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.