  62. I love Catherine Anderson's "Star Bright" and "Here to Stay". She has an incredible way of story telling and writing her characters. :D

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  63. Looks like you had lots of fun,Rachel! :D
    The Sea of Tranquility,Slammed by Colleen Hoover and The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen would be a few of my faves.

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  64. Speaking of Sarah Ockler, my favorite contemporary is her book Bittersweet! I also love The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith!

    Thanks for the giveaway! I'm so jealous you got to meet all these AMAZING authors!

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  65. My favourite contemporary romances are FAULT IN OUR STARS and ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS.

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  66. Probably Anna and the French Kiss. There's just something about Paris and guys with British accents... I actually went to the stop at the Once Upon a Time bookstore, so sorry I missed you Rachel! Hopefully soon we'll see each other at a signing :)

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  67. I have a few favourites actually, so I don't know, Pushing the limits, The statistical probability of love at first sight, Anna and the french kiss... <3

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  68. I love The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight!

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  69. My favorite is Anna and the french kiss

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  70. Mine is Morning Light by Catherine Anderson (:

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  71. You're always attend awesome events. You are so cool!
    Thanks for bringing back awesome books for the giveaway.

    Favourite contemporary romance would be How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo. :)

    x,
    Charlie @ Letter Trails

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  72. Mine is definitely Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins or Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton!

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  73. I love Second Chance Summer. It made me cry so much from its raw story; I found it so touching!

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  74. This post is awesome. Beyond awesome. That's so cool that you got to go to this and I loved the truths, very crazy! I'm giddy for all their books coming out and I basically squealed for the new Morgan Matson book! YAY! Great post, thanks for sharing with us :)

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    1. Oh, I should probably comment now for the actual giveaway, huh? Well, I love any Janette Rallison, Ally Carter, Jen Calonita, Sarah Dessen romance!

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  75. I really love any of Sarah Dessen's novels when it comes to contemporary romance! Anyway, thanks for being so generous!

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  76. My favorite by far is The Sea of Tranquility. I get chills whenever I think about it or discuss it with my friend!

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  77. The Fault in Our Stars and Sea of Tranquility. Thanks for a giveaway! :)

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