Apr 18, 2011

TLA Wrap-up (& Giveaway)


After months and months of planning and a few short bouts of anxiety, TLA was finally here! Last year, I was asked to be on the Local Author's Committee and one of three people assigned to man the Author's Area. I was excited to help and be a part of one of the best organized and attended book conventions. We had our 70+ volunteers and were more than ready for the exhibit hall to be open on Wednesday. I picked up Stephanie and headed on down to the convention center early to take pictures of move in day.

Our lovely tool kit for conference week

Harper 

Main aisle on move in day

Wednesday was the first day the exhibit hall was open! Many TX bloggers met up and waiting in long lines together! We had so many books to bring back to the hotel that we asked the bell hop to walk down the street and get them. We tipped! Later Wednesday, we were invited to attend a reception hosted by Candlewick Press in honor of Lonestar Cynthia Leitich-Smith. The reception was attended by lovely authors, librarians, and folks from Candlewick. They had the best crab dip! 

Cari, me, and Stephanie @ Candlewick party

Later that night we headed over to meet Sophie Jordan and Tera Lynn Childs for dinner. We talked books and shared many laughs! No pictures of that...darn! 

Wednesday was the first day the exhibit hall was open! Many TX bloggers met up and waiting in lone lines together! 




SO FUN! I bet you are wondering about all of the lovely books I brought home. So...here they are! 

Unsigned

Signed

 All together now...

Signed books from Gerald McDermott

Collection of signed books

As you can see, I am up to my ears in new books! To celebrate...I will be giving away some awesome swag that I collected at TLA. Some of it is signed, some not. Also, there are signed bookplates from Simone Elkeles, Jonathan Maberry, and Lauren Myracle.


All you need to do is comment below with your email. You are able to get ONE extra entry if you can guess the first book I received at TLA. Same ole rules apply....**YA Bibliophile won the extra entry - Sweetly was the first book I picked up at TLA! Amazing how many people said the same book over and over again....huh.

*giveaway closed*

90 comments:

  1. I'm guessing Divergent for your first book?

    TweetyB99 at aol dot com (following as Book Nerds)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Such beautiful piles! *-* LOL
    Thanks for making it international! :)

    Was it, let's see... Divergent? Starcrossed? Matched? LOL I have no idea. :)

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm guessing rot & ruin. I have no clue.

    NewBorrowedUsed(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  4. I think the first book you received is Matched? not sure tho :)

    email: fallendream03(at)gmail(d0t)com

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wow, you got some really awesome books!
    Uhm, maybe Starcrossed could be your first book. That's really difficult, there's so many books to choose from.

    bucketlist dot gina at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  6. Ok.. I´m gonna say Forrest of Hands and Teeth? No idea though.. Thanks for the chance to win :)

    seesen9[at]gmail[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
  7. divergent. you rushed to the table for it. lol.

    americangirlie1991 AT yahoo DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm so jealous of your awesome piles of books!

    Umm I'm going to guess Wolsbane bc im dying to read that book.

    gfc follower:ereader89

    elainareads At aol DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  9. WOW thats alot of books.

    I'm saying: Magnolia League.

    onceuponabooknerd@hotmail.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'd like to enter, I am a follower. Can't guess, maybe Divergent?
    Coreena
    coreenamcburnie at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Wow, that is INSANE! So many good books. If I had to guess, you went and grabbed Divergent first. At least that's what I would have done lol. GFC follower: JamesterCK

    JamesterCK@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. I'll guess The Fairie Ring since I'm really looking forward to reading that one. :o) Thanks for the giveaway!
    britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
  13. I'm a follower. :)
    Shatter Me, maybe?

    naruto_and_hinata(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  14. No one has guessed correctly so far....thank you all for entering! I do have an extra Divergent and will be giving it away in May.

    Jen

    ReplyDelete
  15. I have no idea but I will guess ''Die for me''.
    GFC follower as Diana
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  16. I would guess Wolfsbane or Divergent. I have no idea. So many!!

    michelle (at) hookedtobooks (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  17. Weee, I would guess Sweet Venom =) And now I'm jealous =P=P Thank you for the chance to win :)

    mikki-mano@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  18. Wow what a great lot of books!

    I'm a follower
    dbookstrings(at)gmail(dot)com

    My guess is The Unwanteds by. Lisa McMann

    ReplyDelete
  19. Wolfsbane.
    follower

    You lucky girl!

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  20. Wow, you got loads of amazing books! Lucky you!

    hannah11200@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. I guess..."eve"?
    Gahhh! So many books...drools*
    Lucky girl!

    Sarah
    sng-9@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  22. Divergent maybe?

    tgreenwood6of7{AT}gmail{DOT}com

    ReplyDelete
  23. Jen! This is super amazing! What an delightful experience. Thanks for sharing all those lovely pictures!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Was it Dust & Decay? Because I would totally be zeroing in on that one. I LOVED Rot & Ruin!

    tblackwell(at)marshallcolibrary(dot)org

    ReplyDelete
  25. I am sooo jealous right noow! probably Divergent?

    Paulina
    bellas.reading.room.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  26. Thats a lot of books! I'm so jealous!

    watson_beccalyn@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  27. Wow...that's a lot of books!

    mk261274 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  28. Seeing all those books are making me drool! I'll have to guess Eve out of all those books that receive cause of its beautiful cover lol.

    mendyha26@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  29. WOW, so many books, my eyes are pooping. That is awesome. Looks like a great event. :D

    becca9@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  30. Ohmigosh. SO MANY BOOKS. *wants* If you think you have too many, I'm always open to sharing. :D

    Uh... I'm just going to guess Divergent because that's what the majority says. Haha. How would I know?

    iLiveiLaughiLoveBooks@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  31. Sounds like it was a great conference! I'll pick Divergent, too, mostly because I'm excited to read that one.
    kathyreadsthis (at) gmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  32. Dang!! I want me some books too!!

    my guess is wolfsbane or hereafter arghh! idk!

    lgmorales18@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  33. So many books! Looks like you had a great time!

    I'm guessing Die For Me was the first book you got!

    yavampire(at)hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  34. Wow so many books am my guess is maye firelight.

    meganmcdade2008@yahoo.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  35. Wow @_@ So many books, I'm jealous, haha! I'll take a random guess, Beauty Queens?

    blissfulrains(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  36. No one has guessed correctly so far.... ;)

    ReplyDelete
  37. Wow @_@ So many books. Love it! I wish I got as many as yours. My guess is Kiss of Death

    blackplum3 AT gmail DOT com

    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  38. I'm drooling over those books. My guess would be Across the Universe.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I hope I got it right.

    sauvadeavelle @ yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  39. The Lost Saint?

    GFC follower

    Thegirlonfire

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  40. Divergent?!

    But, anyway this is an awesome giveaway and I'm damn near jealous of all the amazing books that you got! :)

    Totally a GCF follower.

    Susan Haugland
    email: susanhaugland@att.net
    blog: http://soulunsung.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  41. Not a clue guessing Wildwood and wow just wow.
    I follow.

    ReplyDelete
  42. So jealous of your big stack o'books!! I'm going to go with Ship Breaker as the first. ?GFC follower

    caldellizzi(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  43. Wow!!! Soo many books, and I'm so jealous!

    For your first book I'm going to guess, Matched, Die For Me or Wolfsbane?

    GFC follower
    Carrierules @ hotmail . co . uk

    ReplyDelete
  44. Wow...that's a whole lot of books. That's so cool. And sounds like TLA was a blast.
    I'm going to guess you went for Wolfsbane first.

    fireflybookloft@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  45. I am so jealous!! How lucky you are! Im going to guess you went for Wolfsbanw 1st. I follow the blog.

    andreat78@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  46. WOW!! That's a lot of books!! I'd love to have that many! How long do you think it will take you to read them all?

    ReplyDelete
  47. Follower: Elizabeth OR Elisquared

    1st Book: I'm guessing Wolfsbane

    Email: eliweibley@gmail.com

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway, I am completely jealous of all your books!

    ReplyDelete
  48. Oh my goodness. That is A LOT of books! Jealous!!

    Please enter me :)

    And I'm going to guess Wolfsbane.

    arallison at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  49. WOW!

    Please enter me!

    TTYL was first

    lisasworldofbooks @ charter.net

    ReplyDelete
  50. I'm gonna say, STICK, because I'm pretty sure they went fast. :-)

    So happy that you had fun! Wish I lived closer.
    Thanks so much for this opportunity.
    Amy

    amydelrosso(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  51. I'm guessing, hmmmm. Wide Awake by David Levithan.

    You bought loads of books! Woah!
    And those swags look awesome! *jealous* :))

    GFC Name: claudine_princess or LittleMsBookish

    claudine_princess@yahoo.com.ph

    ReplyDelete
  52. I"m guessing... Sweetly?
    heidi(at)yabibliophile(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  53. Well, look at YA Bibliophile being all smart and everything! You are correct, SWEETLY by Jackson Pearce was the first ARC I picked up at TLA. In fact, I got two! I will be giving one away soon. For now, you win that extra point and maybe a little something in the mail from me. Send me your address! ;)

    Jen

    ReplyDelete
  54. Wow!!! That a lot of books. I'm jealous. LOL

    claroxide@yahoo.co.in

    ReplyDelete
  55. WOW!!! Awesome event. Hope to make it in the future. I follow you on twitter, easier to follow that way on my phone. Will RT @bookgoonie

    ReplyDelete
  56. Great giveaway
    follow via gfc
    drakebdog@gmail.com

    I am saying Divergent- who wouldnt run and get that?

    ReplyDelete
  57. Such an awesome giveaway. And SO. MANY. GREAT. BOOKS. Oh my gosh though, seriously!

    I'm a GFC followers and my email is
    sparkly bumblebee @ gmail . com

    ReplyDelete
  58. wow..I'm jealous =) I'd love a chance to win some swag.
    Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com
    GFC follow as Tanyaw1224

    ReplyDelete
  59. Thanks for the giveaway! Those are some amazing stacks of books!
    k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

    ReplyDelete
  60. Enter me in!
    GFC: Marynellie
    marynellie8 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  61. I can't imagine what it must have been like getting all those books home!

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  62. i wonder how are you able to read so many books.
    awesome event.

    ReplyDelete
  63. Wow, you got lots of amazing looking books! Thanks for the giveaway! Happy reading!

    xxsquigglesxx(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  64. Man, you got a Library of free books!!! How Sweet is that!!

    jmluker(at)winco(dot)net

    ReplyDelete
  65. Oh my god, I'm so jealous!

    Bekka
    PrettyDeadlyReviews@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  66. Holy Crapstix what a pile! Congrats and happy reading.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  67. Thanks for the giveaway. Have a great time reading all those books you got!!!! :D

    elfdrop AT gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  68. Ah, so envious. I want loads of books! *pouts*

    Must ... at least ... have ... SWAG! Enter me, please!

    Linda @ Most Important Letter
    mostimportantletter@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  69. Fantastic contest!!!! It's so rare to find fab international swag comps. Please count this Aussie in =D

    Hmmm, I honestly have no clue. Sweetly?

    Rachel
    rachybee101@live.com.au

    ReplyDelete
  70. GFC follower (Dovile)

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

    ReplyDelete
  71. Thats a crazy pile of books you got there. *stares*

    asianrose7997@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  72. Thanks for the contest.

    GFC follower (Carla)

    cjmfnobrega AT gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  73. GFC Follower (jennifer)

    I love swag! Thanks for the giveaway. Your haul looks unbelievable!

    jlkalman26 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  74. Thanks for the wonderful contest and good luck to everyone!!

    New follower via GFC.

    Wow! Ton of books, all sound great!

    afox89(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

    ReplyDelete
  75. OMG!! I am so envious of you! How did you manage to lug ALL that home?
    *envious look*
    I would so love to win that swag pack!!
    Old GFC follower!!
    Thank you so much for hosting international!!

    manu(DOT)bookworm(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    ReplyDelete
  76. Wish I could have been there!
    I follow as oreo_93.

    oreo_93 at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  77. WOW! Sooooo many books! i thnk my heart just stopped for a second, ur so lucky! It mustve been so much fun >.< GFC Follower!
    P.s. How in the world did u get all that back home??
    -Jay
    jazyz_jay673@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  78. OMG These pictures are AWESOME :D Thank you very much for this giveaway!

    I am GFC follower: Syki

    Syki
    sykorova.p@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  79. i am a gfc follower - ramblings of a part time druid

    raynekitten@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  80. Can't wait to read Venom :D (The Medusa Girls series!)

    N.Lee.0288@gmail.com

    GFC follower: AwesomeNiks/Nicole L

    ReplyDelete
  81. You definitely have a LOT of books!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    email add: aloveforbooks(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  82. Thats awesomes, I'm jealous lol!

    GFC follower- Alyssa

    thanks for the giveaway
    bookworm1494@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  83. I've forgotten my email

    lemondedefrancesca @ gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  84. Thanks for the giveaway:)
    ebbith0115(at)gmail(dot)com
    GFC: Sarah e. cruz

    ReplyDelete
  85. Wow, TLA looked like lots of fun! I'm so glad you had a good time. =) Thanks so much for the giveaway! ;D

    phantompuppies at gmail dot com

    Lucy

    ReplyDelete
  86. Wow, that's an amazing prize. Thanks for the giveaway.

    jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  87. OMG! That's amazing! I am so so so infinitely jealous!!
    I would LOVE to win something!

    Magnet4taken @ gmail . com

    ReplyDelete
  88. OMG you got soo many good books!
    I guess bookmarks will have to do :P
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    brainytex@gmail com

    ReplyDelete
  89. I'd love to win these!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete