Monday, July 25, 2011

ALA Con: Part 2 (With Photos) and Giveaway Winners

I figured too many photos all at once might get a little overwhelming but mostly boring, so I decided to break this post up into two parts. You can check out PART ONE of my ALA Post, if you like. This is the second half of my trip to New Orleans in June for the ALA Annual Conference.

Last post, I left off with pictures taken at the conference on Saturday, but neglected to post this fun one:

From left: Cristin Teril, Alexandra Shostak, Sara McClung, PJ Hoover, Jessica Lee Anderson, and Me. <3 <3

Sidenote: I had to type Hoover four times before I stopped typing it as HOOver. I don't know why.

Saturday night, I attended a Blogger event hosted by Stacked Books and YA Highway's Kirsten Hubbard and Kate Hart. Arrived at Tommy's Wine Bar to find a group of authors sitting outside. In the heat. My first words were: "OMG, it's so good to finally meet you Elana, holy bazooka it's hot whyareyouguyssittingouthere????"

Here I am with the fabulous Elana Johnson.
Dark and mysterious
Bright and shiny

She's just as lovely and beautiful in real life as she is online, by the way.

DSC03276 And with the super sweet Kate Hart. I finally remembered to snag a shot just with her. In fact, I think I might have cried, "KATE!!! WE HAVE TO TAKE A PICTURE!" and then reached longingly for her hand and tugged her to me, holding her close.

Or something like that.


Awwww, look at Sara and me. <3 <3
See you in October!

From left: Tere Kirkland, me, Cristin, Sara, and Alexandra. So fun! Loads of laughs.

A few of us capped off the night with a trip to Cafe du Monde for some beignets (more), and then we saw this guy...


Okay, so, the best thing about this picture is not the guy in the fancy feather suit, but the guy on the cell phone behind him who's totally oblivious.

Sunday, I headed back to the convention, where I got to meet up with more cool people.

DSC03292 Here I am with the super supremo Mike Mullin, author of ASHFALL. So fun to meet him and his wife. Lovely people. I look forward to reading Mike's book and attending his launch party in October. The line at his signing was ridiculous long. End.Less.

DSC03295 With the amazing Medeia Sharif, author of BESTEST. RAMADAN. EVER. I talked and laughed with her for ages, and then when I walked away, I forgot a bag of books on the floor. Doh.*


Here I am with Tere Kirkland. Love her. We spent most of the day together on Sunday. One of the kindest people I know.

268159_141555252586240_100001952982406_299682_1156325_n Sunday evening, we met up with a large group of people for cocktails at the Newberry Reception. From left: Jenny Moss' daughter, Jenny Moss, me, Sara, Stephanie Pellegrin, Cristin Teril, Shannon Messenger, and PJ Hoover. In front: Jo Whittemore and E Kristin Anderson. (Not pictured: Michelle Hodkin, Elana Johnson, and Jessi Kirby)

 259975_141555315919567_100001952982406_299684_2404881_nAfter the Newberry Speeches, around 11 o'clock, some of the Bookanistas (those present) and a few others met up at the W Hotel.From left: Michelle Hodkin, Jessica Martinez, Elana Johnson, Shannon Messenger, me, Kirsten Hubbard, Kate Hart, Kari Olson, and Jessi Kirby. (Veronica Roth left early Saturday AM)

DSC03300 Monday morning, all the Bookanistas who were present in NOLA at the time met up for breakfast at Cafe Adelaide in the Loewes Hotel. From left, Jessi Kirby, me, Elana Johnson, Michelle Hodkin, and Shannon Messenger (Kirsten Hubbard had left super early in the morning to catch her plane).

After breakfast, we all headed back to the convention. Jessi and I went around taking pictures with all the books written by Bookanistas that we could find. There were loads, but here are a couple:

DSC03301 DSC03305
Left: With THE LIAR SOCIETY (Lisa and Laura Roecker) Right: With DIVERGENT (Veronica Roth)
By the way, this involved having to hunt strangers down and torture them with puppy dog eyes into taking the pictures for us.

Tuesday morning, before everyone took off for the airport (I was staying until Wednesday), a few of us met up for beignets one final time. Gobble gobble.
Cristin, Elana, Jessi, me, and Sara

I'm pretty sure Jessi wins for being covered in the most powdered sugar.

The End.

PS. Miss.

*You can stop hyperventilating. I recovered my bag of books.



Huge thanks to all who entered my recent giveaways. I've got some winners for you.

ARC of BETWEEN by Jessica Warman
Marisa H.

ARC of THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab
Theresa M.

ARC of AFTER OBSESSION by Carrie Jones and Steven E Wedel
Sophia C.


ARC of THE BEGINNING OF AFTER by Jennifer Castle

Please email me with an address to which I can send your book. Thanks again to all who entered. Rest assured, I'll be having another giveaway soon. Err, really soon. So check back.

And if you haven't yet entered my latest giveaway, ANOTHER THREE ARC GIVEAWAY to win ARCs of  THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS (Rae Carson), THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE (Jeff Hirsh), and LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR (Stephanie Perkins), you still have a chance. Ends Thursday, July 28 at midnight EST. Oh, and it's open internationally! I've had winners from all over the world. Most recently Mexico, Canada, and India. Will you be next?


  1. The feather dude + oblivious cell phone guy = best picture ever

  2. Aw, I hadn't seen those pictures from the blog party! <3 I can't wait til October. I wish my super power was speeding up time, instead of general laziness. :)

    Congrats to the winners!


  3. *sigh* The jealousy monster sits on my chest right now...

  4. Oh wow, is that Valerie me??

    ALA looks awesome. I was so sad when I learned this weekend that I almost got to meet you at Carrie's launch (and lunch). I hope you're feeling better!

  5. Awesome!! THanks for sharing the photos :)

    Congrats to the lucky winners!

  6. So many great photos! Congrats to all the winners!

  7. Aw, it was so great to meet you! I'll hold your hand any day. :D

  8. YAY!!!! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

    Also, next time you go to NOLA, I'm totally hitching a ride in your suitcase, because your trip looks like it was SO.MUCH.FUN!!!

  9. That is just not cool. Seriously. Every other post I read is these bloggers meeting all these incredible writers. Totally jealous over here. But glad you had fun ;) Bring me next time, okay? :D

    Also, thank you SO much for the comment on my blog. It really made my day.

  10. oh man - looks like you had so much fun!!

  11. LOL, I vaguely remember walking past that boneman without noticing, until I realized the rest of y'all had stopped. ;) He was pretty, wasn't he?

    When I make my Twilight-millions (yeah, right), I'll have to sponsor a writer's retreat here so we can all get together again. Just NOT in the summer.

  12. Another round of awesome pictures! Love it.

  13. Awww, so many of my sweet friends in those pictures. *loves* :D

    Also, NEVER enough beignets...never. Being covered with powdered sugar afterwards is part of the yumminess. (I like to wash mine down with coffee)

    Congrats to the winners! :)

    And, even though I NEVER win, I am still holding out hope for Lola.

    I hope you are feeling better.


  14. Thanks for sharing the pics! Again, looks like so much fun!

    Congrats to all the winners!

  15. 3 words
    Mike Mullin!!!!!~dies~

  16. ALA was so much fun! I somehow missed out on getting very many pictures--I'm so glad you and Sara posted some! <3

  17. It was so great to see you!!!!! I wish it were more often. Le sigh.

    And keep on with that HOOver thing! It's pretty cool :)

  18. I love all the pics! I'll live vicariously through you and your awesome conferences and conventions!!

  19. My favorite part of this was checking out all your outfits. I know, so shallow of me. But I speak the truth. That should count for something.

  20. hi miss carolina! wow! cool pictures. for sure i could see you had soooo much fun. i saw some of my blogger friends i follow on those pictures. i could like to try those donuts. wowee! i won that peter nimble book! yippee! im gonna do a email to you so you could know where to send it.
    ...hugs from lenny

  21. Congratulations to the winners. Great books.

  22. Looks like a total blast! Thanks for sharing. And yes, color me a little green with envy.
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  23. Awesome pictures. Congrats to the winners.

  24. It sounds like so, so much fun! I'm glad you had a chance to meet and hang out with all those awesome writers. :)

    And congrats to all the winners!

  25. Those pictures rock, thx for sharing them… and congrats to the winners, who doesn’t like giveaways?

  26. Awesome pics! One of these years, I will go to ALA. I will, I will!


    And congrats to the winners!

  27. Yay! More pictures! My favorite is oblivious cell phone guy. :)

    And yes, I'd love to meet up at a conference (or otherwise) one of these days... any trips to the Pacific Northwest planned for the near future? :)

  28. I love looking at your ALA pictures! I almost makes me feel like I was there.


    Thank you for sharing! (the pictures, I mean, not the beignets...I mean, because you couldn't really share a fried confection in cyberspace...or could you?)


  29. I love living vicariously through you! It looks like so much fun, especially the beignets. :)

  30. Lots of great pictures. Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves.

    CONGRATS to all the winners!

  31. Oh my goodness. Is that me? Am I the Theresa M? I've been running around like crazy with company since Saturday and am just trying to catch up. What an excellent surprise! Thank you!

    I love the pictures. I was going to say that first but I got too sidetracked with excitement. I would've loved to meet some of my favorite bloggers/authors. I'm glad you had fun.

  32. Great pics, and I had a fun time talking to you. I hope you found your bag of books.

  33. Oh, so much fun! One day! One day, for sure. If I have to swim there.

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  35. Great photos. Looks like you had a really good time. Wish I was there. And the dude on the cell phone is hysterical. Guess he sees Indians all the time ;-)


  36. Nice pictures. Now i can really say that you enjoyed every minute of your spare time! Keep up with it. Nice done.

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