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.)
***NOTE: CONTEST CLOSED!!!****
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