Friday Links! Free e-Books and Other Stuff

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m finally sorting through my conference loot–the stuff beyond books, like ebook downloads, business cards, scads and scads of bookmarks. I will have to do a prize pack or something to spread the love.

In the meantime, here are some links to book stuff:

For Readers:

August is Read-a-Romance-Month: hear from […]


Road Trip Wednesday: Who Makes Your Dream Author Panel?

RoadTrip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

This Week:  Conference season is here! We are getting all excited for BEA (Book Expo […]


Last night was the Get Real tour at Anderson’s Books, with four YA authors: Miranda Kenneally, Laura and Lisa Roecker, and Janet Gurtler, who all write contemporary young adult fiction. I’m never sure what type of turnout these events will have. Last night, Anderson’s was double-booked (nice pun, eh?) with one event in the bookstore […]


Armchair BEA: Networking in Real Life

In the spirit of SNL’s Stefon*:

Day Three of Armchair BEA: you know, it’s that thing, where a giant glob of people all flock to New York, but you can’t go. It has everything: cratefulls of bookmarks, hosted giveaways, bloggers connecting with other bloggers…

So, blogs are cool and everything, but have you […]


Breathless Reads Tour: Why Author Bookstore Appearances are so Important

I attended the Breathless Reads Tour last night at my local favorite bookstore Anderson’s, which featured 4 YA authors: Andrea Cremer (Nightshade trilogy), Marie Lu (Legend), Beth Revis (Across the Universe, A Million Suns) and Jessica Spotswood (Born Wicked).

Hearing that Beth Revis vented frustration by writing character death scenes based on troublesome former students, and how she’d […]


Anderson’s Books YA Author Panel November 21, 2011

I thought I could resist another multi-author panel at Anderson’s Books (Naperville, IL) but I’m weak, I admit. A fellow writer and YA fan on twitter reminded me of the event, and well, why not?

Here’s the panel list (all writers of Young Adult and children’s books):

*realized A.S. King and Jackie Kessler’s names are […]


Anderson’s Books Young Adult Literature Conference 9/24/2011

I feel like a legit book blogger because I now have ARCs! (ARC = Advanced Reader Copy)

Check out  my loot from Saturday’s YA Lit conference:

The bottom three are ARCs for Janice Hardy’s Darkfall, Jennifer Hubbard’s Try Not to Breathe, and Marie Lu’s Legend, which I hear is awesome.

The rest […]


Anderson’s Books Young Adult Literature Conference (Illinois) Sept. 24, 2011

I’m always plugging the wonderful Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL. Their 8th annual Young Adult Literature Conference is coming up on September 24, 2011 at Hotel Arista in Naperville (a gorgeous ecologically-minded structure off of I-88 in the western Chicago suburbs).

Here’s the deets:

Other featured authors include Ilsa Blick, Franny Billingslly, Jeanine Cummins, […]


Link Share: Book Signings

I have to share this entertaining AND informative post about what to expect at a book signing posted by Maggie Stiefvater. I saw her last month with Libba Bray and Meg Cabot, and based on this awesomly illustrated write-up I’m tempted to see her again for her solo road trip tour. I haven’t even read […]


This is Teen Event: Libba Bray, Meg Cabot, Maggie Stiefvater

The always wonderful Anderson’s Books brought in 3 more great Young Adult authors: Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries, Mediator series, Jinx, Abandon and too many to list here!), Maggie Stiefvater (Shiver and Mercy Falls series) and Libba Bray (Gemma Doyle trilogy, Going Bovine and Beauty Queens):

They spoke about their newest books and the This […]