Friday, June 3, 2016

Apollycon Update!

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I don’t know if you’re excited about Apollycon 2017 yet but I am!  And, you know, if you’re not, you probably will be after reading this!

This post will be filled with so many updates, we hope that you can keep up with them all!

Keep reading to get links and info about the Apollycon 2017 venue, hotel, volunteer signups, and TICKETS!

Ready to know all of the things?

Here we go:

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VENUE ANNOUNCEMENT: Apollycon 2017 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance at Universal Orlando!

APOLLYCON HOTEL ROOM BLOCK: There is a block of rooms reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, at a discounted rate. To book a room, go here or http://bit.ly/Apollycon2017-Hotel. You can book a room for an arrival as early as 3/19/2017, and check out as late as 3/31/2017 with access to the Apollycon 2017 rate. But act fast, the rooms sell out quickly! **If by chance the room block is sold out, you may still contact the hotel to inquire about other available rooms, but they may not have the discounted rate.

VOLUNTEER SIGN-UPS ARE OPEN!: Interested in becoming a volunteer at Apollycon 2017? Sign up here (http://bit.ly/Apollycon2017-Volunteers)! Please be sure to thoroughly read the form prior to submitting the form.

TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased here (https://apollycon2017.eventbrite.com)! The ticket sale will be live at 12PM EST on Friday, June 3rd, 2016. **There has been a ticket update: The FAST PASS (which was previously announced) will no longer be available for purchase. For more info, check out the Apollycon tickets page, or the Apollycon website.

Keep reading to see the Apollycon 2017 schedule, and FAQs!

ICYMI: Apollycon is an event for readers across all genres (including YA, NA, and Adult), which includes a signing event featuring authors and special guests, as well as an after party where readers and authors can connect.

Here is the schedule of events:

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Time TBD (we will release this info closer to the event) – On-site Registration opens (to pick up badges, etc)

2pm-5pm – EXCLUSIVE TITAN SIGNING: This signing will be for TITAN PASS HOLDERS ONLY. All attending authors and vendors will be on site during this session as well. TITAN PASS HOLDERS PLEASE NOTE: This signing will end promptly at 5PM. If you still have books you need to have signed, you may attend the General Signing session on Saturday.

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Time TBD (we will release this info closer to the event) – On-site Registration opens (to pick up badges, etc)

12pm-5pm – GENERAL SIGNING SESSION: This session is FREE to all attendees! Please keep in mind that we are asking that you still register to attend the event. All authors and vendors will be on site and available at this time. Some authors will be ticketed and/or have book limits (that may differ from the general book limitations which can be found in the FAQ section below), so please be prepared to adhere to the specified instructions. The signing will end promptly at 5PM, as we will need to clear the space for the after party which will be occuring later that evening.

8pm-11pmDEMIGOD AFTER PARTY: You must purchase a Demigod pass in order to attend. (This is included with both the Titan AND the Apollyon pass, so you won’t need to purchase 2 separate passes.) The party will include:

  • 1,001 DARK NIGHTS GIFT BAGS FOR THE FIRST 300 PEOPLE! – Be among the first 300 people to arrive, and you will get to take home a bag filled with goodies!
  • MINGLE WITH YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS! – Featured authors & cover model(s) will be in attendance!
  • PHOTOBOOTH FUN – We will have a photo booth with fun props where you and your friends can capture the fun!
  • HIT THE DANCE FLOOR WITH YOUR FRIENDS! – We will have a DJ bringing the tunes!
  • GIVEAWAYS, GIVEWAYS, GIVEAWAYS! – There will be chances to win gift cards, an iPad, a Kindle Fire tablet, signed books, and more throughout the party!

**The Saturday general signing will be FREE for all attendees, but it is important that all attendees have a registered ticket through this eventbrite page.

**For additional information regarding this event including attending authors & vendors, check out the Apollycon website, or the FAQ’s below.

F-A-Q

The Saturday general signing is free, do I still need to register?

YES. If you solely wish to attend the Saturday signing (which is FREE), we are still asking that all attendees register for a general signing ticket.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Plan to bring your ID with you when picking up your registration on site. <–This will apply to those of you purchasing a Titan, Apollyon, and/or Demigod pass. Also, there will be a bar serving alcoholic beverages at the after party, so be sure to bring your ID in the event that you wish to purchase drinks.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There will be on-site PAID parking available at the venue hotel.

What are the book limitations?

You may bring as many books from home as you’d like, but you can only get 5 books per author signed at a time, and you’ll be asked to go to the back of the line to get any additional books signed by the same author. **Please note: There may be some authors that have a different book limit (less than 5), but we will make a formal announcement on the Apollycon site/social media closer to the event.

Is my registration/ticket refundable/transferrable?

All paid passes/registration will be FULLY REFUNDABLE until January 1st, 2017. Beyond that point, it will be transferable (so you can resell your pass to another attendee) should you no longer be able to attend.

I plan to sign up to volunteer. Do I still need to pay for a pass?

YES. If you are interested in getting the swag/items that comes with the Titan or Apollyon passes, you must still purchase the a pass. If you purchase the Titan pass, and are selected to be an Apollycon volunteer, you will still be granted access to the FULL Friday signing that comes along with it.

Can I purchase books at the event?

Yes! There will be an onsite bookseller with books for purchase. (Hours of operation will be posted closer to date of the event.) Self-published titles will be sold by the author at their respective tables, at the author’s discretion. As we get closer to the event, we will provide a list of books that will be available for purchase at the event. **Please note: There may be limited titles/formats available through the bookseller, so if you have specific titles you’d like to have for the signing, your best bet is to purchase them before the event.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can reach the Apollycon 2017 event organizers (Steph & Hannah) using the messaging options on the Apollycon social media pages, or at apollyconevent[at]gmails[dot]com.

For more FAQ’s, check out the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Apollycon website.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Upcoming Colorado Book Events | November

I don’t know how many of my readers are local but I still want to spotlight some upcoming book events here in Colorado.  These are just YA events but feel free to check out the bookstore websites if you want to look into more adult or childrens events.

(Click the author’s name to be taken to the event page.)

November 3rd, 2015

Ellen Hopkins

 

Ellen Hopkins

Traffick
Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
7:00 PM

If you can’t make it to the signing but want an autographed copy, email books@tatteredcover.com
 
 

November 12, 2015

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell

Carry On
Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater
Reception from 4:30 to 6:00 PM
Booktalk and signing at 7:00 PM

This is a rather different type signing.  It’s part of Boulder Library’s Speaker Series so they have a reception with Rainbow Rowell before a booktalk and signing.  This is a ticketed event and you must pay for the tickets.  You can pay $45 for the reception and booktalk/signing or just $20 for the booktalk/signing.

November 15, 2015

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Melanie Crowder and Laura Resau

A Nearer Moon and The Lightning Queen
Boulder Book Store
4:00 PM

This is a free event, no ticket needed.

 
 
 
 

November 17th, 2015

Marissa Meyer

 

Marissa Meyer

Winter
Tattered Cover Colfax
7:00 PM

This is a ticketed event so make sure to get your copy of Winter at Tattered Cover starting November 10th and get a ticket for the signing with your book.

Once again, if you want a signed copy but won’t be able to go, email books@tatteredcover.com

 
I will be attending Marissa Meyer’s signing, as well as Rainbow Rowell’s. If you see me there, make sure to say hi!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

BEA Recap: Day Three | 2015 Edition

Friday was the final day of BEA and I knew from the start that it was going to be crazy.  Six of Crows, Soundless, Black Widow, etc.  Pretty much all the books were being dropped or signed.  I knew it was going to be another mad dash to make it to the front of the signing line.

Friday 1

My day started off even earlier than the previous day because I wanted to get there early enough to get a ticket for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s signing of Scorched.  The exhibits didn’t open until 9 but the ticket booth opened at 7 and I wanted to be there with time to spare.  I was lucky enough to get a ticket and then I headed to my group of fellow bloggers and started making a game plan for the day.  I had already gotten Six of Crows the night before so I was able to cross that off my list but I really wanted Black Widow and Soundless.  Penguin Teen tweeted that they would be dropping Soundless (very limited quantity) first thing at 9 and it totally screwed up my plan to go straight to Disney.  As soon as they let us in the exhibits I made the dash to Penguin, managed to get Soundless and Reawakened, and then headed to Disney for the Black Widow signing with plenty of time to spare.

Friday was pretty much just signings for me.  Kelly Armstrong, Kim Liggett, Marieke Nijkamp, Heidi Schulz, and more.  It was nice to just hang out in some lines and spend some time chatting.  I wandered through some booths and talked to some publicists but I was really feeling pretty lazy by this point.  I killed time until I had to go to the Penguin Teen Luncheon with Sarah Dessen and Carrie Ryan.

Friday 2

The luncheon was held at the Javits and it was just 15 to 20 bloggers along with Sarah Dessen and Carrie Ryan.  It was pretty much a dream come true for me.  I don’t know if you guys know this but this blog would not exist without Sarah Dessen.  Getting to be in the same room as her was enough for me but then we also got to listen to her and Carrie Ryan talk about their books and their writing and all that fun stuff.  It was just the icing on the cake to get her new book, Saint Anything, signed at the end of the lunch.

Following lunch it was just Jennifer L. Armentrout’s signing for Scorched and then I was out of there.  I headed out again with Nikki, Octavia, and Christina, as well as Cassi from My Thoughts, Literally.  We all had plans to go to the blogger dinner at Bourbon Street Bar and Grille that Tiffany from Mostly YA Lit organized.  It was a very chill event with delicious food and drinks.  (I had my first ever Hurricane and now I want another.)  After that we just spent the night hanging out back at their hostel because none of us wanted to say goodbye.

Clearly, I had a pretty fantastic time at BEA this year.  I am so thankful to the publishers, authors, and other bloggers that gave me this awesome opportunity.  The conference will be in Chicago next year and I can already tell you that I will be there!

How was your experience with BEA?  Are you planning on going to BEA 2016 in Chicago?

Monday, June 8, 2015

BEA Recap: Day Two | 2015 Edition

Day two of BEA was the first full day of the exhibits and I was up bright and early.  I headed to the convention center to meet up with my blogger friends and plan out my day while I waited in line.  I really had no plans for the day so I had to take some time to figure out what books I really wanted.

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken was the big signing of the day and as much as I wanted it, I decided I’d probably forgo that because the line was going to be insane.  Instead I headed over to Penguin Random House to get a ticket for Ernest Cline’s signing of Armada.  I was lucky enough to be pretty early in the line and from there I spent some time wandering the floor.  I actually got extremely lucky and walked by the Disney Hyperion booth right as Alex Bracken was finishing her signing and since there were books left, she was nice enough to sign one for me.  I couldn’t believe my luck!  My day was made from that point on.

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Following the morning rush, I didn’t really have many plans.  I wandered by Little, Brown right as Carrie Ryan was signing her middle grade book, City of Thirst.  I also happened to be right there when they started the signing line for Libba Bray’s Lair of Dreams.  Once that signing was over I just wandered the floor some more before heading out with Nikki from There Were Books Involved, Octavia from Read. Sleep. Repeat, and Christina from My Life In Books.

Fierce

The three of us headed to some random pizza place for $0.99 pizza (which was wonderful) and got some frozen yogurt after that.  Then it was time to head to The Strand’s Rare Books Room for the Fierce Reads event hosted by Macmillan.  There was, once again, a photo booth, some awesome authors/bloggers/publicists, and food and drink.  It was so awesome getting to meet Sandy Hall, Leila Sales, and Josephine Angelini, not to mention getting to see Leigh Bardugo and Marissa Meyer again.  As if the party wasn’t awesome enough, the lovely people at Macmillan gifted us with goody bags containing the latest releases from all the authors in attendance and the authors were nice enough to sign their books.  I definitely did a happy dance when I got Six of Crows and was able to get it signed.

By the time we were all ready to head out, The Strand was pretty much kicking us out.  It was so much fun that none of us wanted to leave.  I braved the subway by myself, made it home safe, and completely passed out.  I had big plans for Friday and I knew it was going to be an early morning!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

BEA Recap : Day One | 2015 Edition

Last week I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to attend Book Expo America once again.  This was my fifth year in attendance and you’d think by now I’d be used to the craziness but that is so not the case.  Besides a minor meltdown early on in the week, BEA was a blast.  It was great seeing some familiar faces and meeting lots of new ones.

I arrived Sunday night but the festivities didn’t officially start until Wednesday.  That’s not to say I didn’t do some bookish things before then.  I managed to make it to Jenny Han’s launch party for P.S. I Still Love You and it was so much fun.  There was a photo area and champagne and goodies.  Following that I headed over to the Rooftop Party where I had the chance to mingle with some fellow book bloggers, authors, and some publicists.  It was a very chill evening that was just perfect to start the week off.

The first day of the conference was actually very new this year.  It was only a half day and the exhibit floor didn’t open until 1 PM.  That’s not to say that I wasn’t there super early.  I knew I needed to get my badge and the lines to get on the exhibit floor were going to be crazy so I just figured I’d hang out there for the morning.  It was a great opportunity to hang out with other bloggers and introduce myself to some new people.  It was also a wonderful time for the awesome guy behind me to totally photobomb my selfie.

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My mission for the day was to be lucky enough to get one of the 100 copies of Truthwitch that Tor Teen brought to the conference.  I can’t even begin to tell you how crazy it was in that signing line.  First off, tickets were being handed out as soon as the exhibit floor opened so it was a mad dash to get there and get one of those. (Also, no matter what you’ve heard, I’m pretty sure no one got trampled in the rush for Truthwitch tickets.) Once that was in my hand I was able to wander the floor and know that I would be getting a copy when the time for the signing came around.  It was awesome getting to meet Susan Dennard.  She was a complete sweetheart.  After her signing I felt like I had accomplished my mission for the day and spent some time reading before I had to leave the conference for the day.

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Following the time spent picking up books and wandering around the exhibits, I headed to the Bourbon Street Bar and Grille for the Epic Reads party.  There was a photo booth, tons of bloggers and authors, food and drink, and goody bags.  The highlight was definitely getting to meet Patrick Ness and Aaron Hartzler.  Both of them were so nice and I look forward to reading their new books, The Rest of Us Just Live Here and What We Saw.

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I was already exhausted and knew I had an early day so I didn’t stay all that long at the party.  I grabbed a goody bag, took the subway home, and spent the night organizing my books from the day.  Once that was done I crashed and attempted to prepare myself for the madness of day two!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Upcoming Colorado Book Events! (September/October/November)

Fellow Colorado book lovers, there are some awesome events coming up and I wanted to share them just in case you may not know. I will be attending as many events as I can so if you see me around feel free to talk to me! I’m very chatty! The ones I know I will be attending have an asterisk next to the authors name.

For more information about the event click on the authors name or location (if more than one signing.)

book cover of The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

Lauren Myracle

September 7
7:00 PM
Tattered Cover (Highlands Ranch)

book cover of Relic by Renee Collins

Renee Collins

September 20
7:00 PM
Tattered Cover (Highlands Ranch)

Rae Carson, Mindy McGinnis, Michelle Gagnon, Sherry Thomas, and Madeline Roux*

September 26
7:00 PM
Tattered Cover (Highlands Ranch)

book cover of The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

James Dashner

October 9
7:00 PM
Tattered Cover (Highlands Ranch)

October 10
6:30 PM
Boulder Book Store

book cover of The Whatnot by Stefan Bachmann
Stefan Bachmann

October 14
7:00 PM
October 15
6:30 PM
book cover of Inheritance by Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo

October 20
3:00 PM
Tattered Cover (Colfax)

October 21
7:30 PM
Tattered Cover (Colfax)
book cover of Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman*

October 24
7:00 PM
Tattered Cover (Colfax)

November 16
7:00 PM
Tattered Cover (Colfax)
Feel free to email me or leave a comment if you plan to attend any of these signings.  I’d love to meet up and chat with some fellow readers!
Friday, March 1, 2013

Upcoming Colorado Book Events! (March)

Fellow Colorado book lovers, there are some awesome events coming up and I wanted to share them just in case you may not know. I will be attending as many events as I can so if you see me around feel free to talk to me! I’m very chatty! The ones I know I will be attending have an asterisk next to the authors name.

For more information about the event click on the authors name or location (if more than one signing.)

book cover of The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis

Peter Lerangis
March 3 
2:00 PM
Barnes & Noble (Boulder)
March 4

7:00 PM
Tattered Cover (Highlands Ranch)

book cover of The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson*
March 5
7:00 PM
Tattered Cover (Highlands Ranch)


book cover of Unremembered by Jessica Brody


Jessica Brody*
March 9
3:00 PM
Tattered Cover (Highlands Ranch)

book cover of Finn Finnegan by Darby Karchut
March 16
1:00 PM
Barnes & Noble (Colorado Springs)
Let me know I’ve failed to mention an event that you know about.  I hope to see some of you guys at these events next month!
Monday, September 24, 2012

Upcoming Colorado Book Events! (Part 2)

Fellow Colorado book lovers, there are some awesome events coming up and I wanted to share them just in case you may not know. I will be attending as many events as I can so if you see me around feel free to talk to me! I’m very chatty! The ones I know I will be attending have an asterisk next to the authors name.

For more information about the event click on the authors name or location (if more than one signing.)

You can check out part one here!

October:

book cover of The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente

Catherynne Valente

October 2
6:30 PM
Boulder Book Store

October 3
7:00 PM
Colfax Avenue Tattered Cover

book cover of The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
October 20
4:00 PM
Highlands Ranch Tattered Cover
Ticketed Event
book cover of Second Chance by Heather Brewer
October 25
7:00 PM
Highlands Ranch Tattered Cover
I will keep doing these posts when I find out about more events.  It seems like more publishers are sending authors to Colorado which makes me really happy.  Hope to see some of my fellow Colorado readers soon!
Sunday, September 2, 2012

Upcoming Colorado Book Events!

Fellow Colorado book lovers, there are some awesome events coming up and I wanted to share them just in case you may not know.  I will be attending as many events as I can so if you see me around feel free to talk to me!  I’m very chatty!  The ones I know I will be attending have an asterisk next to the authors name.

For more information about the event click on the authors name.

September:

book cover of Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins
September 13
7:00 PM
Highlands Ranch Tattered Cover

Fierce Reads book covers
Marissa Meyer, Lish McBride, Elizabeth Fama, Ann Aguirre
September 19
7:00 PM
Highlands Ranch Tattered Cover
book cover of Under Wildwood by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis

Colin Meloy & Carson Ellis
September 28
7:00 PM
Historic LoDo Tattered Cover


October:

book cover of Through To You by Emily Hainsworth
Emily Hainsworth 
October 5
7:00 PM 
Highlands Ranch Tattered Cover


October 6
7:00 PM
Colfax Tattered Cover

Tiffany Schmidt, Donna Cooner, Brenna Yovanoff, and Emily Hainsworth
October 20
6:00 PM
Boulder Book Store

I will keep this post updated if there are any changes to these events!  Hope to see some fellow Colorado readers soon!
Friday, October 14, 2011

Dark Days Colorado Tour Stop + Giveaway!

Colorado residents, tomorrow night is the Dark Days of supernatural tour stop at the Tattered Cover in Highlands Ranch.  It starts at 7:00 PM and there are going to be some amazing authors there; Kiersten White, Claudia Gray, Amy Garvey, and Jocelyn Davies!

If you aren’t in Colorado and you want to know if there is an event near you, check out the Facebook page here!  There will also be a livestream event this Sunday which you can RSVP to here!

Now, the part you are all waiting for: the giveaway!

Details:
-One very lucky winner will receive a copy of all 5 Dark Days books! (Supernaturally, A Beautiful Dark, Cold Kiss, Eve, and Fateful)

Requirements:
-You must fill out the form to enter.
-You must have a US mailing address.
-This giveaway will end on October 22.

Fill out the form here!

PS.  If you are going to be at the Tattered Cover event, email me or just come up and say hi!