So, I mentioned on twitter awhile back that I was fortunate enough to attend one day of ALA Midwinter. Wow, am I glad I did!  Oh my gosh, you guys–the BOOKS!  Gorgeous, amazing, new-smelling books EVERYWHERE, just waiting to be fondled, er,  picked up and admired!  My only complaint?  My poor, aching shoulders! But that’s just because I saw all the books and turned into a greed monster, stuffing my red bag full of all the YA offerings as fast as I could find them.

Seriously, though, the massive amount of bookage almost overwhelmed this first timer. Luckily, I met my agent Taylor Martindale and fellow writer Kirsten Hubbard there, and they showed me the ropes. (pssst, I also picked up a copy of Kirsten’s Like Mandarin, and HOLY WOW!  Amazing!  But more on that coming soon!)

If I ever get the opportunity to attend another ALA (oooh, lookie there! New Orleans in June!), I will definitely employ a strategy.  Most of the ARCs weren’t sitting out—you have to go up and ask the reps for specific titles or authors. So, if you get a chance to go, it’s definitely worth your time to make a list of upcoming releases and their publishers, and then hang out around said publisher’s display until you can ask for the precise books you would stab someone in the eye with your swag pencil over.


Anyway, here’s a photo of a lovely model (my dog Skye—will work for kibble!) with some of the books I scored (no stabbing necessary!)

Yes, Skye looks sweet there, but in the next photo, you can tell what she’s really thinking:

ARCs taste just like chicken!

(See that tongue?  Unfortunately, Skye takes the concept of “enjoying a good book” a bit differently than I do.  Bad dog.)

And now, it’s time for ARCapalooza!  I’m going to be giving away at least one ARC a week until…well, until I’m done. (Sorry, but all my friends and family will tell you I’m not very good at scheduling. Suffice it to say that, based on the number of ARCs, the giveaway will go on for quite awhile.)

First ARC up?  ANGELFIRE by YARebel and imprint sister  Courtney Moulton.

I wouldn't eat it...REALLY!

This one is near and dear to my heart because I had the honor of knowing Courtney via a writing forum prior to her book deal with Katherine Tegen Books, and even got to read an earlier version of her story.  You want this one, you REALLY do.  Courtney’s Ellie is a kickass heroine, and the world building is both unique and So. Freaking. Cool!  Here’s the blurb:

When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers—monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell—she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie’s powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her—an assassin who has already killed her once.

To win, all you need to do is leave a comment and let me know what name you’d call yourself if you were a badass, sword-wielding slayer of the Grim.  Sure, it’d be great if you clicked the little link at the top right of my blog to follow me on twitter, but I’m not going to hunt you down or anything if you don’t. (I might pout, but since you can’t see me, so it probably won’t be all that effective).

Good luck!  Contest ends this Thursday, January 27th, at noon PST.  Winner announced that night!  (Er, note:  if even the sight of dog hair makes your airway tighten in allergic reaction, this contest is probably not the one for you.  Skye says sorry.)


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41 Responses to “ARCAPALOOZA: My trip to ALA Midwinter and contest for ANGELFIRE ARC”

  1. Sarah Says:

    I’d totally just keep my own name, so people would know where to find me if they wanted a taste of my epicness. *flex*

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  2. Cory Jackson Says:

    I’d call myself “Buffy” because she’s the ultimate slayer.
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  3. Kara Says:

    I’d call myself “Moost” because it sounds TOTALLY badass ;)

    (SUPER jealous of all those ARCs.)
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  4. Erica Henry Says:

    I’m so jealous that you got to go! I would love to go! Maybe one of these days I’ll have the money. Anywhoo. I’d love to win some free ARCs and thanks for the tip about having to know which titles to ask for. I didn’t realize that.

    Enter me in if you wouldn’t mind. Off to tweet about it. And share with facebook.
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  5. Melanie Says:

    Great contest…

    I’d call myself Kataña because it sounds like a kick-ass kind of name, but with a bit of Spanish flair :-)

  6. Katelyn Torrey Says:

    Well since my name is Katelyn (perhaps on of the most common names during the year I was born) I would most definitely change it to something unique. Since I lack a whole lot of creativity, I am going to go with Nala. That may sound like a sissy name but really it’s the name of a lion. Lions are fierce and I would hope that I would be a fierce warrior.

  7. parametric Says:

    I’d go for a classic name, because I’m boring like that. Maybe something gender-neutral, like Alex.

  8. Laurie Says:

    I’m gonna stick with Laurie too because I think it sounds like a badass slaying name.

    Also, nothing person to the book, but can I have the puppy? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE :) ))))

  9. Laura Says:

    I would DEFINITELY call myself “Debra”. You do NOT want to throw rocks at a woman named “Debra”! ;)

  10. Margo Says:

    I’d call myself Drake! Because Francis Drake was a BAMF and I dunno, I could see him slaying things.

  11. Noelle Says:

    My name would either be Noah or Eli, since Noelle can be rather boring.

    I also like Rose, but I don’t see that being the name of a slayer.
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  12. Rachel Elizabeth Says:

    Hmm..I think I’d call myself Mira. I just really like that name!

  13. Tanya Maxemow Says:

    I would totally want a name that could be shortened to a boy’s name. Like Jacqueline-Jack or Mykayla-Mick. I always loved the girls with boy names, it makes them sound so tough. Thanks for the giveaway and the cute pics of Skye!!!

  14. Avery @ Avery's Book Nook Says:

    Oooohhhh… Good question! Well, I think I would keep my name (Avery). It apparently means elf queen and I think that it pretty bad-ass (don’t all elf queens have hearts of ice and whatnot?) Therefore I am sure that they could take on a Grim any day… ;) I am so jealous that you were able to go to ALA (though, I am more so jealous of your friggin’ awesome haul!)…

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  15. Crystal Says:

    I know I’m a girl but if I could pick a BA slayer name it would have to be…DANTE! As in Devil May Cry :-) I always thought DANTE was a BA name. Thanks for the giveaway & Skye is very cute :-)

  16. Darla Says:

    Hmm….I think I would stick with my own name: Darla. There have been a lot of Darla’s on TV and somehow most of them kill stuff or push guys around.

    Buffy – Darla was a vampire.
    Finding Nemo – poor fishies.
    Little Rascals – I hate this movie…

    Yea, I would keep my name.

    Thanks for the awesomeness of the giveaway! Glad you had fun at ALAMW.
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  17. Momo Says:

    Hmm, if I were a badass, sword-wielding slayer of the Grim, I would totally have to go with Lilith! :) It just sounds…awesome, evil even!
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  18. Valerie Fink Says:

    Hmmm I think I would go by The Finkester (goes with my last name)

    I’m really excited about this book! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  19. Pamela Says:

    Hmmmm hard question. I’m not that creative, so…. I really like the name Evelynn… I think Evie would be a good badass name. It seems like a nice and sweet name, but then BAM. I’d kick your ass. Just like that. You’d never see it coming with my cutesy name.

    I can’t wait to read Angelfire so I’d love to be entered in your giveaway. Also, I’m now following you on Twitter so I make sure I don’t miss the other giveaways!
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  20. Becky B. Says:

    I would call myself GeckyBoz because it’s a unique yet weird name

  21. Brodie Says:

    LOL I think I love you already. Your post is just as awesome as the stack of ARC’s you have!!! Aghhhh! Do you know how jealous I am? Do you know how tempted I am to break into your house? Do you?? *moans in despair* Do you just want to give me your copy of Starcrossed? Or will Skye? I’ll bribe her with Kibble for a YEAR!

    I’m also dying to read Angelfire! Man, there are too many amazing books coming out this year. Hmm… if I could workaround the small technicality of being female, I’d totally name myself Neville Longbottom so everyone who knows my name would instantly recognise I’m a BAMF.

    Instead, I shall go with “DEISAW”(Pronounced: Dee-saw). Not only is it short for “DEbra IS AWesome” but if you say it with an accent, which I am in my head, it sounds like “De Sword” (with a kinda silent D) …. aka The Sword…. aka badass, SWORD-wielding slayer of the Grim.

    I know, I’m a moron LOL.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! If this isn’t open internationally, just scratch my entry ;)
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  22. Emmy Landeros Says:

    My badass name would be Roxanne Lightborn. Roxie for short. Sounds badass and sexy! hahaha!

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  23. Karla Nellenbach Says:

    I’d call myself Thurston Howell the third (why yes, I have been watching a lot of Gilligan’s Island marathons) :)
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  24. Susanne Winnacker Says:

    You’ve got soooo many books I want! :D
    Of course I’d love to win Angelfire.

    I’d call myself Katsa because she’s my favorite badass-heroine!
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  25. Stephanie Says:

    Oohhh. I totally want this book. My badass name would be Sparkle Slayer. Get it? Get it? Yeah, boo, I’m slightly lame. Great contest! :D

  26. Monica Says:

    Hey there! Awesome contest! YAY
    I’d call myself “Moni” Though I don’t think it sounds much of a badass slayer. :P

  27. Krista A Says:

    Take me out of the contest since I’ve read hte book, but I just HAD to comment on the adorableness of Skye…is she the same dog in our GotYA video back in the day? If so, she DOES need a pay raise, bless her soul!!!

  28. Yahong Chi Says:

    I think I’d keep my own name… it’s like as unique as I’m going to get. :)
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  29. Minas Says:

    I would definitely keep my name!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. Ka.thy Br.adey Says:

    Your dog is so cute!

    I’d call myself Kick-Ass :D
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  31. Alex Says:

    I’d call myself “Damon”. I was thinking at the Vampire Diaries show:)).
    Good luck everybody!
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  32. Larry B Gray Says:

    I call myself Larry, just so I would not get confused.

  33. Lucia Says:

    I’m gonna all myself Hope! Because Hope(fully) I’ll live and slay lots of monsters

  34. Janine Says:

    Name…hmmm…I feel like a kick-ass name should be something with an X in it. So maybe Alexia or Lexa?

    Also: great giveaway!

  35. Randy Says:

    “Bubba” sounds good. Since a grim slayer’s parents picked the lame name, it would be fun to write around that!

  36. Cynthia M Says:

    AwEsOmE giveaway!! :D name would be…. Mack or I would just keep my same name!! :D
    Thanks for a chance to win! :D

  37. Spav Says:

    I think I would call myself Phoenix.
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  38. Essie Says:

    For some reason, I decided at some point that the coolest name I would ever want to go by would be Faete. Sounds like some sort of otherworldly freak, just right for fighting the Grim.

  39. Laura (Common) Says:

    I’d have to change my name, because “Laura” already instills fear in just about everyone I know. I think I’d go for something like “wimpy” just to throw off the bad guys and give me the extra advantage. ;)

    Also, I love your dog! And, I’m totally jealous of your ARC stash!

  40. Bee Says:

    I’d call myself Kat. For some reason it sounds so very badass.

    And you know, I totally stalk you on twitter. Just saying.
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  41. Nikki Says:

    I think I would call myself Trinket because that was the first random word that popped into my head.
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