Monday, June 10, 2013

Armchair BEA 2013 Closing Survey

As Armchair BEA wraps up we want to do all we can to improve the event year after year. This year we've put together a short survey for all those who participated this year. We'd love it if everyone could take a few minutesto let us know how we can improve for future Armchair BEA events. 

 Also, we want to let everyone know that we have quite a few more prizes left to be claimed and we will be choosing more prize winners from the survey answers! 

 Thank you again for helping to make another Armchair BEA events as successful as ever!

 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

FEATURED Giveaway WINNER!

Do you remember the FEATURED giveaway from last week, thanks to Patchwork Press?  If not, let me give you a little reminder . . .


Patchwork Press is a brand new publisher of YA/NA/MG titles.  (For those who need the breakdown for the acronyms ... Young Adult/New Adult/Middle Grade.)  Please take a few minutes to click on over and connect with them on the following sites:


FEATURED GIVEAWAY DETAILS

One winner will be sent two ebooks (YA/NA/MG) every month from June 2013 – June 2014. One will be a Patchwork Press title, and the other will be from a surprise must-read independent author.  

We now have a winner!! 
 Congratulations to Crystal of My Reading Room
 Enjoy your books for a year!!

FINAL FINAL Daily Winners!!!


Surprise!!  It is with great pleasure that I announce our FINAL FINAL daily winners, all courtesy to our fabulous 2013 sponsors!!  We could not forget to reward those that contributed to our Other Genre as well as our Wrap-Up linkies.  Read on to find out if you are one of our FINAL FINAL lucky winners and how to claim your prize!!

DAILY TOPIC WINNERS


Now that you have won, how do you claim your prize?  Follow the directions below:
  1. Review our list of giveaways and pick your top three choices.
  2. Complete the Prize Claim Form no later than Wednesday, June 5 at 12:00 Midnight EST!
  3. A confirmation email will be sent within approximately 24 hours, confirming which prize you have won as well as your email/mailing address, depending on your prize. 
Questions?  Email armchairbea (at) gmail (dot) com.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Armchair BEA 2013 Wrap-Up

Wow!  It has been another great year here at Armchair BEA 2013.  We had a lot of great discussions, including blogger development, ethics in blogging, and how to keep blogging fun and lasting.  We have had a ton of great conversations about different genres.  We have met lots of new bloggers, authors, and publishers.  We even get a glimpse into BEA itself through pictures and videos from our on-site correspondents.  And, we have partied very hard throughout the week!

Now, it is the time for you to share your thoughts and highlights from the week through another link-up.  However, please note that we will be posting in the next few days a survey that we would love to also have you come back and share your feedback as well.  We strive to make Armchair BEA better each and every year!

I will leave you with a few housekeeping items as we officially bring Armchair BEA 2013 to a close . . .

FEEDBACK:  Please feel free to share your feedback through your wrap-up posts as well as our upcoming survey.  In addition, you are always welcome to email the Armchair BEA team throughout the year at armchairbea (at) gmail (dot) com.

GIVEAWAYS:  If you were one of our lucky winners, whether it was from our daily giveaways or twitter parties, ALL prize claims need to be submitted no later than Tuesday, June 4 at 12:00 Midnight EST.  After this time, the claim form will no longer be available as we work in passing all winner information on to our sponsors.

LINKIES LIVE:  Don't forget that the links that have been shared can be viewed throughout the year!!  If you missed something, you still have time to share in all the resources available!

Thanks for another great year!!  See you from your armchair again in 2014!


Special Video Coverage: Day 2-3 BEA 2013

As a wrap-up to the week's events, Emily from Emily's Reading Room has a short video with a few clips and pictures from the final days of the event. Featured events are the Simon and Schuster Mortal Instruments party, video of signings, and some of the books at the event.

You can check out the video below or click here to view on YouTube.

Announcing Daily Winners: Day 5!!


It is time to announce our final round of winners, all courtesy to our fabulous 2013 sponsors!!  Read on to find out if you are one of our lucky winners and how to claim your prize!!

DAILY TOPIC WINNERS


COMMENTING WINNERS

Meg Wessell
Suey
Candice
Kathleen Kelly

INSTAGRAM WINNERS

Harleybearbooks
Estellasrevenge
Inlibrisveritas
Christasbooks
Chriswolak

Now that you have won, how do you claim your prize?  Follow the directions below:
  1. Review our list of giveaways and pick your top three choices.
  2. Complete the Prize Claim Form.
  3. A confirmation email will be sent within approximately 24 hours, confirming which prize you have won as well as your email/mailing address, depending on your prize. 
Questions?  Email armchairbea (at) gmail (dot) com.

Genre: What Did We Miss?

Throughout this past week, we have featured discussions on a multitude of book genres and audiences.  However, we as a team knew that we would never be able to connect bloggers with ALL the different genres and audiences that exist.  This is your chance to chat about all those genres that we didn't cover.  Link up your discussions below, using the following recommended format, and talk about what you love the most, but we didn't specifically cover in our daily topics this week.

Genre/Audience (Name/Blog)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Exclusive BEA Interview with Deborah Noyes

Another of our exclusive author interviews from BEA is with the multi-talented author/editor, Deborah Noyes. Her YA debut novel, PLAGUE IN THE MIRROR, comes out in just under two weeks on June 11th. Today we have an exclusive interview with Deborah that we're excited to share with you!


PLAGUE IN THE MIRROR by Deborah Noyes is set for a June 11th publication date from Candlewick Press. Take a look at a little bit more about the book and be sure to add it to your Goodreads Shelf.
In a sensual paranormal romance, a teen girl’s doppelgänger from 1348 Florence lures her into the past in hopes of exacting a deadly trade. It was meant to be a diversion — a summer in Florence with her best friend, Liam, and his travel-writer mom, doing historical research between breaks for gelato. A chance to forget that back in Vermont, May’s parents, and all semblance of safety, were breaking up. But when May wakes one night sensing someone in her room, only to find her ghostly twin staring back at her, normalcy becomes a distant memory. And when later she follows the menacing Cristofana through a portale to fourteenth-century Florence, May never expects to find safety in the eyes of Marco, a soulful painter who awakens in her a burning desire and makes her feel truly seen. The wily Cristofana wants nothing less of May than to inhabit each other’s lives, but with the Black Death ravaging Old Florence, can May’s longing for Marco’s touch be anything but madness? Lush with atmosphere both passionate and eerie, this evocative tale follows a girl on the brink of womanhood as she dares to transcend the familiar — and discovers her sensual power.

Behind the Scenes at BEA Take Three

Some of the fun things that happen at BEA are the parties and book signings. One of the fun parties held inside BEA was the Capstone Young Readers Anniversary Party. Super Hero themed from the aprons to the cupcakes & champagne, this was the event to attend on the floor this week!




Another WOW! signing was the one for none other than the famous Grumpy Cat! Yes, the actual Tartar Sauce aka Grumpy Cat was at BEA and the great people at Chronicle Books put us on the inside track for great photos!

All pictures taken by Gillian Cheek.

Reading Around the World!


“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”
― James Baldwin

Every book opens another door to a whole new world, with new sights, sounds and wonder beyond your wildest imagination (sounds cheesy but its true).

So here are a list of places/countries which you can explore through books, listed in alphabet order. Whether you live in New York, Singapore or the Federated States of Micronesia, there are some real exotic countries out there for you to travel to through the words of talented authors:




Los Angeles: Vain by Fisher Amelie 

These 26 books would be a good way for you to kickstart your worldly travels. Not all are contemporary and hence, these books will offer you peeks into a country's past and future.

Leave your footprints all around the world from the comfort of your armchair.

The world is yours for the reading.

xoxo,
Sel

(Sel blogs regularly at Bookcase to Heaven and is currently serving as a 2013 International Liaison for Armchair BEA.)

Announcing Daily Winners: Day 4!!


It is time to announce our first round of winners, all courtesy to our fabulous 2013 sponsors!!  Read on to find out if you are one of our first lucky winners and how to claim your prize!!

DAILY TOPIC WINNERS


COMMENTING WINNERS

Dana
Sue Morris
Lisa Guidarini
AH

INSTAGRAM WINNERS

amzech18 
Abgafford
nazishreads 
aman_ebb 
bookishnerd

Now that you have won, how do you claim your prize?  Follow the directions below:
  1. Review our list of giveaways and pick your top three choices.
  2. Complete the Prize Claim Form.
  3. A confirmation email will be sent within approximately 24 hours, confirming which prize you have won as well as your email/mailing address, depending on your prize. 
Questions?  Email armchairbea (at) gmail (dot) com.

Exclusive BEA Interviews with John Cusick

During BEA we had the opportunity to meet with and interview quite a few authors. One of the talented authors was John M. Cusick. John has written a number of YA novels including GIRL PARTS and the upcoming CHERRY MONEY BABY. In today's interview we talk a little about this upcoming new YA novel and also about the balancing act he does as both an author & agent.



CHERRY MONEY BABY by John M. Cusick is set for a September 2013 publication date from Candlewick Press. Take a look at a little more about the book and be sure to add it to your Goodreads shelf!
Hollywood glitz collides with workingclass aspirations in this satirical tale of an impulsive starlet and a sharp-witted small-town teen. Cherry Kerrigan loves her simple life, her family’s tiny trailer, even working at Burrito Barn. Forget college — she’s marrying her sweetheart from next door. But here comes Ardelia Deen, a glamorous starlet who sweeps Cherry into a world of fast cars and penthouse parties. Now Cherry’s small-town life just seems so . . . small. When Ardelia drops a bomb of an offer — one involving a baby — Cherry knows her life will change forever, no matter what she decides. John M. Cusick focuses his signature wit on Hollywood royalty and the wide-eyed dreams of Small Town, U.S.A. in a novel about discovering who you are . . . and changing your mind.

ELDER ROAD DAILY GIVEAWAY: Pebblehoof by Jason Black

It’s another daily giveaway thanks to Elder Road Books! Today I bring you Pebblehoof by Jason Black! 


This middle-grade historical adventure follows a 10-year-old girl homesteading with her parents in Nebraska, 1863. She finds friendship with a wild horse her only relief from the drudgery and danger of life on the prairie. But when a railroad baron decides the shortest path would be through her parents’ homestead, can the girl and her horse save the homestead and find a way to defy the most powerful man in the territory? 

For the next 24 hours only (deadline: Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 8:00 AM EST), you can receive your very own e-copy of Pebblehoof by Jason Black. Send email to elderroad@comcast.net, subject: Pebblehoof Giveaway. Indicate Kindle or ePUB version. 

For more information on Elder Road Books, visit Nathan Everett's website, Writer's Cramp.

Thank you to Elder Road Books for sponsoring this giveaway!

Genre: From Picture Books to Young Adult

Today's genre is a big one, Children's Literature. From picture books to middle grade to young adult novels this is a category that encompasses books that young and old alike flock to on a daily basis. In our home it's not uncommon to read anywhere from three or four picture books a day to as many as twenty. And that's not counting the middle grade and YA books picked up and devoured in a week. 

One of the great things about children's literature is the wide range of emotions, topics and themes it covers. These spectacular books can cover shockingly real and painful events such as death, trauma, rape, abuse and more. On the other hand they can take us to places far away through wardrobes, on pirate ships and into times of post-apocalyptic chaos. There is no limit to what can be accomplished within the pages of a well-written piece of children's literature. 

Here are a few of my absolute favorites over the the last year:
   

What are your favorites? Why do you love children's literature? Did you write a post about it? Share it with us!

Keeping It Real, Fresh, and Fun (Real Fresh and Fun?)

It's been a long week of celebrating books and blogging here at Armchair BEA Central! Whether you've been online here with us, or with the crowds in New York City converging on this final day of Book Expo America, you may be feeling a strange combination of energized and exhausted by now--full of things to say and new ideas to try, but not feeling up to doing much of it. Are you wondering just how you'll be able to keep all this going?

Today, we're interested in knowing how you address that question, especially if you've been doing this for a while. If you have been around for years, how do you keep your material fresh? How do you continue to keep blogging fun? How do you not only grow an audience, but how do you keep them coming back for more? Think about it, post about it, link to it, and read about how other bloggers are keeping it real, fresh, and fun. Maybe we can inspire each other today!

Our last book discussion of the week is about books for kids of all ages--children's and YA lit. We'll have a separate link tool in our lead post where you can share your own posts about the youth literature you love.


Friday, May 31, 2013

Exclusive BEA Cover Reveal: Sing Sweet Nightingale by Erica Cameron


Mariella Teagen hasn't spoken a word in four years. 


She pledged her voice to Orane, the man she loves—someone she only sees in her dreams. Each night, she escapes to Paradise, the world Orane created for her, and she sings for him. Mariella never believed she could stay in Paradise longer than a night, but two weeks before her eighteenth birthday, Orane hints that she may be able to stay forever. 

Hudson Vincent made a pledge to never fight again.

Celease, the creature who created his dream world, swore that giving up violence would protect Hudson. But when his vow caused the death of his little brother, Hudson turned his grief on Celease and destroyed the dream world. The battle left him with new abilities and disturbing visions of a silent girl in grave danger—Mariella.

Now, Hudson is fighting to save Mariella's life while she fights to give it away. And he must find a way to show her Orane’s true intentions before she is lost to Paradise forever. 


Erica Cameron knew that writing was her passion when she turned a picture book into a mystery novella as a teen. That piece wasn't her best work, but it got her an A. After college, she used her degree in Psycology and Creative Writing to shape a story about a dreamworld. Then a chance encounter at a rooftop party in Tribeca made that a reality.
You can find her on twitter @byericacameron. SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE is her first novel.

Behind the Scenes at BEA Take Two

We've already shown you a look behind the scenes before the crowds and craziness took hold of the Javits Center at BEA:

Well, now we thought we'd share a few photos from the floor filled with BEA attendees as well as from many of our sponsors. Enjoy!

 








Stay tuned for even more!!!


Announcing Daily Winners: Day 3!!


It is time to announce our first round of winners, all courtesy to our fabulous 2013 sponsors!!  Read on to find out if you are one of our first lucky winners and how to claim your prize!!


COMMENTING WINNERS

Krazzyme
Landi Martinez (ABookGeek)
Nise'
Rachel

INSTAGRAM WINNERS

tweenandteenlibraryfind
abookandalattee
ashleymcprince
itsme_lori
ashley2cents

Now that you have won, how do you claim your prize?  Follow the directions below:
  1. Review our list of giveaways and pick your top three choices.
  2. Complete the Prize Claim Form.
  3. A confirmation email will be sent within approximately 24 hours, confirming which prize you have won as well as your email/mailing address, depending on your prize. 
Questions?  Email armchairbea (at) gmail (dot) com.

ELDER ROAD DAILY GIVEAWAY: Counterfeit Kids by Rod Baird

It’s another daily giveaway thanks to Elder Road Books! Today I bring you Counterfeit Kids: Why they can’t think and how to save them by Rod Baird!


Veteran English teacher Rod Baird digs straight into the problem of teens, their parents, and their teachers. Demanding the best from his high school senior English students, Rod encounters everything from hovering parents to a school system that promotes inflated grades and quick processing over education. Reading the transcripts of his classroom discussions, one wishes that just once he had had a teacher like Mr. Baird. This eye-opening book should be required reading for every parent and every teacher. 

For the next 24 hours only (deadline: Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 8:00 AM EST), you can receive your very own e-copy of Counterfeit Kids: Why they can’t think and how to save them by Rod Baird. Send email to elderroad@comcast.net, subject: Counterfeit Kids Giveaway. Indicate Kindle or ePUB version.

For more information on Elder Road Books, visit Nathan Everett's website, Writer's Cramp.

Thank you to Elder Road Books for sponsoring this giveaway!

Ethics and Literary Blogging

When I thought about having this post written, I had to think hard about who should write it. Then it occurred to me that ethics and literary stuff would best be talked about by a literary agent who is also a lawyer. I really love what Eric Rueben has to say. I hope you do too!

Ethics and Literary Blogging

      As a literary agent, attorney and entertainment professional, I know that bloggers have a tremendous impact on consumers of entertainment, especially in publishing. With fewer bookstores available to authors for signings and in-person interactions with readers, blog tours have become an integral part of a writer’s marketing plan for their books. Facebook and Twitter are ways for authors to reach people who already follow them. By contrast, blog tours are a way for authors to reach readers who have yet to hear of them, or who at least don’t follow them yet. 

Blog tours basically consist of authors being interviewed by bloggers and the interviews are then posted on the blogger’s site. But that’s only one way bloggers impact publishing. They also write about what they like (and what they don’t). They recommend books and talk about a variety of issues in publishing and entertainment. They speak directly to the consumer.

As for readers, and yes I’m one, we used to have sales people we knew who recommended books based on our previous purchases. They were not the result of sophisticated computer algorithms. They were our friends and neighbors who worked in stores like Walden Books. (By the way, if you think that Amazon won’t skew results to get readers to buy certain books over others, you are incredibly naïve). 

How do we as a community of creators and consumers of entertainment content feel about bloggers who, unknown to us, are biased? Should we be advised if the blogger has a personal relationship with the author? Or their competitor? If they received gifts other compensation from the publisher?

All professions have codes of ethics. As an attorney, I had to take and pass a separate bar exam concerning ethical rules regarding the practice of law. (Try to suppress the urge to make lawyer jokes for a few minutes.)

But what about bloggers? Are they a profession? I’ve heard the argument that blogging refers to the fact that someone is using the Internet and does NOT have anything to do with the content they create. The real issue then, is the content. 

A simple Google search yielded a code of ethics for food bloggers. Their rules include the following: accountability, civility, revealing bias, and the disclosing of gifts, comps and samples. Most importantly, they state that they will follow the rules of good journalism.

We need to know whether a blogger is an independent voice giving their honest opinion about a literary work, or a paid mouthpiece , or a close friend of the author. Without that information, readers cannot make a real choice. They think they have a friend making an honest suggestion when, in fact, they merely have a slick salesman pulling a fast one, manipulating them. Not only will we be forced to read the material THEY want us to read, we won’t ever get to see the entertainment that we would really like. It’s a new kind of censorship, one based on misinformation and greed.

Ultimately, the answer is to create written ethical assurances from the individual bloggers that are similar to those of the food bloggers mentioned above. And some way of enforcing those rules. Smart bloggers who want to see their work gain credibility might start thinking about forming an organization that would govern its members and lead to assurances of legitimacy. Those who refuse to be accountable or play by ethical rules would be exposed as biased or fraudulent. In the end, the readers and true bloggers would benefit greatly. 

Genre: Non-Fiction In All Its Forms

Today we are talking non-fiction books! Non-fiction books are a very broad category, ranging from autobiographies and biographies to historical figures or events to even travel books. It is really hard to narrow down the possibilities for this quick introduction to the genre!

Honestly, it is not uncommon for me to turn to fiction books to escape from the real world; however, a good non-fiction book is one that will stick with me beyond what I ever imagined and sometimes serves a need that a novel will never fulfill. Let me share a few of my favorite non-fiction books, across a wide range of possibilities with you . . .

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson still stands as my favorite non-fiction book of all time after reading it back in 2009. Larson does a brilliant job of writing about the lives of two men -- the brains behind the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and the monster that used the Fair to lure victims into his clutches. The book reads like a novel, fascinating me with the facts behind Walt Disney, the Ferris Wheel, Shredded Wheat, and so much more.

The Diary of Anne Frank is one that many have read as part of their required reading in school, but it is one that I turn to again and again. The innocence of Frank, sharing the details of her hidden life capture a time in our history that deserves to be on that required reading list, despite its many challenges and potential bans throughout the years.

Maus by Art Spiegelman brings a biography duo of epic proportions. This book was required reading for one of my college literature classes and my first graphic novel that I ever read. The story alone is one so powerful on a multitude of levels -- the story of survival, a page in our history that we must never forget, a relationship shared between father and son -- BUT, the images and the symbolism portrayed within those images have never left me, even more than a decade later.

This is just a quick peek into a few of my favorite non-fiction books. Now it is your turn to tell me your thoughts, your favorites, and so much more on this highlighted genre. Do share (in the comments or via the linky below).


The Ethics Committee Meets Today

Disclosure. Copyright and credit. Plagiarism. Succeeding without selling out. The path of ethical blogging is strewn with pebbles and potholes and thorny patches.

We're getting back into discussion mode in a big way today with the topic of "Ethics in Blogging." What guidelines must we follow as bloggers--attribution, disclosure, honesty? Have you had an experience with plagiarism (victim or perpetrator?), and how did you deal with it? Do you have recommendations to new bloggers about how to ensure that credit is given to whom/where it's due?

The Ethics Committee is being called together. Please post your experiences with and opinions about the ethical dilemmas we encounter as bloggers, link up, and continue the conversation!

Our bookish conversation today concerns the broad realm of Non-Fiction. We'll have a link tool in the lead discussion post so that you can share your own thoughts about the types of nonfiction you're compelled to read...and if there aren't any, talk about why not!