Anderson Awesomeness!!! & Epic Giveaway!

Posted 16 April, 2012 by Pushy in Blog, Giveaways, Pushy / 81 Comments

So, I have to start this post off by stating that I am an EXTREMELY fortunate Bookworm. Not only do I live in Chicago, where all sorts of conferences *cough*Romantic Times*cough* get hosted, but I live within a reasonable distance *45 minutes* from one of the most AMAZING independent stores for YA fans ever:

Anderson’s Bookshop!!

I spend at least a few minutes every week on their events page, checking out who the latest authors they’re hosting and finding ways to dump my kids on gift my husband with time with our three lovely children so I can get my fangirl on and meet these authors who bring me so much literary pleasure.

Last Friday,  I had the wonderful opportunity to met four STUPENDOUS authors:

Tahereh Mafi, Anna Carey, Veronica Rossi and Cynthia Hand!

They were an enormous pleasure to meet!  They answered all of our questions, including who their favorite characters in their books were (and I actually could not contain my squee when Tahereh said Warner was her favorite too!!!) They were so much fun and so engaged with their fans, it really was a great event.

But for me….there was a tinge of sadness.

Why, you ask, dear reader?

Well…because Romantic Times was in town, there were two other authors that Anderson decided to host in their alternate location.  Authors I had met before, but whom I love like friends.  Authors who were in fact, the very first YA authors I ever went to a signing for.

Who are these wordsmiths of mythic awesome-saucem???

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl!

It was like Sophie’s Choice here!!!!!

But, I love you, my dear readers, and I had all of these books that needed signatures from these four amazing debut authors, so I stuck with my planned signing; mollified by the fact that Heather, my fellow Bookworm and book-signing sister-in-arms, went to see Kami and Margi, picked up a signed copy of Beautiful Chaos for me and then was willing to meet up with me later, assuring me that she would tell them how much I adore them.

Safe in the knowledge that Heather, as always, had my back, I settled into my event in Naperville, ready to get my squee on over these four authors whose books both Danny and I loved!!!! I was in the midst of enjoying the great repartee going on when I got a little text….

I’m giving Kami Garcia a ride to Naperville.

Now, we all know Heather’s fiesty, but certainly not so devilishly wicked that she would play a joke on me….

Would she?!?!?!?!

Of course not!!!!

As I sat, reading my book, waiting for my turn in the signing line, listening to the other great bloggers who were there as they chatted about the fun time they have all been having at Romantic Times (yes, I know I should have joined in but I am a shy little fox, don’t you know?) I hear a “Psst…” from behind the card shelves.

Who was there, dear reader????

My beloved Heather and Kami Garcia!!!!!!!

To say I was all a-squee would be a VAST understatement! Hugs were exchanged. Chatting commenced. My spot in the signing line was forgotten until I had been woefully passed by.  But I couldn’t have been happier!  Because I got to spend time, not only with the lovely authors at Naperville but Kami Garcia, whom I absolutely adore!! And if that was where the story ended, it would have been a night to be happy with, no doubt.

But, the super-de-duper, Stacy from Page Turners invited Heather, Kami and I to join her and her fellow blogger Michele for a bite after the signing… and…

Tahereh Mafi , Anna Carey and Cynthia Hand came too!!!!!

Best.  Signing. Ever!!!

It really was so much fun to listen to these authors interact with each other, talk about the more personal side of being a YA superstar and discuss about what they love and what they could live with out in books, the industry and life in general.  A completely fantastic evening.

So on the heels of such an amazing night, you know we have to share the love!

These four authors may not have come to your town, (although they did hit 4 cities across the country in 4 days!!!!) but worry not, because the Bookworms have your back, dear reader! We have, not one…. not two… but THREE awesome prize packs to be won!!!

  • Prize Pack 1 : Signed ARC’s: Shatter Me, Under The Never Sky, Eve and Hallowed, Signed Poster and Bookmarks!
  • Prize Pack 2: Signed Hardcover of Shatter Me and Under The Never Sky, Signed Poster
  • Prize Pack 3: Signed Poster, Signed Bookmarks


And it’s so easy! Just enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we’ll make three lucky followers very happy.

EDIT: Giveaway is for US ONLY!

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So, we hope you’ll enter, and don’t forget to leave a comment and tell us which of these four books you are most desperate to get your hands on and why!

Now go and get lost….in a book!
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81 Responses to “Anderson Awesomeness!!! & Epic Giveaway!”

  1. Hey Pushy!
    That is one epic giveaway ! 😀
    By the way, is it open for internationals as well ?

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    Danny 4/16/2012

    Hey Nick, I am so sorry, but this is only US/Canada only. Shipping costs would be too much for us. I promise we soon have again an international Giveaway.
    Specially I know how depressing all those US Canada only Giveaways are…

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    Nick @ Nick's Book Blog 4/16/2012

    Don’t worry about it Danny!
    I know that shipping costs a lot. 🙂

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  2. Christina Kit.

    I’m with you – I love going to book signings, and any author events. Not only do you get to hear your favorite authors talk about the books you love so much, but you get everything signed!!

    Thanks so much!

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  3. Iman

    Wow, amzng authors, you’re so lucky to have met them, I’m glad you had fun. Unfortunately for me,there are no book signings in my country, so I never get to meet authors (aaahhh)…. Sounds like an AWESOME day!

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  4. Oh my gosh, you’re so lucky you live where the signing was, Pushy! Those are all authors that I’ve loved books by — and I mean that I literally loved a book by every single one of those awesome girls, so it’s more than amazing that you got to meet them! If only they would make a trip to a tiny town in Canada… haha! x)

    Sounds like you had a BLAST, Pushy! Thanks for sharing some news about the event — and thank you even more for the amazing giveaway! It’s so epic! 😉 <3
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  5. Aaaah so lucky! These are all epic authors too I’d love to meet Cynthia Hand! I talk to her on Twitter sometimes and she’s super sweet!! And thanks for the giveaway dollface!

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  6. I’ve only been to one signing (Neal Shusterman! It was great!). I wish I could go to more, but nothing ever really happens over where I live. Maybe one day I’ll get around to traveling to other states where there’s lots of signings. 😀
    Awesome giveaway; thanks!
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  7. I’ve been to one signing, it was pure madness! lol It was JR Ward’s for the release of Lover Reborn and there was at least 1,ooo people there! It was awesome to meet her even though I had only 10 seconds. 🙂

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  8. Caitlin

    Oh how I wish I could go to an author signing. That would be amazing. But I do look forward to debut authors. Definitely a lot of great books that have come out and I love finding a new author who’s book I loved. Makes me look forward to future books.

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  9. OMG this must have been like the best day ever for you Pushy 🙂 ! I’m so jealous but also really glad you could meet both Kami Garcia and these four amazing authors !!
    I wish I could enter this awesome giveaway … Good luck to everyone !! I really can’t wait to read all these books! The poster and the bookmarks look amazing btw!!
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  10. I keep waiting for someone awesome to come closer to me so I can finally attend a book signing! I did miss out on attending an Ellen Hopkins a few years back and I’m still upset about that. haha

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  11. Vivien

    I love Debuts!!!! So much fun to dive into something new. Book signings are the best ever….I just don’t get too many where I’m at.

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  12. Molly Frenzel

    Your lucky, I wish I could convince my husband to spend time with our 2 lovely children to go to book signings. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  13. Carl

    Great post! I’m afraid we never have author signings in this one-horse town but you totally hit the jackpot on that one. Thanks for sharing the story and the great giveaway.


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  14. Carl

    Is it too rude to just enter for the chance to win the hardcovers?
    I hope not.
    What’s that sound?
    Is that my entries being deleted?
    Please don’t do it!

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  15. OMG!!! I think I would have been speechless the whole time just basking in the awesomeness that I was sitting with! Were you even able to eat? I wouldn’t have wanted that night to end. Best Night Ever!! Heather is truly made of win (and not just b/c we have the same name!)

    These are some of my favorite debut authors!!

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  16. This was an amazing tour/signing! SO happy to see that you got to go! I totally missed out on it when they were in NYC 🙁 My sitter bailed 2hrs before we were suppose to drive in, sniff! Oh well, next time! I just love being able to meet the authors of amazing books, even if it’s just to say hi and get a signed book 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this with us! Happy reading!
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  17. Valeria Andrea

    A lovely comment? Then I can’t tell you how JEALOUS I am right now. For EVERYTHING! ’cause, you know, that’s not socialy acceptable.
    So, I’ll say how is that I’m dyyying to meet Tahereh Mafi! I LOVED her book, yeah, Warner was my FAVORITE character. Adam was nice, but Warner…? (: A signed Shatter Me copy, you say? Please! HERE I AM, THROW IT TO ME!!!

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  18. Denise Z

    What could possibly be better than meeting a new author? Why reading a new and intriguing book of course. I have had the pleasure of going to one signing and felt like a total fangirl (truly a first for me) I so admire the creativity and hard work that goes into bringing a good book to fruition. Thank you so much for the this wonderful opportunity to win these awesome reads. I have been stalking them for a while and my wishlist would love to have them LOL

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  19. Melanie L

    There are never any book signings in my little tiny town. We don’t even have a bookstore here. 🙁 But I would love to go to one. Sounds like it would be a lot of fun!

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  20. Kimberly B.

    Oh, I love to go to book signings! I used to work at a bookstore, and I even got to introduce a few of my favorite authors when they came to do a reading/signing (those are my favorites; when you get to hear an author talk about his/her books, too!).
    I’m excited by all of the novels, but if I have to pick one, I think I will go with Under the Never Sky, because I love the title. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  21. Oh my goodness, what a blast! I was fangirling and squeeling while reading the post. How awesome was that day, huh?! You are so lucky. I do wish I live in the US so I can go to signings and meet my favorite authors. Sigh. Thank you for the giveaway! I don’t live in the US but I have a US address, can I still join? 😀

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    Pushy 4/17/2012

    Of course! So long as we can ship it to the US address, you’re fine. Thanks for entering!!!
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  22. Sharmaine C

    That was exciting! I haven’t met any authors (even though Lauren Oliver and Lauren Kate came to my country) but I’d love to get some of my books signed! I just wish more authors would come! And thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  23. Ok, LOVED Shatter ME, but I got it as an audiobook, would love a real book copy. Been dying for Hallowed, read Unearthly and loved it. Haven’t read the other two either but Squee!!!! So excited about the possibility of winning! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  24. Tami

    I haven’t been to a signing but it sounds like so much fun. This giveaway rocks – tons of cool stuff and the fact that they are signed raises the coolness factor even more.

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  25. Amy S.

    What a fantastic night you had!! I have never been to a book signing. It sounds so fun. I live 3 1/2 hours from Chicago. Maybe someday I’ll have to go visit your favorite bookstore. I’ve just found your blog today while reading your guest post from The Kindle Fever. I’m glad I clicked over! Thanks for the chance to win these awesome prize packs.

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  26. Kristin

    I’ve been to a book reading (Susan and Clay Griffith) and a panel discussion (four authors including Holly Black and Cassandra Clare) but both were very small and it was easy to get stuff signed. I don’t think I’d be patient enough to wait in a ridiculously long line at a signing, though.

    I’m really excited to get my grubby mitts on Eve, because I love fleeing from evil people stories, and Shatter Me because it sounds reeeaaallly different.

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  27. Valeria Andrea

    Holy crap, what??? Shatter Me AND Under the Never Sky~ THAT is amazing all by itself. Of course, it would be 100 degrees better if I won those two. I want.

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  28. Wow! It sounds like you had an absolutely amazing day!!
    I wish I could go to awesome signings, but unfortunately authors don’t really come to where I live (eastern Canada) !!
    How did I not here about this awesome contest until now! D:
    All of these books look so great, but the one I am most excited to dig into is Under the Never Sky!! It just sounds so wonderful! 🙂

    Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful giveaway!:)


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  29. Lindsay

    This is absolutely an amazing giveaway! I wish authors would come where I lived for author signings 🙁 Sounds like you had a lot of fun!

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  30. This is great! I’ve heard so much about Anderson’s Bookshop via the different blogs I read. It sounds like an amazing store!

    I love, love, LOVE book signings! I live near Nashville, which is starting to get some really nice tour stops, so I have amassed a nice collection of signed books. It’s so much fun getting to meet the authors who wrote the books that I love so much.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity!
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  31. I love book signings, I just become a complete derp when faced with my favorite authors so yeah, I tend not to talk. This probably makes me seem crazy, but that’s better than stupid.

    Thanks for the awesome prizes; Totes jealous you got to go!
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