Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Sunshine Tour book signing: Recap & Giveaway!!

On March 3rd, my best friend Sarah (The Book Life) and I drove 3 hours to Clearwater, FL to attend one of the stops on The Sunshine Tour!
 
All of the authors listed above were there, with the exception of Laura Sullivan who couldn't make it.
 
Me & my best friend, Sarah! =D

Top row: Kristen Simmons, Trish Doller, Gaby Triana, Heather Burch, J.A. Souders.
Bottom row: Jenny Torres Sanchez, Karen Amanda Hooper, Lucienne Diver, Anna Banks.

 
 
I can't even tell you how much fun this event was! I've never been to a signing that featured this many authors before, and I can safely say that this is one of the most entertaining events I've ever been to!
All of the authors are so nice and incredibly funny, and I had a blast chatting with all of them.
 
They did a Q&A that proved to be very interesting and the questions ranged anywhere from "What is your writing process like?" to "How much control do you have over picking the cover of your book?". I was actually a bit surprised to learn that sometimes they really don't have any control over what their covers look like. Also, hearing a little bit about what each author's writing journey is like was very inspiring and intriguing!
 

 
After the signing the authors posed for us making hilarious and silly faces!
 
 
 
In the above picture you can see that Jenna (Making the Grade) and Sarah Nicolas (Sunshine Tour manager, YA Rebels) were there and posed with the authors. Jenna is on the far left, and Sarah is on the far right. These ladies are pretty awesome!
 
Me with J.A. Souders (author of Renegade
Me with Heather Burch (author of Halflings
I got pics with J.A. Souders (A.K.A. Jessica) and Heather Burch! Squee! They're so sweet and fun to talk with.

Later that evening, Sarah (The Book Life) and I had the privilege of having dinner with Jessica Souders, Trish Doller, Trish's lovely daughter, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Lucienne Diver and her husband, Jenna, and Sarah Nicolas! We drove to the neighboring town of Tarpon Springs and had dinner at this cool Greek restaurant there. I feel so lucky to have been able to do that! It was so much fun, and everyone was laughing and in such a good mood.


Above are the books I came home with from the signing. I also got some cool swag (pictured below) to give away to you all today! So now that I've finished sharing my Sunshine Tour experience with you, it's time to move on to the giveaway!
 
Giveaway Info:
 
 
There will be 6 WINNERS! Each swag pack comes with at least 1 SIGNED swag item! Here's a breakdown of what each winner will get:
 
Winner #1
-SIGNED Avenger card by Heather Burch
 -Breaking Point card by Kristen Simmons
-Halflings bookmark by Heather Burch
-Guardian bookmark by Heather Burch
-SIGNED Renegade bookmark by J.A. Souders
-Sunshine Tour bookmark
-SIGNED Of Triton bookmark by Anna Banks
-Vamped tattoo by Lucienne Diver
 
Winner #2
 -SIGNED Avenger card by Heather Burch
 -Breaking Point card by Kristen Simmons
 -Guardian bookmark by Heather Burch
-SIGNED Renegade bookmark by J.A. Souders
-Sunshine Tour bookmark
-SIGNED Of Triton bookmark by Anna Banks
 
Winner #3

-SIGNED Avenger card by Heather Burch
 -Guardian bookmark by Heather Burch
-SIGNED Renegade bookmark by J.A. Souders
-Sunshine Tour bookmark
-SIGNED Of Triton bookmark by Anna Banks
 
Winner #4
 -SIGNED Avenger card by Heather Burch
-Halflings bookmark by Heather Burch
-Sunshine Tour bookmark
-SIGNED Of Triton bookmark by Anna Banks
 
Winner #5
 -Halflings bookmark by Heather Burch
-SIGNED Of Triton bookmark by Anna Banks
 
 
Winner #6
-Halflings bookmark by Heather Burch
-SIGNED Of Triton bookmark by Anna Banks
 
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To enter the giveaway, read the contest rules and then fill out the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win!!
 
Contest rules:
*U.S. only (sorry!)
*Must be 13 or older to enter
*Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email before another winner is chosen
 
Good luck!
  

18 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a good time at the event. It sounds fun!

    Thanks for the giveaway (:

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    1. And favorite signing? I've only been to a handful, but the most memorable was a reading + signing with Jim Dale. I was definitely star struck!

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    2. Very cool! Oh yeah, I can relate to the feeling of being starstruck! =P

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  2. So many authors! Last week I was able to go to a book signing with Stephenie Meyer on her THE HOST tour (along with the two hot male lead actors in the movie). Even though I only got about a second of face time with her because there were almost a thousand people there so they had to move the line along very quickly, it was still awesome to "meet" her and the actors. I have her to thank for getting me into reading YA books (Twilight was my introduction to the world of YA), so I'd have to say that this was my favorite signing!

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    1. Sarah, that's freakin' awesome!! I can only imagine how many people must have been there...wow! =)

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  3. I love multi-author events! I love the photos. Looks like you had fun! My favorite signing was at a book convention a couple years back where I got to meet Kelley Armstrong :)

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    1. Thank you! That's so cool that you got to meet Kelley Armstrong! I haven't read any of her books yet but I want to! =D

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  4. I want to be winner 1!!! LOL

    I haven't been to any signings but I'm going to my first 1 this Saturday with Lisa Renee JOnes and Donna Grant. I'm so excited for that!

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    1. Good luck!! =D

      Yay!! I hope you have a blast at your very first signing! Take lots of pictures, and I'll be on the lookout for your recap post!

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  5. Never been to one :( But thanks for sharing :D

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  6. never been to one but love to see cassandra clare

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