Sunday, May 6, 2012

SIGNED Books + Swag GIVEAWAY & an overview of my first book signing experience!

Veronica Rossi & Tahereh Mafi!

Last weekend (April 28th) I had the awesome opportunity to road trip with Sarah (The Book Life) and Angela (Novel Therapy) to Coral Gables, FL to see Veronica Rossi and Tahereh Mafi at their book signing event. This was my very first book signing experience and I had such a blast!

From left to right: Me (Shanon), Sarah & Angela.
*Photo courtesy of Jenna (Making the Grade)*

Getting to the bookstore, Books & Books, was an adventure in itself. Trying to find parking and then having to repeatedly feed the parking meter throughout the day was a little stressful, but totally worth it. When we got there, we explored the bookstore, and it is seriously the cutest and most awesome store I've ever been in! I really wish I would have taken pictures of the outside of the store, but I was so excited that I forgot. Hehe.

We met up with some fellow bloggers named Jenna (Making the Grade) and Sarah (YA Rebels) while we were there. These ladies are extremely nice and entertaining!

From left to right: Me (Shanon), Sarah, Angela, Sarah & Jenna.
*Photo courtesy of Jenna*

Before the signing we actually ran into Veronica and Tahereh down the street from the store, and I'm pretty sure I was grinning like a fool when we passed by them and said "hello"! Although they looked a little startled, they were totally cool about all of the gawking we were doing and they smiled and said some nice things back to us.

The photo above is my FAVORITE! These ladies were struck with a serious case of the giggles that was highly contagious! It took a while for everyone to compose themselves. =)

During the Q&A portion of the event they took the time to answer everyone's questions. They discussed their publishing journey and gave some inspiring advice about never giving up on your dream of being a writer. They also talked a lot about their characters and their inspiration.
Me with Tahereh & Veronica!
*Photos courtesy of Jenna*

Tahereh and Veronica are so incredibly nice and hilarious! I was so nervous to meet them and felt a little starstruck but when the time came to get my books signed, they made me feel very comfortable. It also meant so much to me that they took the time to chat with me while they were signing my books, and it was so nice of them to give me extra swag for my giveaway!

Now, on to the giveaway!!

I'm giving away signed copies of Under the Never Sky & Shatter me + swag! THERE WILL BE 2 WINNERS! One winner will receive a signed copy of Under the Never Sky along with a signed bookmark, and the other winner will receive a signed copy of Shatter Me along with a signed keychain! Just read the contest rules and use the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

Contest rules:

-U.S. residents only
-Must be 13 or older to enter
-Winners will have 72 hours to respond via email before another winner is chosen
-Giveaway ends on June 1st at 12:01AM

Good luck, everyone! =D 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. SO glad you've enjoyed it!! :) ;)

  2. This giveaway and your FIRST signing is pure epicness I tell ya :)

  3. So glad you had a great time at the signing!! It's awesome when authors actually take the time and answer questions and take pics. with the fans.

  4. I love the one w/ them laughing, too! That was such an awesome time :0) Would it be weird if I entered your contest...hehe. I'm just kidding, of course. Great post, buddy!

  5. I haven't been to a lot of signings either and get totally starstruck when I do go! Love all your pictures, it looked like a blast! Thanks for the giveaway =)


  6. I haven't been to a signing yet and I'm sure I will go all fangirl "Uhhh...Hi" when I do. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I'd be fangirling as well nothing wrong with that.

  8. Sweet ass giveaway and I've never been to a signing, but I'm sure I would be hyped for it.

  9. This is an amazing giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win! I don't get many chances for book signings.
    Brittany S

  10. This is a fantastic giveaway! I'm glad your first signing was so fantastic, author tours are always SO much fun. I swear YA authors are also the nicest ones ever, they're all so sweet and awesome and patient.

  11. FANTASTIC Giveaway…these are two books that I've been wanting to read.

  12. Super AWESOME FANTASTIC giveaway! Those are 2 of the books I have been dying to read!!!! Thanks for being so generous!!!!

  13. Easy. It's an awesome giveaway :)

  14. Hmmm... What do I think?? Well I think that it's probably the best giveaway I have come across ever!!

  15. Thanks for hosting this amazing giveaway! It's definitely not everyday that you get the chance to win awesome books signed by the amazing authors! Very cool. Soo jealous that you actually got to go to a signing like this.


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