Monday News and Giveaways

Barbara Vey -- October 26th, 2009

I love hearing about all the conferences going on, even if I can’t attend them.  If you have gone and would like to write a paragraph about it, please email me at  You can also include a picture. 

From Grace Fonseca:  It was a great weekend at Authors After Dark. The first panel that I went to was the Joey W. Hill and Judi Fennell on Mermaids. I got to learn a lot more about the Mermaid myths and where they came from. There was also some incredible artwork that we got to see of the mermans. It was very entertaining. (Note: first picture is of Joey W. Hill and Judi Fennell)  Enter the Eververse with Stella and Audra Price was a lot of fun. They discuss how they co-write The Eververse and held a contest where people. got prizes. (Second pic is of Stella and Audra).

Stella and Audra Price

Saturday Morning’s panel was Waking Up With Vampires. It was interesting to hear what inspired them to start writing about Vampires and how they all started writing this genre. Not to mention what it was like to receive the feedback. Jennifer Armintrout recalled a story where this woman told her at a RWA meeting "You can’t have your vampire hero be a female hero." Well that inspired her.  On to Faries, Dragons, Knights. Jennifer Armintrout, Rosemary Laurey aka Madeline Oh, aka Georgia Evans,  Judi Fennell, and Stephanie Julian all held a panel discussion. They talked about the myths, where they got the ideas from, how they took those traditions and put their own spin on them. Plus not to mention how they did this. There was a booksigning and Masquerade Ball with prizes. Everyone managed to win something.

After Sunday breakfast the raffle began for the gift baskets. Not to mention that I took home three incredible gift baskets with some incredible books. This was a wonderful conference. I had a really fun weekend. I’m so glad that I went.

From Me:  Don’t forget that tomorrow Dorchester editor Leah Hultenschmidt is in the house to answer your editor related questions.

Monday Giveaways

From Dorchester Publishing: Post a widget and win a prize!  Visit Romantic Reads for full details.  One grand prize winner will receive the entire NYT best-selling Tairen Soul series by C.L. Wilson, but everyone who plays will receive a prize.

From author C.J. Lyons In honor of her new release, URGENT CARE, CJ Lyons is hosting a contest.  One lucky winner will have their query package critiqued by my agent, Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Agency.  Check here for more details.

From author Roberta Beach Jacobson:  Win a copy of the quirky Quiz It: Arizona by Felice Prager.

From the 2009 Debutantes: 
To celebrate Teens Read Week, the YA and MG authors of Debut 2009 are giving away a 46-book set of their debut novels to ONE lucky library, anywhere in the world! In light of recent budget cuts to libraries in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and other communities, these debut authors would like to contribute their library to your library, offering up brand new novels for your patrons at no cost.

The collection includes #1 New York Times bestseller WINGS, by Aprilynne Pike, critically-acclaimed novels EYES LIKE STARS by Lisa Mantchev, THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan, FLASH BURNOUT by L.K. Madigan, TWENTY BOY SUMMER by Sarah Ockler and THE SEASON by Sarah MacLean, Junior Library Guild Selections CANDOR by Pam Bachorz and SHADOWED SUMMER by Saundra Mitchell, and a host of other amazing novels that debuted in 2009.

This contest is open to librarians only- public or school- anywhere in the world. (All it takes to enter is one picture taken in your library!) To find out more about the 2009 Debut Library, how to enter, eligibility and full rules, please visit us here.

From author Emily BryanCheck out Emily Bryan’s MERRY CHRISTMAS BALL CONTEST. The winner of a $100 B&N gift card will be drawn  on December 1st! Who couldn’t use one of those in her stocking?

From Linda LaRoque:  Linda LaRoque is giving away a pair of amber and sterling earrings to celebrate the release of Flames On The Sky, book two of The Turquoise Legacy, a time travel set in historical Chaco Canyon. For contest details go to her blog by clicking on this link.  The winner will be announced on November 1, 2009.

Bottom Line:  Today is Worldwide Howl at the Moon Day…enough said.


10 thoughts on “Monday News and Giveaways

  1. Elaine Lowe

    Oh! I love that it’s Howl at the Moon Day! Maybe I’ll get some great inspirations for my currently stalled shifter romance. And I would have loved to be at that mermaid panel. I had so much fun writing about a merman in Sea of Pearls, I’d love to revisit his planet again sometime to have fun with a whole pod of his people! Thanks, as always, for the great blog.

  2. Tim Tocher

    Hi, Barbara, Thanks for posting the info on Authors AFter Dark. NY State English Teachers Conference doesn’t sound exciting, but it was. On the 22nd, I was lucky enough to moderate the YA panel of Joseph Bruchac, Todd Strausser, and Amy Burg. We all talked up our latest books and shared our perspectives on writing, and encouraging kids to write. A blast!

  3. Judi Fennell

    It was so nice to meet Grace and all the rest of the readers. This was my first readers conference since my (first) book came out and thanks to the incomparable Joey W. Hill for coming aboard for the Mermaids & Myths workshop! A great time was had by all and I can’t wait until next year!

  4. Stephanie Julian

    I had a great time at Authors After Dark and can’t wait for next year. Grace, it was so nice to meet you and I’m glad to hear you had a good time. If you couldn’t get there this year, make plans for the next.


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